Ash by Malinda Lo – A review and giveaway!
Posted by Caitie F on September 20, 2010
Author: Malinda Lo
Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company
Hardcover: 264 pages
Summary (from inside flap):
In the wake of her father’s death, Ask is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.
The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns how to hunt. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash’s capacity for love — and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.
I liked this book much more than I expected. I am usually not a fan of retellings, and Cinderella has never been one of my favorite stories. Cinderella seems to just deal with everything that happens to her and gets a fairy godmother. It never interested me.
But Ash makes her own story. She finds ways to live her dreams, whether it is walking through the woods with the fairy of her dreams or riding and learning to hunt with Kaisa. She takes the punishments, but still finds her own way out. Sidhean may have helped her get to the ball, but she goes as herself to get what she wants.
I thought the writing in this was fantastic. I love the fairy tales and the setting, the characters were also very vivid and strong. I really liked that while one stepsister was a snob, the other was actually kind and strong. It was a good twist.
I cannot wait to see what Malindawrites next!