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Kill Me Softly (Beau Rivage)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  3,630 ratings  ·  803 reviews
"Clever fun."—Kirkus Reviews

"Incorporating suspense and romance, this contemporary, edgy, Grimm-based novel is an entertaining and well-written entry in the crowded but popular genre."—Booklist

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...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by EgmontUSA
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Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
None of the girls was asleep, drugged, playing, waiting.
They were dead.
They had been killed here.
She wanted to be horrified. It seemed sick to be jealous, too, but she was. It hurt to know he’d loved so many other girls; that she was not special, not unique.

Mira Lively is 15 years old. Upon the occasion of her birth, the evil fairy cursed her to be doomed by incomprehensible stupidity.

I'm just partially kidding.

This book exemplifies almost everything that is wrong with YA literature.

1. A love s...more
Mimi Valentine
Warning: This will not be your average review. I loved it too much for that.

Kill Me Softly is Brilliant with a capital B, Adorable with a capital A, and PERFECTION in all caps! It's easily my favourite book of the entire year. I loved it so much that, when I went back to skim a few passages to write this review, I ended up re-reading the entire book! Let me just show you what my copy looks like right now:

Kill Me Softly

I never, ever put sticky notes in a book — I just never have...more
Jillian -always aspiring-
Nearly sixteen and sheltered for much of her life by two overprotective guardians, Mirabelle Lively decides to take destiny into her own hands by running away from home and to Beau Rivage, the site of her parents' deaths...and the place she has been strictly forbidden never to go. When Mirabelle arrives in Beau Rivage, she catches the attention of two brothers -- one prickly and hostile, the other kind and welcoming -- and finds herself caught up in the strange workings of a place she believes t...more
Julianna Helms
Actual, full review: Original is here. (Note: Due to copy-and-paste, formatting and links have been lost.)

It's always terribly depressing when you have to write a negative review for a book you have been so viciously anticipating, but candidly, in the case of Kill Me Softly, what started out as an intriguing and deliciously creepy dark tale quickly sunk below the level of no-return.

The focal point of my irritation for Kill Me Softly is its main character; when readers say a character can make o...more
I really wish that I had just set this one aside and left it to its fans. At around 80%, I knew that it was absolutely not going to work for me. But there were moments leading up to that point where I was very intrigued. And 20% is so little to leave behind. And there’s always that nagging voice in the back of my head going, “but what if the ending swoops in and saves it all?”

The beginning of this book is so promising. Mira is an orphan, living with her godmothers in a small home with a ton of...more
Kat (Le Pauvre Cœur)

I'm still laughing over how goddamn cheesy that ending was, holy shit.

Mira has always been very sheltered. Her godmothers want to protect her so they keep her from doing things most teenagers are used to such as going to sleepovers and learning how to drive. She can't even handle scissors or matches on her own.
Mira is sick of secrets. Since she was little, her godmothers have been telling her of her parents' deaths but never allowing her to go to their hometown where they are buried.
So one wee...more
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Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
Sep 14, 2014 Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* by: Anne
I love fairy tales..anything to do with them period. Always have and probably always will.

This book could have been so much more. It has a good base for the story. Characters who aren't perfect (except for the main character of course) a cool setting (that could have been explained better) some unDisney tales involved, and an interesting concept.

But then...the flipping main character is 15 years old. That distracted me from the book. I have a 15 year old daughter. I would NOT want her slipping...more
curious little beastie
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A thousand thanks to NetGalley and EgmontUSA! <3

4.5 stars!

I ended this book with a satisfied sigh.

First of all, the creativity is brilliant. Beau Rivage is a town where dozens of people have fairy tale curses of their own. I loved that Sarah Cross put so many different fairy tales in, and they all blend together perfectly.

The characters are awesome. Mirabelle, our protagonist and Sleeping Beauty, I really like her....more
Circus Princess
(Very mild spoilers that you could figure out in the first 50 pages)

This is probably going to turn into a long, rambling review. So for those of you that don't have a lot of time or are looking for a just a short concise judgment of this book, let me sum up my feelings: This is the best book I have ever read. It is my absolute favourite story ever. Out of the hundreds of shitty and lovely things I've read, this is on top.

