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Publisher Description

"A delightful deconstruction of society’s fairy tale myth, wrapped in an exquisite, spellbinding adventure. A must-read for teens who yearn to forge their very own story." —Rae Carson, author of the bestselling Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy

The tale of Cinderella has been retold countless times. But what you know is not the true story.

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.

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.

As Pin tries to fight her arranged path, she finds that a sword is a much better fit for her than a glass slipper, and that the boy who she escaped with is still searching for her, and won’t stop until he rescues her—if Pin doesn’t rescue herself first.

Young Adult
September 15
Eighth Grade

Customer Reviews

micshea99 ,

Outstandingly Original!!!

'Ash & Bramble' was a very unique twist on fairytales and retellings, themselves. The plot and the world was dark, thick, and drew you into the action. I often times felt I was trailing along right behind the characters. The one problem I had with the story was the love story development. Both love stories (Shoe and Pin's in the very beginning, and ALL of Cor and Pen's) seemed very rushed into, leaving me a little left behind in understanding the character's emotions. I did end up loving how Prineas tied up the love story, very well done. I also absolutely adored Shoe's character. He was so flawed, so human, that he made me see the beauty in simply being. Overall, I loved 'Ash & Bramble.' Definitely one of the most original, unique stories I've ever read!

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