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ISBN13: 9780316040099
ISBN10: 0316040096
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Cinderella retold

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.

Review:

"This debut, a retelling of Cinderella in which the heroine falls in love with a beautiful huntress rather than a prince, should establish Lo as a gifted storyteller. Aisling, aka Ash, is newly orphaned, her beloved mother dead and her father soon to follow. But not before he marries the woman who plays the part of Ash's wicked stepmother and provides her with equally unkind stepsisters. Only Ash's periodic trips into a fairy-filled wood at night and time spent with the beguiling huntress Kaisa — who enthralls Ash more and more — save her from her oppressive new existence. Lo's prose is beautiful, her descriptions lush; the novel's one flaw is that the third-person narrative keeps readers at arm's length. The dialogue is sparse, with Lo spending most of her time on narration, making it difficult to connect emotionally with Ash. This aside, Lo offers an important twist on a classic story that will appeal to a wide readership, especially those looking for a girl romance. Ages 15 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Entrancing and romantic, "Ash" is a riveting and empowering retelling of the Cinderella story--a novel about choosing life and love over solitude and death.

About the Author

Malinda Lo was born in China and moved to the United States as a child. She grew up in Colorado and has since lived in Boston, New York, London, Beijing, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. She is the former managing editor of AfterEllen.com, the largest entertainment news website for lesbians and bisexual women. In 2006, Malinda was awarded the Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Journalism by the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and has master's degrees from Harvard and Stanford universities.

Malinda now lives in Northern California with her partner and their dog. Ash is her first novel. Her website is www.malindalo.com.

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anitaballerina, June 7, 2010 (view all comments by anitaballerina)
This was a very interesting retelling of the Cinderella story. I enjoyed it a lot. My only complaint is that I wish the cover synopsis was more clear that is lesbian love story. I have no problems with the content, I was surprised by the twist. Ash falls in love with a huntress instead of a prince.
I really enjoyed it and would recommend this story to many readers.
Lo created a vivid and dark world, but it was captivating and beautiful.
It's a very good beach read if your looking for something fast and fun.
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emmejo, January 10, 2010 (view all comments by emmejo)
After Ash's mother died her father remarried. After he died she stayed with and worked for her step-mother, who treats her as little more then a slave. After a wander deep into the woods she meets Sidhean, a fairy man. After they meet several times she believes that she may be falling in love, and it seems he might feel the same. But when she meets Kaisa, a fiery, beautiful huntress who secretly teaches Ash to ride, her heart feels like it is being ripped apart. How will she ever choose between the two of them?

This retelling of Cinderella was mediocre. Although the writing wasn't bad, it was rather bland and uninteresting. The characters were unoriginal. The plot was wobbly and unclear at points and felt rather loose, like there were many details that should have been filled in and sections that didn't lead anywhere that should have come out.

A fun 2-hour read when you are bored, but not a great book if you want something serious.
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Christy Valentine, September 15, 2009 (view all comments by Christy Valentine)
I don't usually have high hopes for either YA or fantasy fiction, but I was pleasantly surprised by Malinda Lo's debut novel. After reading her AfterEllen columns and the short previews for the book online though, I was very excited to read Ash.

Yes, it is a retelling of the Cinderella story, but the book feels less about reaching the fairy tale ending and more about Ash's emotional and physical journeys toward the one she loves. Her romantic interactions with both Sidhean the fairy and Kaisa the huntress are a joy to read, thanks to Lo's good ear for dialogue. The story may be set in a time long ago, but the speech feels honest in a contemporary way. Lo also has some fabulous descriptions. She uses beautiful language in a manner that makes her prose feel entirely cinematic. When she describes the way the trees bend to welcome Ash or the way Kaisa slices the skin of an apple, it's easy to picture the action and scenes in your head in what I would call an artistic manner. It feels less like simple prose and more like brushstrokes within the story.

Some plots and characters are not quite as developed as they could be, which is understandable, considering this is a first novel, but the joy of Ash and Kaisa's love- a love that feels truly earned, unlike that of most simplistic YA novels- and the beautiful descriptive language more than make up for the novel's shortcomings.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316040099
Author:
Lo, Malinda
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Lesbian
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Stepfamilies
Subject:
Lesbians
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Adaptations
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Emotions; Love; Grief; Storytelling; Lesbians; Death; Stepmothers; Fairy tales
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20101005
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 10 up to 17
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.75 x 1 in 0.87 lb
Age Level:
13-17

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Product details 272 pages Little, Brown Young Readers - English 9780316040099 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This debut, a retelling of Cinderella in which the heroine falls in love with a beautiful huntress rather than a prince, should establish Lo as a gifted storyteller. Aisling, aka Ash, is newly orphaned, her beloved mother dead and her father soon to follow. But not before he marries the woman who plays the part of Ash's wicked stepmother and provides her with equally unkind stepsisters. Only Ash's periodic trips into a fairy-filled wood at night and time spent with the beguiling huntress Kaisa — who enthralls Ash more and more — save her from her oppressive new existence. Lo's prose is beautiful, her descriptions lush; the novel's one flaw is that the third-person narrative keeps readers at arm's length. The dialogue is sparse, with Lo spending most of her time on narration, making it difficult to connect emotionally with Ash. This aside, Lo offers an important twist on a classic story that will appeal to a wide readership, especially those looking for a girl romance. Ages 15 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Entrancing and romantic, "Ash" is a riveting and empowering retelling of the Cinderella story--a novel about choosing life and love over solitude and death.
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