Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

Summary:

Not pretty girl has the chance to attend the upcoming royal wedding with a duchess that is staying at her family’s inn. In the land, singing ability is one of the most coveted gifts. And because this girl has such a beautiful and captivating voice, the new queen (who cannot sing) bullies the girl into singing for her, which is against the law. When they are discovered, the queen accuses the girl of trying to manipulate the crown. Girl goes into exile, hiding from royal guards, has to find a way to clear her name and fix things before her family suffers. But the queen’s mirror has other plans for both of them.

Opinion:

Overall, I thought it was a decent book. Had a good storyline. I really didn’t want to use the phrase “And they lived happily ever after…” This is a cute story. Quick read. Most of Gail Carson Levine’s books are quick. If you picked it up, you’d think it was another version of Snow White. In a way it is, only you have to get pretty far into the book before you find a parallel. As a college student, however, it was a tad too juvenile for me to really enjoy. I recommend it for younger readers; late elementary-middle school level.

© Cori Endicott July 2009

 

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