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Briar Blackwood's Grimmest of Fairytales Paperback – 24 Apr 2015

4.4 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Lodestone Books (24 April 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782799222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782799221
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1.6 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Briar Blackwood's Grimmest of Fairytales is award-winning author Timothy Roderick's debut novel. He lives amidst the goblins, trolls and enchanted holly-woods in the make-believe world of Los Angeles. Learn more about Timothy and the Briar Blackwood series at briarblackwood.com.

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Briar Blackwood is a determined young lady! Battling the villainous fairytale queen and her minions. Fantastic spin on the nursery fairytales we were brought up with as children. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys the brothers Grimm. For me on a personal level this is for the older (teenage) market as it did contain the odd expletive. Well written and will keep you guessing, looking forward to a sequel! Thanks to Timothy Roderick & The Book Club for giving me the opportunity to read this in return for an honest review.
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I recieved an arc copy in exchange for an honest review.

If you want to know what really happened once upon a time. Ask Briar blackwood nearly sixteen, cynicalvand goth, Briar lives a less-than-fairytalelife in the home of her rotten foster mother and snarky foster sisters. With her bitting wit and deadpan demeana, the other kids call her queen of darkness. All the better for keeping everyone at arm's distance, she thought. But now she's screwed up by seriously and inconveniently crushing on the most popular guy at school. And if that isn't sucky enough. Briar finds herself suddenly thrust into a hidden blood thirsty world, filled with dark magic, curses, and poisoned spinning wheels where she learns the deadly truth of her identity and the reason she's never fit in. Can she truly be the fabled sleeping beauty? Or has she finally cracked: And hello! Aren't elves and fairies supposed to be dainty and adorable? If she wanted to deal with drooling, snapping jaws she could have stayed at home. Now she has to rescue the gorgeous guy that may be her one true love, and stop a wicked queen bent on destroying her. Luckily being a bad-ass has it's perks. With an uncontrollable power rising within her, no one knows for sure if Briar has a happily-ever-after future. But if she can handle the mean-girl clique at school, she can damn well go toe-to-toe with ogres, wolves and wicked witches.

Wow.
I loved this book.
A fairytale with a difference.
Briar i absolutely loved her.
Daz was fab.
Megan and marnie are evil foster sisters.
This is a fairytale with a twist.
i loved it. This is a must read.
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I know we shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but this cover drew me in. Actually reading the book was a strange, frightening experience. At times my instinct was to throw it away as it sent chills through me in waves. Curiosity kept me turning the pages. A bit like the feeling you get when you first experience a roller coaster ride or a bungy jump. It is scary but exciting and once it's over you feel glad of the experience. Roderick has a unique style of writing that almost compels you to read on. The imagery, plot and strong characters show the work of a writer to look out for. Not for the faint hearted. Brilliant for a reader's group as I am sure it would activate high energy discussion.
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Got this book for my pre-teen, but enjoyed it myself!

A cleverly crafted YA book that provides a peek into the world of adolecents as well as to the concept of Tales within Tales, which I absolutely loved. Briar Blackwood, sixteen and counting, is not your average protagonist. Don't dive into this expecting Happy Ends or predictable structure. If you, or your teen would like an original, slightly sarcastic, slightly dark but always luminous and entertaining read, give this Grimmest of Fairytales a go - you won't be disappointed. Alice in Wonderland meets Edward Scissorhands, with underlying spiritual currents.
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I received an ARC from the Book Club in return for an honest review.

What a great idea, fairytales for the older market with a darker spin. This will surely get the reluctant teenage (never mind the adult) reader reading.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable book that will keep you entertained with a cast of great characters, I even noticed a few other fairytale characters popping in.

Briar is determined and loyal with a lot of spunk who won't leave her friends behind.

I highly recommend this book and can't wait for the next instalment of the Grimmest of Fairytales.
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This is one of those books that need the right audience. The ideas are great, it's full of adventure but i feel i wasn't the right reader for the book. I was initially drawn to it by it's promise of fairy-tale connection and while it does connect to those fairy-tales i once loved, i found the tale itself more harry potter than brothers Grimm. I required more emotional and psychological intrigue and was expecting it to be more on the line of the tales from the brothers Grimm. To the right target audience this can be a fantastic book. I would certainly recommend it to teens and younger adults.
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