Kill Me Softly

Kill Me Softly

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by Sarah Cross, Kim Mai Guest

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—When Mirabelle runs away from her godmothers to Beau Rivage, the city where she was born, she hopes to discover answers about her parents' tragic death. Instead, she finds a group of unusual teenagers, each with a fairy-tale curse. In this strange seaside city, scenarios from fairy tales are played out over and over, and Mira has her own part in the drama: she's a "Somnolent," doomed to prick her finger and fall into an enchanted sleep like Sleeping Beauty. The problem is she's not interested in the charming (but slightly boring) "prince" who is fated to be her romantic counterpart. Mira is much more attracted to suave, handsome Felix, who bears a curse he can't, or won't, explain to her. Felix's brother Blue repeatedly warns Mira that Felix is a danger to her, but Mira is sure that the magical patterns can be broken. When she finally uncovers Felix's gruesome secret, she must find a way to turn her own curse into a means of escape. Mira is a likable heroine who is strong enough to buck the dangerous and strange situation she finds herself caught in. This novel has elements of tales from Grimm, Perrault, and Andersen, including familiar stories as well as some that aren't well-known. This modern fairy-tale mash-up will appeal to fans of urban fantasy and is a solid choice for any collection.—Misti Tidman, Licking County Library, Newark, OH
School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 8 Up—Although Mirabelle loves her godmothers like family, for her 16th birthday, she wishes nothing more than to visit her parents' graves. Mira respects that it is the one place that they have forbidden her to go, but the teenager breaks all the rules by running away, determined to find closure. What Mira finds in Beau Rivage only leads to more questions. Beau Rivage is a town full of secrets, based on the fairy tales that everyone thinks they know by heart. The teen is amazed to learn that the birthmark that she's always been ashamed of actually denotes that she has a role to play in a fairy-bestowed curse. Not only is Mira to play the part of a sleeping beauty, but her group of new friends in Beau Rivage all have their own marks and fairy tale destinies. Mira realizes that these are not the happy endings that most little girls dream of, but dark destinies that could lead to disfigurement or even death. With her birthday looming, a date which a fairy has hinted may be a very "significant" day in her life, Mira has to escape her curse and the dangerous romantic relationship in which she's become entangled. Kim Mai Guest reads Sarah Cross's story (Egmont USA, 2012), infusing it with the authentic sound of a temperamental teenager trying to find her place in the world. She balances Mira's naiveté with sass, and vocalizes the girl's varied moods and gradual descent into disenchanted reality. Listeners will be fascinated with the world that Cross has created.—Jessica Miller, West Springfield Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
A girl struggles to escape her fairy-tale fate in this suspenseful fantasy. Mira will turn 16 in a few days. Though she loves her godmothers, she wants to return to the city of her birth and find her parents' graves, one of the many things that her godmothers forbid. She runs away and travels to Beau Rivage, not knowing that the town is magical and that she risks death by returning. She quickly meets a boy she instantly dislikes, Blue, who has blue, spiked hair and seems to enjoy insulting her. But Blue's older brother Felix charms her and gives her a free luxury room in the family's casino hotel. Mira can't understand why everyone warns her not to spend time with Felix, and she quickly falls in love with him. Finally, Mira learns that she, with the other teens in the story, is cursed to live out fairy tales. She finds herself caught in not just one foretold fate that threatens her, but two--and the second could kill her. Cross, who knows her fairy tales, weaves a number of them into her story, giving them interesting twists as she applies them to her vulnerable and rebellious teen characters. Earnest Freddie, cynical Viv and captivating Felix all stand out as the archetypes they're supposed to embody, and as individuals as well. Clever fun. (Fantasy. 14 & up)

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Meet the Author

Sarah Cross loves fairy tales in all their incarnations. Her first novel, Dull Boy, is about another kind of myth—superheroes.