Where do I even begin?

For the past 5 - 6 months, I haven't been able to fin...more
Mira, Mira, on the wall, who's the smartest one of all? Well, honey, certainly not you. Good grief. I can't even... argh.

So, Mira is a sheltered 15 year old (pay attention to the age, it'll come in later) orphan girl (raised by godmothers.... wait, you don't suppose they could be fairy godmothers, do you?????) who decides to go off searching for her parents' graves. She goes about this rather cleverly, to be honest, but this is about as smart as she ever gets. Isn't it sad when children's brain...more
Emilee the Hipster Kitty Kat
This sounds like that ABC show "Once Upon A Time" in book form.
Expected Publication Date: April 10th 2012

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I've been extremely interested in finding more fairy-tale retellings after I picked up 'A Long, Long Sleep' by Anna Sheehan and enjoyed it immensely. When I heard this one was coming out I pounced. I had huge problems with the main character and it really affected the story and how much I enjoyed it. I understand she's only 16 and therefore immaturity...more
I'm glad I gave Kill Me Softly a chance, because it's not your typical fluffy YA fairytale stuff. Also, some of the main Curses (Fairytales) are not as well known as others. I'm going to assume that some of the younger readers won't be able to guess Blue's curse.
In other word's Disney hasn't made that one into a cartoon yet.

Even the ending (while quite satisfactory), had a little twist of darkness that made me simultaneously smile and shiver...

I really don't want to give anything away, but I th...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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4.5 out of 5 stars. I loved this! It was unexpectedly charming and clever and just plain fun even when (especially?) at its most twisted. Kill Me Softly is a wholly engrossing and enjoyable read. This is one of those surprising books that went above and beyond my expectations; in fact, I passed this over a couple times on NetGalley because it seemed so been there, done that at first glance and I've been trying to control the amount of requests I make...more
Oh, the writing in this is like silk. Or satin. Or something smooth that glides on to your skin and makes you feel all pretty. It just flows so prettily that I wanted to hold it in my arms and squeeze it tightly.

Okay, I’ll stop being creepy now.

Kill Me Softly builds a fantastic world. I love fairytales. I love them a lot so Cross’s portrayal of town inhabited by modern time fairytale creatures blew my mind. There are Snow Whites, Beauties, Beasts. It made me realize what fairytales would look li...more
Kysha Coates
Terrible. Mira was the worst and she was a total bitch. She was suppose to be blessed with kindness. HA! I hated hated hated this book! She was crazy and she was 15! Yes, her 16 birthday was coming up, but seriously. Not to mention she was blindly chasing after a 21 year old MAN who was running the casino she was staying at. What a skank! Oh and EVERYONE (including the person who was fated to save her sleeping ass) told her and told her to stay away from him. As if the, "Hey if you keep seeing h...more
Mery St. Clair

Me ha encantado. Este año vienen muchos libros sobre cuentos de hadas, peter pan, alicia, etc. De hecho, me moleste que le den mala puntuación a este libro porque se está colgando de "Once upon a time", se me hace injusto, porque aunque ambos tengan el tema central "Cuentos de hada", eso no significa que sea una copia. No todos los libros de hombres lobos son iguales, ni de vampiros, etc. Odio que busquen comparaciones donde no las hay ¬¬
Hush Hush es una copia de Crepusculo porque comparten c...more
Enna Isilee (Squeaky Books)
Things I liked about this book:

The idea of modern teenagers being cursed to live our fairy tales.

That's it. That's what got it those two stars.

Things I didn't like about this book:

The modern teenagers talked like modern teenagers. The profanity wasn't severe, but too frequent for my tastes. They also were drunk/drinking ALL THE TIME! Where are the adults here?! Some of these kids are 15!

Mira. Ugh. I don't know if I've ever had a main character annoy me so much! Here's how her though processes we...more
Debbie (at) I Heart YA Books
This has been an incredible week for me reading wicked dark novels, and Kill Me Softly is another fantastic one. Sarah Cross has taken several of the loved Grimm Brother's fairytales and wove them together to create her own twisted, modern day dark tale. Cross has also written the most chilling happily-ever-death love triangle with the Valentine brothers and Mira. These two gorgeous, romantic guys are to die for…literally. I loved Sarah Cross’ writing and her creativity of this dark romantic fai...more

“They said every year was a gift, not a guarantee, and ought to be celebrated accordingly.”

