Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tear You Apart: Sarah Cross

**ARC provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I found this one after pages of searching for something to read. And I had to stop myself from screaming when I saw this one. When I saw that this book was approved and I was able to read it, my jaw dropped, my phone fell, and I shouted to the heavens in joy.

I read the first book in this series (Kill Me Softly) quite a while ago. However, when I saw this one, I was so excited. This book was awesome! I had forgotten a bit of the first one, but Tear You Apart takes place after, and follows different characters. I recommend reading Kill Me Softly first, but it is not absolutely necessary. This tale continues the fated curses of the people of Beau Rivage. Viv is cursed with a snow white curse, and everyone knows about it.

So, Viv goes to the Underworld, where her prince awaits. He is supposed to wait until she falls asleep to kiss and wake her, but he can't help himself. I loved Viv as a character. She was frustrating at times (mainly interacting with Henley) but her curse sucked, and I felt for her. The relationship she had with Henley was kinda like every teenage relationship ever, but with a delicious twist. Viv has been best friends with Henley, and loves him, but he was cursed as her Huntsman. The author did a great job of keeping hidden whether or not Henley would actually kill her...I mean, they love each other, but I thought he was going to do it. Anyways, Viv gets stuck in the Underworld after being almost killed, and things do not go the way she planned. 

I am not a fan of the ridiculous love triangles, but I didn't really feel like Viv was in the middle of one. I mean yeah, she was confused about two boys, but she finally got her head on straight in a reasonable amount of time. Her so-called prince was (without giving anything away) an ass. I felt bad for his sister, but I had no sympathy for him after everything ended.

Henley sounds pretty hot, like a lumberjack but with a heart only for Viv. Viv's stepmother was exceedingly creepy with Henley, but he did the best he could. Henley was a hero in my opinion. All throughout the book. He had a lot of shit to deal with, and there Viv went just messing it all up. I'm just glad that he always kept coming for her. He never gives up, and every time I just went "aawwww" and swooned a bit more. The interactions with Viv's stepmom actually kept me guessing, she was a bitch, and I couldn't stand her, but she just added to the plot line and made you love Viv and Henley as a couple.

I liked the fairy tales that were intertwined in this story. There were some new ones that I hadn't heard of, but they always had that twist that allowed them to deviate slightly from the original, but still be true. This book definitely had some of the gruesomeness that the original fairy tales had, which I thought was refreshing. Even though I got frustrated at times with Viv, she was overall a character that you had to root for. 

I have to add as a side note that I love the covers for these books. They fit well with the romance but show that it is still a bit brutal. I would purchase this book in a heartbeat if I were able. I will be keeping an eye out for the next book....hopefully it will be the beauty and the beast characters!

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