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Kill Me Softly Hardcover – April 10, 2012
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although I appreciated the author's interpretation of classic fairy tales, I felt the story itself was tedious, drawn out much too long, and in the end, not very interesting. Read morePublished 19 days ago by norcalgal
Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
Mirabelle has been raised by her two, overprotective, godmothers since she was an infant.
Mira knows very little about her past. Read more
I didn't like the ending as much as the rest of the book--it felt like that last little bit was sort of sewn on there as an afterthought to making it a super Happily Ever After... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gia
Even though I really enjoyed this book as a fun twist on fairy tales, I need to make sure that girls and young women realize that this is absolutely fictional. Read morePublished 10 months ago by shellshocking123
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I love the idea of fairy tale retellings, like, adore them. Read more
Kill Me Softly is one of those books that has me torn. The first two-thirds or so are terrible, but the ending was fantastic! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Angie
I loved this book. It took me a while to get through it, but that was simply because of everything going on around here, not because the book was slow to get into. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed the world and the characters. Great themes to the story as well. The only thing keeping this from a four star for me is the romance angle. YMMVPublished 14 months ago by Donald