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Moonlight Reader

Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.

Currently reading

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
Timothy Egan
Progress: 91/340 pages
Capital Crimes: London Mysteries: A British Library Crime Classic (British Library Crime Classics)
Martin Edwards
Progress: 105/410 pages
Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection
Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry
Kill Me Softly - Sarah Cross I am a huge fan of fairy tale retellings, and have read a lot of them. This one falls into the middle of the pack. I enjoyed it, but didn't find it especially compelling. It is set in a modern world as opposed to a historical world, and it is sort of a pastiche, with elements from many fairy tales, although it obviously primarily focuses on the Sleeping Beauty tale. This will become apparent in approximately the first 10 pages, so it's not a spoiler by any stretch of the imagination.

I was very much underwhelmed for the first half of the book - so much so that I considered not finishing it. I am glad that I didn't, though, because I thought that the story picked up at around 40%, and I ended up really enjoying it. The positives: I liked the world, and I liked the whole concept of the Marchen marks, and the curses community. I really enjoyed the way that the author organized the fairy tales/curses into different classes. I thought it was clever and unique.

However, there were some weaknesses. First, I am completely over the whole YA love triangle trope, which was a huge aspect of this book. Please, just once, could we have a YA romance that doesn't involve a love triangle? Please. (*** mild spoiler ***) Also I found the romance between Felix and Mira completely unconvincing. Completely. Unconvincing. I didn't like Felix, and so the attraction was a total mystery to me.

As far as the characters go, I liked several of the supporting characters quite a lot. I liked Viv - prickly and self-centered though she was, and Blue, and Jewel. I thought the ending was a bit convenient. I don't want to spoiler it, but it didn't ring true that a monumental problem could be solved quite so easily. I'm not unhappy about the ending, but felt that the author could've ended the book in a more convincing fashion.

I did, however, like the book enough that I will read any sequel that the author writes.