Ash by Malinda Lo is a modern retelling of the classic Cinderella fairytale. In Lo's version, Ash's mother dies while she is a young girl and resultin...moreAsh by Malinda Lo is a modern retelling of the classic Cinderella fairytale. In Lo's version, Ash's mother dies while she is a young girl and resulting in her father remarrying. Following her father's death, Ash's stepmothet makes her become the housemaid in order to pay off her father's debt. Rathet than the traditional fairy godmother to help Ash with all of her needs, her benefactor is a fairy by the name of Sidhean. With Sidhean's help Ash is able to spend time with Kaisa, the king's huntress as well as attend the ball in hopes of seeing not the price, but the huntress.
Although the premise of the story sounded promising, Cinderella ends up with another woman and not the prince, the overall story itself I found boring. I found the characters to be lacking in any true depth, even Ash came across as being rather one dimensional. The pull and tug Ash felt between being with Sidhean or with Kaisa held no real tension or uncertainty for me the reader. I felt as though there needed to be a stronger lesbian awakening for Ash than what there was.
Due to my boredom while reading this book I can only give this a book a 2 star rating.(less)
Reading "Grimm's Fairy Tales" has long been on my list of must read books, because it is such a classic and has inspired so many films, both Disney an...moreReading "Grimm's Fairy Tales" has long been on my list of must read books, because it is such a classic and has inspired so many films, both Disney and otherwise. The edition I read, courtesy of Barnes & Noble, had all the stories except for the two most controversial ones due to their anti-semitic bent and the fact that Hitler used them as part of his oratory against the Jewish people. Not needing to read these two missing stories, I rather enjoyed this collection of the Grimm's Brother's Fairy Tales. I immediately recognized the classics and better known stories, like: "Rapunzel", "Rumpelstiltskin", "Sleeping Beauty" and "Cinderella". It was nice to be introduced to some new and lesser known stories like "The Crystal Ball". The largest drawback and annoyance I noticed during the course of my reading, was that after a while, many of the stories all began to resemble one another to the point that they seemed to be the exact same plot with only one or two minor differences in the stories as a whole. Overall though, this was well worth the read and it makes me appreciate the original stories even more regardless of the liberties Disney has taken when making the stories more child and family friendly.(less)