You have no idea how much I wanted to love Ash. I mean, a Cinderella retelling where Cinderella (Ash) is a lesbian? Count me in! For sure!
For such an interesting and original premise, Ash was pretty dull. Pretty much NOTHING happens throughout the whole book. There is no conflict that has to be resolved. It's so boring. The descriptions of gowns and balls and such were exquisite, but got old after awhile.
Ash herself isn't too likable. It's not that she's annoying, she just has no personality.
Don't even get me started on the semi-love triangle between Ash, Sidhean and Kaisa. Sidhean could've been the villain, and a great one, but he wasn't. The blurb LIES. He is not a "dark and dangerous" fairy at all. He lets Ash go so easily, even after "claiming" her.
Kaisa also had potential to be a great love interest to Ash, but wasn't, IMO. There was scarcely anything to their relationship. It's not that it was insta-love, it's just that there's no emotion. It doesn't feel like there's love there.
The only thing I really liked was the writing, which was gorgeous. Other than, Ash was kind of disappointing. It wasn't unenjoyable though.