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Monday, April 2, 2012

Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

I've been anxious for this one for a while now. I used it as my WoW a few weeks ago. But then, low and behold, I discovered it on Net Galley and was approved! Happiness! I'm an avid Once Upon A Time fan, and a huge fairy tale fan just in general. So try and keep me away from this one! I'm excited to pick up a copy of this one when it comes out! Expected release date is April 10th, 2012!
Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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 Liked: 1) The nods to the classic fairy tales. I'm not talking the Disney fairy tales, but the hard core Grimm fairy tales. I think sometimes we forget that fairy tales can be dark and scary places, but they're really brought to life in this one. I spent the whole book reading and wondering who everyone was supposed to be (some of them are rather obvious, but some they don't just come out and tell you) and where they were in their stories. 2) I loved that fact that they knew who they were. I mean, so-and-so knows she's Snow White, or Belle, or Cinderella. They know that someday, they'll be swept away by a beast, or their stepmother will ask someone (known or unknown) to kill her. Mostly they just seemed resigned to the fact that that is their fate! But it's interesting seeing how they all come together. Okay, if you were Snow White, and you knew the guy that someday your Stepmother was going to ask to kill you...could you be friends with him? 3) Mira. Okay, I didn't figure it out, but then at some point it becomes, so, so, obvious as to who she is. But the hints all along the way are subtle. What I really like about Mira is her curiosity and her determination. She can be a little naive at times, but she overcomes it to fight for what she wants. 4) And then there's Blue. Blue is the main male character. Don't be confused and think it's Felix. Felix is a smooth talker, and Blue really just comes off as a jerk at the beginning, but he's a lot deeper than that. 5) Surprising more than anything, I adored Freddie. I'd be his damsel in distress any day. He's more my speed than either Felix or Blue. All of these characters and multi-dimensional and realistic.

What I Didn't Like: 1) Things at the end happened very fast. One minute Mira is all into Felix, and then two seconds later, she loved Blue? That bothered me a little. It was like, the love triangle that wasn't a love triangle. It made Mira kind of wishy-washy. And when you coupled that with the naivete, it weakened her as a character. I liked her overall, but she does have a tendency to sway between strong, determined and confident girl, to wishy-washy little wimp. If it had seemed that she grew into a stronger character, it would have been okay. But she pendulated too much for it to really seem like growth.

Overall Thoughts: If you like fairy tales, do not miss Sarah Cross's Kill Me Softly. It'll take you to a place that you never dreamed, and show the dark side of fairy tales. The rich characters bring this story alive, and the plot will keep you curious until the very end. First love and heartbreak, along with all the beauty and mystery that fairy tales promise make Kill Me Softly a winner for any fairy tale fan!

 My rating: 4 shots
Cheers and Happy Reading!


  1. Thanks for the wonderful review! This sounds like a great book. I requested it forever ago on NetGalley and never heard anything either way. I was going to re-request it, but I don't have time to read it now anyways. I am going to buy it when it is out and get to it when I can.

  2. How did I miss this? It sounds awesome! Will have to pick it up when it's out!

  3. This one sounds so intriguing! I love me a good fairy tale book :) Great review!


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