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.
What really made me love this book was the creative retelling, and the challenge to your “fate.” Sleeping Beauty is one of my favorite princesses, and through Mira she comes off as vapid, clueless, and rash – though they are all realistic reactions to being raised by over protective fairy godmothers and finding out you’re a cursed princess, and having that curse take effect in one week.
So, even though her actions had plausible explanations; I couldn’t get past her blindness with Felix. She was clearly falling for Blue the whole time, and knew Felix was putting her in danger, but couldn’t see it was all an enchantment until it was too late. She learned pretty fast though didn’t she! I just hated Felix and their whole attraction – though it was a really interesting tale to incorporate and he was a great villian. And I guess it’s also a pretty good description of first loves – you’re consumed by the other person, this time it’s just literal. And it gives Mira a chance to grow up too.
I like how Cross challenges the “happily ever after” with the fates princes and princesses, but I feel bad for Freddie (her prince charming), he’s so sweet, and Mira doesn’t choose him after he breaks her spell.I hope he gets a happy ending, there seems to be something hinted at with he and Layla though so we’ll see (I really hope Cross does her Beauty and the Beast tale)!