In a medieval land where science and logic have begun to overtake faith and enchantment, Aisling still believes in fairies, having been fed a steady diet of supernatural tales by her beloved mother since she was a tot. But now her mother is dead and her father soon followsâ€”but not before marrying a cold noblewoman who finds fairies to be superstitious nonsense. After her fatherâ€™s death, Aisling or Ash as she is called, is demoted to a servant in her stepmotherâ€™s household, where she begins to dream of escape. She visits her motherâ€™s grave, willing the fairies to take her, only to be turned down again and again by the fairy lord Sidhean. Then one day, Ash notices and is noticed by the Kingâ€™s Huntress, a mysterious woman named Kaisa. Despite the difference in their stations, they soon become friends and suddenly Ash regains her will to live. But now she needs a favor in order to get closer to Kaisa, a favor only Sidhean can grant. The fairy agrees to give Ash what she wants, in exchange for her vow that she will become his â€œwhen the time is right.â€ Ash recklessly agrees, but soon regrets her choice when she realizes that she no longer wishes to leave her world for the cold, bright world of Fairie. Is it too late to change her mind? Is she brave enough to break her promise? Told in an understated, traditional tone, this upgraded and updated Cinderella story will take you by surprise when the love triangle of girl, fairy and huntress takes an unexpected turn. Newbie author Malinda Lo gives this oft-told tale a modern spit and polish, the results of which landed her as a finalist for the American Library Associationâ€™s William C. Morris YA Debut Award. And Loâ€™s in pretty hot company, check out the rest of the nominees (including Nina LaCour)Â here.