Monday, September 14, 2015

It's not you: It's me: Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas

 Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas
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.
Publishes in US: September 15th 2015 by HarperTeen
Genre: retelling
Source: Harper Teen via Edelweiss
Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy). I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free.

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Did not finish

       I have done this several times on my blog. Books that just don't work for me. I know my reading style pretty well, and I can tell whether I will like the book or not accurately about 80-90% of the time. If I finish a book, then there are aspects of that book that I enjoyed. I never talk about the author in a negative way, I only say what doesn't work for me. Normally if I finish a book, I give it at least 3 stars, meaning that I liked it.

         I wanted to read this one because I like Cinderella, and the themes interested me. But I think that more often than not, retellings don't work for me. The confusion of who she was, and why she was all of the sudden a seamstress, and surrounded by people with no name and not a lot of memory. She was defiant in that she had an object with her when she woke and she keeps it a secret. But otherwise, I just didn't really connect to her or the other characters.
    That isn't to say that the writing is poor or the characters are poorly constructed, it's personal on my end.

Positive Reviews:
Kathy Martin
Random Musings of a Bibliophile

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