So. It's been a while. Like almost a year, but I'm back! And.... I read a book! It's another fairy tale sort of book, which is really odd, because I don't like fantasy books all that much. The name is Kill Me Softly, written by Sarah Cross. This books centers around Mira, an orphan living with her two godmothers. She is about to turn 16, when she runs away to the one place she had been forbidden to go: her birth-town. When she arrives, she meets a strange assortment of characters who all vaguely resemble fairy tale characters, in both mannerism and looks. Of course there is one character in particular, a boy character, who she cannot stay away from, even though she is told repeatedly that "He-is-so-very-dangerous-and-will-hurt-you-very-badly-and-don't-you-dare-fall-in-love-with-him-and-you-better-stop-while-you're-still-safe, although no one will tell her why. As she continues to stay in the town, the plot thickens, curses rise to the surface, and it all wraps up nicely in the end. (Sorry, I really don't want to give anything away!) Now, a few things about the actual writing of the book: The author isn't really the best at exposition. When Mira first discovers the fairy tale-ness of the town, nothing makes sense. It isn't very clear who is speaking, or who is who, and it gets a bit frustrating. However, I think of it as a challenge, to get through the rough parts to the good plot line. Another thing: This author is very realistic with her portrayal of teenagers. The characters cuss, drink, and fool around. It's nothing too bad, nothing you don't hear about at school, but certainly enough to warrant this book as PG-13. Personally, I like this realism in the middle of a fairy tale book, it's refreshing to me.
Hope that was enough info to get you hooked, because it's a great summer read!