Sep 4, 2015

Ash & Bramble

Ash & Bramble
by Sarah Prineas

Book: Stand Alone
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pub Date: September 2015
Genre: Young Adult 
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Book Links: Goodreads  Amazon

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: This is another tale of Cinderella. I've read a few versions and haven't found a version to really grab me and be interesting. But then I picked up this book and I've finally found a winner. Cinderella isn't my favorite princess, but I do love to read books with their own twists on things. 

Okay so... Pin is meeting the godmother right off the bat. She finds her place but hasn't the slightest clue as to how she got there. Pin is a hard worker in this tale, she makes dresses fit for everything you could dream of. She does want to leave this place and run off with the guy she likes. These two are lovely together and both look just lovely in general. They just want to have their own lives and to be free. So they have to escape to get what they want. 

They do manage, but it so doesn't last long. I would have loved it to have lasted a little longer though. But once caught, Pin has been given a new life. One that many girls dream of. To be with a prince and live happily ever after. But its not want Pin wants. Everything is just so twisted and backwards in a good way, that it makes this book such a page turner.  I wanted Pin to find a way out of this and be with who she wants to be with. Make her life become whatever she wants it to be. Not be made for her. 

So Pin will have to figure out just how to get what she wants. Since in this world, its the godmother that is evil and well she has magic. So Pin better have a fool proof plan or be stuck where she's at. It's finally a retelling that I liked and didn't wan't to toss out! Truly a game changer in retelling!