Tear You Apart (Beau Rivage)
by Sarah Cross
Release Date: January 27th 2015
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.
Viv has known for a long time that she's destined to die and it would be at the hands of her best friend Henley. She's marked as Snow White and he's her huntsman. The biggest problem is they are in love but the dark cloud his choice and her possibility of a happy ending make them both emotionally volatile. Viv wants him close but keeps pushing him away, knowing completely how much it hurts him. Her step-mother Regina taunts her with inappropriate advances towards Henley and with the fact that she believes that he will kill Viv, if driven over the edge. Afraid for her safety she seeks shelter in the Underworld but she may come to realize that no place is safe, not for her. This isn't a normal Snow White fairy tale, it's completely twisted with intermingling of a few other tales such as the Twelve Dancing Princesses. I liked how everything all came together with the variety of the stories incorporated in the plot. Viv and Henley are moody characters but I found the romance believable. I also thought the relationship between her step-mother Regina dysfunctional but realistic. Overall, it was a quick and interesting read.
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OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:
Kill Me Softly: https://www.goodreads.com/
After The Ball: https://www.goodreads.com/
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sarah Cross is the author of the fairy tale novels Kill Me Softly and Tear You Apart (coming January 2015), the superhero novel Dull Boy, and the Wolverine comic "The Adamantium Diaries." She loves fairy tales, lowbrow art, secret identities and silence.
Personal Tumblr: http://sarahcross.tumblr.com
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