Book Review: Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross

Posted February 14, 2015 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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Book Review: Tear You Apart by Sarah CrossTear You Apart by Sarah Cross
Series: Beau Rivage #2
Published by Egmont USA on January 27th 2015
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Source: Publisher on NetGallery
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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?PRAISE FOR TEAR YOU APART: “Cross keeps readers guessing as she unfolds her mashup . . . with satisfyingly gruesome effect. A fan-pleasing combination of fairy-tale and thriller.” --Kirkus Reviews

“Tear you Apart” by Sarah Cross features Vivian who was a minor character in Cross’ “Kill Me Softly” novel. “Tear you Apart” is set in Beau Rivage, where people have old fairy tale blood running through their veins because of their descendants from fairy tale characters. Some of the people were cursed by fairies themselves. The characters end up living out lives that are like the actual fairy tales.

Cross is very good at building fun worlds and creating a universe for the reader. The residents in Beau Rivage are cursed to play out their roles in the classic fairy tales and Cross does a fantastic job at creating and capturing the magic of it all. She also includes the underlying darkness of the original Grimm stories that most drop away.

The characters in “Tear you Apart” were so hard to love. I had a hard time getting to know them. Everyone in this story is so selfish so it is very hard to connect with them and then on top of that they weren’t very interesting characters to begin with. I have to say that I have read better retellings. I like Cross’ take on it but I feel that it wasn’t executed very well.


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Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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