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Kill Me Softly

Cross, Sarah (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Kill Me Softly
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When sixteen-year-old Mira runs away to discover her secret past, she finds a place where Grimm's fairy tales come to life, and she cannot avoid her accursed fate.
Authors: Cross, Sarah
Title: Kill me softly
Publisher: New York : Egmont USA, 2012.
Characteristics: 331 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: When sixteen-year-old Mira runs away to discover her secret past, she finds a place where Grimm's fairy tales come to life, and she cannot avoid her accursed fate.
Local Note: 1 53 109 112 167 172 173 176 228 231 262 268
ISBN: 9781606843239
Statement of Responsibility: by Sarah Cross
Subject Headings: Blessing and cursing Fiction. Characters in literature Fiction. Fairy tales Fiction.
Topical Term: Blessing and cursing
Characters in literature
Fairy tales
LCCN: 2011045271
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Aug 13, 2013
  • artemishi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 20, 2013
  • WordEuphoria rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

*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.

Jul 10, 2013
  • JCLChristiH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

One of the nominations for the 2013 Teen's Top Ten. Voting will take place Aug. 15 – Sept. 15 via YALSA’s brand new Teens’ Top Ten site for teens at www.ala.org/yalsa/reads4teens, and the winners will be announced during Teen Read Week in October.

Jun 22, 2013
  • evilbunnylover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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!

Apr 24, 2013
  • wonderlands rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 18, 2012
  • Haileysun224 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Can books get better than this? Great book for people who like fairy tales and romance.

Sep 24, 2012
  • isabel99 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!! I love how they mixed real life with fairy tales together. It is also a good romance novel!

Aug 16, 2012
  • BriLee_24 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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!!!

Jul 29, 2012
  • KJtheEpicFailure rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

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Jul 09, 2014
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Aug 16, 2012
  • BriLee_24 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 21, 2012
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Jun 17, 2012
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All Mira wants for her 16th birthday is to learn more about her parents. Her god-mothers who took her in after her parents died in a fire at her christening party are very overprotective and have never let Mira go into the city to find her parent’s graves. But now, on the cusp of adulthood, Mira isn’t going to let them hold her back any more. She concocts a plan to run away from home, but Beau Rivage, isn’t as glamorous as it seemed. Without money or friends Mira is having a tough time tracking down her parent’s resting place when she stumbles into a casino owned by the Valentine brothers. Felix, the handsome older brother, offers to help Mira in her search and give her a place to stay. Blue, the hostile younger brother, seems determined to run her out of town. But when Mira discovers the truth, that her parents, herself and almost everyone in Beau Rivage have been cursed with fairy tale fates, she can’t leave without trying to break her curse.

When sixteen-year-old Mira runs away to discover her secret past, she finds a place where Grimm's fairy tales come to life, and she cannot avoid her accursed fate.

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Oct 23, 2013
  • JD_BookWorm rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Other: Not much inappropriate scenes, but a few suggestive comments and a dude looks down a girls top. Warning- Some heated make-out sessions.

Apr 24, 2013
  • wonderlands rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Other: Rape culture - a boy touches at a girls legs and calls her sexy after she tells him to touch her. A girl is also kissed on various parts of her body without consent.

Aug 16, 2012
  • BriLee_24 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Other: I think that it gets a little steamy, but it doesn't have any real inappropriate scenes.

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Oct 23, 2013
  • JD_BookWorm rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Fate has a way of twisting our efforts, to get what it wants." - Blue

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