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on 23 April 2012
I have to say I enjoyed this book, I was excited to read a book where the fact that the heroine fell in love with a woman wasn't a big deal. The romance between Ash and the huntress was a little chaste for my liking but there was a sweetness to it that I found endearing. I guess as a retelling of a fairy story I could hardly expect there to be tons of passion, having said that the relationship isnt the main issue and it sort of creeps up on both you and Ash. All in all a lovely book with some beautiful lyrical imagery.
The one downside is I felt slightly removed from it while I was reading, as though someone was telling me the tale but I wasn't in it myself. Still definitely worth a read.
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I wish I'd read this book as a teen. It is a wonderful lovely fairy story, with a GLBT romance which is never issue laden or heavy, but rather just provides traditional fairytale romance that just happens to be between two girls. Ash is an orphan left alone with a cruel stepmother (sound familiar?). Lonely and desperate to escape her life, she finds herself drawn to the forest where the strange and ghostly fae dwell, and becomes increasingly involved with a fae lord. Then she meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, and everything changes.

This is a lovely version of Cinderella, with a really positive and life giving message throughout. I enjoyed it thoroughly, unconventional twists and all.
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on 5 January 2015
A retool of an old favourite, ash does not overstay its welcome and moves at a quick pace. As long as you simply follow the journey the author wishes and concede to a simple, youthful approach to love, Ash can give you an enjoyable morning read.

The writing is as simple as the plot and speaks of an author with room to grow.

In all I enjoyed my time with Ash, but I feel that it will be a forgettable time.
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on 4 November 2013
Okay so this book was preused and I expected it to have some spine love and all sorts. BUT NO IT DIDN'T! It was perfect, still had the Waterstone's label from it's original purchase. This was fantastic. The person I bought it for thought I'd gone and spent the full price in the book shop when really I'd grabbed this deal online. Absolutely in love with the book.
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on 27 May 2013
I started reading this, fell into the story and didn't pause much until the book was over. I loved the dark, nuanced characterisation of the fairies and the sweet budding romance, but also that it was much about the character coming into her own, with some help but not only from how circumstances shifted.
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on 1 June 2013
An entertaining and well written read, with both the plots going on in the fairy world and the real world being interesting. The relationship between Kaisa and Ash was sweet and enjoyable and the step-mother was fairly realistic in her cruel treatment of Ash which I liked.
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on 12 February 2011
The storyline of Ash has been debated on here a lot. I didn't look at any of these reviews before reading Ash and I wouldn't recommend anybody do so. Just read the book! It's like art. Causes strong reactions in some people and barely a ripple in others.
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on 18 June 2014
This is probably one of my favourite ever YA novels. Perfect whether you are queer or not. It explores themes of love in a beautiful re-imagining of Cinderella.
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on 25 January 2013
It was magnificent! Thoroughly enjoyable, and such a heart-warming and thrilling plot! It's worth the money if you're thinking of buying it!
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on 15 October 2010
Confounds expectations. Lots left unsaid and unexplained, creating a real atmosphere of magic. I hope Lo writes more set in this world.
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