Title: Ash & Bramble
Author: Sarah Phineas
Published September 15th 2015
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.
If you know me then you now that i'm a sucker for Fairy-tale retelling's. I picked up this book on a whim and i'm definitely glad I did.The concept of this fairy tale retelling is definitely interesting and a bit eerie . The main characters live in a world where the Godmother is evil and kidnaps people,
Pin wakes up one day with no memory of her past life, she is told that she is a seamstress and that all she is now is a seamstress.In the beginning I kinda liked Pin she was brash and just wanted to find out about her before. Then insert name change ( Pen) and lost memories..after all that my investment in Pin/Pen kinda wavered.She was still intriguing but at times I was over her in general.The secondary characters really did it for me.I would love to know more about the story-breakers in the Ash & Bramble world!!! Shoe was a great love interest and he was probably my favorite character. I'd really like to know why he did what he did at the end.
The cover is gorgeous and I think it fits the story pretty well.The story was slow and confusing at times. I feel like Ash & Bramble could have been great but there are so many plot holes it's not even funny.I mentioned that i'm a sucker for Fairy-tale retelling's right?? That means I wanted to love this book I really did but when I finished Ash & Bramble I felt a bit meh about the story.With all that being said I may still check out the sequel. 2/5