Early Review – Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

Posted March 29, 2012 by Bonnie in Book Reviews, Early Review, Read in 2012, YA / 4 Comments

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Early Review – Kill Me Softly by Sarah CrossKill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
Published by EgmontUSA on April 10th 2012
Pages: 336
Genres: Fairy-Tales/Retellings, Fantasy, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley


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.

I’ve been extremely interested in finding more fairy-tale re-tellings after I picked up ‘A Long, Long Sleep’ by Anna Sheehan and enjoyed it immensely. When I heard this one was coming out I pounced. I had huge problems with the main character and it really affected the story and how much I enjoyed it. I understand she’s only 16 and therefore immaturity is bound to happen but her immaturity was bordering ridiculous.

‘He’d brought sunglasses, which she thought was unfair, since the bright white of the sun was making her squint; and at the restaurant, she swiped them and put them on, propped her chin on her hands, and dared him to steal them back with her best impassive diva face.’

First is it just me or does that sentence have far too many commas? And two… diva face? You’ve got to be kidding me. Then on yet the same page:

‘She drank so many iced coffees and looked at him so long her blood buzzed.’

Enough with this insta-love. Is romance dead and no one knows how to write a credible build-up prior to when two people fall in love? Sorry, but, it’s not enough for this guy to be drop-dead gorgeous. Still doesn’t justify the unnecessary amount of swooning and really does nothing except make the main character appear shallow.

Finding out what happened to her parents was the central point of this entire storyline; it’s the reason she ran away from home and traveled all the way to Beau Rivage. But when insta-love gets so bad that it completely consumes the point of the story? Bad news.

“I don’t believe in coincidence, Mira. I think there’s a reason you had to travel here alone. Something you were meant to find.”

Maybe it’s you, she thought and then had the immediate urge to unthink it. She didn’t want to be overeager, immature.

*face palm* Too late honey.

Once I got down to the meat of the story and the reason for the fairy-tale curses I decided to stop because I just wasn’t as into it as I had hoped and I didn’t see that changing anytime soon. If I had continued it may have gotten better but I wasn’t invested enough in this to spend any additional time trying to make this work.

I can see the appeal with this one but it was definitely not for me.


4 responses to “Early Review – Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

  1. I’m reading this book right now, so, I can’t wait to find out what I think about it.

    And if you want more fairytales and retellings, just let me know on my blog! I’m totally into that genre, since I love fairytales like.. forever. I can always give you some authors/book titles I like 🙂

    And I also read A long, long sleep and it’s one of my favorite books now, so we have that in common 😀

    • Bonnie Regan

      Well, I certainly hope you enjoy it more than I did. 😀

      And thanks, I’ll definitely come visit!

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