Thursday, September 17, 2015

Blog Tour: Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas {review + giveaway}

Today I'm thrilled to participating the Rockstar Blog Tour for this Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas!  Below you'll find more about the book, my review, and a tour-wide giveaway for an incredible chance at 10 hardcover copies + swag! Be sure to click on the banner above for the full tour info!

Ash & Bramble
by Sarah Prineas
♦publisher: HarperTeen
♦release date: September 15th, 2015
♦hardcover, 424 pages
♦intended audience: Young adult
♦source: book conference
When the glass slipper just doesn’t fit…

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.

My Review: 
What first drew me in to Ash & Bramble was the writing. It was absolutely gorgeous with a style that perfectly conveyed the mood of the story, especially at the bleak beginning. There’s a certain rhythm to the words that felt almost like a pulse.  The second thing that caught my heart was that this is not just a retelling of Cinderella. It’s a complete and unique reimagining of the entire fairy tale world. I was absolutely enchanted when I started to see glimpses of other familiar stories popping into scenes. 

But for the most part, the story is about a girl named Pin, who first finds herself a seamstress in the cruel Godmother’s fortress. The progression of her characters is fascinating to watch, she starts out a blank, her memories wiped, but with a fierceness that gives her the determination to fight back. Even when she knows nothing else about herself, who she is or where she came from, she knows she has the will and the bravery to escape. Even when she triumphs, only to end up back at square one—her strength shines through. 

The romantic storyline is charming, has a lot of intriguing ups and downs, but fair warning to those who don’t like them: there is a love triangle. While sometimes these irk me, this time it was well-written and sweet. Shoe, who is so taken with her from the beginning and is fixed on making sure she remembers who she really is, and Cornelius who is forced to love her by magic, and then is determined to figure out if there really is anything there worth fighting for.  

The only drawback I found to this story was the alternating perspective from chapter to chapter.  For Pin, the story was told from first person POV.  But for Shoe, the perspective would change to third person, and I found it to be a pretty jarring transition each time, experiencing the story from inside and then suddenly being outside of it, looking in.     

Still, I completely loved this story as a whole, how it unfolded with many twists and surprises, the huge range of characters and where each character’s story went, even the smaller side characters. Even the villain!   Wonderful storytelling and writing style. I highly recommend!

Hi there! I'm Sarah Prineas, author of the Magic Thief series published in the US by HarperCollins and in 17 other languages around the world, and the Winterling trilogy. I live in rural Iowa with my mad scientist husband, two kids, and two cats. My next book is called Ash & Bramble, and it's a YA.


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