[image description: the cover of Ash by Malinda Lo. It is a gorgeous illustration of a person—presumably the female protagonist—with light skin and brown hair in a white skirt and black corset (?) walking barefoot through ferns in a forest. She is holding her shoes behind her and facing backwards, walking through the forest. End description.]
In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, re-reading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.
The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash’s capacity for love—and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.
Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.
By Malinda Lo.
This book is pretty good. (The Huntress is super awesome.) I recommend it! If your local library is decent (read: not anti-gay or very conservative), you can find it in the YA fiction section.