I have some mixed feelings about Malinda Lo's Ash, the Cinderella-esque book I read this week. I'm trying to convince myself that just because I don't like a book doesn't mean that it's not a good book. I think perhaps if I were a 12 year old lesbian with an extreme interest in fairies and fairy lore, this book would be a must read. But I'm not.
All of this being said, I think it is AWESOME that there exists some lesbian fiction for young adults. I know that this book does not stand alone in this genre but I do think Lo has gone somewhere no one else has, drawing together both lesbian fiction and fantasy. Though I mentioned this is not something that really strikes my fancy, I will bet money on the fact that many a young lesbian would indeed be very interested in the fairy/fantasy world that Lo has created here.
Most quotable passage: "Ash felt her entire body move toward her, as if every aspect of her being was reorienting itself to this woman, and they could not be close enough."
Sexiness Factor (1-10): 2- It's for pre-teens!
Buy It or Borrow It: Unless you are that 12 year old fantasy lover I've been referring to, borrow it.
I'm hoping to review Lo's second book Huntress soonish while this one is still fresh in my mind!