Monday, May 15, 2006

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

Its cover shows a young girl in a fancy dress with a mirror up to her face. The title, Fairest echoes the line heard in Snow White, "Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who's the fairest one of all?" Well in Gail Carson Levine's (Ella Enchanted) latest book, we meet Aza who is described as being very unattractive yet has a wonderful singing voice, an attribute highly prized in her land. Well, her good nature and terrific voice get her into the King's castle where she befriends his young queen.

There are no dwarves but there are gnomes and yes, Aza does meet her charming prince but not until she realizes that looks may not be all they are cracked up to be! If you like fairy tales, you will like reading Fairest.