{Waiting on Wednesday+Author Interview} ASH & BRAMBLE by Sarah Prineas

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ASH & BRAMBLE releases September 15, 2014.

Author: Sarah Prineas
Release Date: Sept. 15, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen

I've wanted to read for almost a year! I went on Twitter because I remember hearing about it there, and I made a comment to Sarah Prineas on June 26th. I HAVE WANTED IT FOR THAT LONG!!! The cover/summary/real buzz started in February. ^.~

I've been a fan of Sarah's since discovering her amazing middle-grade fantasy trilogy:

When I found out that she was writing a YA fairy tale, I HAD TO HAVE IT. This is one of my top wants of 2015!!!

Keep reading for not just this book's amazing summary, but an interview with Sarah Prineas where she whispers secrets about her new release!!!


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.

An interview with 
Sarah Prineas

Sarah Prineas is the author of the Magic Thief series and the Winterling trilogy.

She is also the author of a e-novella entitled THE RED CROSS KNIGHT, and all profits from its sale go to support RIF: Reading is Fundamental.

Coming in September 2015 is Sarah's first YA novel, ASH & BRAMBLE.

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ASH AND BRAMBLE sounds amazing and is one of my most highly-anticipated 2015 novels.  (thank you!!) Can you talk a little about it for fairy tale fans not familiar with the novel?

Sure!  ASH & BRAMBLE is more an *exploded* Cinderella than a retold one.  The tagline is "When the glass slipper doesn't fit," and that's really a perfect summary of the book.  On one level it's about a girl who is trying to find her place in a fairytale world, but on another level it's about the power of stories and how you can become more than your story expects of you.  There's also smooching. 

What inspired you to mash-up and scramble fairy tales into something new? Will you write more novels in this vein in the future?

The inspiration for ASH & BRAMBLE came from a question: Who made Cinderella's gorgeous ball gown?  From there, I got the idea for the sweatshops of the Fairy Godmother--the seamstresses, the shoemakers, the spinners of straw into gold, the gingerbread bakers...  It's a kind of behind-the-scenes look at fairytales.  

Oh, and yes, there is a companion book (as yet untitled) that explodes the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale.  

I love that you've added a godmother into the mix. What can you tell us about the way she works in ASH AND BRAMBLE?

The Godmother, Lady Faye, is the story-enforcer of the book.  If Pen (the Cinderella girl) doesn't want to wear the slipper, well, The Godmother will make sure she puts it on anyway.  

What are your favorite obscure fairy tales?

For my last MG series (Winterling) I did a lot of research on Irish folklore.  My favorite characters are the phouka (also known as pooka), who are fae who can change into a horse (with not even a hair of white) or a black goat, or a black dog.  If a traveller is offered a ride by a phouka in his horse shape, it's best to decline, because the horse will ride into the nearest lake and attempt to drown its rider.  

A phouka!
If you could own any magical object from a fairy tale (spinning wheel, magic mirror, glass slipper, poison apple, etc.), what would you choose and why?

The magical items in ASH & BRAMBLE are thimbles engraved with roses and thorns, but even more than that I'd want the gingerbread house, mainly because it's dinnertime and I'm hungry.  

Which fairytale mode of transportation would you want to try out?(eg. Cinderella's pumpkin coach, seven league boots, ship, flying carpet, etc...)

I'm more a witch than a princess, so I'd most want to travel by the tornado from The Wizard of Oz (*cue Wicked Witch of the West cackle*).  Also I'm from Iowa so ... tornados.  Yeah.

Dragon or kraken?

DRAGON.  (I have a tattoo of a dragon on my shoulder) (and a dragon collection) (and there are dragons in my MG books) (dragons are kind-of my thing)

Mermaid or princess?

I'm a vegetarian dragon, so neither.

Prince or knight?

I'd much rather be a knight.  I have a thing for swords, too (there's even one hanging over my garage door).

Befriend the birds or the mice?

Trying to decide which one would eat all my gingerbread first...

Invisibility cloak or golden ball?

Definitely invisibility.
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