Author: Malinda Lo
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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.
I was mainly drawn to this book because it’s been described as the lesbian Cinderella and I need to read more LGBTQ books. Other than that description, though, I didn’t know much about this book, and so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Despite the lack of expectations, though, I still feel a bit disappointed about it.
It wasn’t that this was a bad book, it was just that it wasn’t great. I feel like I expected so much more and by the end I felt like there was no point in reading it. I didn’t really care about the characters very much, the romance, or the story. They weren’t bad, they were just meh. The Cinderella aspect of the story didn’t seem too inventive or original and the Evil Stepmother was just an evil Stepmother, nothing else.
I feel like this is a really short review – well, it really is a very short review – but I just don’t have much to say about this book. I only read it about a month or two ago, but already it’s pretty forgettable. This wasn’t a good book or a bad book – it was just another book for me. I’m sure there are plenty of people who will like this book, especially the way it has a straight relationship that could have been a relationship but gets left behind in favour of a relationship between two women, but it just wasn’t the book for me.