I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Donna Callea
on April 10, 2013
Genres: fantasy, young adult
Source: the author
Buy the Book
Set in a repressive dystopian society with a steampunk sensibility, Bristles is the story of a 16-year-old girl who longs to free herself from a life of bondage to her cruel stepmother, and to discover her true, and possibly magical, heritage.
Humiliating haircuts and a life of oppression have been Bryssa's fate ever since her father died when she was nine. Dubbed Bristles by her stepmother, she's determined to escape. But fleeing the city-state of Erba means leaving behind the boy who loves her, bristles and all. And returning means putting everything she's gained at risk.
Fantastic, easy to jump into novel. A mix of fairy tale, fantasy, steam punk, and dystopia, this young adult novel kept my interest from the first page.
After the death of mother at birth and father in childhood, Bryssa is stuck with oblivious step sisters and a horrid stepmother. Her stepmother makes her a servant and Bryssa serves a life a’la Cinderella. Tired of oppression in the dingy, depressing city she eeks out a life in, Bryssa sets out with friends to discover her mother’s birthplace.
After discovering adventure and unknown family, Bryssa once again faces down her worst enemy and the whole society she left behind.
The main character is very likeable and I appreciated her tenacity. Her romance is sweet and endures through all the trials they face. The story flowed easily and was not stilted. I enjoyed the changes of scenery and the folklore the author weaved into her story.
Highly recommended for any steam punk or young adult alternate society/dystopian fans.
Latest posts by Heather (see all)
- Book Tour: Rockin’ Rhythm by Bella Jeanisse - October 24, 2016
- Book Tour & Giveaway: Icarus Rising by N.W. Moors - October 7, 2016
- Book Tour: The Reflection of Innocence by John Tolliver - September 29, 2016