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Briar Rose

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  1,013 ratings  ·  192 reviews
A dark and sexy reimagining of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale from the author of THE DEMON TRAPPERS.

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
Paperback, 470 pages
Published September 12th 2013 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published September 1st 2013)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

It is a bad, bad thing when the best thing I can say about a book is that it started off feeling somewhat reminiscent of Beautiful Creatures. It's like licking a Tootsie Pop. It's not exactly good in the first place, but then you get to the center...thing, and instead of a crappy mockolate core, you get 31 fucking flavors of dumb.

Time for a pop quiz! Don't worry, I'm a nice person. It'll be short.

Your mom tells you you're going to die on your 16th birthday, without any proof whatsoever, you:
a) l
Rachel E. Carter
May 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I don't even know how to describe this book. It's the first time I've ever been really intrigued by steampunk elements, to be honest. It would have been a solid four stars if there had just been a bit more romance (not enough tension). Nevertheless, I couldn't stop reading this book. I don't know what about it was so captivating, it just was. A really fascinating not-quite-retelling that was more Grimm than Disney. Overall though, I did enjoy it. This is kind of what I wished the TV show Once Up ...more
Alexandra ✨Reading By Starlight✨
Actual rating: 4.5🌟

Briar Rose is a sexy, dark retelling of Sleeping Beauty with an antebellum twist. Brimming with metallic beasts, monstrous tyrants, fairy-like creatures and a magical curse, Briar Rose takes everything you think you know about the classic tale before tuning it on its head. Okay, Briar Rose isn’t exactly award winning literature. The characters lack depth, the dialogue is iffy but, for what it’s worth, Briar Rose is an engaging adventure and the perfect guilty pleasure sure to
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Thank you Pan Macmillan Australia for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.

After all the praises I heard from The Demon Trappers, I was truly convinced that Briar Rose would be an outstanding read. However, that was not the case.

Briar Rose has been obsessed with fairy tales from a young age--however she does not live in one. With her parents following her every move, and not letting her go anywhere near the
Kira Simion
Jul 27, 2016 rated it liked it
(Edit: 8-18-16)


•The story idea retelling was good, in my opinion at least. I liked how different this was. There was a steampunk theme to this but, there was also another style that I can't quite put my finger on. There was magic, romance, running, and fighting. I couldn't really see any morals in here but, it was an interesting ride. I enjoyed this author's imagination.

•The characters were okay however, if I had to say, I liked the story's world more. I did like how I could tell each cha
Jan 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
Wow, there goes my fantastic run for books at the start of 2014. I was struggling from the beginning, because I felt that the characters were entirely detached from the situation, at least emotionally. Oh, there's a random curse floating about, determined to fell Briar? Why is it all the characters ask if it's real, and when another character confirms it, suddenly it's a know thing? Just because someone tells you something crazy you generally don't instantly believe them. The writing annoyed me ...more
Aug 01, 2013 marked it as to-read
There better be dragons in this book.

Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This took a little while to really get into but it eventually picks up, it is a cheesy Sleeping Beauty retelling but I loved it.
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Ok, still processing what happened. Wow.
This was a great read. Thanks for recommendation Tasneem!
I recommend to YA fantasy lovers that love to read books based on fairytales.
I requested a review copy of Briar Rose because it sounded really awesome. I love fairytale retellings, and Briar Rose had all the makings of one that I could really fall in love with. Unfortunately, I didn’t fall in love with it.

I’m not really sure what it is about Briar Rose that didn’t reach out to me. But I just felt very detached from the book overall.

Since Briar Rose was written from the third perspective, which jumped from character to character without any warning, I felt it was difficul
A riveting re-telling of Sleeping Beauty, Jana Oliver's Briar Rose gives the classic fairytale a modern twist like never before.

Fairytale re-tellings are tricky things. Mainly because, honestly, everyone knows these fairytales. 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.

And although there are hundreds of fairytales, from different cultures and different times, there are a set of classics. Sleeping Beauty,
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own, ya, 2017
Ugh ugh ugh!!!
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was a big fan of Jana Oliver's Demon Trappers series, so was really looking forward to Briar Rose, especially since I love fairy tale retellings. However, Briar Rose just really was not for me. The writing style felt really different and as much as I tried to like it, I just didn't enjoy it.

First of all, the characters. I didn't like any of them. I mean, I liked one character for a certain period of time, but then he seemed to have a personality switch, so that went out of the window. Some cha
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Fans of the TV series ‘Once Upon a Time’ are going to love Briar Rose. A deep, dark ‘fractured fairytale’ reminiscent of the original Grimm tales.

After the initial struggle with the third person narrative (we all know by now that I am a 1st person girl) I became hooked on the story. The characters are engaging, the focalization switching between the characters allowing insight into their actions as well a providing background detail to add clarity to the plot. While 3rd person narrative is gene
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love, love, love this author! I think she did a fantastic job in bringing a whole new twist to a classic tale.

Plot: This is about a girl who is cursed to sleep when a spell goes horribly wrong. Briar must fight this spell not only on her body but in her mind. I think that the way this story moved from the vagueness to knowing what is happening really help me enjoy the story more. The story is introduced with not much to go on but it leads a trail of crumbs to follow and you can’t help but eat
I enjoyed this re-telling of Sleeping Beauty very much, loving the Southern Gothic elements, dreams and use of hoodoo. However, if my parents had named me Briar and my surname was Rose then I'd be a little worried even before there were murmurings of curses and everyone being skittish about my forthcoming birthday. So yes, for a while Briar seems oblivious to the way in which her life is mirroring one of her favourite fairy tales.

