Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ash by Malinda Lo

Characters: 18/20
Plot: 18/20
Originality: 17/20
Writing: 18/20
Recommendation: 17/20
Overall: 88/100 or B
Ash is throw into indentured servitude for her stepmother, after her father dies and leaves a huge amount of debts. She is pushed into the City and away from the Wood, where old magic lingers in the air. Her only joy in her life, are stolen walks in the woods with the dark and dangerous fairy, Sidhean. Sometimes, she hopes that he will steal her away as fairies are said to do.
But one day, Ash meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, and her whole heart starts to change. She no longer wants to chase Faeries, instead she learns the art of hunting and how to ride and track. Their friendship begins to be something more and Ash is reawaken with a desire to live.
Ash isn't an ordinary fairy tale retelling. It was a original take on a classic fairy tale and full of romance. Cinderella is one of my favorite fairy tales, and I love to see retelling of it. Lo is an amazing writer. She twisted a magical and entrancing tale with a lot of beautiful language and imagery. Ash is a strong character. She is really sweet and grows up a lot. Kaisa is an amazing character. She is lovely and her relationship with Ash was so sweet. I liked how instead of falling in love with a prince, instead she falls in love with a woman. I recommend this to anyone that likes fairy tales.


  1. Great review! I love fairy tale rtetellings too. I'll have to check this one out for sure. :D

  2. I read another good review about this one -- can't wait! I love my fairy tales -- even with a twist!


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