Book Review: Tear You Apart

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Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross
Series: Beau Rivage #1
Published by Egmont USA on January 27th 2015
Pages: 384

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?


Tear You Apart was not quite what I was expecting. Viv lives in a world of the wealthy, where curses can be bought and the roles are played out by those involved in your life. Viv becomes Snow White, her boyfriend The Huntman instead of the Prince… and her stepmother must play out her role as well. An interesting concept and one that I enjoyed, but I did hate Viv so much… she was spoiled, toyed with her boyfriend whenever she felt insecure and still wanted the perfect happily ever after.

As much as I disliked Viv, I really enjoyed the other characters. Especially the twisted history of her stepmother Regina (Um… Once Upon a Time much?), who is not completely evil, but thrown into this just like the rest of the characters. Even the Prince was more than he seemed, which was nice in a sense. I really didn’t want this to become a hardcore love triangle problem on top of all the other things going on. Viv was the most straight forward, some spoiled rich girl who was a bit self-obsessed. I guess how you really would think of as a princess. I even liked her boyfriend better than her, the poor guy stuck around even when he was supposed to be killing her. I’m not sure she deserved his love, but he was loyal to a fault.

I loved the Underworld experience in this book the most. I loved the mix of fairy tales and the darkness in this world. I’m hoping if I read another book set in this world, it’ll have a more likable main character to keep me interested in her story. I felt more interested in the world and the other characters than what happened to Viv… honestly I was rooting for the Stepmother.


If you like unlikable main characters give this one a go. I enjoyed the fairy tale aspects and the darkness of the world and that kept me reading.

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