Three Nights, Twelve Princesses, One Curse

Three Nights, Twelve Princesses, One CurseTitle: Three Nights, Twelve Princesses, One Curse
Author: Sarah Cross
Series: Beau Rivage
Date: January 6, 2015
Format: eBook
Source: Free download

SYNOPSIS

"Three Nights, Twelve Princesses, One Curse" is a Twelve Dancing Princesses short story set in Beau Rivage, a city where people are cursed to live out fairy tales. You can read more about Beau Rivage in my modern fairy-tale retellings KILL ME SOFTLY and TEAR YOU APART.

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Of all of the Beau Rivage stories I’ve read, “Three Nights, Twelve Princesses, One Curse” is by far the darkest and the most like a traditional fairy tale. It is a partial retelling of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” which is something we’ve seen in other Beau Rivage books and because of that we all have a very strong feeling on how the story will end.

Even though there was nothing surprising in the plot, Cross rights enjoyable stories. I love how the stories feel more unique because all of the characters are very aware of their fate and know that their chances of escaping them aren’t very good. If you’re a Beau Rivage fan it’s definitely worth checking out (and if you like fairy tales, you have to read Kill Me Softly and more importantly Tear You Apart).

If you would like to read this short story it is available on Scribd or check out the blog tour schedule to view each chapter on a different blog!

After the Ball

After the BallTitle: After the Ball
Author: Sarah Cross
Series: Beau Rivage #1.5
Date: 2012
Pages: 98
Format: eBook

SYNOPSIS

"After the Ball" is a short story set in Beau Rivage, a city where fairy tales come to life, and ancient stories are played out again and again. You can read more about the cursed fairy-tale characters of Beau Rivage in my novel Kill Me Softly.


I love reading Sarah Cross’ Beau Rivage stories. Whether they’re full length novels (check out my reviews of Kill Me Softly and Tear You Apart) or short stories. “After the Ball” was a great retelling of Cinderella and incorporated a lot of the elements from the traditional fairy tale.

I loved how Dusty (our Cinderella) tried to get rid of the prince because she didn’t really get to know him at the ball and she was very sympathetic to her unkind stepsister and tried to spare her from the wrath of a pissed off fairy godmother.

The fairy godmothers in Beau Rivage are actually some of the most interesting characters because they are just so evil. Truly evil. Even the good fairies are a bit twisted most of the time. The only nice faeries we’ve met so far were in Kill Me Softly, but they were also pretty judgmental towards some of the cursed characters.

If you’re a love retellings, really like Cinderella, or if you’re a Sarah Cross fan, definitely check out “After the Ball.” You can actually read it on Sarah’s website.

Tear You Apart

Tear You ApartTitle: Tear You Apart
Author: Sarah Cross
Series: Beau Rivage #2
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Date: January 27, 2015
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
5 Stars

SYNOPSIS

An edgy fairy tale retelling of "Snow White" set in the world of Kill Me Softly for fans of Once Upon a Time and Grimm.

Faced with a possible loophole to her "Snow White" curse, Viv goes underground, literally, to find the prince who's fated to rescue her. But is life safe in the Underworld worth the price of sacrficing the love that might kill her?


 
I absolutely loved Tear You Apart. It went above and beyond the original novel, Kill Me Softly, and took the traditional Snow White to new heights. If you’ve read Kill Me Softly, you already know that Cross has a negative outlook on the traditional fairytale. And why shouldn’t she? They are full of torment, torture, bad people, and helpless maids (or wicked ones). As much as I do love fairytales, it is quite refreshing to see them in a new light.

Our main character, Viv (Snow White), has always hated her curse—especially after her boyfriend was cursed into the role of the huntsman. Has to be hard wondering if the person you’re with will ultimately be the one to cut your heart out. The conflict between those two was so interesting in Kill Me Softly, but it was even better in Tear You Apart. I never really understood why they still had a relationship in Kill Me Softly, so exploring that in Tear You Apart was a treat. These two characters are just incredibly well developed, but slightly irritating at times because Viv needs to take a communication class.

