Friday, May 21, 2010
A Cinderella Story
There have been many retellings of Cinderella, from Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted to Margaret Peterson Haddix's Just Ella. Malinda Lo's Ash is an entirely new take on Perrault's tale. Lo's bisexual twist makes this already wonderful teen novel into something no library should be without.
Ash grows grows up reading fairy tales, which her father says are just stories. When her father dies and her stepmother sets her to work, Ash dreams of escaping into the land of faerie, a place she knows is real. When Ash meets the faerie Sidhean, she learns that her wish may finally be granted. Meanwhile, Ash's walks in the woods bring her to forge a friendship with the King's Huntress. As their friendship grows, Ash comes to the realization that perhaps love can exist in the human realm. But Ash has already promised Sidhean that she will return to faerie, and she must choose between the possibility of love and the ethereal perfection of faerie.