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Ash & Bramble

Ash & Bramble
Sarah Prineas
HarperTeen, 2015
Source: Library, E-Galley
Audience: All Teens

Reading Decathlon: Book 6, Day 9

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.

Loved it! Even though Ash & Bramble was a thick book, I flew through it. I liked the story, the twists, and the ending... however, the first person/third person narration switches bothered me. That technique made it easy to tell whose point of view it was, but for some reason, I didn’t like it. Also, there was an abrupt change between parts one and two that didn’t flow well enough for me. It was like reading two different books, which is probably what the author was trying to do. It worked well for her, but instead of contributing to the story, it made me wonder why the first part of the book was even there. At the end it all came together, and I liked it, and I’m totally looking forward to the next book in the series - but Ash & Bramble wasn’t perfect.

This post probably sounds more negative than I meant it too. I really did like the book, and I definitely thought it was significantly better than the average fairy-tale retelling.