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Ash | [Malinda Lo]

Ash

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.
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Publisher's 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.

©2009 Malinda Lo (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Jennifer Akers San Jose, CA 12-18-13
    Jennifer Akers San Jose, CA 12-18-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Sweet book :)"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I liked the story, I thought it was a neat reference to Cinderella. The author narrates the story however and she doesn't have very much energy in her voice. She sort of sounds tired. She doesn't do voices so it's just a person, reading you the book, as if you were at circle time in school. I think it's cool that an author would also narrate their own story but I think you'd need to be able to act or at least learn different voices. And put some emotion into it for goodness sakes!


    What other book might you compare Ash to and why?

    Cinderella


    Could you see Ash being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, I don't think it's a strong enough story for a movie. Especially because it's similar to the Cinderella story and that's been made over a few times already.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    mluna Orange County, CA 06-17-14
    mluna Orange County, CA 06-17-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Great Fantasy Fairy Tale"

    This spin on Cinderella was really clever. Ash is a great heroine, I love her interaction with the fairy world, especially with the mysterious Fairy man. Sadly, I was rooting for him, but Ash meets her girl love and they live happily ever after. Good story, worth a listen to, takes you away to a magical place but not cheesy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BRUCE L. MANSFIELD HURST, TX USA 02-23-14
    BRUCE L. MANSFIELD HURST, TX USA 02-23-14 Member Since 2000
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    "It is a fairy tale in every way"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It was too simplistic and was just an elaborate fairy tale. The gay aspect was never explored really. .The two women's attraction just touched the surface. The author didn't have the courage to really explore it.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The failure to develop the two women's relationship left the story wanting.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was disappointed that she didn't really develop the relationship


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    Martha K. 06-25-14
    Martha K. 06-25-14 Member Since 2010
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    "The Author Should Not have Read this Story"
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    This book is much better then I would have expected. The characters are full and the plot is well thought out. The author managed to keep the story Cinderella, but through in enough twists that it is still exciting. She keeps the stepmother and stepsisters evil, but they are still full characters with both good and bad in them. I also personally enjoyed the addition of the price, and the use of the Faye.
    Choosing to have the author narrate was a mistake. As the author Malinda Lo may have a good insight into the story, but she is a terrible narrator. She over does the voice acting so that it feels like someone talking to a small child. Also the way she voices Ash makes her sound like a young spoiled kid.
    The story is well worth getting past the narration, especially if you are a fan of fairytale retellings. But you may want to buy this as a book instead of an audiobook.

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