Review: Ash by Malinda Lo

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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.


Oh, how to describe this beautiful novel? Yes, it is a “retelling” of Cinderella, however, Malinda Lo took me into a world that I’ve never experienced with such feeling. Her prose is stunning, and she creates a melancholy that’s just perfect for winter reading. We follow Ash as she experiences the utter grief of her father’s death, as she is thrust into the hands of her vindictive and hateful stepmother, and as she meets the Faery Prince Sidhean, and the mysterious and enchanting Kaisa, the King’s Huntress. Ultimately this is a novel of love and sacrifice, and as we journey through ancient forests, heavy with ancient and powerful magic, we are taught what it really means to follow your heart. This is a love story that shouldn’t be missed! Keep an eye out for Ms. Lo’s new novel,Huntress, coming in April!



  1. I will have to check this one out!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. New follower here 🙂

  2. you do enjoy the book. I wonder why it lost one start from you
    I have never seen it but I am going to check the excerpt.

  3. I loved this book! So beautifully written. Huntress is definitely on my to-buy-as-soon-as-it-comes-out list!!

  4. Aleetha-a 4 for me is very near perfect!

  5. So glad to hear you loved it – this has been on my to-read list for far too long. Hoping to get to it soon.

  6. I have heard good things about this. I'm actually getting Huntress through an ARC tour, so maybe I should read this one too. 🙂
    Thanks for coming by during the hop. I'm following you now. Have a great weekend!

  7. Sally-It's a very quick read, and sooo worth it!

    Logan-I think you could read Huntress without reading Ash, since I believe it deals with different characters, but it's definitely worth your time!

  8. Becca-You'll love it!

  9. I just NEED to read this book! Thanks for the review!

  10. Jacinda-It's just a gorgeous book! I'm glad you liked the review! Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Just stopping by to say hi and thanks for following! I'm now following your blog. =]
    That's What Liz Read

  12. Hey! visiting you on the hop 🙂
    I tend to read strong female heroine-cenric books more than any other, preferably something in the fantasy/space opera genre!
    Have a good hop!
    Dee, hopping from e-Volving Books

  13. Deepali-Have you tried the Sirantha Jax series by Ann Aguirre? I think you'd like it!

  14. Love your review! Been dying to read this myself. Your comment on my blog on Friday seemed to have been a bit of a prediction! Had a lovely weekend shopping and reading! Wish I could do that all the time!

    Sonette @ Bookworm Blog

  15. Thank you for visiting Book Love! I've seen this cover everywhere, but hadn't actually stopped to read a review. I love that it's a Cinderella re-telling! The story sounds just wonderful. Is Huntress a re-telling as well? I'm guessing it could be a Little Red Riding Hood story?? I'm going to go look at the author's website and find out 🙂

  16. Katie-It's just a lovely book! I don't think Huntress is a retelling-I believe it has some Chinese mythology in it, very intriguing!

  17. Sonette-Glad you liked the review! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  18. Miss Sigh...anide in the Word Emporium

    Hey, just stopping by your blog :).
    I've seen this book around and always loved the cover but never knew what it was about. Now that I know more about it I'm actually determined to read it, so thank you.
    New follower 🙂

  19. Miss Sigh…anide (love that name)-thanks so much for stopping by, and thanks for following! I love your blog!

  20. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have this one sitting on my TBR pile waiting to be read. Sounds really good.

  21. I read this one a while ago, and really liked it for the most part, but found myself disappointed by the lack of depth in the relationships between characters, and the 'glossing over'. But, I definitely agree that Lo is a very talented writer, and I'm very interested to read Huntress!

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