Friday, January 25, 2013

Review: Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

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.

I know retold fairy tales are like, the thing today, but unless I’m mistaken, I haven’t actually read one until now (kay, I guess Cinder would technically count, but that’s so different that I barely count it as a fairy tale). So I can’t speak for the retold fairy tales as a whole, but I can say that I really liked Kill Me Softly. Remember my #10pagetrial thing? (Me neither, really.) Well this another one of the very few that not only ended up coming off of death row, but went to get a five-star rating on my Goodreads.

What drew me in so strongly was the idea of it. Mira running away to a creepy town and learns that certain people are “marked” to have fairy tale lives. So a girl could be a Snow White and will have a wicked stepmother who will curse her asleep and will need for her Prince to kiss her to wake her up. And Beau Rivage is kind of a center for these fairy tale cursed folk, so there’s all of these strange people with strange pasts and strange futures all floating around each other. I picture it like Las Vegas, but with fairy tale folk. Oh, and these aren’t the kind of sweet, innocent fairy tales Disney sold you at an early age. There is some dark stuff going on, all Hans Christian Andersen-dark. And then (not to spoil anything) it gets way, way darker with a delicious twist I totally didn’t see coming.

And there’s Blue. Yes, a boy named Blue and he is angsty and snarky and totally awesome. Yeah, he starts off typical ass-y boy character, but it is (thankfully) not an insta-love situation. He’s just heart-wrenching. I can’t say too much without giving quite a lot away, but, yes, heart-wrenching is about perfect for him. But if you don’t go for mysterious snark, there’s Blue’s best friend, Freddie, who could be seen as a secondary character at best, but cracks me up to no end. Picture Snow White or Cinderella with all the adoring wildlife flocking about. Now picture that person a boy. Yes. Freddie. Marvelous.

After much perusing of The Goodreads, I see no information in regards to a sequel. This makes me sad. There needs to be a sequel! I want more Blue. And more of this world For serious.

Some other books you should check out are: Cinder by Marissa Meyer and Sweetly by Jackson Pearce.


  1. I really want to check this book out now!

  2. I read this a while ago and really enjoyed it, but as with most books that aren't the height of hype, I've forgotten nearly everything about it. Your review really, really makes me want to reread, though :D

  3. I wasn't sold on this book before, but now I definitely want to read it! Great review!