Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross
Review by Lauren
Source: netgalley copy; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: 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?
Review: I loved Sarah Cross’ book Kill Me Softly (review here) so I was really excited to be accepted on Netgalley to read the companion novel, Tear You Apart. In the town of Beau Rivage, fairies give out curses – both good and bad – to certain people. Viv is cursed to live out the story of Snow White. Her stepmother, Regina, who she used to love and feel close to, has begun to hate her and her beauty and is desperate to be rid of her. After all, if Viv lives, Regina dies. That’s just the way the story goes and everyone cursed has to live out the story to the end.
For Viv, she’s been in love with Henley for years. He always hoped he would be her prince, the one who would wake her up with a kiss and save her from the huntsman after her heart. Unfortunately, he is cursed to be the huntsmen, and now the two of them do not know how to act. They love each other, and Henley swears he won’t harm her, but Viv pushes him away because she knows how the story goes. At the same time, she always runs back to him when something is wrong. For all intents and purposes, he is her prince…until Jasper appears, promising to keep her safe, and happy, but is his happily-ever-after really what Viv wants or needs?
Kill Me Softly introduced us to Viv and Henley and their awful curse, so I loved hearing that Tear Me Apart would really dive into their story. I loved hearing about the other curses in Beau Rivage and I would love to have more books in this series. You have a Goldilocks named Luxe and a Beast named Rafe, but you also get a lot of other stories and curses that I’m not as familiar with, so it’s fascinating to learn more.
I really enjoyed Tear You Apart. I had a feeling how things would ultimately end, but I was still confused on how it would happen. This book is full of twists and surprises, and it was a blast to read!