Sate its near-human desire for revenge. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review. If you like your fairytales on the dark side and are a fantasy fan then Briar Rose is definitely a book you'll enjoy! I couldn't really see any morals in here but, it was an interesting ride. I sped through the book so quickly, even though it was over 400 pages! With her parents following her every move, and not letting her go anywhere near the boy she once played with all the time. But it's worse as her ex-boyfriend has been spreading fake rumours around and nearly everyone believes them.
I really tried with this. Whilst Reena and Joshua makes plans to save her, Briar has run into the handsome stable hand, Ruric, who helps her fit in under the regime of the Regent, who is ruling until Princess Aurora awakens. Briar was a hopeless romantic. What does happen is that we see the main elements of the fairytale re-ordered and served back to us with a different topping to 'spice things up. She says her goodbyes, lies down, and closes her eyes.
Then, when the time is right, it will fulfill its calling. We've been read them as children, in order to ignite our little imaginations or to send us off to sleep with minimal bribing involved. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively. Briar was actually bearable, I liked her strong headed-ness to save someone she had merely met but that just opened a logic hole of; why the hell would you want to save someone you barely know? Now Briar must fight her way out of the story that has been created for her, but she can't do it alone. Still trembling, the solemn figure walks into the darkness, leaving behind the legacy of bitterness that will bear ill fruit.
~Thank you Pan Macmillan Australia for sending me this copy! A really fascinating not-quite-retelling that was more Grimm than Disney. I liked the idea of what Jana Oliver was trying to spread. It was easy, just as the conjure woman had said it would be. Then on the night before her sixteenth birthday, Briar learns why her parents have been so over-protective. Briar looked around again, increasingly worried.
Joshua crouched down near her. It doesn't really help in this case that it's written in third person as it just weakened my connection with Briar. Especially when you have an opening to get out of the curse and to the real world. In fact, Briar seemed to be pretty wise when it came to boys, my favourite piece of Briar wisdom was what she said to Ruric when he was mooning: What is it with you boys? Oliver has beautifully written her own fairy tale in Briar Rose with detailed descriptions to give a sharp image in the readers mind to make the story come alive. Reena reached into a pocket and tugged out a small fabric pouch.
This book manages to include several Sleeping Beauty elements, whilst flawlessly combining a bunch of the author's own concepts to create an engaging tale. . I thought the inclusion of both Aurora and Briar Rose was more than a little confusing. Thanks for the honest review, Mel! She really wanted to unbutton her uniform coat, but no girl wanted to be seen all sweaty and gross. Jana Oliver: Tangled Souls is an adult paranormal , not a real spicy one, but an adult one. Atlanta novelist Jana Oliver reimagines Sleeping Beauty as a Southern Gothic tale set in small-town Georgia: Empowered, the curse stirs to life now, the powder glistening like molten silver in the moonlight.
I think there could have been more background information on these aspects, and more insight into their purpose in relation to the curse and the story. All have flaws, and most have a few redeeming qualities thrown in so that you don't have to hate every character you meet! Usually she wore her curly blonde hair in a ponytail during the summer, but it was so long it still cloaked on her shoulders. I enjoyed this author's imagination. When she's not on the road tromping around old cemeteries, she can be found in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and far too many books. 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! Reality over imagination, even if reality seems harsh at times. I liked the idea of what Jana Oliver was trying to spread. In the pine woods to their right the jewelweed was blooming, bright yellow flowers against the rich green foliage.
Link to Link to Judging this book by its cover: Which is a new thing I'm going to try out in my reviews! Though originally set in America, once the curse sets in in Briar Rose, you are transported back to a medieval type setting, with some almost steampunk aspects, i. Josh is a familiar character, and there is nothing about him that is too surprising. Yet, the next day Briar wakes up, only not in bed. And although there are hundreds of fairytales, from different cultures and different times, there are a set of classics. Briar Rose B y Jana Oliver Rating: 4.
Overall, I think that Briar Rose had potential, but just fell flat for me, personally, as a reader. Reality over imagination, even if reality seems harsh at times. Briar had only been around her a few times, and each time Mrs Foster had spooked the crap out of her. I completely agree with what you said about Briar saving someone she barely knew. So that we could smash into each other. It was pretty obvious where the story was headed, who would end up with who, etc.