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264 pages, Hardcover
First published September 1, 2009
She would rather be alone in her room than alone in the midst of a celebration she was not a part of.Just when her life is at the pinnacle of hopelessness and she's sinking into a deep depression, she meets Sidhean. He's a member of the fae - and promises to whisk her away to his lands.
“Every time you come near me,” he said, “you come closer to the end of everything.”Then one day, Ash meets Kasia (the Queen's Huntress) and through their friendship (and eventually love) she finds the courage and hope to keep living.
With her heart hammering in her throat, Ash asked, ‘Will you do me the honor of dancing with me?’ She looked up at Kaisa, and the huntress’ look of bewilderment was changing, slowly, to a small, tentative smile.I liked the idea of this one. The darker aspects of the tale, the menace of the fairies and the sweet romance between Ash and Kasia...only nothing really clicked for me. The characters felt flat, their phrases alternated between wooden and cliche, and the romance was just too predictable. No spark.
❝It’s smart to be afraid of things that smell of death.❞
What the Book Is Really AboutThe author, Malinda Lo, described it best herself:
❝Whenever I’m asked what Ash is about, I say that it’s not about being gay. It’s about grief and love, and these are emotions we all experience, regardless of sexual orientation.❞
OVERALLAsh is a really good book—it just fell short of the mark. If the romance and the ending had been a bit more elaborate, it would have been a really great book. But, alas, no book is perfect.
“Every time you come near me,” he said, “you come closer to the end of everything.”The characters felt so flat and dull. I didn't care whatever happens to them. The plot was also predictable and slow, and there were no twists! The world wasn't developed well, I felt lost for the most part of it, but a part of it was because I skipped a lot of pages. Couldn't help it!
“It does not feel that way,” she said. “It feels like I am coming closer to the beginning.”
"She asked 'Will I die?' He replied 'Only a little.' "