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.
I felt bad giving this a one star so I rounded it up – one stars are reserved for the books that I seriously loathe or are seriously problematic. Ash & Bramble, meanwhile, wasn’t inherently bad – I just found it very bland.
The writing style was very stilted – I understand how staccato sentences can help enforce an atmosphere of tension and isolation, but this made it very hard for me to get into the book.
2015 has been the year of fairytale retellings, and Ash & Bramble really fell short for me in that aspect as well. Basically, traditional fairytale characters are forced to play their rules, with the Story itself becoming more and more powerful – people just cogs in the machine to act out and re-enact the same old tales. Also, the fairy godmother is evil and pretty much helps keep things in motion. Those that try to rebel usually get their memories wiped and end up as mindless, drooling, at-times suicidal shells of their former selves.
And there was the requisite, half-hearted love triangle in this one, as well as some instalove for good measure.
Gah, ultimately I really don’t have much to say about this one – it just really did not work for me, and I was fairly bored the whole way through. I’ll be interested to see what my fellow reviewers think.
ARC received from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.