Title: Kill Me Softly
Author: Sarah Cross
Release Date: April 10th, 2012
Published by: EgmontUSA
Read: April 12th, 2012
“Clever fun.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Incorporating suspense and romance, this contemporary, edgy, Grimm-based novel is an entertaining and well-written entry in the crowded but popular genre.”—Booklist
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
What I thought:
A big thank you to NetGalley and the publisher EgmontUSA for letting me borrow a copy!
I haven’t read many fairy-tale retellings, but after reading this, I definitely want to read many more!
This is the story of Mirabelle (Mira), who runs away from her strict godmothers, to find her parents’ grave in the city of Beau Rivage. They have forbidden her to go, so she makes a fake story for them to believe before she sneaks away at night. Upon arriving, she is hassled by Blue to leave, becomes interested in Felix (his brother), and meets a bunch of Blue’s friends who just seem a bit weird. But it’s not just them, certain people in the city don’t seem quite right.
She starts to learn that some people in the city are cursed, but she doesn’t know what with until she finds someone who has the same birthmark as her, a big red wheel on her lower back. She is told that she is linked to the old fairy-tales, set on by faeries, and that she is following the story of Cinderella. Unfortunately, she doesn’t know what her trigger is, what will set off her long sleep. While still trying to find her parents graves and deal with this curse, she starts falling for Felix even though she keeps getting told he’s dangerous, but no one can tell her why exactly.
This book was full of fairy tales we love, but not the Disney versions, the real dark ones. It was so much fun trying to figure out who was part of which story before being told. I also loved the characters of Blue and Mira, Freddie was too cute, and Viv and Layla were awesome.
One thing I will say, I hope there is another book that follows it, told through the eye of the others who still have to live out their curses. I especially want to read the Beauty and the Beast story.
I highly recommend this to anyone wanting a good solid fairy-tale story, full of romance and secrets.