Review: Ash by Malinda Lo

ashAsh by Malinda Lo

Details: Paperback, 272 pages
Published: October 5th 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: I bought it.
Buy it: The Book Depository

Summary: 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: I wanted this book so much and when I finally got it I was beyond excited. I’m not sure why, but for some reason it ended up sitting on my shelf for over a year before I finally got around to reading it.

All I can say is that I am so glad I bought this book and have now read it because it is amazing. Part of me wishes I read it sooner but another part of me is happy I didn’t. I’m just sad I will never get to read this book for the first time again.

I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump lately, but as soon as I started reading Ash I was hooked. I couldn’t put it down and read it in one sitting. I just had to know how it was going to end.

Malinda Lo’s writing is beautiful. Sort of magical. It’s hard to explain. I felt like a little kid while reading Ash. I don’t think any other book I’ve read has made me feel like that, except for Harry Potter.

I absolutely love all of the characters, especially Ash and Kaisa. Just everything about this book is perfect. I will definitely be buying Huntress, Adaptation, and anything else Lo writes. She is now one of my favourite authors.

If you haven’t read Ash yet, what are you waiting for? It’s a must read!

My Rating: 5 stars

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