Briar and Rose and Jack
Briar and Rose and Jack is an engaging reimagining of Sleeping Beauty and Jack and the Beanstalk that takes readers from the birth of protagonists Briar and Rose to their sixteenth birthday, when the must face both the curse the evil fairy put on them and the giant that is terrorizing the kingdom.
Though the plot and well-paced and has enough twists on the original tales to keep readers turning the pages, the real strength of the book lies in the characterization. Coville has a talent for writing human nature and depicting the subtle changes each protagonist goes through as they grow and enter relationships with new friends and even possible love interests. The bond between Briar and Rose and their friendship with Jack is inspirational and provides a lot of heart to the story. No matter what dangers and injustices they face, the readers know they will face them together.
The prose is a bit more complex and ornate than typical for many middle-grade books, but it adds to the fairy tale feel and the sense that something magical is happening. This book is a great choice for fans of fantasy, retold fairy tales, and stories about sisters.
|Page Count||368 pages|
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