Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
published on April 10, 2012 by Egmont USA
fantasy | romance | retellings
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.
“They said every year was a gift, not a guarantee, and ought to be celebrated accordingly.”
I’ve never heard of Kill Me Softly before my friend Rebecca posted a five-star review on it. Of course, since she and I had sort-of similar tastes, I was immediately intrigued and picked up a copy when I found it at our local bookstore. I must say, the cover is very unappealing (at least to me) and wouldn’t have given it a second glance if it weren’t for Rebecca.
The summary definitely drew me in. I absolutely adore retellings, and this one was of Brothers Grimm stories! I could not say no. This part of the novel (the retellings) was really, really good and exceptionally done. I loved the twists Sarah Cross put into each of the tales and how the characters dealt with them.
The actual characters, though? I wasn’t all that into them. I was in love with each of their stories, but their personalities… not so much. Each character was stuck with their own curses, which were all interesting and graphically written, but they didn’t seem to be funny, interesting or lovable. Mira was an okay heroine, but sometimes I just wanted to grab her legs and haul her out of the book. Most likely because she couldn’t seem to control her feelings with the boys.
Speaking of the boys, I was no fan of the romance. There was a lot of insta-love and not enough development between Mira and any of the boys–yes, there is a love triangle and an underdeveloped one at that. She and Felix were so stiff and annoying; I hated their scenes together. She and Blue were more bearable, but I felt like Blue was just her second option sometimes.
The overall book was captivating and lovely, but the characters could have used more work and development. If they had been more interesting people, the book would’ve been an amazing one! It was good though, and I would recommend it to a few other readers.
Have you read this book? If you have, what did you think of it? If you haven’t, will you be picking it up soon?