Ash

Ash

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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.
Publisher: [New York] : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009.
ISBN: 9780316071338
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 electronic text.

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After her father's death, Ash is left with her cruel stepmother and wishes for nothing but to be whisked away by the fairies from her mother's tales. When she meets the dark fairy Sidhean, she thinks her wish may come true, but then she befriends the king's Huntress, Kaisa who re-awakens her abil... Read More »

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forbesrachel May 20, 2017

Malinda Lo's Ash is one of the better Cinderella retellings among YA books today. It feels closer to reality than some others, because it is so grounded by the voice and emotions of its main character, Aisling (aka Ash). Readers won't find many surprises plot-wise, as the narrative follows the framework of the traditional narrative quite closely, but they will be delighted by many of the author's changes; for one, most of the women play a much stronger role in shaping their own destiny. In this version, the faeries are not the nice Disney type, but the ethereal and very-dangerous-to-humans kind more in line with their origins. Chief among them is Sidhean, who replaces the fairy godmother who helps Cinderella for no reason. Sidhean has his own motives, and develops a long-standing relationship with Ash. The love interest is also a place where Lo deviates from others. Again, it is notable that this relationship builds up over time rather than happening instantly, but what is of even more significance, is that it is a positive and respectful portrayal of love between two women. Regretfully, the King's Huntress Kaisa doesn't get as much face time, so it is more difficult to understand where her feelings are coming from, but with Ash, we get to experience the first blush through the dawning realization and finally the decision that will change her life. While Lo's words easily pull us into the head space of this young woman, there are moments where she rushes, thus pulling us out of our reverie. Aside from these parts though, the book moves at a good pace. Ash is a charming addition to the Cinderella canon, and a great pick for those needing a fairytale with more modern sensibilities.

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greenturtle
Dec 04, 2016

this book is really good! lgbt retelling of cinderella, happy ending, and a really enjoyable read. it reminded me a lot of shannon hale's the goose girl. I saw some criticisms of the ending in other reviews but I actually liked it. like i said, happy (gay!!) ending!!

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shayshortt
Nov 17, 2016

Ash is an understated retelling of Cinderella, made up of a good blend of the traditional fairy tale and Lo’s own reinvention and additions. But it is the sweet, slow-burning romance at the heart of the tale that gives this retelling life.
Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2016/11/17/ash/

Surreal and unsettling; will send a shiver down your spine in the best kind of way! Elves here are seductive and sinister at one and the same time, and their help always comes with a price. The romance is wonderfully written: slow and tentative and so satisfying once it blooms in earnest.

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Penname_Pseudonym
Apr 22, 2016

Well, this book was UTTERLY FANTASTIC, don't you agree people?
Originality:😊
Plot: 😊
Tone:😳
Characters:😀
Overall:😍

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lReaderl
Feb 07, 2016

A modern twist on Cinderella, Ash is not the fairy tale you’d expect. It’s about a girl named Aisling who grieves the loss of her mother by visiting her grave, remembering the fairy tale stories her mother told her about the Wood. When Ash’s father passes away, Ash is to live with her stepmother and stepsisters, who don’t share Ash’s beliefs in the Wood. Ash ultimately finds comfort in the Wood, where she takes walks and comes across both Kaisa, the King’s royal huntress and Sidhean, a dark fairy. In the end, she will have to choose between the two to find out where she truly belongs.

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amalyndb
Jan 22, 2016

Initial reaction: lovely twist on classic Cinderella. Forget the princes, forget the glamour, but follow your heart.

Aisling (Ash) lives in a world where the old ways (of greenwitches, herbwives) are being shunned increasingly more for the new of physicians and philosophers (churchmen). Her father remarries after her mother’s death; as he becomes ill, her stepmother insists that the old ways are not healing him and brings him south to physicians, where he dies.

Ash, alone in a household with stepmother and two stepsisters, is alienated in this strange city, away from her home and the forest she loves. After her father’s debts come to light, her stepmother dismisses her staff to have Ash work off the debt.

She befriends both a Fairy Prince, and the Huntress, who is head of the royal hunt. Love blooms. Fairy magic ensues.

Sweet and beautiful, an excellent twist on classic Cinderella.

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naguiar
Mar 17, 2015

Such a fantastic read. We need more lesbian cinderella stories out there. Actually, we need more lesbian stories out there, period. But really well written, intriguing, and developed. Honestly, I found the fairy realm parts far less interesting than her interactions with the huntress, but there was much of both. Fantastic. Wow.

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ABenoit
Jun 23, 2014

I LOVED IT! I have this huge thing for fairytale retellings, so this was a really nice treat for me to read.

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Thundercat5000
Mar 18, 2014

Loved the story hated the ending, it just stops with no explanation of reason. The twist on the boring version of the Cinderella story was refreshing to read I thought the main character Ash was was gay, which was a rare treat finally in a fairytale for once this felt closer to reality.However then she flirted with the elf. I was like oh OK. But the author never really made it clear who Ash preferred the Huntress or the Elf. So I hope there be another book to continue on a bit more.

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shayshortt
Nov 17, 2016

When Aisling’s mother dies, she is heartbroken. Her father remarries quickly and unexpectedly, bringing his new wife and her two daughters to live with them in the house in Rook Hill, at the edge of the Wood. Then her father dies as well, and Aisling is left alone with her strange new family. Abused by her stepmother, Aisling loses herself in fairy tales, reading and rereading her favourite stories. Defying all caution, she takes long walks in the Wood, hoping to be stolen away by the fairies. But a powerful fairy lord who calls himself Sidhean makes himself her protector, denying her desire. Thus able to pass safely in the Wood, she meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress. Aisling owes Sidhean for the wishes he has granted her, but with Kaisa in her life, she is suddenly reluctant to pay.

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krystalamanda16
Jun 06, 2013

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

whiteshadow13 Apr 03, 2012

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.

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Maxie1334
Nov 19, 2016

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shayshortt
Nov 17, 2016

But even if magic was so rare it was more like myth than reality, the people of that country still loved their fairy tales.

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