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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.

Ages 8 – 14

Hardcover, 326 pages
Published on September 19, 2006 by HarperColl
ISBN-10: 0060734086
ISBN-13: 9780060734084
26 Book Reviews
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  • reader_red
    reader_redFriday, July 12, 2019 at 12:34 pm55 stars
    Aza thinks she is very ugly. Though Aza is ugly she is also kind and her singing is radiant. One day Aza is sent off to Ontario Castle. The new queen hears Aza sing and convinces Aza to help her. Aza also meets a handsome prince. When things go terribly wrong Aza questions who she really is.
    • queen_luna
      queen_lunaMonday, November 26, 2018 at 4:39 pm55 stars
      This book is fantastic. I am a sucker for fairy tale retellings, and this one is simply superb! If you're looking for something that will pull on your heartstrings, than this is the book for you! An excellent example of creative and exciting writing.
      • reader_red
        reader_redTuesday, July 3, 2018 at 7:36 am55 stars
        This book was really good. I'm not a whole lot into romance but this was still really good. Gail Carson Levine is a very good fairy tale writer and re-writer.
        • wiccanbat666
          wiccanbat666Monday, July 2, 2018 at 1:07 pm55 starsFeatured
          I pulled this book off of the Young Adult shelves expecting some light fiction, but I really enjoyed some of the deeper meanings behind this story! Yes, it is a retelling of Snow White, but with insights that really apply to most women today. First of all, the two most prominent female characters are alike in that they find themselves unacceptable- like two sides of a coin, even their names are like each other. One, however, becomes the villain, and the other, the heroine. But Levine paints the two characters so you can see how one, in coming to accept herself as she is, finds happiness and bestows grace on those around her, and how the other, in hating herself and trying to be other than what she is, ends up destroying the kingdom.
          • bookqueen1o13
            bookqueen1o13Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 6:26 pm55 stars
            o my goodness this book is the best all should read it now! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
            • kitten7260
              kitten7260Monday, December 5, 2016 at 8:33 am
              This is a pretty good book. It's about this girl named Aza as she has many encounters with the new queen. She is a wonderful singer, something appreciated in her kingdom, but she lacks the other thing; beauty. She watches the queen's coronation one day and then talks to the new queen. The queen wants Aza to be her lady-in-waiting, and when Aza is she finds herself more than she thought she was. Later she becomes convinced she is an ogre, but not without being admired by a handsome prince. Soon she has to go and hide in the gnome's home and finds herself really more different than she ever expected.
              • mila9
                mila9Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 2:58 pm
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                • happypug12
                  happypug12Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 6:38 am44 stars
                  I read this a long time ago, but I still remember this book and how much I loved the ending. It's sad that Aza thought she was an ogre, though.
                  • slythrnsweetie
                    slythrnsweetieMonday, December 15, 2014 at 6:32 pm
                    This book is great. I love Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted, so naturally I wanted to read more by her. This book has an amazing message, that true beauty comes from within.
                    • leopard01
                      leopard01Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 4:15 pm55 stars
                      really good it had lots of thriller i am good at guessing books i could not guess this book there were so many twist and turns every page and i loved the ending really god ending.