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Summary

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 16th 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 interest in apples, the obnoxious playboy who’s a beast to everyone he meets, and the chivalrous guy who has a thing for damsels in distress. Here, fairy tales come to life, curses are awakened, and ancient stories are played out again and again. But fairy tales aren’t pretty things, and they don’t always end in happily ever after.

Mira has a role to play, a fairy tale destiny to embrace or resist. As she struggles to take control of her fate, Mira is drawn into the lives of two brothers with fairy tale curses of their own... brothers who share a dark secret. And she’ll find that love, just like fairy tales, can have sharp edges and hidden thorns.

©2012 Sarah Cross (P)2012 Listening Library

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Great characters ok story but bad ending

I mostly enjoyed the story and the premise is really promising. The characters are all intriguing except the main character Myra who seems to have little or no common sense and was far too young for the storyline being just 15 with her love interest being in his early 20s. However the book seemed rushed and a lot of good storylines were pushed to the background for the sake of Myra’s naive perceptions. The ending of the story barely resolved any of the conflicts and this could easily have been rectified by adding just a few more chapters and wouldn’t have intruded too much on the story as a whole. I enjoyed listening to the audiobook and imagine it might be popular with Twilight fans but was too disappointed with the ending to deem it a good book

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  • JMcB
  • 22-04-12

Light hearted entertainment!!

Thoroughly enjoyable entertainment. I did not have to ponder much about underlying messages or hidden meanings with this book...I was pure entertainment. I was only vaguely familiar with the original versions of the fairy tales and found the Sarah Cross to be quite adept at giving them a 21st Century flavor. The premise was quite ingenious and I found myself trying to guess who the characters were supposed to represent. I will definitely keep my eye on future novels by this author. Kim Mai Guest did a fantastic job representing the characters and enhancing the mental picture I created for each. This is a fine example the genre and I recommend it without reservation

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  • sam
  • 12-12-16

one of the best books that I have listened to.

I just love this book this is the second time listening to it and I still feel the same as the first time. I wish there's a sequel to this book if Felix comes back to hurt Mera.

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  • Diana
  • 12-03-13

Not what I expected...

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I had high hopes for Kill Me Softly, since I have, in the past, enjoyed books similarly to the storyline. But I have to admit, I was a bit unimpressed with this one. The story seemed to start out ok, but then it went from bad to worst, and then to just plain weird! Not to mention the super cheesy ending.
I do have to say, I did enjoy Kim Mai Guest's performance. She has a very nice voice and did a fine job with story.

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  • Krista Cubicleblindness
  • 06-08-12

Narrator was great, story fell flat

Would you try another book from Sarah Cross and/or Kim Mai Guest?

Maybe from Sarah Cross and definitely from Kim Mai, she did great

What was most disappointing about Sarah Cross’s story?

The story really fell flat for me, it would have made a better novella. There was a lot of filler and really predictable, good for more of 13-15 aged girls.

Which character – as performed by Kim Mai Guest – was your favorite?

she did great narration overall, I didn't have a favorite character

Was Kill Me Softly worth the listening time?

Not in my opinion, but I do think younger girls would enjoy this

Any additional comments?

I just think I would have enjoyed the story more if it were more compact into a 100-150pg novella instead of all the extra filler and characters

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-05-12

Great Twist on Fairy Tales!

If you could sum up Kill Me Softly in three words, what would they be?

Love overtakes death

What was one of the most memorable moments of Kill Me Softly?

The ending was probably the most memorable moment. I love how they summed up the book but also left a few things open so there could be a sequel but you aren't dying from a horrible cliff hanger.

What about Kim Mai Guest’s performance did you like?

I like that her voice is so feminine and light. I did not like that she sometimes spoke so softly almost whispering.

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  • Liz
  • 19-04-12

Great book!!

What made the experience of listening to Kill Me Softly the most enjoyable?

I love books that deal with the old Grimm stories. This one did not disappoint. I would love for there to be a second book!