Fairest, by Gail Carson Levine (HarperCollins, 2006)

In a land where song and beauty are prized above all else, Aza is spurned for her relative ugliness, even though her voice is just short of magical. However, her vocal talents bring her into high society as a pawn of the new queen, a woman whose exquisite beauty hides a lackluster voice. Now Aza is caught in the middle of a deadly game that does not bode well for her country. Even as she falls for the prince, her role in the queen’s machinations may cost Aza her freedom, or her life. And what role does a certain enchanted mirror play? Once again, Levine delivers a brilliantly skewed take on an old fairy tale, this time reimagining Snow White, set in the same world as Ella Enchanted.

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