Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Review: Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
Pages: 336
Release Date:  April 10th, 2012
Date Read:  2012, April 8th-10th
Received:  ARC from NetGalley
Rating:  3.5/5 stars
Recommended to:  16+

Mirabelle has lived a sheltered life since her parents died in a fire - the fire that had interrupted Mira's christening and swallowed them alive. Now Mira lives with her godmothers, Elsa and Bliss.  They've protected her from harm - and from every day life, like boyfriends and parties and getting her ears pierced.  She's never resented them - she knows they mean well.  But if she's going to get answers about her parents and who they were, she's going to have to travel to the one place her godmothers have absolutely forbidden her to go: Beau Rivage, the city where she was born.  After nine months of planning, Mira makes her escape...and finds herself lost in a world where storybooks are real, heroes take the stage, villains destroy, fairy tale endings are determined by a special mark, and there is no way of getting out.

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!

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.

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*

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.
Recommended 16+


  1. Blue is telling me to tell you, "You're only pretending you didn't like me at first because you want people to think you're not a victim to love at first sight." LOL yes, I kidnapped Blue and am holding him hostage in my basement. I just couldn't help it because I love him so much! x) Hehe I guess his blue hair could totally be a shocker to some people, but I'm SO happy you're a part of his fanclub regardless. And I'm even happier that you adored Mira like I did -- she really IS selfless through her armour, and I loved that abut her. :)

    Such a beautiful review for a beautiful book, Sierra!! I HUGS YOU. And I loved the love square thing too -- it's my new faovurite shape! ;) <333

  2. Thanks for the awesome comment, Mimi!  LOL well don't complain when the sneaky burglar shaped suspiciously like me breaks in and rescues him... :P  (and then pretends to be Mira so he'll fall madly in love with me...ahem!  her.)  ANYWAYS.

    Yay for squares!! hahahaha ;)

  3. I loved this one soooo much! I have yet to write my review, though.

  4. So glad you loved this one! :D  It's so fun, right?  I look forward to your review! :D

  5. I've been eying this one for a while. I've heard some mixed reviews, but it's impossible for me to pass up a fairytale book when given the chance!  I'm glad you enjoyed it. Now I really want to read it (=

  6. Definitely try it out!  I think it's a great fun read full of an original retelling.  Hope you enjoy it! :D

  7. I bought this book this week! Super excited to read it! But I didn't know about the carnal aspect - not the biggest fan of that, so thanks for the warning! Great review!

  8. I'm sure you'll enjoy it, just be wary of those parts and maybe skim.  LOL that's what I did at one part...  Sometimes, I understand the presence of content.  Other times, it's unneeded.  I felt like a lot of this was unneeded, and therefore it can be skipped.  I hope you enjoy the book besides that - I'm sure you will!

    Thanks for the comment!

  9. What a disappointment about the content. I really hate it when they do that, especially when it's a YA book! I'll probably pass this one because of that. Such a bummer! Thanks for the review.

  10. I totally agree!  That's why I love books like Aurelia and Entwined - they're so clean and cute and intense all at the same time.

    Thanks for the comment, Tressa! :D

  11. I think the book I just finished is going to end up being a love square....and I'm very intrigued by the idea.  Love triangles are so yesterday :)

  12. Ahahaha this is true!! ;)

  13. It was a really cool read I'll admit, but I didn't like Mira that much. She reminded me of Bella from Twilight. She got on my nerves half the time. 
    Great review!

  14. Bummer you didn't like Mira...I haven't read "Twilight" so I didn't really have anyone to compare her to.  I enjoyed her but I heard lots of people didn't, so I can see where you're coming from.  Thanks for the comment!