Title: Kill Me Softly
Author: Sara Cross
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.
Rating: 4 stars
Review: This has been on my TBR list for yonks, so I finally got it, and dove right into it. This is my review.
Think Storybrooke (Once Upon A Time) but where the fairytales are a lot more Grimm than Disney. That is Beau Rivage, and it’s the one place Mirabelle has been forbidden to go, so naturally she sneaks off there, only to end up way too deep in the craziness. Three boys – one that’s meant to save her with a kiss, one who seems charming enough even with his creepy side, and a third who is prickly, and brusque, but with a heart of gold.
I’ve got mixed feelings about this book, so I’ll start off with the few misgivings I have about it. I didn’t go crazy over it – it didn’t get me feeling any strong emotions for the characters, and that’s mainly why I only give it four stars. It’s actually more of a three and three-quarters book, but I decided to be generous and round it up to four. I also found the love triangle between the girl and two brothers thing to be a little…meh. It’s way overdone, and it isn’t one of my favourite book tropes.
However, I love anything that works around fairytales, and this one did it really well. It twisted the classic fairytales that we all know and love, and gave them a much darker edge, modernising them. The Huntsman is ‘Snow White’s’ gardener and handyman, ‘Beauty’ can’t stand the Beast, who really is a prat. I also loved the whole fate part of it as well – destiny will always happen in one way or the other, whether or not you try to change it. You can only divert fate, but eventually it will come back around.
Who are my favourite characters in the book? Well, my favourite guy is easy – Caspian! He’s adorable, and he reminds me of Honey from Ouran High School Host Club so innocent, and hopeful. On the other end of the scale, I also love Viv – she’s definitely a lot darker than your usual fairytale princess. You’ll have to read the book to see what fairytale she’s from!
I’m not sure how the other books in the series will happen, since pretty much everything in this book was all tied up in a nice neat bow at the end – no loose plot strands except for one, which is bizarre. Eh, I’ll give them a go.
This is overall a sweet book, one that will keep you guessing, and if you enjoy modern twists on fairy tales, then this is a must read.