Ash by Malinda 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, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.
 

About Malinda Lo

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Malinda is the former managing editor of AfterEllen.com, and an award-winning journalist for her work in LGBT media. She studied X-Files fan communities when she was receiving her MA in Anthropology, which is where she got the inspiration for Adaptation. She now lives in Northern California with her partner and their dog. Ash was her first novel, and received many accolades and was a finalist for the Lambda Award, Norton Award, and Morris Award among others.
 
Published August 11, 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 272 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Examiner

The Fairy Prince is all too willing to return Ash to her torturous real-world every time she makes a break for it - until she finds some piece of happiness.

Sep 01 2009 | Read Full Review of Ash

Los Angeles Review of Books

Not only does Ash fall in love with a woman, but, instead of wishing to attend a ball, Ash initially wishes for the chance to participate in a hunt, so that she may spend more time with Kaisa.

Jul 12 2012 | Read Full Review of Ash

Los Angeles Review of Books

Not only does Ash fall in love with a woman, but, instead of wishing to attend a ball, Ash initially wishes for the chance to participate in a hunt, so that she may spend more time with Kaisa.

Jul 12 2012 | Read Full Review of Ash

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