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July 17, 2012

Review: Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

Format: ARC (NetGalley)
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Release Date: April 10, 2012
Excerpt here
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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.

Beau Rivage is where these Somnolents, cursed individuals, converge while they wait their curses to play out. Here you meet versions of Snow White, Hansel & Gretel, Beauty & the Beast, Bluebeard, Sleeping Beauty, etc. And I can only imagine the anxiety of waiting for your curse to happen wondering if you'll emerge as the victor in the end or if your prince will come through for you. I would be paranoid too if I were Sleeping Beauty, avoiding anything sharp and pointed that might send me to a coma or Snow White, avoiding apples like the plague for fear of being poisoned or choked to death. Not only that but everyone around you is bracing for the worst eventuality, preparing a glass coffin, bringing a sword or an ax just in case and other cliched device for when the curse finally hits.
You don't like feeling trapped, like your future is already mapped out for you.
I wasn't captivated by Mirabelle, she's selfish and deceitful, running away from her godmothers, misleading them of her whereabouts to go to Beau Rivage to find the truth about her parents. I understand her NEED for self discovery but that's very inconsiderate of her to send them on a wild goose chase. When she finally got to Beau, she got herself sidetracked by the Valentine Brothers, Blue and Felix, completely trusting the latter and taking advantage of Felix's hospitality before getting sucked into their Somnolent Royal clique. The only character that I found fascinating was Layla who runs a bookstore and having these books in possession that can illuminate which Somnolent you are and other information relating to it. All the rest were either predictable or flat.

When Mira's curse finally happened, it was unexpected but a little underwhelming for me, her prince did come but I didn't feel any connection to their pairing so to me it was a tad anti-climactic. In the end, Mira still barely knows about her parents and what happened to them, the person responsible for almost killing her is on the loose, and she got too absorbed with her love life to go and accomplish what she came for in the first place.

KILL ME SOFTLY had an interesting take on our beloved fairy tales and the direction SCross is going is delightful, there's no telling how she'll let these curses manifest so I'm sure the coming guesswork will be a clincher. She did hint at gruesome and dark eventualities but Mira's story didn't quite hit the mark for me and though her antagonist is a psycho, how it was played out left me wanting for more. I was looking for the darkness behind the motives and not letting the curse take the fall for bad behavior and lapse in sound judgment. I still think it's a wonderful story however I was looking for something else and unfortunately for me, I didn't get my fix here.


12 comments:

  1. Great review! :) I have this on my Kindle from awhile ago but I don't know if I'll actually read it since I really hate deceitful protagonists who lies all the time. -.- But it does sound interesting and the idea's intrigued me. I thought it was a contemporary at first LOL ;)

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    1. Go ahead and read it you might like it better than I did since it's been a long time since I was a teen LOL.

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  2. Hmmm... this book doesn't sound like it would be my cup of tea either Braine... thanks for sharing your thoughts!!!!

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    1. It did have dark elements but I was after the darkness in the characters not just their actions. Like they know they're cursed & part of them is fighting it so where's the struggle? Did they take pleasure in their roles? I wish she expounded more on that.

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  3. It's certainly an interesting idea, but such a shame you didn't connect with the characters! Will put this on my 'maybe' list.

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    1. I was really hoping to like it because most everyone who've read it loved it.

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  4. Too bad that there was some problems with this book and that it did not deliver. I have been curious about it for some time. Thanks for your review, I will put off giving it a try for awhile longer.

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  5. Hey, Braine. Great review. I was reading the blurb and was like "Kinda, sorta sounds like "Once Upon A Time" ??? Seems interesting enough to read, but probably won't pick it up if it's not that great. Maybe... just maybe.

    Ana♥

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    1. It does have that feel to it, correct. Give the first couple of chapters a try, you might end up liking it more than I did.

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  6. Great review. I had been hoping to read this, possibly with expectations similar to your own, and knowing that the heroine does silly things or that in the end she lets her love life get in the way of her whole point isn't endearing the story to me. I think I'll have some expectations for the book, but they are lower now!

    Thanks for the great review, Braine!

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    1. You are welcome although I hope I didn't totally spoil the book for you. I still encourage you to read this, you might see it differently than I did.

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