Monday, 28 March 2011
Ash - Malinda Lo
Paperback, 291 pages
Published March 4th 2010 by Hodder Children's Books (first published January 1st 2009)
Check out the summary and other details HERE. (The blurb was rather long!)
I was dying to read this book after it was pronounced a 'retelling of Cinderella.' There is absolutely no doubt that Malinda has an exquisite writing style, however I do wish some aspects had been a little different.
Lets talk characters first. This was the main aspect I wanted to change. The characters were just so boring and didn't really stand out at all. Infact having just finished it, I have to admit that I can remember very few. Ash was a strong protagonist, however I just wish there had been more depth to her, and also more detail. Forgive me if I'm wrong, but I barley no what she looks like due to lack of description.
I totally got the whole magical feel of this book, however I just wish there was more, well, actual magic, one that I could witniss, why did it have to be so secretive all of the time?
The setting that Malinda created I thought, was stunning. The whole forest was beautifully descriptive. (Why couldn't this have been the same case for the characters?) I loved all of her descriptions of Ash's surroundings, and I really felt like I too, was in the forest.
The ending did take my by surprise. I mean, I have nothing against it, but I really didn't feel much tension, it kind of just happened. I wish there could again, have been a little more depth.
Overall, this was a beautifully written novel, however I thought that there was so much more potential, and it didn't keep my attention for very long.