Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
Author: Sarah Cross
Description 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.
Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross is a very unique take on the fairytales of old. It takes the original tales and gives them an even more sinister and long lasting twist. Mira has been sheltered all of her life and right before her sixteenth birthday decides to runaway and find where her parents are buried. She finds a town full of charming boys and more dangerous secrets. This book was very different from what I imagined. I pictured a focus on one fairytale and instead all fairytales are touched upon. I loved guessing which character went with which fairytale. It was sort of like a puzzle in the book. That was probably my favorite part of the story. There are numerous characters introduced in Kill me Softly. Mira, Blue, and Felix to minor ones Viv, Freddie, and Hensley are just a few. The problem is that, despite how much I wanted to I just couldn't really connect with any of them. They were all spoiled to some degree and that was expected, but there was just a general lack of personality. Mirabelle is difficult to describe. She is smart and nice (sometimes), sarcastic, and frustrating in her single mindedness. Her character was good for me in the beginning (when she was acting "prickly") and at the end, but in the middle...I wouldn't have minded if she slept for the next thousand years. Every other character with the exception of Felix was better than her. Blue was definitely my favorite and it would be amazing if there was a book about all of his friends. The ending was slightly redeeming and brought the whole book up a notch. I just hope that there is a follow up because there were many loose ends left unfinished. On the other hand the idea behind the story was unique and I absolutely loved it. The explanation behind faeies and fairytales was very intriguing. It would be wonderful to see more about the story behind how all of the stories got started. There was also the "dark" element behind the book. This was done very well and I found it interesting. Mixing my lack of bedazzlement by the characters and my love for the idea behind Kill Me Softly this book gets a middle of the road 3 STAR rating.
***This review is part of the Topic of the Month: May Faeries