As an astute reader might guess from the title (and the cover, which features a mirror) Gail Carson Levine's new novel Fairest
is an interpretation of the fairy tale Snow White. Though the story is set in the same world as the delightful Ella Enchanted
, Fairest stands on it's own and does not require readers to be familiar with their surroundings.
This is one of those books that is dangerous to say too much about, especially since it is based on such a familiar premise. However, I can say that none of the characters quite behave as expected, which is refreshing after reading a slew of romance novels that are unfortunately predictable. The country Levine creates is awash with music. This society which embraces and revolves around their singing is well thought out; all of the games and events that relate to music are very organic in relation to the story. Aza, the main character is neither princess nor pretty and her insecurities make the story even more compelling. As in Ella Enchanted, and The Two Princesses of Bamarre
Gail Carson Levine has woven a rich tapestry of the humorous, unexpected and heart stirring.
*** If you have enjoyed these books I also reccomend:
Beauty by Robin McKinley
Spindle's End by Robin McKinley
Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey
The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey
The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey