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Ash by Malinda Lo

Ash (edition 2010)

by Malinda Lo

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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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    Silver Kiss by Naomi Clark (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: Deftly told fantasy narrative (in this case dealing with werewolves), in which a lesbian relationship is done right.

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“Ash” is nearly a traditional fairy tale, with spare prose and characters that are more ideas of people than people themselves. Ash herself is a worthy Cinderella, though her fairy godmother is a dangerous sidhe prince straight from the depths of Celtic folklore, and her Prince Charming is someone else altogether. The twists on tradition are enjoyable, and although I worried if the story’s pacing could handle the unexpected changes, the author deftly worked through them without sacrificing style. While I’m not the intended audience for this novel, I do love fairy tales of all sorts, and this one is no exception. ( )
1 vote semjaza | Nov 6, 2015 |
Ash was a nice reimagining of Cinderella. Unfortunately, I felt the first 2/3 (covered part one), dragged as it was very heavy on the exposition and set-up; I think the same could have been accomplished in a shorter amount of time. Otherwise, I felt it was well written and I did enjoy the story. ( )
  Amy_Jesionowski | Nov 3, 2015 |
Oh, Ash, you were so close to being the lesbian Cinderella retelling this world deserves but the stilted, uncomfortable dialogue between Ash and Kaisa just killed it all for me. If you're writing a F/F retelling of a fairytale, I feel like the protagonist should have a touch more chemistry with her love interest. Ash had better dialogue with Sidhean by far.
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  glitzandshadows | Oct 12, 2015 |
"Ash" is a young-adult revision of the classic Cinderella tale with many, many differences. Aisling (known predominantly as Ash), is still reeling from the loss of her mother, when her father returns home from a trip into town announcing he is to be married. With him he brings Lady Isobel, whom has two daughters; Ana and Clara. At first, the family settles as comfortably as possible, but soon after the ceremony, Ash's father falls ill, dies a couple weeks later. The relationship changes quickly between Ash and her step-mother, where Lady Isobel requires her to work, for apparently Ash's father left her in great debt. The only comfort Aisling has is the Great Wood and her collection of fairy tales. She struggles through abuse, the loss of two parents, independence, and the confusion of love. Her happily ever after is not typical of classic fairy-tales, for she falls in love with the King's huntress, Kaisa, and not the prince. But also proves her own self-worth, not relying on anybody else to fix her problems. ( )
  candyceutter | Oct 7, 2015 |
Ash by Malinda Lo is a YA alternate retelling of Cinderella. After the death of her mother, her father leaves for the nearby city on business. Things are forever changed when he returns with a wife and two step daughters.

That's the extent of the similarities Ash's story shares with the fairytale. Ash had a healthy childhood with loving parents, and a mother who taught her self confidence and the local lore. Her mother was a witch and was aware of the faeries who inhabit the forests.

Ash watches from the sidelines as her step-mother and step-sisters burn through her inheritance and and try to rise up the ranks. It's suggested that the step-mother might be a black widow, a detail that makes her actions all the more understandable and sinister.

But what makes Ash something truly special is Lo's world building. Through the stories the king's huntress tells we learn about the kingdom, it's history, mythology, and magic. Better yet, Ash is given an alternative from the typical happily ever after ending that's tied to the perfect dress and dancing with a prince.

Ash finds love and a way to escape her oppressive home life through her friendship with the huntress. Rather than turning Ash's sexual awakening into a source of angst or melodrama, Lo gives her the confidence and brains to make this work for her. ( )
1 vote pussreboots | Sep 22, 2015 |
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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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