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Malinda Lo

In the world of fairies are an older race of people who walk the line between life and death, reality and magic. As orphaned Ash grows up, a servant in her stepmother’s home, she begans to realise that her beloved mother, Elinor was very much in tune with these underworld folk, and that she herself has the power to see them too. Against the sheer misery of her stepmother’s cruelty, greed and ambition in preparing her two charmless daughters for presentation at court, and hopefully Royal or aristocratic marriage, Ash befriends one of these fairies - a mysterious, handsome man - who grants her wishes and restores hope to Ash’s existence, even though she knows there will be a price to pay. But most important of all, she also meets Kaisa, a huntress employed by the king, and it is Kaisa who truly awakens Ash’s desires for both love and self-respect… Ash escapes a life with her grim and self-serving stepmother and finds her beloved one… Ash is a fairy tale about possibility and recognizing the opportunities for change. From the deepest grief comes the chance for transformation. This is a ‘hot date’ on Date A Book, check out the other bookish ‘hotties’ at


In Ash, Malinda Lo has taken the familiar tale of Cinderella and retold it with the weight of its original intention as a cautionary tale and the added evocation of the grief of a young girl who loses her entire family and way of life. Ash’s loss, of both parents and her home, lays a logical groundwork for her dealings with the fairies, who demand so much for what they give in return.

A wonderfully atmospheric and grown-up fairytale.

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