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Kill Me Softly Hardcover – April 10, 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606843230
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606843239
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,188,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mirabelle Lively knows little about her past or her deceased parents; her loving, though overprotective, guardian godmothers, Elsa and Bliss, have kept it that way. But with her sixteenth birthday approaching, Mira runs away to Beau Rivage to visit her birthplace and her parents’ graves, hoping to find answers. The city and residents are not as they appear, and as mysteries and secrets unfold, so do revelations, including whether or not curses and fairy tales could be real and whether Mira is destined for happily ever after or a more sinister fate. Incorporating suspense and romance, this contemporary, edgy, Grimm-based novel is an entertaining and well-written entry in the crowded but popular genre. With nods to many fairy tales—including Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel—readers will find familiar, if occasionally predictable, elements. However, there are also some creative twists as the engaging YA cast navigates issues ranging from destiny versus free will to self-discovery to the power of love. Includes some strong language and mature scenarios. Grades 9-12. --Shelle Rosenfeld

About the Author

Sarah Cross loves fairy tales in all their incarnations. Her first novel, Dull Boy, is about another kind of myth—superheroes. Visit her online at

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Customer Reviews

The secondary characters in the book were well written as well.
I love modernized retelling of fairy tales when they are done well and thankfully this one is done quite well.
kindlemom1 (My Guilty Obsession)
There were some aspects of the ending that left it feeling a little rushed and a little too convenient.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Latoya on April 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
When Mira is first are introduced , she seems sweet but once she gets to Beau Rivage, her attitude changes. She seems lost and angry.That is until she meets Felix, who instantly bedazzles her and she becomes attached to him. Now, here is where I have issues with this book because Mira is fifteen and Felix is in his 20s, and he is coming on to her in a very sexually intoxicating manner. The poor girl is dizzy, literally from the lustiness(I am quite sure this is not a word, but I'm using it). Felix has a brother Blue, who Mira initially met when she arrived and he tried his best to get her to leave. I think the chemistry between Mira and Blue is so funny and the most interesting. She meets others just like her in this town and Mira feels like her new friends are keeping her in the dark, as they won't tell her anything, except stay away from Felix. Torn between her supposed love for Felix and the possible danger, she believes that she knows him better than they do, after a matter of days. Seriously!
The story is great and completely not what I expected. One of the cool things I really liked about this book are the marks that identify what story that the characters belong.Beau Rivage is full of fairy tale tragedies, and everyone knows their fate. The thing is no matter how hard they may try to change their path, destiny gets in the way. Mira wants to be the exception to this rule, that's if she survives her curse, and finds out what her trigger is before it is too late. Dark, witty and original this is a great book about love and destiny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rayne on February 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I love reading fairy tale retellings. True, most of the time I end up disliking them, but I can say with confidence that finding and getting to read a fairy tale retelling, seeing how the author shaped a well-known, classic and beloved story into something new and original, is probably one of my favorite things about reading YA. When it comes to originality and entertainment, Kill Me Softly is not an exception. While the story failed for me in terms of characterization and the progress of the romance, I simply have to admit that I enjoyed the book.

Cross created a very interesting setting for Kill Me Softly. Beau Rivage is colorful, cleverly constructed and full with fascinating characters. The author's inclusion of the curses, why certain people are cursed, how the curse takes places and what it forces on the persons, was really amazing. Most of the curses are no secret, but there are a few that came as a surprise and were executed nicely. Most of the secondary characters have a very well-defined personality and it relates marvelously to their curse. All of this was a very clever move in Cross's part.

My biggest problem, however, was the main character. Not only did she change entirely from one moment to the other, but the person she became once she entered Beau Rivage was, in my opinion, unbearable. She was rude instead of strong-willed as the author wanted to present her, ridiculously silly and selfish. She not only crossed the line between stubborn and stupid, she set it on fire and dance on top of it. She never listened to what people that knew better than her had to tell her, fell in love with a guy literally just a day after meeting him (she bought a sexy nightgown to sleep with him two days after meeting him), and acted stupid all over the place.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Naddeo on April 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was so eager to read this novel and my expectations have been exceeded: I've been completely blown away by it! After receiving Kill Me Softly, I took no time to start reading it and I've been rendered speechless by this book's awesomeness. Not to mention that the cover is beautiful, so if the book didn't turn out to be that great, at least the cover would make your bookshelf a lot prettier. But that's certainly not the case; for the content is even more amazing than the cover.

If you thing fairy tales are only meant for children, then you are more than mistaken. Mixing original fairy tales with reality, Cross writes an amazing story full of magic, romance and mystery. I was so caught up that I finished this book in one seating! But I do have to add that I love Disney's fairy tale movie so this review will be a bit biased by my inner child. Furthermore I love Once Upon a Time, a TV series with a similar premise: a city where the inhabitants are fairy tale characters but can't remember it!

Mirabelle lives with her two grandmothers but she dreams of being able to visit her parents' graves; for they died in her christening and since that day she has never set foot in her birthplace, Beau Rivage, again. One week before her sixteenth birthday, Mira runs away from her two very controlling yet loving grandmothers. Arriving in Beau Rivage, Mira gets to know Blue and Freddie; Blue is a rather rude and wants to throw her out of the casino she took cover in, while Freddie is docile and sweet. She escapes Blue and his friend and goes into the garden, where she meets none other than Blue's brother, Felix. Entirely the opposite of Blue, Felix takes her into the hotel and is nothing but nice to her (maybe too nice!). And of course, Mira falls in love with him.
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