Author: Sarah Cross.
Expected publication: April 10th 2012.
Publisher: Egmont USA.
ISBN: 1606843230 (ISBN13: 9781606843239)
Sort: stand alone.
Mirabelle’s past is shrouded in secrecy, from her parents' tragic deaths to her guardians' half-truths about why she can't return to her birthplace, Beau Rivage. Desperate to see the town, Mira runs away a week before her sixteenth birthday—and discovers a world she never could have imagined. In Beau Rivage, nothing is what it seems—the strangely pale girl with a morbid interest in apples, the obnoxious playboy who's a beast to everyone he meets, and the chivalrous guy who has a thing for damsels in distress. Here, fairy tales come to life, curses are awakened, and ancient stories are played out again and again. But fairy tales aren't pretty things, and they don't always end in happily ever after. Mira has a role to play, a fairy tale destiny to embrace or resist. As she struggles to take control of her fate, Mira is drawn into the lives of two brothers with fairy tale curses of their own . . . brothers who share a dark secret. And she'll find that love, just like fairy tales, can have sharp edges and hidden thorns.
Mira, short for Mirabella, lives with her two godmothers. They are preparing her sixteenth birthday, although she isn’t planning on celebrating it. No, better yet, she is planning to ‘escape’. She is going to visit the city where she and her parents lived before they died in a fire. Her godmothers aren’t planning on taking her there , because of the bad memories, so she decides to go on a trip herself. When she arrives there, it’s not what she expected. She can’t rent a room and she ends up in some kind of restaurant in a casino staring at her cold fries. Two boys appear: Blue and Freddie. He sends her away. Apparently, his father owns the place and he says it’s not save for her to be there.
She meets another boy. It’s the brother of Blue – Felix. He takes her back to the casino and he gives her a room. The next morning she awakes by a ‘bang’ on the door. Blue breaks into her room, with Freddie, and he is angry. Again: he tells her it’s not save for her and the takes her away to bring her to another place where she can stay. He’s taking her to someone called Viv.
Viv is the first fairytale character Mira meets. When they are in the Gingerbread restaurant to get something to eat, we get to know more characters. There is some kind of curse everybody is talking about and Mira is confused. When Mira is on the beach with the whole gang – even though she keeps repeating how awful Blue is, that she doesn’t like him and that he must leave – she notices something strange. Blue and Felix both have a red spot on their back, precisely where she has the same mark. What does that mean? It’s the beginning of a huge discovery.
Mira.. What can I say about her? Naive, stupid, annoying? That would be the words I would like to describe her. Sleeping with a guy you just met while his brother warns you that you can’t trust him? That he is dangerous? Yes, sounds like a great thing to do! Why not, he is hot. Damn, what’s up with all these books? Since when do we girls need to hop on boys, throw ourselves at them, just because their body is muscled and their face is gorgeous? What happened to building up a relationship with someone? What’s wrong with getting to know each other before you desperately fall in love with him? This line describes it perfectly:
Blue shrugged. “I needed to get Mirabrat out of the hotel. Felix latched on to her and she thinks he’s dreamy.”
In the end, I liked the way Sarah used popular and unknown fairy tales to make an original story. I only wished I liked Mira better, because that spoiled the whole story. I do adore Blue. He was, besides the fairytales, the only thing that kept me reading :) The ending was very cute and satisfying though.