Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross
The Skinny: If you want to live happily ever after, first you have to stay alive. Viv knows there’s no escaping her fairy-tale curse. One day her beautiful stepmother will feed her a poison apple or convince her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Henley, to hunt her down and cut out her heart before she breaks his. In the city of Beau Rivage, some princesses are destined to be prey. But then Viv receives an invitation to the exclusive club where the Twelve Dancing Princesses twirl away their nights. There she meets Jasper, an underworld prince who seems to have everything—but what he really wants is her. He vows to save her from her dark fate if she’ll join him and be his queen. All Viv has to do is tear herself away from the huntsman boy who still holds her heart. Then she might live to see if happily ever after is a promise the prince can keep. But is life as an underworld queen worth sacrificing the true love that might kill her? -From Goodreads
BFF?: Liv, who is cursed with the Snow White curse, pretty much lives in fear that her boyfriend, who is cursed to be the Huntsman, is going to kill her, or that her stepmother, who is cursed to be the evil stepmother, is going to poison her. Needless to say, this makes Liv a bit… edgy. Not really in a bad way, but not in a good way either. She was kind of cold to a certain degree (ha, no pun intended!) and carried this hurt around for most to see. At times I kind of felt like she was borderline bitchy, but then remembered all her hurt soo… not so bitchy. I liked Liv well enough, but as a BFF? Probably not.
Readability: This series has been pretty easy to read so far and I’ve really enjoyed it. I like seeing all the different settings and stories woven together.
Crush Level: 6ish
Is it just me or is Henley kind of a sexy name? I don’t know what it is about it but I find it really nice. Anyway… Henley is kind of like Liv in that he’s stuck in this curse and is fearful all the time. Which, in most cases, would make me not like him, but the fact that he’s fearful of killing his girlfriend sort of excuses him. He has a bit of a temper and, at times, doesn’t seem 100% trustworthy, but there were SO many times in the book where I found myself rooting for him that I honestly didn’t care about either of those things.
This isn’t really the Underworld like we think of from Greek mythology where Hades lives. While parts of it may remind you of this, especially the dark immense castles, this is actually the land where darker, more twisted fairy tales exist. It made for a completely different setting and introduced a completely different set of characters.
Commencement Speech: There are actually MANY other bonus points that I want to bring up but feel like they might be spoilers. Which stinks because they are what made this book really pop for me. Like the first book in this companion series, Tear You Apart focuses on the darker aspects of fairy tales. This one twists several tales together in a very interesting way, making you look differently at some of your favorite fairy tales.
I did have a couple issues with certain scenes in this book, mainly the sort of love triangle and mostly the 3rd leg of this triangle. This is another spoiler so I won’t go further into it. GAH! I just want to talk about this book and all the things that made it good and bad for me!!!
You know what? Go read this so we can chat. It’s a good retelling of the Snow White fairy tale while weaving in a few others. Go read. I’ll wait.
Yearbook Quote: None! ARC!
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