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Kill Me Softly 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Joie-de-Lire More than 1 year ago
Holy WOW. This book is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the BEST fairy tale retellings I've ever read. Sarah Cross's concept of these modern fairy tale curses is so original and so unbelievably creative that I fell head over heels for the world of Beau Rivage. I loved how Cross weaves together all these classic fairy tale stories and elements so that each of the characters could all coexist together. But if you think that these are your Disney happily-ever-after stories, then think again! These are dark Grimm brothers fairy tales--they're gruesome and slightly creepy and I freakin' loved every minute of it! NOw let's talk abou the fabulous assortment of characters in this story. OH. My. Gosh. These characters. Well to start off, there's just about a character from every classic fairy tale present in this one book! The modern representations of Snow White, the Huntsman, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, and the Beast were all spot-on in their portrayal while still giving them originality.These characters are all pretty cynical because of their respective curses/destinies, but I think that gives them all a lot of complexity. One the one hand, they want to fight their destiny, but they also know it's ultimately inevitable. Mira, the protagonist, was a great character, though admittedly, it took me some time to warm up to her. The character that really stole the show for me was Blue Valentine. I totally thought he was your average cocky bad-boy, but never have I been so happy to be wrong! Blue is one of the most selfless, kind, swoon-worthy characters I've ever encountered!. After learning everything he'd been through, realizing the reasons for his actions, I just wanted to give him a big fat hug. The only thing keeping this book from a 5 star rating is the 3rd person narration. It kept me from really connecting with the main character, but I will admit that this gives the story a more fairy-tale-esque vibe. With regards to POV, I think it's just a personal preference kind of thing. The dictation was just absolutely beautiful and there were so many passages I marked to quote! Rating: 4.5 stars!! All in all: LOVED this book. The concept of the interconnected fairy tales in the modern world is just fabulously written, and I can't wait for a companion novel!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't get enough. Great read with lots of details. Full of drama, suspense, sexual tension, grimm connections with a twist, and more. Warning starts off a little slow and odd....but then really picks up and new understandings for the start.
mrsinserra More than 1 year ago
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. There are many “modern fairy tale” novels out there as well as TV shows so I was hoping that Ms.Cross would be able to bring something different from all the rest, and let me just say, she brought it. I was hooked from the beginning. First I wanted to know why Mira wasn’t allowed to go back to her birthplace, then I wanted to know who these brother’s were, then what was Mira’s curse… the list goes on and on. As soon as I thought I knew the answer to a question, I had more questions. This is a good thing. Kill Me Softly kept me intrigued and on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Kill Me Softly has romance, a bad boy, a “perfect” gentleman, princes, princesses, though they don’t actually live in castles, heroes, heroines, everything that a good fairy tale has, even a happy ending. One of the things I loved about this book was that there is an ending for the two main characters. There is not a huge cliff hanger, but there are enough sub-plots and other characters that the next book in the series should hopefully follow one or two other characters, only mentioning Mira briefly so we know what is going on with her and if any unfinished business needs to be cleared up. I don’t know for sure, but that is what I would do. This book does not have any graphic sex, but it is mentioned and there is at least one sex scene, almost. Because of this, I would recommend this book primarily to older high school kids and adults. Adults will really get into Kill Me Softly if they have a pretty good knowledge of the original Grimm Fairy Tales, the ones that really were not so pretty. I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy and also to assist parents and teachers in recommending appropriate books for your kids to read. Please read more of my reviews on my blog: sarahereads(dot)wordpress(dot)com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt think I would enjoy this book as much as I did. It kept me entertained, I loved the characters. Mira is a bit naive about her love interest. I will be reading this many more times. If you like fairy tales or just really good books, read this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story's plot was absolutely AMAZING and I loved every second of this book. I loved the idea of fairy tales in modern day, and the roles that people played in this book. I also loved the romance part of this book and the excitment and anticipation that this book kept up. However, the ending was not as good as I had hoped. SPOILER ALERT: so I did not like how we do not know what will happen to Felix, and what his next move will be. I also did not like that we are left guessing about what Freddie will do, now that Mira has chosen Blue. Other than this, I loved this book and seriously reccomend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being a fan of fiction and literature, I always have a soft spot for fairy tales . Variations intrigue me and this one was entertaining . However, a lot of the plot happens within the period of a week, I know this is fiction AND a fairytale but falling in love with someone in one week??? In addition, the main character seemed to have all of the other characters figured out and mad when they wouldn't trust her. Hello! The have only known you a few days. Other than the unrealistic guardian reaction to the teen rebellion the book has colorful characters not your typical beauty and the beast,snow white or cinderella. Fun to read will keep you to the end but consider other tales however to get your money's worth. :)
BookandCraftAddiction More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It took me a while to get through it, but that was simply because of everything going on around here, not because the book was slow to get into. The book introduces Mirabelle, or Mira as she is called to friends, who is an orphan and lives with her two godmothers in a small town. All she wants for her upcoming sixteenth birthday is to see her parents graves in the town where she was born. So she decides to run away to this town she has been forbidden to visit by the godmothers. Here she learns exactly who she is and what her destiny entails. This is a retelling of a fairy tale but it is an awesome retelling in a new and different way. I give it 5 stars.
MidWest_Connection More than 1 year ago