I’ve never heard of Kill Me Softly before my friend Rebecca posted a five-star review on it. Of course, since she and I had sort-of similar tastes, I was immediately intrigued and picked up a copy when I found it at our local bookstore. I must say, the cover is very unappealing (at least to me) and wouldn’t have given it a second glance if it weren’t for Rebecca.

The summary definitely drew me in. I absolu...more
A long time ago, in the year 2000, I graduated with a Master of Arts in English. Despite the fact that there was no formal path for this at my university, I focused my studies on fairy tales--specifically, the literary fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, Hans Christian Andersen, and others. My interest in fairy tales coincided with a boom in scholarship about them. Jack Zipes, Maria Tatar, Ruth Bottigheimer, Donald Haase, and more were establishing that fairy tales were an appro...more
Nea Barabea
You. Girls. This. Book. Will. Left. You. Totally. In. Awe.

Because seriously. It's beautiful. It's so so beautiful. As a girl, with the word fairytale in her blog title, this book was everything I wanted and wished for and more. I picked it up, because of the romance, but I was left with an incredible desire for more fairytales and more daydreaming about them. This book wasn't about romance at all (well, at least not as much as I thought it was).

This book was about fate, courage, risks, friendshi...more
Lady Danielle
I think this is becoming traditional. Every time I read a good book, the next is a godawful read, then the next is amazing, the next is awful and so on and so forth.

This book had so much potential, so much. A novel based on the fairy tales we all know and love with a dark twist? Come on, how awesome is that? I immediately thought of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland; I love the goth-like fairy tales. So what's not to like about this?

Well, after reading up to page 144, I found that answer: everyth...more
Aug 17, 2013 Parvathy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fairytale lovers, once upon a time
Once upon a time there lived an orphan girl called Mirabelle Lively who lost both her parents when she was a baby. She grew up in to a beautiful maiden under the watchful eyes of her loving godmothers, who loved her so much that they forbid her to do anything that normal people would do like touching anything sharp, dating, sitting in a car not driven by an adult. Most of all they forbid her to go to the place of her birth where her parents died. They sought to protect her from all heart ache. B...more
Originally posted at Smitten over Books. Actual rating 4.5.

Excerpt: "Don't you know the first thing about fairy tales, Mirabelle? No one is going to spoon-feed you the answers. A curse is as much about courage as it is about growth. They're one and the same."

It's been a long time since I came across a book that gripped me from its first page and that book cover could never be more appropriate for this mesmerizing novel.

"Girls became victims and heroines. Boys became lovers and murderers. And so...more
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Zabet The Dark Empress of Dark Chocolate

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Cover Impressions: The white rose dipped in blood speaks to innocence lost and is an image that stands out among the plethora of girls in pretty dresses that make up a huge chunk of YA novels today. However, I am not a fan of the title font. It seems a little too weak against such a stark image.

The Gist: Mirabelle has spent her entire life listening to the rules and sanctions set forth by her Godmothers. Now, as her 16th birthday draws nea...more
“Four stars: A fun retelling of a fairy tale that exposes the darker side of happily ever after.

Mirabelle's sweet sixteen birthday is one week away. Instead of joining her two godmothers in the exciting planning, she instead tucks her head down and pretends to read. She is about to embark upon a daring adventure. Mirabelle can no longer stand it. She has to find out the truth about her parent's deaths and see their graves in person. She has no intention of being here for her birthday. Mirabelle...more
I wanted to like this book, but it just didn't click for me. I enjoyed how Sarah Cross isn't afraid of the darker side of fairy tales, bringing in much of the pain of the original stories. Cinderella's sisters are missing a toe and a bit of a heel, respectively. There are dark echoes of Bluebeard. Sarah Cross is clearly familiar with the older fairy tales, in a good way.

I liked how Mira, for all her similarities to Sleeping Beauty, isn't passive. (view spoiler)...more
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