Friday, September 25, 2009

Ash by Malinda Lo

****Ash by Malinda Lo****

Originality- 18/20
Characters- 18/20
Remembrance- 8/10
Quote-ability- 7/10
Entertainment- 17/20
Ending- 8/10
Recommend to read- 8/10
TOTAL- 86/100
Grade- B

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, re-reading 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.

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Ash was absolutely beautiful. It had a very Cinderella feel but with a fantasy edge. I really liked reading a book that talks about fairies but doesn't have one for a main character.

Ash was a wonderful main character. We got to see her grow and become more independent throughout the entire novel. I really did love how fairies and other magical beings are incorporated into the story without taking it over. Intead we learned about them through bits and pieces from when Ash remembers something her mother told her, or when people are telling fairie tales.

You really had to feel for Ash, especially when you think all is going downhill for her. The whole book seemed really magical but still real. It is taken place somewhere I have never been but sounds wonderful. I would recommend Ash to anyone who wants to see the other side of fairies and their stories.

-Amanda

1 comment:

Tay-Toe said...

Of course, I'll want that at our next trade. *shifty eyes*