Friday, June 29, 2012

Review Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

Kill Me SoftlyTitle: Kill Me Softly
Author: Sarah Cross
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Publishing Date April 10th 2012
Pages: 336
Genre: YA Fairytale Retelling
Series: Stand Alone
Source: Hardcover

Goodreads Summary:
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.

This was one of the best retellings that I have read. The world that Sarah Cross created in this book was so beautiful and imaginative. It really took my breath away.

The story is basically a retelling of sleeping beauty, but has many other fairytales thrown into the mix. Some old and loved, and some brand new.

Mira is 15, almost 16, and decides to leave the comforts of her home and head out to find her parents grave. This will lead her back to her birth places. She leaves her two godmothers with the clothes on her back, a little bit of money, and no idea where to start.

When she reaches the town she was born, trouble starts right off and we meet some pretty sketchy characters. Before she knows it, Miri is thrown into a world she never knew existed but is a part of. She doesn’t run, instead she embraces it.

I loved every single character in this book. Everyone had something to bring to the story. We have prince after prince, snow white and her evil stepmother, beauty and the beast, fairies, villains, heroes and more.

Miri is a great heroine, brave, caring, friendly, and most of the time she is pretty smart. She cares for everyone she comes in contact with and befriends the misfits of the town. She was easy for me to call a friend. I love the relationships that she formed with each character. I really loved seeing her transform throughout the book.

The villains and the heroes weren’t always who I thought they would be and there was plenty of surprises throughout the book with some predictability. It was just magical for me and I enjoyed every moment I was a part of this world. If you love retellings and fairytale worlds, this book is for you.


1 comment:

  1. I read this book about a month or so ago. I loved it. I read some reviews about it on Goodreads after finishing it; some people said that it was not a very great book. People are allowed to obtain their own opinions, and I am not trying to change them in any way. But, in my opinion, "Kill Me Softly" by Sarah Cross was a very great book and very interesting to read. They way Sarah brings to world of fairy tales into the human life is incredible. This book is definitely a page turner, and worth reading.


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