Release Date: April 10, 2012
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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 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.
You don't like feeling trapped, like your future is already mapped out for you.I wasn't captivated by Mirabelle, she's selfish and deceitful, running away from her godmothers, misleading them of her whereabouts to go to Beau Rivage to find the truth about her parents. I understand her NEED for self discovery but that's very inconsiderate of her to send them on a wild goose chase. When she finally got to Beau, she got herself sidetracked by the Valentine Brothers, Blue and Felix, completely trusting the latter and taking advantage of Felix's hospitality before getting sucked into their Somnolent Royal clique. The only character that I found fascinating was Layla who runs a bookstore and having these books in possession that can illuminate which Somnolent you are and other information relating to it. All the rest were either predictable or flat.
When Mira's curse finally happened, it was unexpected but a little underwhelming for me, her prince did come but I didn't feel any connection to their pairing so to me it was a tad anti-climactic. In the end, Mira still barely knows about her parents and what happened to them, the person responsible for almost killing her is on the loose, and she got too absorbed with her love life to go and accomplish what she came for in the first place.
KILL ME SOFTLY had an interesting take on our beloved fairy tales and the direction SCross is going is delightful, there's no telling how she'll let these curses manifest so I'm sure the coming guesswork will be a clincher. She did hint at gruesome and dark eventualities but Mira's story didn't quite hit the mark for me and though her antagonist is a psycho, how it was played out left me wanting for more. I was looking for the darkness behind the motives and not letting the curse take the fall for bad behavior and lapse in sound judgment. I still think it's a wonderful story however I was looking for something else and unfortunately for me, I didn't get my fix here.