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Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
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Sequel to the Newberry Honor Award-winning Ella Enchanted and a retelling of Snow White, completely its own, Gail Carson Levine's Fairest tells the story of Aza -- a young woman with hideous looks yet a voice to make up for them; abandoned at an inn when she was a child.

I really enjoyed Ella Enchanted, so I had rather high expectations for Fairest. Though the beginning and end were both rather slow, Gail's tasteful writing and curious plot in between helped to make up for it. I greatly admire how Gail can so boldly weave unique cultures and intricate languages into her stories!

The characters, I had a hard time coping with. Aza's battle with discovering inner beauty was certainly relate-able, but I didn't feel like she truly struggled with it -- at least enough to make me empathize much with her.

I also felt no connection to Ijori, Ivi, Areida, or many of the main characters; the character I enjoyed the most was probably zhamH. (Random comment: Gnome Caverns sound like so much fun!)

The setting was good, but I rather wish there had been more description. As interesting as Ayortha's musical culture was, it wasn't enough to make me fall in love with the kingdom.

I do think I'd recommend this book, though likely more so after one's read Ella Enchanted, so they'd have a better knowledge of the setting. Fairest makes for a fun little read, and would probably be enjoyed most by pre-teen girls. :)

You may want to know: There is kissing and mild fantasy violence, along with some magical elements.
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Reading Progress

February 5, 2016 – Shelved
February 5, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
August 1, 2016 – Shelved as: fairytales
August 1, 2016 – Shelved as: fantasy
August 1, 2016 – Shelved as: paperback-hardcover
October 31, 2016 – Started Reading
October 31, 2016 – Shelved as: romance
October 31, 2016 – Shelved as: princesses-unicorns-dragons
October 31, 2016 – Shelved as: medieval-renaissance
October 31, 2016 – Shelved as: peeps-in-the-blogosphere
October 31, 2016 –
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November 4, 2016 –
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November 4, 2016 –
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42.94% "The irony of centaurs playing horseshoes... XD"
November 7, 2016 –
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November 9, 2016 –
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November 9, 2016 – Shelved as: 2016-reads
November 9, 2016 – Finished Reading

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