Autumn 2009 Kids' Indie Next List
“Ash is in some ways a retelling of the Cinderella story, but it's also a commentary upon enchantments. Will Ash succumb to the allure of the mysterious stranger? What does her late mother's involvement in the old ways of magic have to do with her current situation? And will she be doomed to spend eternity away from the one she truly loves? This thoughtful, compelling story kept me reading late into the night.”
— Karen Maeda Allman, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA
In the wake of her father's death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed by 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. 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. Their friendship, as delicate as a new bloom, 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 and empowering, Ash beautifully unfolds the connections between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.
"Cinderella, gorgeously reimagined, captivating and winsome. After you've fallen into the storytelling world of Malinda Lo, the truth of love will transcend the romantic ideal of fairy tales."
—Julie Anne Peters, author of Keeping You a Secret and National Book Award Finalist Luna
" 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
"A Cinderella story with fresh blood and real yearning."
—Rainbow Rowell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Carry On
"I will forever hold this gorgeous novel close to my heart."
—Nina LaCour, author of the Michael L. Printz Award winner We Are Okay
"Lyrical and beautifully balanced...this Cinderella is flesh and blood in a whole new, breathtaking way."
—Kristin Cashore, New York Times bestselling author of the Graceling Realm series and Jane, Unlimited
"A modern classic and a must-read for those seeking...the victory of transformation over the darkest grief."
—Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen and The Gilded Wolves
"Lo is one of the greatest voices in YA fiction."
—Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of the And I Darken trilogy
"With its beauty and bravery...Ash opened a world to girls like me."
—Anna-Marie McLemore, author of the Stonewall Honor Book When the Moon Was Ours and Blanca & Roja