Paperback | October 5, 2010

byMalinda Lo

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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,Ashis about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.

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Cinderella retoldIn 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 ...

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, the largest entertainment news website for lesbians and bisexual women. In 2006, Malinda was award...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:October 5, 2010Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:031604010X

ISBN - 13:9780316040105

Appropriate for ages: 15


Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Wish I Read this a Decade Ago How I longed for a book that was relevant to me when I was 14. I loved fairytales, I loved dreaming of the incredible worlds they created. This book was short and beautiful and is highly recommended to anyone looking for a sweet and romantic tale with a twist. Malinda Lo is fabulous check out her other titles as well.
Date published: 2015-09-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beautiful, buuuut... The best part of Ash is the beautiful, incredible writing. It's mesmerizing and magical and so amazingly powerful. A retelling of Cinderella, it is a darker side of the well known fairy tale and conveys so much emotion. I absolutely love how dark the fairies are, how there's always a price to pay, and the relationship between Ash and her stepsisters are great, too - Malinda Lo does a great job of keeping main elements of the classic fairly tale but adding her own interpretations, telling a deeper and darker story, but not a horrifying, depressing one, just a strong, darker one. The lesbian relationship is told so well and I LOVE how it's not "oh, Cinderella [Ash], you look so beautiful in your gown, marry me!" No. Ash actually knows Kaisa before falling in love with her, thank god. I hate love at first sight. Another thing I never liked about the classic Cinderella story: how weak Cinderella is. Everyone tells me i'm stupid and that she goes through so much, but she is just so pathetic and seems almost happy with her life. "But she's been basically a slave her whole life!" No. Cinderella had always gotten on my nerves and rubbed me the wrong way, but Ash is determined and strong and a lot more likeable - which also means she's a lot more open for hatred and sometimes annoying. But with this story, there are real, hardcore, good life lessons - Cinderella also teaches people that it'll be alright in the end, that you should expect good things to be handed to you. The morals in Ash are great. The ending is good, I like how everything turned out, but it was waaaaaaay too rushed. Like, wow. That's what dropped my rating down. If Malinda Lo took her time and didn't just, like, end it, it would've been a lot more enjoyable. Also, with beautiful writing comes slow, almost disengaging pace. I read this book fast, there's no doubt about it, but I often felt my eyes just kind of skipping and skimming, only for me to force myself to actually read it, which is great, because it's worth it. The characters are great but I feel they have no real, strong defining qualities, especially Kaisa, and the fairy who kinda owns Ash should be more haunting and leave more of an impression. But, honestly, Ash is great and super powerful and extremely beautiful, dark and deep without it being overly haunting. Totally worth a read, especially if you're like me and hate fairy tales.
Date published: 2014-04-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quick to read and enjoyable 3.5 stars This 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).
Date published: 2013-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful A beautiful retelling of the classic Cinderella story. This novel has you at the first chapter. Once you start reading you just don't want to put it down.It is a wonderful debut novel for Malinda Lo.
Date published: 2011-07-27

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" This lyrically retold Cinderella tale is not just a beautifully updated fable, but an ode to the transformative power of love."-Cassandra Clare, bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments series