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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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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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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.

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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. <br/>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. <br/>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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  • mluna
  • Orange County, CA
  • 06-17-14

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.

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meh

The characters mostly felt flat, as did the narration, which sounded more like reciting than story telling.

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Ash

this was a great listen!! I enjoyed the narrator as well as the passing of the story.

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Disappointing

What disappointed you about Ash?

I like the idea: Cinderella with some gender twists. But this is clumsy writing -- it reads like a first novel. Promising, but not quite readable yet.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Currently in the middle of a Joe Abercrombie novel. Beautiful, masterful writing! Very dark, but worth wincing through because the writing is so good.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes, the ideas are fine: a slightly grimmer Cinderella with diverse gender and sexuality roles.

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not much cinder-in-this-ella story

I was surprised, but not upset at lesbian content. its a different twist on the tail, but it could haven
been better done. the Authors reading got monotonous after a while and the story was heavy with story in story, fairy tale retellings. not horrible but not pounding down the door for a sequel either.

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One of my All Time Favorite Fairytale Retellings

A very fresh take on the story of cinderella, and a really lovely one. I found it highly believable, and the gender-swap of a couple key characters was surprising, and delightful. It's a wonderful coming-of-age story, asking yourself what you really want. I highly recommend!

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Genuinely enchanting!

I'm terrifically glad that this is my final book for the year! It's quite magical, and both heady and light at the same time. There was a dreamlike quality to the entire experience that really spoke to me, and I can't wait to read more by this author!