Kill Me Softly

Kill Me Softly
By Sarah Cross
Published by EgmontUSA
Published on April 10, 2012

Summary taken from Goodreads:

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.

The Cover:  I love this cover!  It just screams fairy tale to me.  The rose, the blood, the vines around the text- it is absolutely perfect!   I have nothing else to say- I wouldn't change a thing!

The Characters:  I loved Mirabelle.  I loved that she was completely confused and wasn't buying into the entire curse thing right away.  I loved the "villans" in the book (although for sake of spoilers, they must remain unnamed).  I loved the entire cast of characters that the author created.  I would LOVE to see this as a movie or show- it would be perfect!

The Story:  This was such a fun story.  I can absolutely see it appealing to fans of the show "Once Upon a Time".  The story revolves around a coastal town that seems to be cursed by fairies- where inhabitants of the town are cursed and blessed with fairy tales that they must live out.  Some of these fairy tales are not so bad.  Some are deadly.  Mirabelle has been cursed by her own fairy tale- and it isn't hard to pick up on which tale she has to act out.  It is hinted at throughout the book.  The problem is, Mira gets tangled up in other fairy tales too- and these aren't so pretty.  This book was such a joy to read- I honestly couldn't put it down.  Like how you would imagine fairy tales, this one has an almost completely happy ending and left me with a warm gushy feeling.  

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