This week audiobooks were my BFF! One of which was Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross. Now, those who are easily offended by sensitive subjects, this book is not for you. The reason why I state this before I continue is because the author has promoted sex, lust, and rape amongst a minor and an adult. If she would have changed the main character’s age from fifteen to seventeen, this all would be ok but unfortunately it’s not.
In a world filled with fairy tales only being considered…well…fiction, main character Mirabelle is thrown in for a loop. Her sixteenth birthday is on the rise and her two godmothers (not kidding) are planning on making it one for her to remember. Unbeknownst to them, Mira is planning on escaping to travel to her hometown of Beau Rivage to search for her parent’s graves. Her godmothers had forbidden her to ever visit the town. Ok, this all is seeming way too familiar, cue in the tale of Sleeping Beauty.
Of course, Mira runs away even though her godmothers have done nothing but raised her with love and care. Mira acts like a spoiled brat throughout the whole novel, especially when she doesn’t get her way. Do not get me started on the ridiculous love triangle or even how she “falls” for one of them.
She immediately falls in love with a complete stranger just because he is giving her a place to stay at his family’s casino called “Dreams”. She barely knows him an hour and she kisses him, fastforward two days and she mentions she bought “sexy lingerie” for him. Oh, he is also twenty-one. She’s a child! Yeah, not right.
I mean the whole book is nice, but Mira’s obsession with the guy, her attitude, and the age deal made me cringe most of the time. I even attempted to pretend that Mira was turning eighteen in order to continue listening to the story unfold. I understand the author is basing the age off of the fact that the majority of fairy tales contain female characters close to fifteen. On the other hand, if you are basing a modern translation of fairy tales then you must not promote destructive things like rape and lust amongst fifteen year olds. She also incorporates the Grimm form of the fairy tales that include blood and gore. Blood and gore, I’m cool with because that’s Grimm’s fairy tales. However, the other sensitive subjects, have to go.
Mind you, I’m not a sensitive person. In my defense, I have a young, teenage sister. When I read this, I imagined how I’d feel if she read this….horrified. Give that girl Harry Potter!
My Rating: 3 out of 10 Book Charms
What is your favorite fairy tale?
Do you side with Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson’s tellings?
Have you read this, what are your thoughts?