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Kill Me Softly Hardcover – April 10, 2012

3.8 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Beau Rivage Series

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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

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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 www.sarahcross.com

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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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Paperback
As you may already know, I am a huge fan of fairy tale re-tellings. In some cases I find hits, and in other cases I find misses. KILL ME SOFTLY fell somewhere in between for me.

Plot: 7

While the premises of Kill Me Softly is a good one, and at times the author is creative in its execution, I found some of the plot to be largely derivative. Not overtly so, but while reading I felt myself wanting something more unique out of the story line and the characters… In Kill Me Softly a young 15 year old orphan girl has some unanswered questions about her parents. She leaves her two godmothers to revisit the place where she was born, Beau Rivage. There, she hopes to find out more about her birth parents. Once in Beau Rivage she meets a strange pair of brothers who run the local casino. She meets even more odd and (mostly) unhappy kids. Eventually, she finds out they are all connected by a terrible “curse” that forces them to play out the stories of fairy tale characters. At the same time she finds herself falling in love…

In this tale fairy godmothers and magic are real, but the stories are based on the dark side of Grimm where the stakes usually involve either a life beyond control or even death. Think Once Upon a Time meets Grimm, involving some really messed up teenagers, and you have yourself Kill Me Softly.

Characters: 5

Even though I liked the character’s connections to stories such as Snow White, Beauty and the Beast and Sleeping Beauty, I still had a hard time relating with any of them. Mira seemed too immature and self-obsessed for me to easily like her as a protagonist. Her actions were off the charts at times -perhaps even shallow- and I disliked the insta-love she fell into, even if it was for a reason that was explained within the book.
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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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