Author: Gail Carson Levine.
Published: September 19th 2006.
Sort: Stand alone, but in the same world as Ella Enchanted.
In the kingdom of Ayortha, who is the fairest of them all? Certainly not Aza. She is thoroughly convinced that she is ugly. What she may lack in looks, though, she makes up for with a kind heart, and with something no one else has-a magical voice. Her vocal talents captivate all who hear them, and in Ontio Castle they attract the attention of a handsome prince - and a dangerous new queen. In this masterful novel filled with humour, adventure, romance, and song, Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine invites you to join Aza as she discovers how exquisite she truly is.
She also has a special talent. She can make different voices and let them come from other objects. Illusing. When she goes to the Royal wedding from the King and his new Queen, her talent is discovered. The Queen – Ivy – wants to use her voice as her own, since her voice isn’t as pretty as she looks. Aza can’t decline, because Ivy uses evil methods. She is stuck, but her developing friendship with the prince makes everything much better.
Can Aza escape from the Queen?
First of all, I could identify with Aza. A huge period of my life, I felt ugly and I never believed anyone could fall in love with me. I felt so sorry for her and the fact that she couldn’t see how special she was. Everybody – except her family and the prince – treated her so badly! I hate the fact that appearance are so important. I was so glad that she discovered that beauty is more than just a pretty face – and that she is beautiful in her own way.
Second, this book is loosely based on Snow white and I love the originality. Instead of dwarves, she gets Gnomes and she even got locked up in the famous mirror. Snow White isn’t my favorite princess, but Aza captured my heart. She totally deserved her prince. Their love developed – no instant love after a kiss.
The only thing that bothered me was the singing. I liked it when they performed, but they also sing random lines in a conversation. Can you imagine that? That you are talking to your best friend and suddenly, they break out into singing? It was.. too strange for me.
If you are looking for a different spin with a lovely heroin, definitely take a look at this book!