Author: Malinda Lo.
Year of Publication: 2010 (UK).
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books (UK).
Format: Available in paperback, an ebook, and an audiobook.
Cost for Paperback (RRP): £5.99 (UK).
Age Range: I suggest from about 10 up, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents first.
This book is the first book in a series.
This book has been described as a modern Cinderella story, and for once it’s a description I found to be reasonably accurate. But before you switch off saying, “I already know that story”, listen to what I have to say.
Yes, there are similarities, but so what? It’s a great story, with it’s own twists and unique characters, and it is told in a very rich and enthralling way. In a lot of ways it’s better than the version of Cinderella most people know from Disney.
It’s main character, Ashling, has an air of authenticity to her that many of you will recognise, because even if you pick her up and put her into a different story you will still recognise her characteristics and emotions when it comes to growing up.
“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” Sirius Black, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.