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Kill Me Softly

(Beau Rivage #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  6,314 ratings  ·  1,130 reviews
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 int
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by EgmontUSA (first published April 1st 2012)
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Caitlyn Technically Tear You Apart could be read without reading Kill Me Softly. Kill Me Softly introduces the characters and "curses." Tear You Apart also me…moreTechnically Tear You Apart could be read without reading Kill Me Softly. Kill Me Softly introduces the characters and "curses." Tear You Apart also mentions the events of Kill Me Softly, and has cameos from Kill Me Softly. Hope this helps.(less)
Lauren "Kill Me Softly" is the book you should read first. "Tear You Apart" is a follow up and reveals a lot about "Kill Me Softly"... which I didn't know un…more"Kill Me Softly" is the book you should read first. "Tear You Apart" is a follow up and reveals a lot about "Kill Me Softly"... which I didn't know until it was too late. Hope this helps. (less)

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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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 lov
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
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
Kat (Lost in Neverland)

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
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
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Jun 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Shelby *trains 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 slipp
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
shady boots
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review is also available on my blog.


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. The
kiwi kili
Yo listen up, here's a story,
about a little girl who lives in a blue world.
And all day and all night she complains 'bout her life
cuz she ain't got nobody to listen--

All right that's it, I can't handle this sh*t anymore.

Let me tell you an ACTUAL story about a girl. Her name is Me. Well I mean, her name is mine? I mean....I MEAN SHE'S ME.

Ugh. Okay so there it is.

Anyways, I was talking to a friend and then RANDOMLY in conversation, Goodreads came up. And she said she noticed I hadn't been on i
Expected Publication Date: April 10th 2012

‘Kill Me Softly’ was kindly provided to me by Netgalley.

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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
Kysha Coates
Jul 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: shit-list
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
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Emilee the Hipster Kitty Kat
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
This sounds like that ABC show "Once Upon A Time" in book form. ...more
Paige  Bookdragon
Ladies, gentlemen and undecided, please welcome the book that have caused the birth of my "Burn-the-fucking-book" shelf.

My reason why this book didn't work for me.

1. All characters are idiots.

2. The heroine doesn't act like her age. Or she acts like her age but is still lacking the wisdom to do things that are not stupid.

3. Moronic scenes in the book that makes me want to slap someone.

4. The blurred lines between perversion and infatuation.

5. Insta-fucking-love.The characters act all lovey-dov
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 m
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Enna Isilee
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress)
4/5 Stars

Received this in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway!

Mira is about to turn 16 and has decided that she is going to look for her parents, who died in a fire almost 16 years ago. She runs away from her godparents and makes her way to Beau Rivage ready to get some answers. And after being kept in the dark so long she sees why her godparents moved away and never spoke of the place again. People in the town are cursed, as is Mira.

Dislikes: I feel like some of the parts were drawn out an
Sarah Elizabeth
2.5 stars
Stupidly I was expecting something sweet, with a little bit of a bite, but unfortunately I was mostly bored.

I didn’t love any of the characters in this book, Blue was certainly the liveliest, but he was also pretty irritating, and Mira just didn’t make much sense to me at all.

The storyline in this was okay, but the pace was just so slow! I was so bored, and things just didn’t seem to be happening in a timely fashion. I did want to know what happened, but I also wanted to know a lot soon
Nasty Lady MJ
Yuck. Here's a link to the full review where Disney villains talk about this foul book:

My blog

An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

Mira lives with her two godmothers, they're kind and thoughtful but also very strict. They don't let her do much only because they're so protective. A week before her sixteenth birthday she runs away to Beau Rivage where she was born and where her parents have died. She's determined to find her parents graves. Instead she finds a town where p
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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
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic book and I loved every minute of it. Retellings are my thing and this definitely done me justice.
The Mad Hatter ~I'd rather have my kingdom fall than lose you to hatred's call~
Loved it! I actually finished it a while ago...I just forgot to update my progress. *shrugs* whoops!

Cecily Kyle
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I had no idea what this book was about when I picked it up and I am glad for that. It leant a bit of surprise for me as I was reading. I love interpretations of fairy tales and especially if they are dark. This book had that in spades but the juvenile nature of the characters was a bit boring to me but expected as they are only like 16 years old. Love the cover art and I will probably continue the series. Didn't LOVE it but I thought it was a decent read.
May 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
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)
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