I've always had a soft spot for fairytales; I love all Disney movies and have been fascinated with kings and queens and all royalty for as long as I could remember.
That's why when I read the experct for Sarah Cross' new novel, "Kill Me Softly", I had to read it!
"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."
It truly had all elements of a fairytale, paired with godmothers, forbidden objects, and a 16 year old girl.
It first sounded a lot like Sleeping Beauty, a teenage girl being raised in a cottage in the woods by her strict godmothers; it was very familiar.
The novel surrounds MiraBelle, a 15 year old girl who lives hidden away with her godmothers. She lives a pretty normal life, but her godmothers are constantly watching over her. They have very strict orders about what Mira can and cannot do.
Mira doesn't mind the rules but she has one annoyance with her caring godmothers; they will not tell her what happened when her parents died and where she was orginally from.
With some research, Mira discovers her hometown, Beau Rivage, and a few weeks shy of her 16th birthday, she runs away from home to Beau Rivage to find her parents' graves.
On her first night in Rivage, Mira stumbles upon a casino named "The Dream". There she meets the Valentine brothers, Blue and Felix whose father owns the casino; both are very strange and weird toward Mira. Blue is very rude while Felix is more welcoming, offering her a place to stay and a helping hand in finding her parents.
Along the way, obviously Mira falls for Felix's witty charms but not before or after hearing Blue go strongly against the attraction. There is something that Blue, along with a few of his friends, Viv, Freddie, Rafe, and Layla aren't telling Mira and it eats her alive.
Twist and turn, Mira finds out that most of the people in Beau Rivage are cursed with fairytales: Snow White, Cinderella, the Beast...everyone has a story and a destiny that lies ahead for them.
Mira soon realizes that she too is cursed and will eventually fall victim of the Sleeping Beauty tale.
This book had me turning the pages; I always wanted to find out what happened next. I really couldn't put it down.
It had all the true elements of a YA novel but with a definite twist. It was fun seeing how these fairytales were meant to be read; not the Disney version with a happy ending but the cruel, gruesome ways of all things fantasy.
I will admit, it was annoying at times listening to Blue and the other Cursed to tell Mira to stay away from Felix and having her repeatedly decline their warnings.
It was well written, well planned, and very very detailed; nothing was left out to dry.
The ending definitely wasn't what I expected but I don't really know what I was truly expecting; I didn't totally agree with the ending but from the last few paragraphs, I think a sequel is needed.