Tear You Apart

  • Interest Level: Grade 9 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 9

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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Interest Level Grade 9 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 9
Genre Young Adult
Copyright 2015
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 378
Publication Date 2015-01-01
Text Type Fiction—Science Fiction/Fantasy
BISACS YAF017010, YAF052000, YAF001000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Lexile 740
ATOS Reading Level 5.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 179253
Accelerated Reader® Points 14.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, and Reviewed

Author: Sarah Cross

Sarah Cross lives in New York and loves fairy tales in all their incarnations. Visit her online at www.sarahcross.com.


  • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Winner, 2015


School Library Connection

“Viv’s adventure . . . leaves readers on the edge of their seats wanting more.”—School Library Connection


“Twisting together the tales of Snow White and Rumpelstiltskin—with a dash of Romeo and Juliet and Hades and Persephone—this fantastical mash-up is full of angst, star-crossed romance, and magic. There’s plenty of high-stakes drama to keep readers engaged.” —Booklist

School Library Journal

“Cross deftly takes the all-too-familiar Disney fairy tale tropes (fair maiden, handsome prince) and turns them on their heads….A great read for fans of the television show, Once Upon A Time.” —School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“As before, Cross keeps readers guessing as she unfolds her mashup, bringing the German Märchen versions into the story with satisfyingly gruesome effect. A fan-pleasing combination of fairy tale and thriller.” —Kirkus Reviews