Cross, Sarah Tear You Apart, 370 pgs. Egmont, 2015. $17.99 Content: Language: PG-13 (55 swears); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG-13.
Viv has known that she has the Snow White fairy-tale curse, but she just found out that her best friend/ boyfriend Henley is supposed to be her huntsman. She has always been able to trust Henley when her step-mom has made her life hard, but now Viv doesn’t know who to trust. One night she gets an invitation to go to the underworld (where the 12 Dancing Princesses go) and she meets Jasper, who is supposed to be the prince that wakes her up from her sleeping curse. Torn between her love for Henley and the pull of the curse that places her with Jasper, Viv has to learn to trust herself and break her curse.
This book is full of creative ideas and has interesting combinations of fairy-tales that make for an action-filled plot. Viv can be hard to like because she isn’t very loyal to Henley or Jasper and can be whiny. The sexual innuendos and crude humor make it hard to recommend for middle school, which I think was the intended audience. The violence is cutting out hearts and one character dies a horrible burning death.
HS-OPTIONAL. Reviewer, C. Peterson.