When I started this book, I was unsure if I'd finish it. It started off very cheesy, almost like a middle grade novel, with lots of 'I can't believe I'm betraying them' over and over and over. But once the story gets going and Mira arrives in Beau Rivage, that's when it gets interesting. Okay, it's still pretty cheesy but I managed to read it in two sittings, it was just that good.
Kill Me Softly appealed to me the same way The Goddess Test appealed to me - I wanted to work out which character was which fairy tale creature/person, like the The Goddess Test I wanted to work out which God was which (I failed miserably but that's not my fault, trust me). The 'main' characters, i.e. the Princesses all come straight from Disney movies, only which a darker side to their tale, as the Grimm brothers and other writers made their stories much darker before Disney prettied it up. Other characters appear too - wicked stepmothers, a trio of very different brothers, evil and good fairies, you name it.
Mira herself is a bit thick. Don't get me wrong, I love the girl but she claims to know fairytales and yet doesn't bat an eyelid when given a key and told not to go in a certain room. That's one of the downsides to this story - if you know your fairytales it's not very difficult to work out what's going to happen in the plot. Other characters were much more interesting - Jewel, who literally coughs up jewels, Layla, who works in a bookshop and has a gambler for a father, Freddie, who attracts all sorts of furry creatures whenever they see him and Viv, who hates her stepmother but doesn't realise what she's doing to Henley, who has a bit a temper problem.
I don't know if this is a series or a stand alone novel but I'm hoping it's a series. I have high hopes for the next book and I'm really, really hoping if there is one, it's not told from Mira's POV again. I like her a lot but there's so many strong voices in Kill Me Softly, not giving them a voice would be a real shame.