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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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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606843239
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA
  • Publication date: 4/10/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted September 19, 2012

    Holy WOW. This book is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the

    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!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Me

    This book is so amazing

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Such a good book. Not your typical fairy tale with great referen

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Wow

    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 though...it starts off a little slow and odd....but then really picks up and new understandings for the start.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Great read!

    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!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    I loved this book because it was a great spin on the fairytale g

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2014

    Great book!!

    ReaIly loved it wish there was a sequel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Amazing

    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

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Blazingkit

    The ginger tabby tom kit bounds in, shifting into a ginger wolf pup, he jerks open the trap with strong jaws and nudges her out of harm's way. "Do be careful. I will take you to WolfClan, Iceshard will help you." He scoops her up and takes her to 'white fang' first result.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    Amberkit

    She runs in sobbing...she sudeenly steps into a fox trap and it snapped shut and th teeth of vthe trap dug into her hhindquarters. She screeches in agony anh collapses and screams until her voic was gone. Blood pooled around er slowly. She cries silently

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    MORE!

    There has to be another book!

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  • Posted November 10, 2013

    Apparently the rank of skank extends to books, too. Ah, yes. It¿

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    Amazing!

    Love this book! One of my favorites!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    Favorite book

    It is the best book to read if you are feeling down or lost. I love every word. Definetly a good read for anyone.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2013

    I read this book in two days I just couldnt put it down! It was

    I read this book in two days I just couldnt put it down! It was amazing! Its definitely going on my 'favorites' shelf!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    I did Not like or enjoyed this book

    I didnot like or enjoyed this book.

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  • Posted December 31, 2012

    READ IT IN 2 DAYS

    READ IT IN 2 DAYS

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

    great twist of grimm fairy tales

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Worth the read :)

    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.

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    An amazing must read for any fairy tale fans

    You should read it. It is absolutly amazing. You need to read this. You can't put it down once you've started.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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