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An edgy fairy tale retelling of "Snow White" set in the world of Kill Me Softly for fans of Once Upon a Time and Grimm.
Faced with a possible loophole to her "Snow White" curse, Viv goes underground, literally, to find the prince who's fated to rescue her. But is life safe in the Underworld worth the price of sacrficing the love that might kill her?
CAMEOS FROM FAVORITE CHARACTERS: Viv, who first appeared in Kill Me Softly trailed by her brooding boy-toy Henley, takes center stage in this new Beau Rivage tale. Other familiar characters including Blue and Jewel are back to help her defy her destiny.
I'm not giving this 2 stars because it's unreadable or unbelievably boring.
I'm giving it 2 stars, because I couldn't find many redeeming qualities in the characters or the story.
I really enjoyed Cross' first book in this world, Kill Me Softly. It was darker than most of the fairytales I'd read, and I thought the world itself was very cool.
Viv was a minor character from that one, and I wanted to see what happened to her.
Yeah, now I'm wishing I hadn't.
Viv is living under a Snow White curse. She, and the people around her, are destined to play out some form of the Snow White story. Her stepmother was cursed to be evil, and her best friend from childhood (now her boyfriend), Henley, has been cursed to be her Huntsman.
Either he will eventually give in to her stepmother's wishes (and kill her), or he will let her escape (and lose her to her Prince Charming). He swears he will never hurt her, but Viv lives in fear of what will happen when he's faced with that choice.
If their relationship is one of those "We shouldn't be together, but our love is strong enough to overcome anything", kind of things?
Yeah. I could get behind that.
However, this was, by far, the most toxic relationship I can ever remember coming across in a young adult novel.
Viv is constantly doing and saying horrible things to Henley throughout the book.
She makes out with boys he has no interest in, just to hurt him, and then within hours runs back into his arms. She knows she's being selfish and terrible...but, darn it, she just can't seem to let him go.
Mmmmm. See, if one of my boys run into a girl like that, my advice would be this:
Run, don't walk, as far away from this person as you can get.
Yes, I know you want to help them, to fix them...
You can't. Nobody, not even a trained psychologist can, unless they commit themselves to getting help. This person will drain you, drag you down, break your heart, leave you bleeding on the side of the road, and then twist it around until you think it's your fault.
And, quite honestly, I don't want to spend the rest of my life in jail for strangling your psycho girlfriend.
Poor Henley, right?
Yeah, not so much.
Wanna know what he did when he saw her making out with some random idiot?
He takes a shovel to the guy's car in a fit of blind rage. He's so scary, that Viv doesn't dare to approach him.
And this is the guy we're supposed to be rooting for?!
Are we expected to look past this kind of behavior...because she made him do it?
This is your mother. If at any point in your relationship with a man, he displays jealous and/or violent tendencies?
GET THE FUCK OUT OF THERE!!!
Again, Mommy doesn't want to end up in prison...
The rest of the story?
It mostly held my interest, but it wasn't awesome enough to overcome the above mentioned flaws.
Boys and Girls, you will not get your Happily Ever After with a person who acts like Viv or Henley.
And I'm more than a little angry that this book seemed to promote the idea that you could.
If you loved this one, GREAT!
But the only reason I didn't 1 star it, was because it truly wasn't badly written.