Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
4 Llamas


I usually don’t like Snow White re-tellings, (They can get really dark) but this one is very good. It doesn’t stay anywhere near the original story, but instead creates something totally brand-new!

The book is about a girl who can sing beautifully, but she is ugly. She lives in a land that prides itself on beauty and how well you can sing. And in the story she is chosen to be the queen’s lady-in-waiting.

The book is very good, but there is some magic. Magic mirrors, ogres, gnomes and beauty potions just to name a few. None of it is ‘dark’ magic; but there it is a Snow White re-telling and someone will be poisoned… It’s just a fact with Snow White books.

Over all, I liked this book and I think it is a great book for girls. But there is a lot of talk about being ugly and huge and people make fun of her a lot. (People can be mean) I hope this review was helpful! -The Young Llama Reader.


  • A magical adventure that you will love till the end!
  • A very good re-telling of Snow White.


  • Lots of mentions of being ugly

Once upon a time, there was a girl who wanted to be pretty . . .

Aza’s singing is the fairest in all the land, and the most unusual. She can “throw” her voice so it seems to come from anywhere. But singing is only one of the two qualities prized in the Kingdom of Ayortha. Aza doesn’t possess the other: beauty. Not even close. She’s hidden in the shadows in her parents’ inn, but when she becomes lady-in-waiting to the new queen, she has to step into the light—especially when the queen demands a dangerous favor. A magic mirror, a charming prince, a jealous queen, palace intrigue, and an injured king twine into a maze that Aza must penetrate to save herself and her beloved kingdom.

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