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Ash by Malinda Lo
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Dec 21, 09

bookshelves: read-in-2009, ya-fiction

I found the world building boring, and I felt the entire time like Lo was talking to me, rather than telling me a story (i.e., it felt like she didn't try to tell a story but instead just spit the facts out). The backstories were far too lengthy and unnecessary and the story itself gets lost. None of the characters are interesting, and Ash herself is just irritating. I disliked the writing style a lot, and I thought the lesbian love scene never had merit -- we don't actually see Ash learn anything about love or relationships. She doesn't seem to build them; they just magically happened, and it didn't require her to keep them up for them to sustain themselves. In other words, there was a lot of weak character building and too much time spent on a world that is just a very confusing Cinderella (I never once could tell the differences in setting because, although much went into giving them a lot of weight, they were essentially all the same bland stage for a flat story). A big disappointment for me.
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message 1: by Em (new) - rated it 4 stars

Em I enjoyed reading this book, but I completely agree with your review.

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