by Sarah Cross
Published by EgmontUSA Release date : April 10th 201
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Library | Format: Hardcover
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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 picked up Kill Me Softly from my library three times before finally sitting down and reading it. I knew it was a fairy tale retelling but this is isn’t just one, its many, all intertwined and tweaked for modern-day. Completely fascinating concept!
Desperate to find out more about her parents Mira runs away from her Godmothers to her home town for answers. Soon after arriving, she meets a few.. interesting people and is drawn to one in particular. Soon, she discovers not only do they have secrets, the town is not what she thought and her life ties right into the fold.
This book was so well written and so different from any “re-tellings” that I have read. The way Cross was able to intricately weave in all the fairy tales was well done. I loved the small flash backs with Blue; giving us an inside look into that fateful night and why it is exactly he pushes everyone away. Everyone knows about their destiny and it was intriguing to see them talk about it like it was… nothing. Like it isn’t this huge cloud hanging over their head. There are “good” honor bound curses, which seems to me not too bad, then there are others, like Snow White, Bluebeard and Beauty and the Beast. Not Disney style, though. These are the gruesome ones.
Mira was a little difficult to relate to. For starters; I understand that she wanted to know more about her parents, since she was kept in the dark, but her thoughts that she was “connected” and had a “missing” piece in her heart was odd. Her parents had “died” when she was a baby. A BABY. It just seems weird to me, that’s all. I admired her determination though to find out about what happened to her parents. Then, more about what the heck was going on with everyone else in the town. Her acceptance was rather quick and I would have liked to see her struggle with it a little more than she did. Mean, yes. But I just feel like some things take a little bit more to process.
The romance here was defiantly insta love. It makes sense– in a way– but you can’t help but roll your eyes when Mira is declaring her love. He is older too, which honestly didn’t bother me like maybe it should have… Then there’s Blue. Whom was far more interesting than Felix. He really cares for Mira but is constantly pushing her away. With reason, I might add. Yet, they were so cute together. It was more realistic because they interact more, banter and challenge each other..
I was disappointed with the ending. It’s bittersweet and made me say “awwwww” but I wanted answers about everyone else. EVERYTHING else. There were quite a few revelations with no follow-up. It just feels like.. nothing was wrapped up. What happens now?
Overall- I really enjoyed this. Although I wish there was a lot more follow-up, this book was fun and unique. I recommend this anyone who enjoys fairy tale re-tellings. 🙂