Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas #BookReview

Title: Ash & Bramble
Series: #1
Author: Sarah Prineas
Published: September 15th 2015 by HarperTeen
Buy: Amazon * Goodreads

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.

So Ash & Bramble starts off like an old fashion fairytale, dark, haunting and a little odd. I wouldn’t consider this as much of retelling as a reimagining of the old Fairy Tales. As I have said when reviewing retellings before, the original tales are very dark. I thought Ash & Bramble captures this beautifully. I was so completely captivated by this story and really enjoyed it.

We have Pin, who is our mysterious main character. She’s tough even though she is working with no memories. She manages to overcome the challenges put before her over and over again. As far as her origins are concerned. We do get pieces that fit together but not necessarily everything.

I loved Shoe. He has that perfect personality. He’s a sweet guy but a little rough around the edges. He’s fearful of the Godmother and yet still manages to defy her in small ways by helping Pin. He doesn’t plan to be a hero but his good character just sets him on the path. In all honesty the things he does is because of Pin more than because he’s make righteous choices.

The Prince made me laugh because I kept picturing him as Chris Pine in Into the Woods. I guess you could say he was part of a love triangle but not really. Even though Pin/Pen felt drawn to him, her feelings always seemed a little bit distant.

I loved how creative the plot was. I don’t want to give too much away because I enjoyed reading it and not knowing anything about it myself. I thought it was a really unique way to incorporate different Fairy Tales.

As far as the cover. I really like her shoes. I know weird, when you read the story the cover makes more sense. Especially the fact that her dress is snagging on the brambles.

I really liked Ash & Bramble and the way it took Fairy Tales and gives them a new spin.

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I love books, tea/coffee(by the gallon) and sour candy. I wear my nerd badge with pride and have two children ages 5 and 3 that keep me on my toes.
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4 comments:

  1. Glad you enjoyed it! I am always up for a good retelling....

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  2. I’m so glad you liked this one! I really loved it actually and I now there are a lot of mixed reaction to it but I liked how unique it was. I’m LOL at how you image Prince as being Chris Pine in the woods…I can TOTALLY see that >.< hahaha that’s so funny. I really loved that it was so unique especially the writing and the beginning part. I liked pin too. One thing I don’t get it..why do you think she chose not to use the thing on herself? you know what I mean? I felt like that explanation was a bit rushed and didn’t feel satisfied with that lol ;)

    Great review!

    Diamond @ Dee’s Reads

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  3. HA. I wish I could see Chris Pine while reading this one! I'm happy you enjoyed this one so much! I was a bit iffy about Pin and Shoe, but the creativity was something else!

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  4. While I did not like how bare the cover is but i have to agree the plot captures the true dark essence of fairytales perfectly and those shoes are really awesome.

    Great review!
    Do check out my review of the book too here

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