*This post may contain spoilers*
“Ash” by Malinda Lo is a twist on the classic fairytale, Cinderella, with a little bit of added magic. You have all the elements of Cinderella: The orphan girl who is treated like a servant by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, the ball where she has to home by midnight and the prince who falls in love with the mysterious girl at the ball. However you also have added and tweaked elements that makes “Ash” and truly unique book: The fairy godfather, the orphan girl falls in love with the Kings Huntress instead of the prince and a bucket load of magic.
I loved the fact that Ash didn't fall in love with “Prince Charming” or with the mysterious fairy, but instead she fell in love with the Huntress and I think that's what makes it so different to the other sort of fantasy/fairytale type stories. This story also turns out differently to most other stories. I honestly thought that Ash was going to be reunited with her mum who had become a fairy or something like that but I loved that she didn't. I also thought that Ash would end up living happily ever after with Sidhean or with the Prince but I didn't really consider the idea that she could end up with Kaisa, maybe because we don't often see same-sex pairings, especially in teen books.
So my nitpick, since I always manage to have some sort of nitpick, would be that I wanted some of the characters to be a bit more in depth. I would like to have known more about Clara, Ash's dad, Sidhean and Kaisa. Saying that, I still like their characterisation but I would have liked more.
So what's my verdict? A very interesting, refreshing, unique story that is definitely worth a read. This isn't your average fairy tale story, Ash doesn't end up falling in love with the mythical being or the perfect prince and I think this book sends a very powerful message: that you don't always fall in love with the mysterious guy or the so called “prince charming”, you can fall in love with your best friend, no matter what their sex is and I think that is something that more books need to try to get across.
Well since it has taken me so long to post a review, I decided to treat you all to two, aren't you all lucky people! =P