Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas

Title: Ash & Bramble
Author: Sarah Prineas
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: September 15th 2015
Source:Copy provided by Publisher in exchange for an honest review (Thanks HarperTeen)

Summary from Goodreads:
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.


Oh, what to say, what to say.  Ash and Bramble has a beautiful cover with an interesting and unique twist on a classic fairy tale.  Unfortunately it just was not a book for me.  I immediately struggled with the word building, I felt like I was dropped right into a world that I just did not understand.  The writing style did not help the lack of world building.  The point of views change randomly, sometimes by chapter, sometimes within a chapter, something I could never really adapt to.

Aside from the story building and writing style, there was immediate insta-love.  While sometimes I am okay with that because it does happen in fairy tales, this felt a bit forced.  Then we are introduced to the dreaded love triangle, at that point I debated just not continuing but I was far to curious in how the story was going to end.

Not many aspects of this book worked for me except for the overall concept.  The book has a unique take on a classic fairy tale with some cameos from other fairy tales.  Ash & Bramble had a different and intriguing premise that kept me going through the entire book even though other aspects fell short. Ultimately, Ash & Bramble had high potential and came up a bit short.

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