Even though the characters in Tear You Apart really shine, it is the plot that gets me so excited. Rather than just a Snow White retelling, Cross incorporated several other exciting fairytales and I just loved it! I’ve said this before, but if you are a Once Upon a Time fan, you need to read this series. Snow White started to feel a lot like Cinderella at certain points, plus we get other stories thrown in for good measure. I’ll leave it to you to figure out which famous characters you’ll be meeting as you read the novel.

Sarah Cross really knows how to write a fairytale retelling. She is hands down my favorite in the retellings genre. When you pick up Tear You Apart, you’ll find a great plot and amazing characters, as well as a world you’ll want to return too. I don’t know if we’ll get another full length Beau Rivage novel, but my fingers are crossed for a “Beauty and the Beast” retelling!

Twin Roses

Twin RosesTitle: Twin Roses
Author: Sarah Cross
Series: Beau Rivage
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Date: December 9, 2014
Pages: 50
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

SYNOPSIS

A modern retelling of "Snow White and Rose Red" in the world of Kill Me Softly and Tear You Apart for fans of Once Upon a Time and Maleficent.

Pearl and Ruby have always shared everything, including their Snow White and Rose Red curse. When they were little kids, that meant sharing Pop-Tarts and cartoons with Theo, the enchanted bear prince who came to visit them every winter, and then disappeared from their lives.

And at seventeen, sharing is still their way of life—clothes, double dates, part-time jobs at their mom’s cafe, Twin Roses.

And then the harbinger of the second half of their curse shows up—the annoying man who caused the bear prince to be cursed in the first place who they must help if their prince—their fated love—is to return to their lives in human form, and they’re ecstatic.

But the sisters forgot one little detail. There are two of them, and only one Theo. And now only one of the sisters can have the happy ending.


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“Snow White and Rose Red” is not a story that I was familiar with before reading “Twin Roses.” I was actually a bit confused going into it because I wasn’t sure if this was the same Snow White I’m familiar with from Disney movies and other retellings. I don’t believe that it’s the same Snow White, but it was an enjoyable story nonetheless!

In “Twin Roses,” we meet Pearl and Ruby, sisters who have always shared everything and are a bit worried about their curse hurting their relationship. The story takes place just as their curse begins, so we do get to see how it impacts their relationship.

Overall, I liked the character development and general flow of the story. The Beau Rivage crew almost always dreaded their curses. Not many people actually wants a fairy tale life and seeing how each character responds to their fate is one of my favorite things about the stories.

This story is completely independent of the other two novels in the series, so if you don’t feel like paying for the short story then no worries. If you’re a fan of the world Sarah Cross has created though and just genuinely enjoy her retellings, it’s definitely worth the read!

Kill Me Softly

Kill Me SoftlyTitle: Kill Me Softly
Author: Sarah Cross
Series: Beau Rivage #1
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Date: April 10, 2012
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: For Review
4 Stars

SYNOPSIS

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.


The second I heard about Kill Me Softly , I knew it was for me. Real life people cursed to parallel classic fairytales? Bring it on. It’s very Once Upon a Time sounding, and since that’s one of my favorite shows, a book that has a similar concept was right up my alley. Verdict: really liked it.

It wasn’t as mind-blowingly awesome as I expected it to be, but I still adored it. The characters were great, and our main character Mirabelle is so fierce and strong-willed. Once she finds out she’s cursed (and that the people around her are not, in fact, certifiable), she has a very hard time accepting her fate. She doesn’t want to passively love someone because she’s supposed to. She wants to love someone because she chooses too.

That said she is also stubborn and a little too trusting for her own good. If an entire town is telling you to avoid someone, you probably should. It always bothers me when people ignore advice they get from multiple people. If I am hearing the same thing from several people I implicitly trust and respect, chances are I’m going to listen. The probability of 20 really smart people with good judgment all being incorrect are slim. Not impossible, granted, but slim.

The plot was also really engaging. Cross includes some of the more obscure fairytales in this novel, so we have to guess right along with Mirabelle. So fun! I was never able to figure out Blue’s curse, and even after he told us, I failed to appreciate what that curse really meant. So I was just as curious as Mirabelle to get answers to some of these questions.

Kill Me Softly is a fantastic read for fairytale lovers. I appreciated the independence Cross inserts into our typical damsels and loved the pieces she injected into these retellings. Truly well done and I cannot wait to read the sequel (Tear You Apartexpected January 2015)!