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Ash (edition 2010)

by Malinda Lo

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Title:Ash
Authors:Malinda Lo
Info:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 272 pages
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Ash by Malinda Lo

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    Anonymous user: Deftly told fantasy narrative (in this case dealing with werewolves), in which a lesbian relationship is done right.
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is a retelling of Cinderella, but add in a fairy and a huntress. Aislin (a.k.a. Ash) is treated as a servant by her stepmother and two stepsisters after her father dies, only a short time after he married her stepmother. Lucky for Ash, her stepmother and stepsisters go into the city often, to try to secure the prince as a husband for the older stepsister. While they are away, it gives Ash a chance to escape into the Woods, where she can meet up with a fairy who knew her mother, or the king's huntress, who Ash has become friends with.

It was good. Quick to read and enjoyable. There is a sequel, but I'm not sure if I liked it enough to continue with it. Ash ended with a twist on the end of the original Cinderella story, so the sequel shouldn't have anything to do with the fairy tale (I don't think). ( )
  LibraryCin | Jul 8, 2014 |
I especially loved the lush language of Ash, though I could easily see another reader connecting most with another of the book's wonderful qualities. There are so many things to love about this book, which gives it a very broad appeal. Each reader may focus on something in particular

A reader most interested in the story might be focused on how closely Melinda Lo follows the traditional Cinderalla story versus how she veers away from it. There is a unique challenge that comes with any retelling, which is that the book is automatically set up to be compared to and judged against the original, or the version that is most well known. The story, in this case, asks the reader to allow the author to play with around with what they may be expecting, and to perhaps turn it on its head a bit. The setting of this will be familiar to fantasy readers. It has a sense of being set in the past, in a world where time moves much more slowly and electronics are rare if they exist at all.

Yet this is not historical fiction -- the setting is in neither a specific time or place that relates to our actual world. Not all readers who are focused on the setting are looking for the same thing, so a reader who prefers a realistic setting will not likely be interested in Ash.

The main character in this book is well-developed -- we know more about Ash herself than of all the other characters put together. We learn about her thoughts, feelings, actions, desires. A reader who relates to her will undoubtedly love this book more than one who cannot sympathize with her experience.
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  MCHBurke | Jul 7, 2014 |
when i saw the cover and the blurb i couldn't wait to read it, on the way it was kinda interesting but then i got so confused.Still liked it though.
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  Mimi_styles | May 11, 2014 |
This was far from my idea of a good book. I thought I would appreciate the Cinderella aspect of the story but it just didn't work for me.

Ash, the character, seemed a bit wishy-washy and not too memorable. Admittedly, her family are assholes, although Clara had promise. Kaisa pissed me off, period. Its not like she was horrible or anything but I just didn't care. Is it wrong to say the undeveloped male characters were the ones with the most potential? I suppose I'll never know now.

I think there's going to be a companion to this book, I won't be reading it. ( )
  katie1802 | May 10, 2014 |
I really wanted to like - no, love - this book. Billed as a lesbian reimagining of the Cinderella tale, the book, unfortunately, is about as dull as can be. I never identified with any of the characters; there seemed to be a severe lack of depth. There's also practically no conflict in the entire story; Ash makes a deal with a fairy prince, but it is resolved with practically no thought at all.

She also never questions her sexuality, either, once she starts to fall in love with the Huntress (although, to be honest, she has little to no chemistry with the Huntress). In this world, it's apparently perfectly acceptable to be a lesbian, which is fine by me; honestly, that is the way the world should be. But...I don't know, I'd like a little more conflict here.

I found myself plodding through the book, waiting for it to be better until the last page was done. And then I wondered why I had bothered to finish it.

I wanted to love this book, and I wanted to give it a much higher rating. I simply can't. ( )
1 vote schatzi | May 9, 2014 |
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Malinda Lo’s somber and lovely “Ash” is a lesbian retelling of “Cinderella”... It features a beautiful orphan — Ash, short for Aisling, and a perfect play on the name “Cinderella” — a ­cruel, social-climbing stepmother and two sneering stepsisters. Lo gives us a vaguely medieval setting, royal hunts, grand balls and an unquestioned class hierarchy. Not until the introduction of Kaisa, the king’s gorgeous young huntress, do we get a spin on tradition.
 
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In memory of my grandmother,

Ruth Earnshaw Lo

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Aisling's mother died at midsummer.
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SynopsisIn 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.
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In this variation on the Cinderella story, Ash grows up believing in the fairy realm that the king and his philosophers have sought to suppress, until one day she must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King's Huntress whom she loves.… (more)

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