Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas ebook, 464 pages Published September 15th 2015 by HarperTeen ARC from Edelweiss Goodreads|
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. When the glass slipper just doesn’t fit . . .
I had really high hopes for this one but ultimately I think the blurb is a bit deceiving. Let me get this straight. This is not only a retelling of Cinderella but a new twist to fairy tales where the Godmother is evil and trying to control all the fairy tale folks including the ending to all of their stories. So you'll get a glimpse of The Elves and the Shoemaker, Rapunzel, the huntsman from Snow White and lots more.That new twist is interesting although it reminded me a bit of Soman Chainani's The School for Good and Evil series which is better, more exciting and has a colourful cast of characters that I really adore. Ash & Bramble sadly, lacks that excitement and magic that I was looking for. The combination of disjointed chapters with multiple POVs, a bland female character who is clueless most of the time and that awkward world building just didn't work for me. A lot of the questions are not even addressed in the end. For example, what is the motive behind the Godmother's crazy manipulations of the Story? And who Cinderella/Pin really is? Normally. I'm a big fan of fairy tale retellings but this just left me confused.