Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas ~ Review by Fallon

Ash & Bramble by
Hardcover, 464 pages
Expected publication: September 15th 2015
by HarperTeen 
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Goodreads Description:

When the glass slipper just doesn’t fit…

The tale of Cinderella has been retold countless times. But what you know is not the true story.

Pin has no recollection of who she is or how she got to the Godmother’s fortress. She only knows that she is a Seamstress, working day in and out to make ball gowns fit for fairy tales. But she longs to forsake her backbreaking servitude and dares to escape with the brave young Shoemaker.

Pin isn’t free for long before she’s captured again and forced to live the new life the Godmother chooses for her—a fairy tale story, complete with a charming prince—instead of finding her own happily ever after.

Sarah Prineas’s bold fairy tale retelling is a dark and captivating world where swords are more fitting than slippers, young shoemakers are just as striking as princes, and a heroine is more than ready to rescue herself before the clock strikes midnight.

Fallon's Review:

Thank you HaperTeen for sending me an ARC for Review this in no way affected my opinion. 

This twist on a fairy tale starts off very bizarre from people who have features of animals. Then people who have no memory of their life before. They are slaves and workers. Pin does not even remember her name but she finds herself working as a seamstress. The only thing she does know is that she was not meant to do the work she was given and she is determined to escape the servitude she finds herself in. Yet nobody has ever escaped before. They either end up dead or punished as an example to all who dare defy Godmother. 

I loved the twist off this story and how Godmother is evil and another villain in the fairy tale was actually working for good but was portrayed in a way that seemed villainous. I also really enjoyed the world building. This was a beautiful and romantic story about fighting the destiny laid out before you and embracing what you feel and that your heart tells you is the path you should lead.

The thing I did not like was that the plot was over complicated and I wish that effort was put more into complicating the  characters. Some of the creatures were very weird and bizarre and I did not feel the concept meshed well within the story.

Ash & Bramble is an extremely unique take on Cinderella and I think everyone should read this upside down and all around take on this fairy tale. I enjoyed this book it is just not a story I would read over and over again.

About the Author

I’m a writer living in rural Iowa with a mad scientist husband, two kids, two dogs, two cats, chickens, and a bunch of goats.
My main thing is writing—I love to write, and talk about writing, and write emails to other writers. And reading. I read a lot. Mostly fantasy, but also romance and regular fiction.
I live on 40 acres out in the countryside, and I’m working to restore the woods and prairie. So basically I’m either writing or I’m outside working on the land, canoeing around our lake, hiking, or gardening. Or wrangling goats.

Author of the Magic Thief series and the Winterling trilogy.

Coming in Sept. 2015 is my first YA, Ash & Bramble.

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  1. Ooooooo! Another fairytale retelling! My favorite! I never thought about the mechanics behind the Godmother's magic, but this is sort of a dark imagining of what might be happening behind the scenes. There are always so many minor characters in fairytales that no one addresses or dreams up, and it's neat when an author like Sarah Prineas stops to think about what might be happening in the world of Fairytales where the glamorous spotlight isn't shining. Fantastic review, so excited to hear about this autumn release! (also, for the record, I think you mean "bizarre," not "bazaar" :)

    1. hay LOL thanks my spell check must have changed. ;)


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