The small town Southern USA setting with a protagonist who ached
Holly Sparks
My review on Briar Rose is a little up and down because I didn't actually finish it. I got this book for Christmas and I just couldn't read past the halfway point. I think if you're not enjoying a book by this point you should move on...a bit like relationships in that manner (but that's a different matter!) but, I just couldn't form a connection to Briar at all! I don't want to sound mean but she is definitely too interested in boys and I feel a little sorry for Joshua, him I found more of a co ...more
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
OMG! This book is a twisted version of sleeping beauty. I absolutely loved it. You think you know where the books going, then it twists and you would never expect it. Its a little boring in some parts but is totally worth reading. READ IT AND ENJOY IT!!!! :)
Aug 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Full review also posted here on TotalTeenFiction.

Disclosure: I won a copy of this book from the publisher via Goodreads first reads.

When I saw I'd won a copy of Briar Rose I was really excited. I love the idea of fairy tale retellings and I was won over by that gorgeous cover. Briar Rose is a twist on sleeping beauty, and tells the story of Briar who is cursed to die on her sixteenth birthday. When she falls into a deep sleep she ends up in a different world, whilst her friends on the outside mu
Emily Wrayburn
Oct 02, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF at page 47...

maybe I needed to read on a bit longer and get to the actual Sleeping Beauty bits, but I was just put off by careless throwing around of terms like OCD and crazy, the fact that the MC was different from other girls because all the other girls were just busty bitches...

At another time I might have persevered but I don't have the patience today.
Kristy (Book Nerd Reviews)
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Briar Rose is a fresh retelling of Sleeping Beauty with a few twists along the way. This is not your standard fairytale filled with cliché evil queens, a lovely kingdom waiting and a prince on his white horse coming to save the damsel in distress. It is imaginative, different and dark. There was also a steampunk edge to this novel that I wasn’t expecting.

On the night before her 16th birthday, Briar finds out that she is cursed, and that at midnight she will die. Believing she cannot fight the cu
Sandra "Jeanz"
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive a paperback finished copy of this book from Jana and her publishers Macmillan whom I love to bits as they are so great to work with as a blogger! The cover has a beautiful sleeping girl on the cover which is Briar Rose as she is the "sleeping beauty" in this tale. The font and its colour for the title are really bright and stand out as they are in a loud rosey pink colour. The byline above the title says "Once upon a dream". . . and that's what Briar Rose s
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing

A magical fairytale re-imagined for modern times, with a deliciously dark twist!

I was so excited upon encountering this new story by highly acclaimed author of the ‘Demon Trappers’ series, Jana Oliver, as I simply love this YA author. The classic enchanting fairytale Sleeping Beauty is cleverly reformed with inspired vision and imagination, into something contemporary and fresh. This uniquely told tale transports you into a whimsical world of metal monsters, tyrant leaders and fighting heroes.
Lyndsey O'Halloran
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
Briar lives in a really small town, playing out enactments of old war scenes. Apart from that, nothing really ever happens, unless you count your best friend nearly drowning years ago. Early on, it becomes clear that Briar and Josh used to be best friends until their families forbade them from seeing each other. Since that day, they have stayed away from each other, even if they didn’t want to. I loved being introduced to Briar’s life and her friends, who were pretty fabulous. However, it was al ...more
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SJH (A Dream of Books)
'Briar Rose' is a southern retelling of the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty. It's about a young girl who on her sixteenth birthday is doomed by a curse which threatens to rob her of everything she holds dear unless she can find a way to break it.

I thought I was going to love this book. I'm a massive fan of Jana Oliver's previous series The Demon Trapper's Daughter and I couldn't wait to read this as soon as I first heard about it. The plot sounded brilliant, I love fairy tale retellings and I fel
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, borrowed
OMG finally done. I thought this book would never finished. I thought I would really like this book because fairy tales and princesses and princes and happy endings but nope. omg no.
I actually didn't like Briar whatsoever. Like honestly, she thinks everything is about her, hates every single girl who looks at any guy she likes, was all like "ohh noes i'm gonna die?? okayyy let me get comfy in bed" da fuck woman? All her thoughts like magically came true and like seriously this book is mADE OF C
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Picking up Briar rose, I wasn't sure what to expect from this modern day retelling of Sleeping beauty, I questioned how the fairy tale would fit into our world, but I needn't have worried because Oliver did a great job of making it seem believable.
Only a small portion is set in the present in Georgia, while the rest is set in Briar's dream, when, instead of dying she awakens in a literal fairy tale and must find a way to fight her way out if she wants to live.
I really loved this mix of reality a
Lavender  Sparrow
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is such a great fairy tale. I had quiet high hopes for this book and it's only got OK reviews, but I found it really charming. Although the story is called Briar Rose and it's about a golden hair lovely that falls into a cursed sleep the similarities end there. This isn't a retelling it's a totally new fairy tale one that has Princes and Princess, magic, danger and even a Pegasus!

The lead character Briar I really like because I saw so much of myself in her (cupcake loving girl waiting to
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
2.5 stars.

I didn't hate this book but I did struggle to finish it. Briar felt very young and annoyed me with her "ohmigod!" reaction to everything. There were editing mistakes littered throughout from beginning to end. And whilst I felt like the plot had potential it felt like a strange jumble of genre's like it couldn't quite decide what it wanted to be.

On a side note the blurb on the back of the book is very misleading as she's not "Doomed to fall asleep for one hundred years on her sixteenth
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Jana Oliver is an international and Amazon bestselling author who lives in Portugal.

Her novels have won numerous awards, including the Prism Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Supense as well as the National Readers' Choice Award.

Her books include The Demon Trappers Series and Briar Rose (Young Adult), time travel/historical mystery (The Time Rovers Series) and paran

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