Title: Kill Me Softly
Author: Sarah Cross
Series: Beau Rivage #1
Date: April 10, 2012
Source: For Review
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 Apart—expected January 2015)!