This book is definitely a "tween" book. A lot of repetition of "feelings". Mira the main character is constantly trying to figure out her feelings for Felix and later Blue. I assume that's what makes it a tween book, cause teenagers will do that constantly. I wish there was more about her godparents, I would've like to have gotten to know them better. Although I did like the premise of the story, it dragged in spots making a tad tedious. The last couple of chapters took off and almost made the whole story worthwhile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved how you never knew who were the bad guys or good guys!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
O my gosh. This book looks absolutely amazing. I wish it was a sample. All in all, I think this looks like an amazing series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While reading this book, everything felt real. While reading the book i was also watching once upon a time and that show and this book seem so similar. Both have the concept of many people being under a curse and it needing to be broken. The book is simply amazing, i couldnt put it down, i would defiently would reccomend it for someone
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There has to be another book!
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Choc-o-litChick More than 1 year ago
Apparently the rank of skank extends to books, too. Ah, yes. It’s that time of year: the crisp smell of cider…the warm, creamy goodness of caramel…and the god-awful skank costumes that hang in plain sight at the store, most of which not only desecrate the images of candy perfection, but insult the progress of women’s equality. Okay, so I’m a bit slow on posting this review, but I believe it is close enough on the time table that everyone will get my point. Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross is one of the more exasperating tales I’ve read in quite some time. Once again, I saw the title pop up on my book feeds time and again as the next big thing. Trying to purchase a copy also became a trial, making me think, “Wow, this must be a great story. Can’t wait to get my hands on it.” If I would have known the rancid smorgasbord ahead of me, I definitely would have stayed home for dinner. The main character, Mirabelle or Mira, begins the story as a seemingly innocent girl growing up with her godmothers. The scene literally mirrors that of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, with the fairy godmothers making a birthday cake. Mira immediately scams her way out of the house and into a strange town where her parents supposedly died. Although Mira claims she was raised without “dangerous” objects, adhering to strict curfews, yet not resenting her guardians, she dives head-long into questionable behavior without a second thought of remorse or rebellion—she just does it. Her self-proclaimed best feature is her “nice butt.” By the end of chapter 5 she is sleeping with a guy…but just sleeping. Does that really happen? Huh. There must have been a helluva lot of hormonal downturn with the 15-25 age range since I was a kid. The final straw, however, arrived in the form of a little red satin nighty…that she wore clubbing. And yes, she also wore matching whore heels. Mira would fit right in with the rest of the skanky costumes one finds at a frat party, all lacking creativity in the end game of I-just-want-to-get-laid. Do women really have to try that hard? This read belongs right there with the rest of the obscene costumes more evolved females must endure during the Halloween holidays…in the trash.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book! One of my favorites!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a good book. Not your typical fairy tale with great reference to the original Grimm Brothers fairy tale. A must read for anybody who is tired of happy fairytales and looking for something with a little more action and mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At the beginning it may have seemed like another teenage agnst story but it turned into a thiller I couldn't put down. It was the Grimm's twist to fairy tales turned modern, not the happy disney stuff. I can't wait til she writes the next one!!!!
angel56DP More than 1 year ago
I loved this book because it was a great spin on the fairytale genre. I really hope that the author thinks about creating a series from it because I would defintely buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first, it seemed predictable and boring, but I ended up hooked and surprised. There were some creative twists that I loved, and the romance aspect was fairly thrilling. I reacted to the writer's words accordingly, and I found myself wondering what would happen next. I just wish that the author challenged herself to go into detail about the Grimm tales brought into modern light or the "curses" even further... I felt like she couldve dug deeper into the story- perhaps made it even darker.It wasn't the most exciting read, so not worth $18. But, overall I'm very glad I read it.
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
This has been an incredible week for me reading wicked dark novels, and Kill Me Softly is another fantastic one. Sarah Cross has taken several of the loved Grimm Brother's fairytales and wove them together to create her own twisted, modern day dark tale. Cross has also written the most chilling happily-ever-death love triangle with the Valentine brothers and Mira. These two gorgeous, romantic guys are to die for…literally. I loved Sarah Cross’ writing and her creativity of this dark romantic fairy tale. I also loved the sarcastic humor between Blue and Mira in this story. Mira is turning sweet sixteen in a week, and she’s never been allowed by her godmothers Elsa and Bliss to return to Beau Rivage to visit her parents burial site after they die when Mira was a baby. Mira's godmothers has forbidden Mira from doing a lot of things, like shaving her legs, using scissors, and the do not list goes on and on. Mira decides she wants to share this special birthday with her parents, as she just has to have this closeness in her life with her parents. So she runs away. When she gets to Beau Rivage, she realizes that finding where her parents is buried is going to be harder than she thought, and when Blue Valentine tells her she’s in danger of his brother, Felix, Mira feels like she just walked into a Looney Tune’s cartoon. Blue is going to do whatever it takes to protect Mira from Felix, but how can Blue protect Mira when she doesn't want his protection. Felix and Mira are falling for each other, too. Mira is on an insane roller coaster ride with Felix and Blue and Blue's friends. Mira knows their all hiding a dark secret from her and this dark secret will become Mira's destiny and the answers she has been searching for. Kill Me Softly is dark and dramatic, with humor that had me laughing out loud, and a wicked romance. Cross also leaves an opening for a second book, but Kill Me Softly can stand alone. I recommend Kill Me Softly as one dark read you will definitely want to have on your To-Be-Read list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ReaIly loved it wish there was a sequel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is the best book to read if you are feeling down or lost. I love every word. Definetly a good read for anyone.