“An easy, fast paced read that would be perfect for the reluctant reader. I can’t wait to book talk this to my sophomores.” – Miss Remmers
Release Date: April 10th, 2012
Challenges: NetGalley, 75+, eBook
“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.”
This is a great book that reminded me of how much I love modern day fairy tale retellings. “Kill Me Softly” reminded me of how much I enjoyed “Beastly” by Alex Flinn. It does start out a bit confusing (as readers aren’t sure how aware Mira is of the state of her society – fairy tale or not) and until she arrives in Beau Rivage she isn’t really portrayed as likable (more whiny). But once she ends up in Beau Rivage the story speeds up and the action is seemingly endless.
I really enjoyed all of the characters and liked finding out which part they played. In retrospect, I do see how the characters could be construed as one dimensional, but while I was reading the novel I was so enthralled in the story that I didn’t notice. The setting was perfectly described and enjoyably read. I was able to simply fall into this story and enjoy it. The ending, while it did end fast, was still perfectly paced and manipulated. I really enjoyed this novel; it could be considered an easy, fast paced read that would be perfect for the reluctant reader. I can’t wait to book talk this to my sophomores.
I have “tweeted” Sarah Cross and as of right now there is no sequel planned – but I hope she will change her mind. I would love to return to the land of Beau Rivage.
To the FTC, with love: Galley from NetGalley