Tear You ApartSeries: Beau Rivage #2
by Sarah Cross
Published by EgmontUSA on January 27th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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?
I absolutely adored the first book in the Beau Rivage series, Kill Me Softly. This series is such a unique, dark, contemporary spin on the fairy tales we grew up with, it dances the line between horror story and romance constantly throughout the books. Unfortunately for me, Tear You Apart was one of the those cases where if you hate one of the lead characters, chances are you’re going to hate the book.
The idea behind this series is that there is a town where people are cursed to live as a character from the classic fairy tales. If you’ve been cursed with the Cinderella curse, you might be the “Cinderella” and live your life with evil stepsisters, waiting for your prince to fall in love with you at a ball. But you might be cursed to be one of the evil step sisters or the evil stepmother. Imagine that!
Need help imagining that? There’s a short story on Sarah Cross’s website that you can read for free that showcases her twisted world. It’s not as good as her first book but it will give you an idea. The story is called “After the Ball” and you’ll find it HERE. It just happens to be the Cinderella curse.
But back to Tear You Apart… which is about the Snow White curse. Viv has been cursed to be a “Snow White”. It’s only a matter of time before her stepmother poisons her with an apple. Then there’s the whole problem with the “Huntsman”, Henley, who happens to be madly in love with her. They’ve been on and off again boyfriend/girlfriend for years. Unfortunately, his role in the curse is to cut out her heart as ordered by Viv’s stepmother. But he swears to Viv that he would never hurt her.
With the amount of stress and turmoil in Viv’s life, I would have thought she would try to hang on to something good in her life, say, perhaps her relationship with Henley. Instead, she treats him like absolute crap. And he keeps coming back for more. This drove me absolutely insane. I felt so bad for Henley. I could not stop thinking about how awful Viv is while I read the book. I kept reading and waiting and reading and waiting for her big “aha” moment. If Viv had her moment, it must have been subtle because I missed it. It was so hard for me to read Viv as the narrator of the story. I just couldn’t be objective and look at Viv as a character that is supposed to be mean to the guy who loves her. Mean people aren’t fun to read about.
One thing that saves this story for me is some of the side character development. I was impressed with the stepmother, Regina, and how her own curse affected her. Ms. Cross wrote that aspect brilliantly. And then there’s the entire world of Beau Rivage! I thoroughly loved it from the first book so you couldn’t take that part away from me in this book 😉
I really hope Ms. Cross gets the chance to write more stories in this world. Despite this companion novel being somewhat of a dud for me personally, I thoroughly enjoy her writing for it’s fabulously creative, dark, and tangled prose.