Fairy tales, we’ve all heard them. The twists of Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, sometimes we’ve heard enough. Sometimes it’s the princess that always needs saving and the prince who always is handsome. But, not in Ash.
Ash is a reworked tale of Cinderella, told without the fairy godmother, the glass slipper and the prince. Malinda Lo adds a beautiful touch of ancient lore and stories about fairy folk, that combines skillfully with the homely setting of the Wood.
Imagine, fairies, huntresses and a stubborn step family, all wrapped up in a double romance that the protagonist must navigate. This story delves deep into danger, mystery and the unknown and how our perceptions change.
Her mother died, her father died, her step-mother is bent on making her pay for her father’s debts. She finds friendship in the wood with a fairy , who grants wishes for a deadly price, at the same time, she falls in love with the Huntress. What a pot of soup!
I wonder what’s else?
A wonderfully, drawn out twist on the classical Cinderella, this one will surely teach girls about the different options in life.
Suitable for older kids starting at preferably thirteen, as contains risky language, and themes commonly censored. Try it, you never know.