All Mirabelle, Mira, has of her parents are what her two godmothers have told her, that her parents died in a fire during her christening ball to save everyone else. A week before her sixteenth birthday she goes to the one place her overprotective godmothers have told her never to go to, to look for her parents' graves. In Beau Rivage, she meets Blue who has been trying to make her leave his family's hotel vigorously then his brother Felix who has offered her a place to stay and help in her search.
Why I wanted to read Kill Me Softly..
I'm addicted to the series Once Upon a Time by ABC and I guess that's what drew me to Kill Me Softly and a friend already asked if the two are different, and they are. Kill Me Softly is about curses, for example, there isn't just one Snow White, there are a lot of girls cursed with the same fate as hers.
And the cover is riveting and poetic. It says, this fairy tale isn't for the faint of heart.
And why I enjoyed it..
There are so many fairy tale characters entangled with Mira's story that makes Kill Me Softly fun and complex because you try to guess from which fairy tale story they are and, because they know their fates, they have their own thoughts and fears about fulfilling their roles and they share that with Mira, who didn't know about her own curse until she arrives in Beau Rivage. When Mira first talked to Blue's friends, they just seemed like weird teenagers, but when she found out that she's cursed too and decided to stay, the wheels start turning and we see another side to these characters and in the end, their depth surprised me.
Cross created a beautifully structured mythology about how the curses started and wove that into a modern world where you really can't expect everyone to be excited about their curse and follow their roles to a tee. (Well, there's Freddie and Caspian..)
It's perfect that the fairy tales in the story are taken from the brothers Grimm adding a dark touch to the story. There are times that even a gift bestowed by a good fairy can be a curse, I can't imagine how painful it is to cough up jewels every time I say something. And not all Cinderellas are good enough to make her stepsisters wear goggles to her wedding to keep the crows from pecking their eyes.
And while the overarching feel to the story is dark and twisted, there are a lot of funny moments that I loved. Overall, I had a great time reading KILL ME SOFTLY and would recommend it to those who want their fairy tales served with blood and freshly ripped heart with a side of limbs. I'm crossing my fingers for companion novels, I really liked Layla's and Freddie's characters and would love to know what happens to them!
Thank you Egmont USA and Net Galley for my copy!