Thursday, September 17, 2015

Book Review: Ash & Bramble by: Sarah Prineas

Release Date: September 15, 2015
from Harper Teen
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"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 Thoughts:

This book was a hot mess and that sounds mean but it’s the truth. I’m actually surprised I finished this one to be honest but I was so confused and it was so weird I was curious enough to see what the hell was going on. I was underwhelmed to say the least.

I guess the first thing is that the characters are severely lacking. Pin is really annoying and I couldn’t connect to her at all. Shoe is a bit better, but I still didn’t really feel much of a connection. He was just the more fleshed out of the two. And the insta love. Oh my gosh. I can’t remember a worse case of insta love and I’m not one who is opposed to insta love. If you can sell me on it, I’m all for it but this was just bad. They didn’t even speak to one another and all of a sudden they were enraptured with one another. No. Just no. And not only do we deal with insta love once but twice! We get a love triangle later in the story because this is YA and of course we must have a love triangle. But the kicker is that this love triangle is the result of a second dose of insta love. I just. At this point I was ready to quit.

The only thing that kept me from quitting was my curiosity. This book is weird and really lacks on the answers so I kept going because I wanted to see what was behind the weirdness and well, it left something to be desired. As I mentioned, the book is a hot mess and it is disjointed. It’s like every single fairy tale just exploded into this book with absolutely no rhyme or reason. I kinda get what the author was trying to do and the idea had potential but it just didn’t play out well.

I don’t even know what else to say. I’m trying to think of the positives but I’m having a hard time. I’m so bummed because I really think this idea had potential and the story could have been really good BUT we never got all of the answers and were just left to accept certain things. There isn’t even a true villain the characters are fighting against. A lot of the story is intangible and that is very hard on the reader.

I’m so bummed this one didn’t work for me because I love retellings and I thought this would be a hit. Sadly this just wasn’t the book for me.


  1. Ah yes, I couldn't get into this one either, but retellings aren't usually my thing

    1. No wonder you DNFd this too!

      Love your honesty, it's a good snapshot of what this is about

  2. The insta-love was the focus of this story which was a huuuge let down. And I definitely agree with you about the lack of characterization. ): In Part III I was just like, "who are these people??"

  3. Dang, sad you didn't like this one. It does sound like it would be good. I've read a few reviews stating that it was a bit confusing and the characters just lacked in many aspects. And don't even get me started on insta-love! Oh my god... Lol

    Sorry you didn't enjoy this one, but loved your honest review! :)

  4. This sounds like one I def would've DNFed. Props to you for finishing it, lol.

  5. Oh nos! I was looking forward to this one! I love fairy tales and retellings. And yeah, I'll still be reading it because I do that! LOL. But it's sad to here when a book with such potential just lets you down. Still, nice honest review!

  6. Such a shame - it seemed to have potential. The lack of character development (or lack of a likable character?) would have done me in as well, Teresa. I'm sorry you spent time on it but I'm hoping your current read is dazzling you! :)

  7. Aw man.... I have this one for review too. BOOOO. I'm going to hate it. I can tell. Especially since I ripped the very same thing in my review today. HAHAH. Sorry this one didn't work hun!

  8. So sorry this book didn't work out for you. I definitely know how that goes so I'm sorry, hope the next book you read it better.

  9. Hmmm. That is disappointing. I ordered this one over the summer because Amazon had it for over 40% off. If they didn't discount it so deeply, I wouldn't have picked up, but would have waited to read a sample. Ah well. That is the chance I take when I pre-order a book based on the synopsis for an author I've never read before. Thanks for the review!
    Tammy @ Bo's Book Nook

  10. I know you didn't like this, but this is a great review and I love the reasons you give for not liking it. I'm right there with you on the insta-love -- if you can sell me on it, great; but if not... nope. I hate this didn't work for you, but I appreciate the insightful review. *smooshes yer face*


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