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Tear you apart
Cross, Sarah.
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Publication Information:
New York : Egmont Publishing, 2015.
Physical Description:
370 pages ; 22 cm
"Teenager Viv, who is constantly escaping her "Snow White" fairy-tale curse, meets the prince who is supposed to save her, but can not fall out of love with the young man destined to kill her."--
General Note:
Sequel to: Kill me softly.
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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?

Author Notes

Sarah Cross loves fairy tales in all their incarnations. She is the author of one other book set in the world of Beau Rivage, Kill Me Softly , and Dull Boy .

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Set in the same fairy-tale world as Kill Me Softly (2012), this offers a Snow White story with a twist. Viv is cursed by her stepmother to be killed before she can be awakened by her prince. Viv, meanwhile, is in love with Henley, but their romance is ill-fated as Henley is a huntsman in theory, the one who will kill Viv. When Viv discovers a possible loophole in the curse that would take her to the underworld and to meet her prince before her destined time, she wonders if she should take it. Life there is bleak and ruled by an evil king, and it will be up to Viv to defeat him while trying to save herself and change her fate. Twisting together the tales of Snow White and Rumpelstiltskin with a dash of Romeo and Juliet and Hades and Persephone this fantastical mash-up is full of angst, star-crossed romance, and magic. There's plenty of high-stakes drama to keep readers engaged, and fans of the first book are sure to be happy to return to the strange and magical world of Beau Rivage.--Thompson, Sarah Bean Copyright 2010 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-An otherworldly spin on the "Snow White" fairy tale and a companion novel to Kill Me Softly (Egmont USA, 2012). Seventeen-year-old Viv Deneuve is the Snow White figure in this tale. A dark-haired beauty with blood red lips, Viv is a sitting duck. If her jealous stepmother doesn't poison her first, then her cursed boyfriend Henley is charged with hunting Viv down and cutting out her heart. Her only chance of survival is to stay as far away from Henley as possible, but that's hard to do when she is desperately in love with him. When Viv is invited to an underworld club by the same prince who is supposed to break her curse, she wonders if she can leave Henley and her heart behind. But Prince Jasper isn't Prince Charming. And once Viv enters the underworld, Jasper's father isn't going to let her go home. The protagonist decides to take her fate into her own hands. Cross deftly takes the all-too-familiar Disney fairy tale tropes (fair maiden, handsome prince) and turns them on their heads. These tales are dark and sinister (Viv worries her prince has a dead girl fetish) and filled with a diverse cast of characters. At first, the protagonist isn't all that likable. She's abrasive and bitter and almost resigned to her fate. But once she sets her sights on freedom and justice, she becomes a more powerful heroine. A great read for fans of the television show, Once Upon A Time.-Kimberly Garnick Giarratano, Rockaway Township Public Library, NJ (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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