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Briar Rose is sick of the small town in Georgia that she is growing up in. On her sixteenth birthday her ex is spreading false rumors about what they did in the car one night and the guy of her dreams tries to take advantage of her too. To put it lightly, Briar is having a bad sixteenth birthday. Things only get worse when Briar’s parents tell her that she is cursed and doomed to die on her sixteenth birthday. However, Briar doesn’t die...she goes to sleep and wakes up in the middle of the most twisted and dark fairy tale ever. Now she has to figure out how to break the curse before she is stuck there forever...or dies.
There are some really cool ideas in here, it's kind of a fairy tale within a fairy tale. While I loved the idea behind the story I just felt like parts were really awkward. The dialogue between characters felt forced and I had a lot of trouble staying engaged with the story.
I just felt like this was such a neat idea and it could have been so much more with more descriptive writing, more natural sounding dialogue, and characters that weren't so hard to engage with.
I also disliked the whole "pairing" off of all of the characters. While two of our leads (Briar and Joshua) do have a good foundation for a relationship, the other two couples do not. They both have a serious case of insta-love and in both cases it's a very unlikely insta-love. The whole thing just felt so forced.
So, enough complaining...onto what I loved. I loved the idea of a evil queen who infects a kingdom with vicious metal beasts, I loved some of the fight scenes. I loved how metal was used as both a talisman to ward off evil and as something evil that infected people. I also enjoyed the story behind the dark queen and why she was infecting the realm with metal. I enjoyed the idea of a fairy tale curse that sends a girl into a sort of cursed fairy tale.
The story wraps up well but overall I was a bit disappointed in the quality of the writing.
Overall an okay fairy tale retelling that had some interesting elements but was overall somewhat disappointing. The dialogue was awkward and the characters hard to engage with. I liked the idea behind the fairy tale within a fairy tale and loved the evil queen, but wasn’t really all that engaged in the overall story. I wouldn’t recommend this as a good fairytale retelling of Sleeping Beauty...instead check out Jane Yolen’s Briar Rose which is a Holocaust retelling of Sleeping Beauty that is much more well done.
True to the word, Briar Rose believes in fairy tales. There is a family cursed put on her, one she doesn't learn of until she's nearly sixteen and the curse will take action. Luckily, thanks to her best friend's great grandmother, the curse doesn't kill her, but puts her into a deep sleep where she must fight through a nightmare...or a dream? and survive.
Much of the story is in Briar's dream. There she finds herself in, what I like to call fairytale world. And this world is as dark and gritty as we can get with good ol' Grim. She meets a stable boy, Ruric, who might be something more. He helps her in adjusting to this new world and keeping her safe. The princess Aurora has been put into an enchanted sleep and her governess has been ruling the kingdom, but she is not a nice woman and pretty much is the definition of evil villainess in our fairy tale stories.
But Briar isn't alone, as her friends come to her aid! It really was a magical kind of read, because there really was so much magic involved! It has all the elements of fairy tales that I have grown to love over the years. And did I mention, there's a family feud that's been ongoing between Briar's family and that of Joshua Quinn--a guy who may or may not be crushworthy material? Well, there is one! So it's not quite a spin like Romeo and Juliet with all tragic endings and whatnot, but there is a feud. Not really much of a forbidden love either as the two, who used to be friends, haven't had much to do with one another in recent years, but naturally, there is something more going on between them then we realize.
Only thing is, Ruric is quite the catch and it might be possible that Briar doesn't want to leave her dreamworld. It does get pretty intense!! Oh my goodness, I cannot even describe in accurate words how AWESOME and AMAZING this read was! And can we talk about character growth as well? And not that just of Briar, but of a particular guy named Pat. He starts out as an a**hat--a term I do believe Briar's best friend used--but since he mistakenly gets pulled into the rescue mission, we get to see a whole different side to this guy. And while he may be still somewhat of an a**hat, he does begin to grow and change and that is the true magic of fairy tales!
The pacing to this one was pretty much perfect. We get a glimpse of what Briar's life is like for a normal day or two and then she is sucked into "fairy tale world." And that's when all the excitement and enchantment happens! *Sorry, I can resist using fairy tale like adjectives in this review! There's truly never a dull moment. It's all third person point of view, but it hops from different character. For the most part we get Briar, but Reena--he best friend, Joshua, Ruric and even Pat get a few point of view moments in the story.
This is truly the one of the greatest reads I've read! I have always loved fairy tales and having a novel that takes fairy tales and collides with the real world is the stuff of dreams! (Of course there was the mini series The 10th Kingdom that brought me this too, but that was years ago!) I cannot even begin how highly to recommend this read! I truly, truly urge to all those who read and loved fairy tales to read this book! It's quite the enthralling tale!!
Overall Rating 5/5 stars
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