October 9, 2015

Not your average retelling: Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas

Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas

My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars :star :star :star 1/2

Source: eARC via Edelweiss/publisher

Date of Publication: September 15th, 2015

Publisher: HarperTeen Publishers

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.

My Review 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 



As the story opens, you're immediately drawn in.

...to a creepy
bizarre
haunted
scary
castle
in a fairy-tale that is just not quite average.

we meet the main character, Pin.
who is forced to be a seamstress in said dreary prison-like castle
with no memory whatsoever

She fails miserably, and is creeped out by the weirdos who just do their job never asking questions. How come they seem like they've all lived lives spent seamstress-ing (I know that isn't a word) and yet she doesn't know the first thing about it? It's weird. It sucks too. I feel for her, I really do. In fact, the beginning was one of my favorite parts even though I liked someone more than Pin and that is Shoe (don't ask) O.o
Back to Pin though:  Eventually....someone seems to slip some information and she begins to piece things together. Then there's the THIMBLE. yes, a thimble plays a huge role in this story! It's kind of cool though because I always liked thimbles. ;) 

I wish I could keep going but I don't want to ruin the story for you guys. Suffice it to say that it starts out very strange and made even more so by the unique writing style. I know a lot of people couldn't get past this. They found the intro to be slow and quit the book, but I am just sayin' don't give up.

It's worth it. Keep reading. 

I would recommend this book to lovers of fantasy with some creepy edges and an offbeat story that breaks convention. It's not fast-paced, but you will be rewarded if you get through the latter half. 



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Diamond

(aka Dee) has loved reading for as long as she can remember. She loves many things: fantasy novels, young adult fiction, her cat, painting, and horror films from the 70s. Diamond is a grad student at UCLA. She's pursuing a Master's in Library and Information Science.

3 comments :

  1. ha... haven't really given this one a good look. Curious about this, strange writing.

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    1. :) Give it a look-see and let me know what you think Lily ;)

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  2. You had me at Fairytale Retelling. ;)

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