Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
Summary from my beloved Goodreads (Seriously, if you haven't been there, you need to go there. Now.):
"Mirabelle's past is shrouded in secrecy, from her parents' tragic deaths to her guardians' half-truths about why she can't return to her birthplace, Beau Rivage. Desperate to see the town, Mira runs away a week before her sixteenth birthday—and discovers a world she never could have imagined.
In Beau Rivage, nothing is what it seems—the strangely pale girl with a morbid interest in apples, the obnoxious playboy who's a beast to everyone he meets, and the chivalrous guy who has a thing for damsels in distress. Here, fairy tales come to life, curses are awakened, and ancient stories are played out again and again.But fairy tales aren't pretty things, and they don't always end in happily ever after. Mira has a role to play, a fairy tale destiny to embrace or resist. As she struggles to take control of her fate, Mira is drawn into the lives of two brothers with fairy tale curses of their own... brothers who share a dark secret. And she'll find that love, just like fairy tales, can have sharp edges and hidden thorns."
I will just say that Sarah Cross is wonderful for writing a book full of fairytales slapped together into a believable and interesting story. I was never bored with this book. The characters were well-rounded, and the main character stayed that way for the entire novel (something I now know to appreciate). The story is fun, there are hilarious parts, and overall, it's just a great novel.
I love the "dark secret" mentioned in the summary. It was the perfect twist to a story. But first, when you're recognizing all these fairytales, you'll be amazed at how they get all wrapped up together in each other. You'll wonder what it'd be like to live one out, and you'll want to move to Beau Rivage. Trust me.
Anywho, the plot is great, because who would think of this except for Ms. Cross? The characters truly are well-developed and whole. There is humor and a definite timeline. There are also male characters to drool over. ;)
Conclusion: Overall, structurally, this novel wins! Then add the plot and characters, and you have an awesome book!
Suggestion: Just read it. You'll get swept up in an amazing fairytale, and be super glad that you did. Take a groggy or super bright day to do so. Linger over each character. This book's plot will remain a fave of yours, just like it did for me. Again, it'll just stick with you.