Ash & Bramble

Ash & Bramble

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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 . . .

Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, c2015.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062337948
Characteristics: 449 p. ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Ash and Bramble

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Futuregohangurl
Jul 31, 2017

a very good story of cinderella. i loved the twist in it

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claralex800
Jul 26, 2016

It only took me two hours to read this book. Since, for me, that type of reading speed is normally reserved for Percy Jackson books you can be sure I really, really liked this.
The book is in three parts for REASONS, and this could make the story really confusing but it doesn't. Rather, the divisions make perfect sense and the REASONS are explained through more showing than telling. There is only one time that you'll really want to yell at Pin, and I'm thinking that time is set-up for the next book (if there is one. Is there? If there is then I'm definitely going to be looking for it).

FindingJane Feb 09, 2016

Turning fairy tale tropes on their heads is a very current trend in modern literature. Good guys are shown as evil or having twisted motivations while bad guys are merely heroes standing in the wrong place. This sort of cynicism, when handled correctly, breathes fresh life into old, tattered tales—much like mending can extend the life of a shabby dress or a worn shoe.

But this story is so much more. The Cinderella tale being re-written comes very late in the novel and a great deal happens before then. Imagine a world in which life itself is a STORY, one being forcibly written by a cruel Godmother who derives her power from the players, setting and plot. It’s an epic concept, one that is masterfully and playfully sculpted by a truly remarkable author.

The story grips you from the very first page and doesn’t let go. Ms. Prineas hasn’t just re-worked the Cinderella story; she’s given it a lovely twist that makes you re-think the whole notion of good versus evil. Are evil witches truly evil or justifiably peeved at a perceived wrong? Why do fairy godmothers exist, anyway? Does it make sense for a prince and heir to the throne to throw his heart at the feet of an unknown girl who runs off, discarding her footwear? Why would anyone dance in frail, breakable glass shoes? The questions are thoughtfully rendered and thrillingly answered. This is a real page-turner of a book, one that had this reader asking the question dear to any storyteller’s heart: “What happens next?”

While this book is meant to be the beginning of a new series, I think it can stand very well on its own two feet—with or without glass slippers.

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creative_nature
Nov 18, 2015

This book was beyond what I was expecting!
As I read through the book, nothing was what I had thought or imagined. Everything was executed wonderfully!
The book was full of wonder and (obviously) magic! This book kept me at the edge of me seat and now I'm hoping a sequel will come!

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TheLegend27
Nov 27, 2016

TheLegend27 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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