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Tear You Apart 
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?

Although it's been a while since I read it, Kill Me Softly is still one of my favorite fairy-tale retellings. I skimmed my copy of it for scenes between Viv and Henley before reading this one, and after I did (and jogged my memory), I was so excited to read their story! Although I didn’t like Viv as much, I loved reading about all the fairy-tale elements and how exciting the plot was.

Viv wasn’t my favorite. I couldn’t understand why she made the choices she did and her motivation behind some of the actions she took. However, I did want her to find her happy ending. On the other hand, Henley was a great character! He’s pretty moody, but it was evident how much he cared about Viv. I especially liked how he cared less about their supposed destiny and more about the now.

The plot kept me both on the edge of my seat and tense at several points. I was fully engaged with the story and Sarah’s writing definitely pulled me in. The way the author writes the town of Beau Rivage is very cool- the way all of the fairytale elements are woven in, as some residents are fated to live out a curse of a hero or villain. Coincidentally, the evil stepmother's name is Regina.

The ending wasn’t completely satisfying for me. It ended similar to the way a fairytale would, with everything ready for a happily ever after, but I wanted more (possibly an epilogue). 

Overall, Tear You Apart is a great edition to the series! These books are perfect for anyone who loves retellings. I’d give Tear You Apart 3.5 out of 5 flowers.

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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  1. I still need to read the first one because I just love these type of stories. I am a little sad that the ending didn't give you just a little bit more though. Oh well, I guess the rest was left up to whatever your version of HEA was right? :P

    1. I always try to think of an extension to the ending whenever an ending isn't quite satisfying, lol :)

  2. I did enjoy this one! I felt like Viv's attitude made sense...believing the fairy tale had to play out a certain way, but I did wish she'd realize they had some choice in their decisions.

    1. I definitely agree with you! I just wanted her to make more of an effort to determine her own fate.

  3. I still haven't read the first one, but I do love a good fairytale retelling/related books, so this sounds really interesting and I need to add them to one of my piles!


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