I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross
Series: Beau Rivage
Published by EgmontUSA on 01/27/2015
Genres: Fairytale, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
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Also in this series: Kill Me Softly
Also by this author: Kill Me Softly
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.
If you want to live happily ever after, first you have to stay alive.
Viv knows there’s no escaping her fairy-tale curse. One day her beautiful stepmother will feed her a poison apple or convince her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Henley, to hunt her down and cut out her heart before she breaks his. In the city of Beau Rivage, some princesses are destined to be prey.
But then Viv receives an invitation to the exclusive club where the Twelve Dancing Princesses twirl away their nights. There she meets Jasper, an underworld prince who seems to have everything—but what he really wants is her. He vows to save her from her dark fate if she’ll join him and be his queen.
All Viv has to do is tear herself away from the huntsman boy who still holds her heart. Then she might live to see if happily ever after is a promise the prince can keep. But is life as an underworld queen worth sacrificing the true love that might kill her?
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?
POP CULTURE CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF TWISTING FAIRY TALES: ABC's Once Upon a Time and NBC's Grimm continue to pull in high ratings. And with the anticipated Angelina Jolie Maleficent (2014), the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods (2014), and Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella (2015), Hollywood is infected with fairy tale fever.
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.
TEENS LOVE THIS FAIRY TALE WORLD: Kill Me Soflty was a 2013 YALSA Teens' Top 10. Readers have been clamoring for a sequel.
A FRESH TAKE ON THE FAMILIAR: Drawing on "Snow White," "The Twelve Dancing Princesses," and "Rumpelstiltskin," Tear You Apart is very conscious of the way these stories have pervaded pop culture, twisting known tropes into an exciting new story that can stand on its own.
I love the little town of Beau Rivage. You never know what to expect or what is going to happen to any particular person.
I didn’t care for Viv in Kill Me Softly. She seemed like an awful person. She doesn’t seem much better at the beginning of Tear You Apart, but there are definitely reasons for her behavior. She doesn’t think she’s capable of having the relationship she wants so she sabotages it every single chance she gets. She has a lot of issues with being loved and I don’t really blame her. Henley doesn’t help matters when he always flies off the handle in rage.
I liked seeing the Underworld. There are so many different fairy tales woven into this story and a large part of it takes place there. While it is beautiful there are definitely secrets. Ones that Viv intends to find out. Jasper’s family is odd, and there’s more to them than meets the eye.
I enjoyed the twists and turns, and Viv realizing that her curse doesn’t necessarily define her.
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