Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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.
This was a cute retelling of Snow White. I enjoyed it although I have to say that the signing portion (which is the basis of the story in a way) was annoying to me. I did not like how they spoke in song and composed songs that to me seemed nonsense. But overall the story line was good and a great lesson was taught.
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