Ash by Malinda Lo
In the wake of her father’s death, Ash 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 fairy 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 to hunt with Kaisa. 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.
Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief. (taken from www.malindalo.com)
What I Like: I had already read Huntress, which is set in the same world as Ash and is apparently a prequel, and I really really loved it! Malinda Lo is a superb storyteller. I didn’t enjoy Ash *quite* as much as I did Huntress, but that just means that you should all read Huntress as well. 🙂 Regardless, I very much enjoyed this retelling of the classic Cinderella story.
Recommendation: People who like their fantasy with a lot of diversity thrown in.
Reviewed by Kelsey