Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Ash by Malinda Lo

After the death of Ash's father, she is forced into indentured servitude for her stepmother and two stepsisters.

Sound familiar? Yeah. Me too.

Cinderella adaptations are thick on the ground, and while the premise of this one seemed unique, the execution did not. Everything about the language and style of this book feels like something I've already read. It's painful to say, since I'm a great lover of fairy tales (and I so wanted to like this one), but this is less than stellar.

For fairy tale adaptations that feel more fresh and unique, I'd recommend Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George, or A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce (reviews of both will be coming soon).

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