MY THOUGHTS -This book is a page-turner if I ever saw (read) one! The first chapter or so sets up the story nicely, without an info-dump, and then it's off - mercilessly dragging you along until the ride is over. And by golly, it's a wild one!
I enjoyed myself immensely while reading Kill Me Softly. It's an excellent read. However, I did take issue with how carnal it was at times... I know that fairy tales are dark, and sometimes carnal, but this book went further than that. (Read the For the Parents section below for more info.) Besides that, I just adore this book. Sarah Cross's writing delivers clear and crisp images. It didn't blow me away, but at times it really stood out to me the way she worded things. I plan on reading whatever else she publishes!
CHARACTER NOTES -This book proves everything I believe about good looks and falling in love. Admittedly, when I first read Blue's description, all I could think was, "...Seriously?" But my my my... By the end of the book, I had decided that blue hair, blue eyebrows and facial piercings are the hottest things ever!
Blue. Is. AWESOME! I totally fell for him, loved his character SO MUCH. And because of that, looks don't matter. I'm quite sure a few other Kill Me Softly fans can attest to this same exact thing.
The mystery that is Blue... Ahhh... He was a breath of fresh air. As his character, his past, and what lies in his future slowly become apparent, I could not help falling for him with every new word he spoke, every action he made. True love? Yes, please!
Mira is the kind of girl who is determined, not rebellious. I love and respect this about her. She didn't run away to spite her godmothers or get drunk or sleep around. She ran away because of the calling she felt in Beau Rivage. I heard that some readers were annoyed by her, but I definitely wasn't. She didn't always make the right decisions and often couldn't see what was RIGHT IN FRONT OF HER. But that leads to the great part about her - she comes around, sees for cryin' out loud, and doubly makes up for her bad decisions with her bravery, love, and selfless nature.
Felix - ach! He had me wondering from the moment he was introduced. I guessed some of his story before but honestly I had no idea I was right so I didn't really hold onto it... But holy gracious it was intense!!
The others are also amazing. I love this cast and still think about it to this day. Every individual was unique and pulled his or her own weight in the story. And they made me laugh, which is always a bonus.
STORY NOTES -So, you always hear of love triangles... Every heard of a love "square"? 1 girl, 3 guys? Haha! Cheesy, I know. Well, in this book, you will experience this, possibly (probably?) for the first time. I was so skeptical at first of the love triangle, and then the third guy was introduced and I was like, "Hey, this actually works!" Sarah Cross mastered it! I can't said who the three guys are but...trust me, you'll love them all. Also trust me in that you'll have your favorite from the moment he's introduced!
My my, what an intense story-line we have here! Dark and sinister, like any good Grimm, but also with a touch of Sarah Cross. She rocked these stories, lemme tell you. She made the world of Wilhelm and Jacob Grim her own. The interwoven stories and intense scene sequences....WOW.
The climax was really really great, although I felt it could have been drawn out a bit longer. A little more detail, maybe in the actual event, maybe in the rescue, I don't know. But the point is - it was awesome no matter what. And the end...the end!!! Blue!! *faints*
SUMMING IT UP -Grimmly beautiful! ;) I truly enjoyed this story and hope to see more of Sarah Cross in the realm of literature!
For the Parents -
Some scattered language (briefly strong). Some sexual content. The details were what bothered me. Mira is an innocent girl who decides randomly she doesn't mind sleeping with men she just met- and even buys lingerie for he occasion. They don't actually have sex, but there are 3 or 4 very steamy kisses, and 2 almost lead to sex - and Cross goes into too much detail for me to just let it pass by. Later in the story, two girls kiss. (If I remember correctly, one girl spits diamonds out of her mouth after the kiss as payment for letting her use a facility for a concert.)
So, no, not happy with the content. That's the reason for the lower rating.