From senior class president to dejected social outcast, with just the flick of a match.
After accusations of torching her ex-boyfriend’s home are followed by the mysterious poisoning of her ex-best friend, seventeen-year-old Holland Briggs assumes her life is over. And it is. But not in the way she thinks.
As Holland learns the truth about her cursed fate—that she is descended from the Beast most have only ever heard of in fairytales—she unites with an unlikely ally, good-looking newcomer Mick Stevenson.
Mick knows more about Holland’s twisted history than she does, and enlightening as it is to learn about, his suggestion for a cure is unsettling at best. Holland must fall in love with Mick in order to break the spell, and save their future generations from repeating her cursed fate. Having sworn off love after the betrayals of her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, this may be difficult to accomplish.
Complicating things further for Holland and Mick, time runs out, and Holland’s change begins way before schedule. With Holland quickly morphing into a dangerous mythical creature, Mick struggles to save her.
Should they fail, Holland will be lost to the beast inside her forever.
Beauty and the Beast is one of my all-time favorite fairy tales, so, of course, I couldn’t wait to read Russo’s version of the story. DIVIDE delivers an amazing combination of smart fantasy, dreamy romance and laugh-out-loud humor. Yes, I said humor. There were times when I was totally engrossed in the chemistry and connection between Holland and Mick, and at other times, I was laughing at some clever thought or snarky banter between characters. Russo writes a great YA voice, so real and relate-able. Each character uniquely showcases a rainbow of emotions: desperation, love, determination and spunk. The plot moves quickly and Russo keeps readers on their toes! I’m pretty sure I held my breath through the whole second half of the book! And my favorite twist? Both “beauty” and “the beast” live in one, troubled character, desperate to find herself.
Bottom line? I loved this book. Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down! So get ready, clear your schedule, because once you step into Holland Briggs’ world you’ll never want to leave.
**Content Note: Appropriate for 16+ years. There’s nothing too explicit, but it does contain some swearing and steamy make-out sessions.**
They coated my skin, reminiscent of the way a crack spreads so quickly over the ground in those crazy earthquake disaster movies.
I don’t know what it was, his persistence in touching me, the softness in his words, or the promise that heavily weighted that please.
Then it would flash in and out a few more times, successfully getting my sweet old grandma to say something nasty that she’d never say otherwise. Something like fiddlesticks.
At least the cold forest had tempered her rage down into slightly less of a burning inferno.
She brought her hands up to her chest, mimicking the short arms of a gargoyle, I presumed, but resembling a deformed Tyrannosaurus Rex…
My skin burned like fire danced across the flesh.
He leaned forward, then ran his knuckles across my hand. I yanked it away, crossing my hands in my lap, ignoring the way his closeness brought memories of his earlier salvation to the forefront of my mind.
The fire in my veins demanded my focus, spreading so much faster than the last time.
He mimicked me in that high-pitched voice again, leaning forward as if we were girlfriends gossiping around the fire at a camp out.
Dislocating something in my hand, I pulled free from one of the shackles, pain radiating like acid through my arm, matching the burning pain in my lips and streaking across my abdomen.
About the Author
Jessa Russo believes in fairytales, ghosts, and Jake Ryan. She insists mimosas were created for Sundays, and that’s not up for discussion. She’s obsessed with the great city of New Orleans—where she’s collected too many beads to count, eventually married her sweetheart, and visited graveyards they don’t include on maps.
She’s loud, painfully honest, and passionate about living life to the fullest, because she’s seen how abruptly it can be taken away.
What began as a desire for reading and writing young adult paranormal has bled into stories of all kinds. From fantasy to pre-dystopian to erotic contemporary, Jessa’s stories always include romance, though she’s given up on pigeonholing her work into a category or genre box.
Jessa was born and raised in Southern California, and remains there to this day with her husband (a classic car fanatic), their daughter (a Tim Burton superfan), and a Great Dane who thinks he’s the same size as his Chihuahua sister.