December Book Nook

Phoebe Baldwin ’20
Staff Writer

“Ash and Bramble” by Sarah Prineas  

     Any reader who enjoys reading fairy tales should dive into the book, “Ash and Bramble”, written by Sarah Prineas. This spin-off version of Cinderella depicts a seamstress named Pin and a shoemaker named Shoe, both whom are trapped in a fortress like prison owned by the Godmother. Within the fortress, many people, including the two protagonists, act as slaves, and create materials for different stories that are forces upon unsuspecting individuals.

     However, the one thing no one has ever done when working in the fortress is escape. With Shoe by her side and her thimble that holds unimaginable power, Pin is able to to do the impossible, escape the prison and travel into the wintery forest right outside.Unfortunately, Pin is thrust into another kind of prison as soon as she gets out of one.

     To be released from this new life, Pin must decide between two lovers, a prince who was predetermined for herand a commoner who she escaped with.

     For a spin-off of Cinderella, this book creates a whole new outlook on the characters and their experiences. For example, Prineas uses irony within the book to portray Pins perspective and personality throughout her journey.  In addition to this, the book incorporates more fairy tale characters in which I have come to appreciate more as the story went on. Overall, Sarah Prineas was able to take an ordinary fairy tale and turn it into a new and exciting story that would please any fairy tale enthusiast.     

“The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily”, by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

     “The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily” is the book to read to get into the Christmas spirit. Rachel Cohn and David Levithan depict the love story of Dash and Lily, who met at their favorite bookstore one year ago. However, over the past year, Lily’s grandpa suffered a heart attack.  His difficult journey to recovery has Lily’s positive outlook on the world bleak and hopeless.

     Lily starts to become distant.  Her brother moves out and her parents consider moving. Worried about Lily, Dash must take on Manhattan to prove how much he loves her and to help her remember what Christmas is all about.     

     Authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan portray the two protagonists by switching their perspectives throughout the book. With this, the reader gains a deeper understanding of both Dash and Lily, with Dash being the more favorable character. Lily acts very snobby and irrational toward the changes that are normal in the next phases of her and her family’s life. However, the one thing that everyone can relate to is Lily’s fear of change.

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