Thursday, 29 January 2015

January Reads & Reviews

january reads 2015

Briar Rose, Jana Oliver (2013)
Briar Rose is cursed, she just doesn’t know it yet. On her sixteenth birthday Briar is destined to go to sleep and never wake up. When the time comes she finds herself stranded in a fairy tale land where an evil regent reigns whilst the ‘sleeping beauty’ princess is trapped in a deep sleep. With the help of new ‘cousin’ Ruric and her friends who manage to land themselves in the fairy tale too Briar must break the curse and escape if she or her friends are to survive back in the real world.
Not my usual type of book Briar Rose caught my attention after seeing a few other bloggers talk about it and since my local library had a copy I decided to give the modern day fairy tale a chance. I didn’t fall in love with the book but was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed it more than I had expected to. ✯✯✯

Melissa Explains It All, Melissa Joan Hart (2014) 
This autobiography, or collection of anicdotes from Melissa's life, follows her career from her start in commercials as a child through to her theatre days and big TV break portraying Clarissa in her teens. She talks candidly about her experiences both on and off set and shares stories about friends, family and colleagues including some recognisable (and some surprising) names. Later in the book Melissa talks about juggling life as a mother with her ongoing career and current role as Mel Burke on ABC's hit sitcom Melissa and Joey.
For me the book kicked off to a promising start and I was interested to learn how Melissa, who's famous sitcoms I grew up watching, got into the industry. Just quickly scanning through Goodreads I can see the book has received quite a few negative reviews from disappointed fans and whilst I didn't absolutely love it I did think Melissa Explains It All was a good read full of interesting snippets about her life. ✯✯✯

Also read in January...
  • The Bookshop Book*, Jen Campbell (2014) ✯✯✯✯✯
  • The Island, Jen Minkman (2013) ✯✯✯
  • Pretty Little Liars, Sara Shepard (2006) ✯✯✯
- reviews to follow on Blogger's Bookshelf soon!

Reviews posted in January...
Currently reading... Dead Ends, Erin Jade Lange (2013)
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