Kill Me Softly
by Sarah Cross
April 10, 2012: EgmontUSA
"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."
I think I hoped a lot about this book after sounding a bit like the series, Once Upon a Time. Though I haven't started on the latter, I thought the book would somehow at least meet my expectation to be as good as my anticipation of it.
It was not bad really. I think I was just a bit disappointed with Mirabelle's character. I think she was waaaay trying to take her courageous stint of running away to downright stubborn at times. I get that she's a frustrated character, desperate to find some answers about her past, but she sometimes gets to me in a wrong way. Good thing I find some of the characters adorable for just being angsty counterparts of their fairy tale characters.
The premise was good, just don't think about it too much. Just read on and enjoy the mystery of Beau Rivage.