My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I chose to give this book a four. If it were my friend whom I know loves to point out all the annoying things she find in the book, she’d have probably given it a 1. I understand her rationale though, she’s just straight to the point. But being the romantic I am, and my highly refined taste in selecting books for hours ( I swear I took about two hours just to end up borrowing three books ), I quite enjoyed this book. The plot was disturbingly unique, I mean, ( does it have a horror tag ? ) it wasn’t that horrifying, not to that extent. I like the fact that the main character looked like she was going strong from the beginning and there were really a lot of notable quotes.
Girls bit into sharp apples instead of birthday cake, choked on the ruby-and-white slivers, and collapsed into enchanted sleep. Unconscious beneath cobweb canopies, frozen in coffins of glass, they waited for their princes to come. Or they tricked ogres, traded their voices for love, danced until their glass slippers cracked.
A prince would awaken, roused by the promise of true love, and find he had a witch to destroy. A heart to steal. To tear from the ribcage, where it was cushioned by bloody velvet, and deliver it to the queen who demanded the princess’s death.
Girls became victims and heroines.
Boys became lovers and murderers.
And sometimes . . . they became both.
Let’s talk about the good points. I think it was quite creative that the fairy tales are twisted in this fashion and that the characters all have their very own troubles about having the fate bestowed on them without a choice, unable to do anything to change what will happen to them sooner of later. It was all very mysterious with the paragraphs in italic with a he and a she and kissing and how she died. That keeps the reader interested in what the brothers, Blue and Felix, are, exactly.
Now, onto my quirks. So Mira decides that she loves Felix and proceeds declare her love for him not once, but many times throughout the book. But not once have I seen any proof that she actually does and this might all just be because she finds him hot and maybe has a crush on him. Yeah, she’s insecure after finding out that she’s supposed to be Sleeping Beauty but this is just too much. It’s like they just met and no, seriously? It all comes back to convincing the reader that the love is real. I don’t need sappy romance stories where there’s always misunderstandings and jealousy and self-pity ( I don’t mean it’s bad but too much is enough ).
I watched that Pride and Prejudice movie ( I LOVE THE BOOK ) and the way that the character acting as Darcy said “I love you” with such passion, I swear my heart was pounding without stopping. If I can see that the love seriously develops between the characters and that the girl, even if she’s weak, does her best to defend herself and protect the love, I will truly enjoy the book. Before I digress further, this relationship between Mira and Blue. It’s obvious he’s the one she really loves and if she truly loves Felix, she wouldn’t have given up on him so easily at the end of the book. I also don’t like how mean she is to Freddie sometimes, she should know better and treat him nicely.
No. Not tonight. Not her. Mira turned from the room, her heart in her throat, love and sadness making it hard to breathe. She loved him. She realy loved him—even in the face of this, she wanted to somehow deny it, make excuses for him. She was ful of emotion and her heart ached like it would kil her.
Please. That kind of random paragraph wouldn’t even bring up any emotion because there’s no love. It’ just a passage that has no meaning. But other than that, I enjoyed the book, the plot and characters saved it, I guess.