Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
Release Date: 4/10/12
Rating: 4 Stars.
Mirabelle’s past is shrouded in secrecy, from her parents’ tragic deaths to her guardians’ half-truths about why she can’t return to her birthplace, Beau Rivage. Desperate to see the town, Mira runs away a week before her sixteenth birthday—and discovers a world she never could have imagined.
In Beau Rivage, nothing is what it seems—the strangely pale girl with a morbid interest in apples, the obnoxious playboy who’s a beast to everyone he meets, and the chivalrous guy who has a thing for damsels in distress. Here, fairy tales come to life, curses are awakened, and ancient stories are played out again and again.
But fairy tales aren’t pretty things, and they don’t always end in happily ever after. Mira has a role to play, a fairy-tale destiny to embrace or resist. As she struggles to take control of her fate, Mira is drawn into the lives of two brothers with fairy-tale curses of their own ... brothers who share a dark secret. And she’ll find that love, just like fairy tales, can have sharp edges and hidden thorns.
I should go on record as saying I ADORE fairytale retellings. A whole city where fairy tales are walking around? Yes, please! And I wasn’t disappointed. It was a fun light read, predictable in parts but still enjoyable. And it was a slightly darker look at fairy tales than the traditional happily ever after, which I particularly liked, because original fairy tales were a bit on the dark side.
Mirabelle, I will admit started off a bit weak willed and naive for my personal taste, but I was okay with that as I watched her grow as a character, from a quiet obedient girl who never questioned anything to a feisty smart young woman who needs no saving by a prince. I also really liked the romance here. I suppose it could be called a love triangle, since there are two boys she’s torn between, but as its fairly obvious who she’ll be with from the start, I’m more inclined to call it a bumpy romance.
There was a lot of stories left open—supporting characters in this book, that I’d enjoy learning more about, but I suppose we’ll have to wait to see if that happens. In any case, if you enjoy a light read and twisted fairy tales—or even a blue-haired cutie with a bad attitude—I highly recommend Kill Me Softly.