Last List Blog Hop: Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross

Last List Blog Hop

If you’ve been paying attention to bookish news lately, you’ve likely heard that Egmont Publishing is closing its U.S. division. As a result, many of the authors represented by Egmont are going through a tough time. In an attempt to bolster these fine authors, the lovely ladies (and gentleman) at Cuddlebuggery had the idea to host this Last List Blog Hop to promote Egmont titles.

The idea is that each blogger will sign up to spotlight at least one of the Egmont books and show the reading community how great that book is. The book I have the pleasure of promoting today is Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross.

About Tear You Apart

Book cover for Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross

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 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?

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Why You Should Read It

If you like fairy tale mash-ups, Tear You Apart is a must-read. The main story is a combination of Snow White and The 12 Dancing Princesses, but there are a multitude of other tales represented in this book as well – Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jack and The Beanstalk, and Rumpelstiltskin, just to name a few.

In Beau Rivage, where the story is set, the townspeople are fated to play a role in a fairy tale. Sometimes that role is princess, sometimes hero, sometimes villain – the town’s citizens have no say in the matter. As you can imagine, this can cause tension when friends, neighbors, and family members suddenly find themselves destined to play a part in one another’s lives that they never expected. Friends turn into foes, rivals become lovers, etc., leading to all sorts of delicious drama.

The love/hate relationship that Henley and Viv share is especially captivating. The two have a long history together that is suddenly complicated when Henley is cursed, destined to betray Viv and cut out her heart. No matter how much Henley insists he could never do such a thing, Viv lives in fear of the day that her boyfriend will turn on her. The jealousy, distrust, and hurt that grows between them strains their relationship until the happiness they once shared is nothing more than a memory:

“They were like a firecracker that had burned up. The pretty picture, the sparkling moment was gone; they were just smoke and ashes now.”

Another thing I love about Tear You Apart besides the fairy tale drama is that the book’s characters don’t fall into black and white “Good” and “Evil” categories. There are characters who are bad, but they’re more than just cliche villains.  For example, Regina, Viv’s wicked stepmother, is definitely a messed up woman, but she’s also funny and interesting with motivations that are easy to sympathize with, if not to condone. Likewise, Viv isn’t always lovable and sweet; there are times when she can be a bitch and when she makes decisions that will leave you cringing.

All in all, Tear You Apart is an incredible book, one of the best I’ve read so far this year. I highly recommend it, especially if you’re a fairy tale lover like me!

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