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Briar Rose by [Oliver, Jana]
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Length: 481 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up—Briar Rose has an overprotective mother and is forbidden interaction with pining childhood friend, Joshua Quinn, who unknowingly transferred a curse to Briar a decade ago. On her 16th birthday, Briar will fall asleep, never wake up, and die. Fortunately, best friend Reena and her gran Lily, hoodoo practitioners, provide this novel's "Hail Mary." Briar fights the curse, landing her in one looping nightmare of a car accident and finally into a steampunk-esque riff off the "Sleeping Beauty" tale, populated with flat archetypes and over-the-top elements. Oliver's novel has a lot going on: family feuds, contagious curses, crossroad spirits, steampunk alchemy, and traitorous Civil War ghosts. The unwieldy curse is certainly macabre and the twists centering on Aurora are unique (she's a brat and sells out her would-be saviors) and cleverly done. But it's not enough to make up for the stock characterization, cliché themes, and cringe-worthy (and dated) dialogue peppered with the likes of "dude," "hunk," "weenie," and "doofus." VERDICT Skip this title in favor of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's Beautiful Creatures (Little Brown, 2010) or Marissa Meyer's "Lunar Chronicles" (Feiwel & Friends).—Danielle Serra, Cliffside Park Public Library, NJ


Briar Rose was an extra-ordinary novel that I just couldn't put down. I sped through the book so quickly, even though it was over 400 pages! Jana Oliver is a brilliant writer, with a unique and wonderful writing style that really captures your attention and draws you into her world. I can't seem to find a single fault with her writing at all. No matter how many stories it reminded me of it still stood out as unique in its own right though and it's definitely a book I'd be happy to recommend. If you like your fairytales on the dark side and are a fantasy fan then Briar Rose is definitely a book you'll enjoy! Jana Oliver's action-packed re-telling blends all the traditional facets of fairy tales - handsome heroes and vengeful villains - with a fabulously feisty heroine, lashings of laughs and a southern USA style that puts the fun into fantasy. Lancashire Evening Post I would totally recommend this book to anyone who- like me, and like Briar - have always loved fairy tales and who have always wanted a random adventure to happen to them; anywhere, at any time. I loved this book despite its few flaws, and will definitely be looking out for more by the author or more like it The Guardian Children's Books This was a great story, and I hope Ms Oliver will come up with new twists on fairy tales! It should go down well with fans of fairy stories, magic, adventure and a little tame romance, and the cover will sell it without too much promotional effort The School Librarian

Product details

  • File Size: 1545 KB
  • Print Length: 481 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Main Market Ed. edition (September 12, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 12, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CYM1916
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #996,685 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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