Publisher: Egmont USA
Publication Date: 10 Apr 2012
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Format: ebook (ARC)
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Place(s) Traveled to: Unknown, Indiana // Beau Rivage
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
First Line: Birthdays were wretched, delicious things when you lived in Beau Rivage.
Its no secret that I love fairy tales and by default fairy tale retellings and so you can imagine just how excited I was to hear about Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross. In Kill Me Softly there are towns where people exist that are cursed to live out fairy tale stories and these stories have been updated to fit the modern world and accommodate for items that may not exist in plentiful quantities.
For me, Kill Me Softly started off a bit slowly but I did love that Mira seemed to be cursed with the story of Sleeping Beauty. As that is one of my favorite fairy tales and one that isn’t used very often when it comes to retellings. And I really enjoyed her initial interactions with Blue and some of the other teens in Beau Rivage, the town of her birth and where many of these fairy tale cursed people live.
What I didn’t like was how love was so often confused with lust in this book. Mira first meets Blue but then falls for his brother Felix. Felix is the opposite of Blue in many ways and within hours of meeting him Mira is telling us that she is in love and rushes off to buy sexy lingerie. Actions like this just made me stop and think? huh? And all the while she is also thinking about Blue and how she might love him too but then talks herself out of it and thinks…no I dislike him but yet I’ll spend all my free time with him rather than Felix who I do love. Mira’s actions never really made much sense.
Kill Me Softly moved very slowly for much of the book and then there was this rush at the end where everything just happened at once. I also think that based on the cover and title that the story would be more sinister than it was. As a reader I was often left unsatisfied with how this story was told. Especially since many of the events just come about in believable ways. At least, not for me. And don’t even get me started on the random POV switch of convenience. Which was just….ugh. I expected more from this book and I wanted to love it but I just didn’t. I never really connected with Mira or any of the other characters and as a result I couldn’t get into the story. There were also several loose ends with this book and I won’t be surprised if somewhere down the line a sequel emerges. Though, if there does, I’m not sure if its a book that I will read.