"A delightful deconstruction of society’s fairy tale myth, wrapped in an exquisite, spellbinding adventure. A must-read for teens who yearn to forge their very own story." —Rae Carson, author of the bestselling Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy
The tale of Cinderella has been retold countless times. But what you know is not the true story.
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.
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.
As Pin tries to fight her arranged path, she finds that a sword is a much better fit for her than a glass slipper, and that the boy who she escaped with is still searching for her, and won’t stop until he rescues her—if Pin doesn’t rescue herself first.
About the Author
Sarah Prineas lives in the midst of the corn in rural Iowa, where she wrangles dogs, cats, chickens, and goats, goes on lots of hikes, and finds time to write. She is also the author of Ash & Bramble, a retelling of Cinderella. She is married to a physics professor and has two kids. You can visit Sarah online at www.sarah-prineas.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I only read the first 37 pages(that's all that's in the sample), and I thought it was amazing.I can't wait to read the whole book.The sample is very suspenseful, and I think Pin is a VERY good heroine.
3.5 Stars Ash & Bramble is a unique take on where fairytales come from, this is one of the few instances that I wished a standalone were a series. Plot: Pin wakes up without any idea of who she is or how she got to be in the fortress that she is currently living as a seamstress. The fortress if full of cobblers and candlestick makers who have one purpose in life- create. Pin isn't content in this life of servitude and takes her chance across the bramble to a world she never knew existed. Sarah Prineas' creative juices were definitely flowing when she sat down to pen Ash & Bramble. The novel is broken down into three parts which made it a bit difficult to get into the groove of the story. My favorite part of Ash & Bramble was Part II which had mostly of the fairytale elements. Characters: Pin was a character that was supposed to be strong, witty, and determined. Instead of really observing these qualities in Pin through her actions and decisions, I found that these qualities were forced on her. Our male lead, Shoe, repeatedly asserts that Pin is stubborn, but nothing Pin did spoke "stubborn" to me. I found the characters to be the most lacking in Ash & Bramble, mostly because there wasn't a lot of time to get to know a group of characters before we're rushed on to another part of the story to meet a whole new cast of characters. World Building: Whenever I think of the world that Sarah Prineas built, I think "white." I felt that the world was not used to its fullest capacity and that many chunks of the world were missing because it wasn't a focal point of the storyline. Short N Sweet: Ash & Bramble is one of the most creative stories I've had the privilege to read this year, unfortunately, the creativity was not enough to distract me from the lack of character growth and incomplete world-building.