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The first ~5 chapters were truly funny and full of promise, but the novel then descended into almost strictly romance--the magical aspect of the book was minimized, with what was supposed to be the climax a disappointment. I wish Kill Me Softly was longer and more complex.
Kill Me Softly is a contemporary fairy tale retelling that, frankly, rocks. It follows Mirabelle, but interweaves multiple (Grimm's-style, not Disney-style) fairy tale tropes and characters. It's bittersweet, with some clever moments of language and self-aware references. It's one of those rare YA coming-of-age stories that is incredibly spot on.
There are parallels, even with the magic in the story, to real world abusive relationships, to the hard choices we make as adults, and to the nature of sacrifice. It's almost difficult to call it YA, because it's got much more depth than most YA stories that I've read.
This book actually emotionally affected me, which is always a bonus. And I'll be reading any of Sarah Cross' future books. Also, it bears saying that the audiobook version, narrated by Kim Mai Guest, is excellent.
I highly recommend this book to fans of fairytale retellings, true coming-of-age stories, tales of romance and magic, folks who enjoy teenage characters who act like actual teenagers, deliciously flawed but courageous female protagonists, and basically everyone.
*Mild spoilers ahead!*
This would've been an extraordinary book, except for the fact that our princess wasn't exactly a likeable MC. In fact, I pretty much wanted to slap her every time she insulted/raged on Freddie (c'mon, you can't just hurt the poor puppy like that!). And yes, I do understand where she's coming from when she ignores her friends' advice and has her rebellious tendencies (i.e "Well, since literally everyone thinks he's so dangerous I might as well sleep in his room, and on the same bed. Like, he'd TOTALLY tell me if he was a murderer"), but let's be real: she plays the hormonal raged teenage girl a little too well. Plus, the fact that she spent way too much time cuddling with our baddie doesn't exactly give her any brownie points. And it's not like I didn't try to like her, but her poor decisions made it hard. It's one of those books that has a great plot and concept, but poor execution in the main character department.
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This novel is great even for readers who don't like romance it is great I especially like the character named Blue!!!!!!!!!!!
Great for fans of Mortal Instruments!
This book has a highly original plot and characters that make you laugh from the beginning, I have to give Sarah Cross that.
And that is where my 'likes' of this book end. This novel tries to loudly proclaim a feminist narrator - choosing to fight with her fairy tale curse while being sucked into a relationship with a guy that treats her like a puppy and buys her everything. It sets the feminist movement back about 40 years, and the whole touching at her legs without consent? Yuck.
A good idea in theory, but executed poorly.
Can books get better than this? Great book for people who like fairy tales and romance.
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!! I love how they mixed real life with fairy tales together. It is also a good romance novel!
I LOVED this book! I really liked how Cross incorporated fairy tales (REAL fairy tales, not the sugar-coated ones from Disney) into a book, and made it seem realistic enough. While I was reading this book I actually discovered a lot about the fairy tales I thought I was familiar with. I recommend this book to any die-hard fairy tale lover, and even if you aren't, you should read this book!!!
Stunning book with the Grimm fairy tales. I found it to be quite a page-turner that didn't leave me disappointed. A mysterious, lovely plot with realistic characters-even if incarnates of fairy tales.
I LOVE This Book... It Has A Mixture Of Fantasy, Fairy Tale, Reality, Humor, And Romance All At Once. I Love How Every Detail In The Book Came Together Like A Puzzle. There Were Many Secrets In This Book That Kept Me Eager to Read More Out Of Curiosity. Its Also Sort Of Mysterious At The Same Time. But Its A Great Book And I Highly Recommend It to Anyone Who Loves Fantasy And Fair Tale Books. :)
This is a stunner! Way beyond fractured fairy tales, this is fairy tales in real life.
What if every fairy tale (the original Grimm ones...not the nice Disney versions) was real, and what if they were in an endless loop, adjusting themselves to fit with modern times? Well, it would be crazy. But Sarah Cross makes it believable and weaves us a fantastic story of fairy tales come to life. I loved Blue, and although I couldn't always believe his selflessness, I did love trying to guess his fairy tale until the end!
The only disappointment for this book is actually a bit of a spoiler, although anyone who reads it will quickly figure out what I mean! But all in all, Sarah Cross has me sold on her version of fairy tales evolved, and I will be sure to pick up anything else she writes.
A quick note - not for younger teens! This book gets a little steamy, and while it's not graphic and doesn't go that far....still. Made me blush a couple times.
If you like fairytales then this book is for you! Fairy Tales we all grew up with in one small town but with a twist! Read to find out what happens to Mira, a unknown princess who hopes to find out her parents.