Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
The Skinny: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. – From Goodreads
BFF?: Mirabelle, or Mira as she was often referred as, was kind of difficult. On the one hand, I really liked her, thought she was spunky and fun and had a great witty personality. But then other times, I thought she was impulsive and kind of bitchy. She also took the whole fairy tale curse thing WAAAAY too in stride which was surprising. I thought she was really well written, but there were some things about her that kind of rubbed me the wrong way. Like I wanted to tell her to chill, relax, breathe.
Readability: There were some spotty points where I got a little confused – like I had to reread previous lines to get what they were saying – but for the most part I was hooked on this book. I thought the writing was pretty easy to read, there wasn’t a lot of flowery prose to get lost in, and overall it was really fun.
Crush Level: 6
Mira has a love triangle going on in Kill Me Softly with, are you ready, TWO BROTHERS. Le sigh… rolls eyes. But this love triangle isn’t really the same as normal ones, considering one of the brothers is a well I’m not going to say because that will spoil it for you! Both brothers are IMMENSELY different, but both will get your pulses racing.
I absolutely loved the premise of this book! Every day people cursed to relive fairy tales, no matter how they try to fight it, knowing what will eventually happen… can it get any better than that? Oh yes it can!
Shocking Fairy Tale
As you meet all the characters in the book you learn what fairy tale they are cursed with – Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Cinderella, etc. – but you don’t learn what Felix and Blue’s curse is. But when you find out… gasp! There are SO many hints throughout the story that it’s like “omg how did I not see that?!”
Commencement Speech: I’ve really been wanting to read Kill Me Softly since I first saw it on NetGalley, so I’m super excited that I FINALLY got to read it. Was it as good as I had hoped? Not really, but it was still super fun nonetheless. I really loved the concept of people being cursed to relive fairy tales over and over, especially since most of them knew who their fairy tale would have them interact with. Beauty knew her Beast, the Huntsman knew his Snow White. I also loved that these weren’t based on Disney-fied fairy tales, but the baser, darker ones. Groups of stepsisters with chopped off heels and toes wandered the streets. There were also some very humorous moments, that I won’t share because you should read the book, that were based on the fairy tales that really had me laughing. One thing I really LOVED about this book was that IT’S NOT THE FIRST IN A SERIES! Finally, something I don’t have to become overly invested in just to love it! Sure, the book had its faults, but they were overlooked for the fun and adventure of the story. Definitely glad I finally got to read Kill Me Softly!