Thursday, February 12, 2015

Review Tear You Apart (Beau Rivage #2) by Sarah Cross

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?

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My Review & Thoughts
Cover: Meh...basic and a hint to the "Snow White" theme 
Genre(s): Fantasy, Young Adult 
Tag(s): Fairy tale retelling, Snow White, Cursed

This book was definitely an edgier version of a fairy tale, many in fact. It was dark, disturbing, but intriguing that I wanted to be lost in their world. 

This is not the typical Snow White Tale. People in Beau Rivage are cursed all with different fairy tale themes. Vivian is cursed with Snow White and her step mom Regina is the evil queen. These curses are continuous circles in their town sometimes each outcome can be different from another. Henley is Viv's best friend and lover but he is destined to cut her heart out, literally. Stuck between avoiding getting poisoned by step mom and hoping her boyfriend doesn't have knife hidden in his pocket, Viv is on the edge. She's protective of herself and stand offish. 
Vivian is invited to the Underworld, where Jasper and sadistic King live. Thinking her problems can be solved by the Underworld prince, Viv has something else coming. She must break another curse that may cost her more than she bargained for. 

I have never read 'Killing Me Softly', jumped right into 'Tear You Apart' and I didn't feel lost reading it. (I am going to read book one soon it's in the kindle!) This story or should I say fairy tale is on a different character Princess, Viv as Snow White! 

Viv! It was so hard to feel bad for her. She was spoiled selfish brat, heartless not princess like. She got what she deserved at times, the grass is not greener on the other side Viv! Reading her character, I wanted to strangle or tell her to stuff it. She was a female dog to Henley, all over a what if or maybe this...She may agitate you as a reader BUT don't let her deter from enjoying the story! Regina the evil Queen (I would of preferred a different name) played her role well. It wasn't focused on her mainly Viv's story. 

Need to understand, Beau Rivage is filled with fairy tale characters the majority twisted with a disturbed curse. There are huntsman who are fated to kill Snow White curses. Serial killers fated to rid of Princesses. Evil Queens poisoning. There is no authority for them, it's a fairy tale destiny and they are 'excused'...if that makes sense to clarify when your reading the book and start shaking it. 

Romance was alright. It was difficult to feel emotions with Viv pushing away. The books does make a turn and it brightens the romance up a bit. However, there wasn't a spectacular swooning moment. If looking for hopelessly in love princess moment and prince charming riding a horse, it's not in here. 

What I Loved about this Book

-->>The twelve dancing Princesses stuck in the Underworld was an excellent add on to story. I wanted to know more of them and what was going to happen next. 
-->>The Author introduces the readers to many curses, friends of Viv. Then the Underworld, it is a complete different realm with a whole new set of cursed characters. 
-->>The story flow. It kept my interest! 

Warning this book is not fluffy Snow White dancing in the trees singing, it is dark! I personally found some elements of the book to be squeamish and was yelling, 'where is the warning'! Lets say a torturing device hot iron shoes...The evil King of the Underworld is truly sinister cursed character.   

The Author is extremely talented to be able to create a complete unique twisted story with many charterers and not loosing or making it become to much. I can't stand books that overload with information or keep introduce every single person in the surroundings. Some how Sarah Cross made it work! It could be I was 'spelled' in to wanting to know more and more of everyone's curse. I look forward to the series! 

Complimentary copy was given for a honest review 
Book can be read as a standalone
Highly Recommended Read 

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