Friday, May 11, 2012
Fairest - Gail Carson Levine
Aza has the most beautiful voice in the kingdom of Ayortha, which is a good thing, because the one thing Ayorthians prize more than beauty is singing ability, and Aza isn’t winning any contests in the beauty department. She’s even figured out a way to throw her voice, an ability that gets her noticed by the new queen, who makes Aza her lady in waiting. When the queen asks Aza a very dangerous favor, her life gets very interesting.
This book is set in a neighboring kingdom to the one featured in Carson’s Ella Enchanted, and also features the mildly crazy fairy Lucinda. To be honest, I liked Ella Enchanted better. It’s not that this book is bad, but it does seem to be missing a certain something – though nothing I can put a finger on. I’m a bit sorry that the first Carson book I read was Ella Enchanted, because the two I’ve read since haven’t been as good, and I’m a little leery of trying more.