A queer retelling of Cinderella you say?!
When her father dies, Ash finds herself beholden to her asshole step mother and step sisters. Wanting nothing more than a ticket out of her current circumstances, she indulges a fae dude’s courtship, even though she feels far more drawn to the King’s Huntress, Kaisa.
From a narrative perspective Ash is simple and well executed (YAY FOR GOOD WRITING!)
Unfortunately, the theme that drew me to this book in the first place was (surprise) the queer romance and, while followed through, at no point does the pairing seem…real. There’s very little insight into Ash’s draw to Kaisa, with their initial bonding all but a movie montage. Possibly as a result, we also get very little feel for Kaisa as a character herself. I actually had a way better understanding of the red herring love interest.
All of that said, I did like the emphasis on Ash needing to make her own choices and forge her own path. It’s rare in media in general, but even rarer in YA. She didn’t need saving at any point, even if she seemed to think she did for much of the novel, and that was refreshing.
Overall Ash is cute and well written. I’d recommend the thing.