January 23, 2015

3 Star Review: Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross @EgmontUSA @thesarahcross #BookReview #Giveaway

Title: Tear You Apart (Beau Rivage)
Author: Sarah Cross
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Genre: Teen, Fantasy, Retelling
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Source: Publisher for Review
Purchase: Amazon

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?

I recently read Kill Me Softly, which is the companion novel to this one. It is set before this one so you kind of get a feel for some of the characters in this one. However, the characters seem slightly different to me from that one to this one. For instance, in the first one, Viv and Henley seem like they like each other but in the same sense they can't stand each other. You can tell she is using him. As to where in this one, they are in love with each other and play on that even though they are broke up. And so starts the jealousy and fear factor of the Snow White fairy tale tie-in.

This one also ties in at least 3 different fairy tales and a slight hint towards another one. We read about the Twelve Dancing Princesses, Rumpelstiltskin and Snow White. Plus we get a little introduction to Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk (which I would personally love to read about next, along with a few others).

You also get to see Viv as a total bitch, plus you can see her sweet and loving side as well as her forgiving side. It seemed that no matter how badly she was treated by certain people, it was those people who she ultimately ended up loving the most.

All in all, this was a pretty decent book. I'm giving it 3 hearts due to the confusing character personalities (the transition between Kill Me Softly and Tear You Apart). However, I still can't wait to read the next addition to the Beau Rivage fairy tales.

Disclaimer: *I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*

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.

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One US winner will receive my ARC of Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross.
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Mimi Zane said...

Thank you so much for the giveaway girl!

I read Kill Me Softly and liked it. I also gavethe book a three star rating. I love the colors on the cover. I'm addicted to book covers, I have a problem.

Erin P said...

I am addicted to covers too, that is what initially draws me into the book. I think that is why I have so many books that I haven't read yet, because I keep buying the pretties haha.

Lisa Mandina said...

Only a 3? I loved it, gave it a 5. But I can totally see what you mean by the little differences in the character. I just felt like we didn't get as much detail about them in the first book compared to this book being all about them. I wish there had been more with Blue and Mira though. I'm looking forward to more stories in this world.

Erin P said...

I actually have to update my ratings, this was a borderline 3/4. I didn't want to give it quite a 4 and I really didn't want to settle with a 3, but I went with the 3 anyways.

Linda Romer said...

Tear you apart sounds great. I love a good retelling and i love Snow White. Thank you

bn100 said...

nice review about the characters

Em said...

I haven't read Kill Me Softly for a while, so the character transition probably won't bother me. Great review! Will definitely be reading this one!

Em @ http://theyabookbutterfly.blogspot.com/

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