Saturday, August 11, 2012

Review: Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

Title: Kill Me Softly
Author: Sarah Cross
Series: None
Publisher: Egmont USA
Release Date: April 10, 2010 
ISBN13: 9781606843239  
Genre: YA, romance, urban fantasy, retellings
Source: borrowed from library

Rating: 9.5/10

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.

My thoughts:
First of all, I thought the cover has this sort of simple beauty to it. At first I thought it may be something like Alice in Wonderland because of the red liquid on the rose. I seriously didn't look like blood, so I automatically assumed it was paint of some sort. [insert very un-ladylike snort] I was so off.

Kill Me Softly is a mishmash of all sorts of fairy tales with the ugly bits left in. If you watched the Disney movies instead of reading the original fairy tales, you probably don't know that, say, for example the mermaid didn't get the prince and was instead forced to commit suicide. Or that Cinderella's step-sisters cut of parts of their feet in an attempt to fit into the glass slipper. Creepy, but for some reason I think I like those versions better. More real, with gruesome sacrifices mixed in.

Honestly, I want to thank Sarah Cross so much for shining a spotlight on little-known fairy tales, Highlight to see spoiler like Bluebeard.

Mira, the protagonist, was nicely written, although a bit more information about her past would be interesting. She was just a little predictable, always returning to Felix, doing what the fairy tale requires of her, but I thought that Sarah Cross made her predictability work very well. And there's the Valentine brothers, Felix and Blue. I was very pleased with the usage of foreshadowing with Felix and Blue's hair. Y'know, blue hair, Bluebeard? Nevermind. Felix was a tad too perfect for my taste, and I kind of didn't get how Mira just fell in love. Yes, they talked, Felix was a perfect gentleman, but there was nothing substantial in it. If anyone could feel like that slimy dude that tries to pick a chick up before the hero swoops in, it's Felix. Lastly, Blue. He's so much more real than Felix. He shared his happiness, sadness, desperation, and pain with Mira, and didn't give her the princess treatment. He took her places, introduced friends to her, and kept her at arm's length with a very good, bot nonetheless tragic reason. Although Blue hid so many truths from Mira, he as a whole seemed true, and honest in a way by letting her take a few glimpses into his world.

With the secondary characters, you can actually see how their curses affect their lives, and gives off an idea of how it'll happen. They're all amazingly alive ticking time bombs.

As a conclusion, I've not much to say but I am in LOVE with Kill Me Softly, and hope you liked/will like it, too.

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