by Malinda Lo
Ash's mother died when she was young, and after her father remarries, she loses him to illness, too. In a world where the king's philosophers try to move people away from their belief in fairies and Wood magic, Ash turns to this other world to escape from her stepmother and stepsisters whenever she can. Still longing for her mother, she develops a friendship with a handsome fairy named Sidhean. Ash's attentions turn towards her own world when she meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress. As their friendship develops, she finds herself making a bargain with Sidhean in order to spend more time with Kaisa, a bargain that she realizes will mean entering a fairy tale world but losing her true love. This retelling of the Cinderella story has fantasy, romance, adventure, and the promise of making you rethink fairy tales and their lure.