Today’s review is of Briar Rose:
Author: Jana Oliver
Publisher: Macmillian Children’s
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Summary: For Briar Rose, life is anything but a fairy tale. She’s stuck in a small town in deepest Georgia with parents who won’t let her out of their sight, a bunch of small-minded, gossiping neighbours and an evil ex who’s spreading nasty rumours about what she may or may not have done in the back of his car. She’s tired of it all, so when, on her sixteenth birthday, her parents tell her that she is cursed and will go to sleep for a hundred years when the clock strikes midnight, she’s actually kind of glad to leave it all behind. She says her goodbyes, lies down, and closes her eyes . . . And then she wakes up. Cold, alone and in the middle of the darkest, most twisted fairy tale she could ever have dreamed of. Now Briar must fight her way out of the story that has been created for her, but she can’t do it alone. She never believed in handsome princes, but now she’s met one her only chance is to put her life in his hands, or there will be no happy ever after and no waking up.
This was a good book. Whilst at some points I was slightly scared and disturbed, I really enjoyed it. It was a really good retelling of Sleeping Beauty and it had been changed so it wasn’t particularly the happy, joyous story. I loved the characters, they were so vividly described that I thought they were right with me and the same is to be said with the setting. If I didn’t know that I was reading, I could well have been in that horrific place. The pace of the book was really steady and my interest never tailed off. Overall, a very good book that I would recommend. In fact, I recommend it for around this time of year, when Halloween is looming ahead.