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I live in Seattle, am married, have two cats (one is a genius, the other insane), and am a mild-mannered copy editor by day. I love horseback riding, coffee, reading, TV, movies, music, playing (too much) World of Warcraft, and lying on the couch. This isn't a personal blog, but rather a place for me to vent about movies, TV shows, books, music, etc. Thanks for checking in!

Monday, March 20, 2006

Book Review: Briar Rose

General review--no real spoilers

Briar Rose is part of the Fairy Tale Series (I've been in a fairy-tale mood lately) and was written by Jane Yolen. It combines Sleeping Beauty with the holocaust. This might sound strange, but it's beautifully (and gently) done. Becca, a reporter, travels to Poland after her grandma's death to learn more about her (her family doesn't even know her grandma's real name, or where she came from). Becca follows the clues left in her grandma's rose-carved box and in the Briar Rose story her grandma used to tell her, and pieces together her grandma's past. I enjoyed this book because it combines fairy-tale elements with historical fiction (like Possession, one of my favorite novels). Though it touches on the holocaust--never a happy subject--this book is uplifting and satisfying. It's also a quick read. Recommended.

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