Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas Review

A&BTitle:  Ash & Bramble

Author: Sarah Prineas
Publisher:  HarperTeen

Format: eBook
Publication Date: September 15, 2015

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Edelweiss

A prince.

A ball.

A glass slipper left behind at the stroke of midnight.

The tale is told and retold, twisted and tweaked, snipped and stretched, as it leads to happily ever after.

But it is not the true Story.

A dark fortress.

A past forgotten.

A life of servitude.

No one has ever broken free of the Godmother’s terrible stone prison until a girl named Pin attempts a breathless, daring escape. But she discovers that what seems to be freedom is a prison of another kind, one that entangles her in a story that leads to a prince, a kiss, and a clock striking midnight. To unravel herself from this new life, Pin must choose between a prince and another—the one who helped her before and who would give his life for her. Torn, the only thing for her to do is trade in the glass slipper for a sword and find her own destiny.


Ash and Bramble was a unique take on the fairy tale world, that so many of us are familiar with. Its not the first retelling that I’ve read where there was a dark or sinister overtone, but this was certainly different. What really set this novel apart from others was the explanation that there was a driving force behind all this darkness, and that everyone was forced into their roles. It was quite horrifying, and I found myself cheering for the people who rebelled against the ‘story’ that was chosen for them.

Pin was a surprising character, because while she was quite intelligent and rebellious, she also was incredibly practical. She was graced with quite a bit of common sense, which never failed her throughout the book until the end when she chose to go against common sense. Also interesting was Shoe, the love interest. At first I was a little annoyed, it seemed like insta-love was going to be the driving force to this book, but it turned out to be a much longer period than was initially suggested. It also helped that Pin was all about making HER choice. She wasn’t going to allow a ‘Story’ to push her in any direction.

The tale is interwoven incredibly well, there were parts that fell a little flat and were pretty stilted in dialogue. However I would give it 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend for those who love fairytale retellings.


3.5/5 – A Great Read, Well-Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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