Ash by Malinda Lo

| Friday, June 11, 2010

Today's Tune: Diamond Dave

Just a quicky post today!

First, I'd like to direct your attention to Ash by Malinda Lo, which I recently finished. This novel is richly literary, with fantasy elements that are ever-present, but never over the top.

If you've heard anything at all about this book, you'll know it's a lesbian retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale. Elements of Cinderella are strong throughout, but this retelling is just as I like them - using the original story as an obvious frame, but not a verbatim rehashing of the story with names and a few key elements changed. I greatly admired that the title character, Ash, was strong. There's a strong theme of "the choices we make" in this novel. Ash begins as a brow-beaten girl in mourning, and becomes a woman determined to follow her heart.

All in all, a lovely and well-written novel. It is a bit slow at times. Ash begins the story at about ten or eleven years old and ends it at eighteen, and there are several points where the story stops in order for a character to recount a fairy tale. Even so, the writing was enjoyable to read, though some teens may wish for a little more action in their fiction.

Malinda Lo is supposed to be doing a book signing around these parts soon, and I'm very excited to go meet her :)

In other news, I actually finished a new chapter! YAY! Now back to it, heh.


{ fairyhedgehog } at: June 11, 2010 at 11:52 PM said...

It sounds like an interesting book.

Yay to finishing a chapter!

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