Rating: 2 Stars
Title: Tear You Apart
Author: Sarah Cross
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: EgmontUSA (January 27, 2015)
If you want to live happily ever after, first you have to stay alive.
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 Princess 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?
Before I begin my review I must point out that I received Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
In 2014 I’ve read a lot of retellings. Especially Snow White retellings. One being Stitching Snow by R.C Lewis. I thoroughly enjoyed that retelling. Sorry I can’t say the same thing about Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross. Where shall I begin? There are many things that I found wrong with this book. One being “Queen Regina” . Excuse me, but there is only one Queen Regina that I know.
Yes that’s right. Lana Parrilla of Once Upon a Time is the true QUEEN. What’s sad is that the Regina in Tear You Apart is pretty much a copy cat of Once Upon a Time. The Only difference is that Lana Parrilla Regina would kick the wanna be Regina ass. All day–everyday. Now I know what you’re thinking. I’m being bias. Maybe I am but the fact of the matter is that Tear You Apart is really not that great of a book.
One being the Snow White–portrayed by Viv is a spoiled, condescending–BRAT. Yes we know you’re cursed. Pretty much everybody in the book is cursed one way or the other. But that doesn’t give you the right to treat the people you claim to love like trash. Henley, her true love meant to be but unfortunately is cursed to kill her because he happens to be the Huntsman is more like a doormat than anything else. Viv calls for him and he’s right by her side no matter what. Even if she doesn’t deserve all of the attention. I mean she pretty much say horrible things about him and to his face through the entire book. Makes out with a whole bunch of idiot guys so she can make him jealous. Only to fight with him all over again. Can you say toxic?
No need to feel bad for Henley (I really can’t stand that name) because he has anger issues. Well more like rage issues. There is one part in the book where he actually destroys a car because of the BS that Viv pulled with making out with one of the random guys. This isn’t what I call a healthy relationship. One he’s the Huntsman meant to kill you. Two you’re a spoil brat who only thinks about herself and is selfish to the point of stupidity. Finally, the love of your life actually scares you half the time with his anger issues. So yeah, this relationship should have never happen to begin with but you know how YA is. Always need the lovely couple. Too bad I can’t root for them.
Gosh, I’m really tearing this book apart but I just need to be honest. The other problems I had with this book was that there were way too many fairytale characters peppered throughout the book. There was no need for every Tom, Dick and Harry of the fairytale world to be in one book. It just bogged down the reader and made the book that less interesting in my opinion. Also there was some info dumping because apparently this is like the second book or stand alone that is related to Sarah Cross previous work–Killing Me Softly. Well I didn’t know that before hand and I most likely won’t read the first even though many reviewers said it’s better than Tear You Apart.
Overall, I found the book boring and there were no redeeming qualities that I could see from the characters within this books. It was a bland world, with a bland plot line and copy cat caricatures of characters from popular TV shows. Seriously, Sarah Cross could have tried harder on the Queen Regina to make it her own. But I guess for those of you who don’t watch Once Upon a Time she, the Queen will feel brand spanking new.
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