by Sarah Cross
Publication Date: April 10th, 2012
Publisher: Egmont USA
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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. (Goodreads)
Mirabelle knows very little of her past life, thanks to her overprotective guardians. All she knows is that her parents died long ago, and are buried in a town named Beau Rivage, a place Mira is forbidden to visit. A week before her 16th birthday, Mira does the unthinkable and runs away to Beau Rivage, and there discovers a world she never, ever would have thought existed. In Beau Rivage everyone has a story, and with the help of a few new friends, Mira will discover just what her story is.
Mirabelle was a very interesting, determined character. She wanted to find out about her past life, and she set out to do exactly that. She didn’t always make the best choices, but she went after what she wanted, and found out about her life. I caught on to Mira’s story fairly early in the book, but was still intrigued enough by it to keep reading on.
The love interest in the story is between two brothers, Blue and Felix. I definitely picked a team early in the book, and stayed true to Blue until the end. The brother’s story is definitely mysterious, and the wait to find out just exactly what happened to them was agonizing. The secondary characters in the book were well written as well. While we do get a good bit of back story on each character, I still found myself wanting to know more about each character. If the author ever decided to give each character their own book, I would definitely read each and every one.
The book was very well paced, and flowed together nicely. I love that the storyline didn’t just center around one particular fairy tale. Every person had their own tale, and each one was interesting. All of my favorite characters wrapped up nicely in one book. Thankfully, there was not a cliffhanger ending at the end of the book. However, there were a few things that I felt were left unresolved, things that left me very curious.
Overall, I thought this book was great. The characters are intriguing and the storyline is highly addictive. If you’re into to fairy tale retellings, you should definitely check out Kill Me Softly. I’m really looking forward to reading more by this author in the future.
Thank you Kathy at A Glass of Wine for telling me about this book!