Accidentally Judgemental: Ash & Bramble, by Sarah Prineas

Book cover

Title: Ash & Bramble

Author: Sarah Prineas

My guess:

I’m guessing that this book would most probably be a YA and a typical one on that matter; where the girl is the one on the hopeless position and then the guy would fall in love with her and most probably will be boring. Had I seen this book in real life, I would not have taken a time to check it out, because the cover is just a sad excuse of a photoshop work. The thorns are tacky, the font is just like those generic harlequin novels, the dress just does not look attractive whatsoever. Point is, this is definitely not the kind of book that I would be interested to picked up let alone to read. I’m guessing also that everything in this book would be very generic and predictable, therefore it would not be an entertaining read.

What the book is actually about (taken 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.

My verdict:

Okay, I was dead wrong about my guess. So very wrong, to be precise. This is actually a dark retelling of Cinderella, and if there’s anything you need to know about me is that since the beginning of 2015, I have find an interest of a retelling of famous fairy tales, especially a dark retelling. Having said that, I might pick this book and read if ever I saw one in a bookstore.

Lesson learned:

Cover can really fool you, but I still would totally judge a book by its cover. I hope the author’s next book would have a better cover, as this one was just unbearable to looked at, but then again maybe it’s only me because this book’s rating on goodreads is about 3.62 out of 5, so that’s not bad, right?


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