Series: Beau Rivage
Published by Egmont USA on April 10th, 2012
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Retelling, Young Adult
Source: borrowed from the library
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 lives with her two godmothers, they’re kind and thoughtful but also very strict. They don’t let her do much only because they’re so protective. A week before her sixteenth birthday she runs away to Beau Rivage where she was born and where her parents have died. She’s determined to find her parents graves. Instead she finds a town where people are different, they seem to be like characters from a fairy-tale. And when one of them reveals the same sort of strange birthmark on their backs, she realizes there’s more to this story than she knows.
I basically read this and thought “Ooh it’s just like Once Upon a Time the TV show.” It had the same elements where fairy-tale characters are brought to life and are living in modern times. Except it had its own plot. I love the darker tales that combined the fairies and humans which in return created these magical descendants. I like how each of the characters even had similar lives and even the same personalities. The pacing was good, and the writing was too.
What it truly lacked was the characters and their development. Now I know the main character is supposed to fall in love. It’s a given right? But holy balls, it was so sudden. It’s taking love at first sight quite literally. I just couldn’t understand why. I had a theory and it was wrong but I wished it was right. Even though there was so many fairy tale characters and their store like Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, I still couldn’t get over the lack of character development.
I wanted to love this one, but I just couldn’t. I’d still give it a try for the wonderful fairy tale curse with a modern day twist.