The sun hasn't shone in years, and crops are failing. A sequel to Adaptation, titled Inheritance, was published in 2013. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. As with most Malinda Love books the story starts off slow, hits a strong pace I'm the middle and ends with you wanting more. Also the way she voices Ash makes her sound like a young spoiled kid. I just felt like I was there.
Instead, the lesbian I have had this one on my To-Read radar for a while because I was intrigued by a lesbian Cinderella retelling. The two women's attraction just touched the surface. The darker aspects of the tale, the menace of the fairies and the sweet romance between Ash and Kasia. He told her upfront, you ask for this, there will be a price: you'll belong to me. I think that says something about Lo's ability to create believable relationships though, if I didn't even realize the two of them were supposedly falling in love. Against the sheer misery of her stepmother's cruelty, greed and ambition in preparing her two charmless daughters for presentation at court, and hopefully royal or aristocratic marriage, Ash befriends one of these fairies - a mysterious, handsome man-who grants her wishes and restores hope to Ash's existence, even though she knows there will be a price to pay.
Once she does appear in the story, my interest did increase, but not enough to save this novel for me. She keeps the stepmother and stepsisters evil, but they are still full characters with both good and bad in them. How many times can your main character wander in the Wood and stay interesting? This whole book just felt confused. They have their own goals and problems, triumphs and miseries, and the most important part is that Ash both recognizes and acknowledges this. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. Oh and, Ash is lesbian.
When you think about it, so is Cinderella in the original fairy tale. But most important of all, she also meets Kaisa, a huntress employed by the king, and it is Kaisa who truly awakens Ash's desires for both love and self-respect. Please read the book to find out, because it matters. Ash, where'd you get the magic horsey? She interweaves fairy tales and traditions of her own into the story and creates a world the reader can immerse himself in. Unlike Cinderella, she has hate in her heart. Even with Sidhean it felt like he was more of an experiment than an actual love-interest.
Ash is able to return to Kaisa and begin their lesbian love affair. For example, they let us know which features and sections are most popular. Some are allies, some are indifferent, and some are outright adversarial, but that is all okay, and you know why? For a book with such a provocative, potentially controversial premise, is dreadfully, painfully dull and lacking in strong emotion and vibrant characters. Cut out the middleman Sidhean? She has pretty dull encounters with both although we are supposed to get a sense of her being torn between them, I think. I found my new desire. Seriously though, I actually really liked Ash. The struggle here is with grief and finding a reason to live.
It worked out pretty well, reading Ash immediately after Cinder, because the former answered a question the latter had left me pondering: is it fair to call a Cinderella retelling out on heinous Alpha Bitch syndrome? This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Worse yet, strange and hostile creatures have begun to appear. She lives with her partner in Massachusetts. Does she cry, does she run away, does she pluck the horse at the tip of its nose and growl back? Is it reasonable to expect Ash to be excited about a prince she has never even exchanged a word with? The writer had no business narrating her own story.
I just realized I had posted this review to my blog but not here! In this stage in the novel, there was no need for the reader to doubt that this was Ash's impulse because we have seen her grow. And what is Ash's response to this mare's stare? Please review the types of cookies we use below. As the author Malinda Lo may have a good insight into the story, but she is a terrible narrator. Still, she is very relatable nonetheless. It has a glorious ending that I would rather like to hug. With this one, I missed the certain something that would have made it an unforgettable read. But in this change of life, there is a price for keeping it and for continuing to let it grow.
Why is it in the story? Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. What was the most interesting aspect of this story? Ash was that last thing for me. Malinda Lo absolutely blew me away. The world must be ending. A Cinderella with a twist of darkness and lore, the characterization of a young girl, family, love, and disappointment, left me inside of this world and I think I still haven't found my way out. I've only created this profile to claim my name here, and I don't check messages here or add friends.
I didn't get a thing from Kaisa. Sidhean is a creeper and the hundreds are a great twist. Since reading Ash, I am desperately seeking that language, that energy, those woods, the doublespeak that Lo so artfully rendered. I did enjoy the strong female characters and that the step-mother and sisters were three dimensional characters instead of evil caricatures. My God, such a dreary bunch of characters.