{Effie Reviews} Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas

Posted September 16, 2015 by Effie in Reviews / 0 Comments

{Effie Reviews} Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas

Ash & Bramble


by Sarah Prineas
Series: Ash & Bramble #1
Published on September 15th, 2015
by HarperTeen
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling
Format: eBook
Source: Gifted
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A prince.

A ball.

A glass slipper left behind at the stroke of midnight.

The tale is told and retold, twisted and tweaked, snipped and stretched, as it leads to happily ever after.

But it is not the true Story.

A dark fortress.

A past forgotten.

A life of servitude.

No one has ever broken free of the Godmother’s terrible stone prison until a girl named Pin attempts a breathless, daring escape. But she discovers that what seems to be freedom is a prison of another kind, one that entangles her in a story that leads to a prince, a kiss, and a clock striking midnight. To unravel herself from this new life, Pin must choose between a prince and another—the one who helped her before and who would give his life for her. Torn, the only thing for her to do is trade in the glass slipper for a sword and find her own destiny.

5 Stars

Ash & Bramble was nothing like I expected… It was soooooo much more! I cannot even begin to explain how amazing I thought this book was. I thought the story is an incredibly creative take on fairy tales. I haven’t read anything like it so far and I’m actually hoping there are more fairy tale re-telling like these around!

All right as far as the story goes it was (as I said before) incredible. At first we meet Pin who is a Seamstress in the Godmother’s service, but she feels that being a Seamstress is not what she truly is and she starts to question everything, even why she can’t remember her life Before and what was beyond the Godmother’s castle. As the story progresses she keeps questioning everything and with the help of Shoe, a Shoemaker, they escape the Godmother’s castle. But Pin soon gets captured again and as punishment the Godmother twists her memories and makes her live in her own Fairy Tale story. But Pin, now nicknamed Pen, is not your average fairy tale maiden and even with her memories once again erased and replaced, she feels that things are not right. And of course there is Shoe, who will do everything to make sure Pen realizes that stories aren’t always meant to have “happily ever after”.

There are so many awesome characters in this book! Pin/Pen for one, I love her sarcasm and atitude she’s not afraid to throw around and I really like her. Also There’s Shoe (okay that’s not his real name, but for the sake of spoilers, I won’t reveal it), he’s so adorkable and he’s such a nice guy, I really loved him. Then there’s of course the Prince in the story, Cornelius or Cor for short, he’s an okay guy and really likeable and he’s an animal friend! What’s not to love about that! Of course we’ve also got Natters and Missus Natters, Templeton and Zel (they’re so adorable!), the Huntsman, Precious and Dulcet, Stepmama and of course the Godmother. Seriously, they were all incredible and each of them felt crucial to the story, because they were so deeply woven into it and it made the story even more special.

The one thing I might have missed just a teeny, tiny bit was more worldbuilding and of course more information on Story itself, the thing that made everything spin.

All in all, I truly enjoyed this book and it’s so worth reading!

Effie

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