Book Review: DIVIDE

Posted April 21st, 2014 by in Beauty & the Beast, Divide, fairy re-tellings, fairytale, fantasy, Jessa Russo, Uncategorized, YA / 0 comments

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.


This book is the perfect fairytale re-telling. I knew it was a gender flip YA re-telling of Beauty and The Beast, but it felt like so much more.
Holland is an average girl, and I think that’s what I liked most about her.
An average girl going through a life changing, crazy PHYSICAL change. Then there’s the hottie here to rescue here, and it seems like she almost has a chance.
This story kept me guessing, all the time. I had no idea where Jessa was taking this tale and it kept me flipping to the next page.
And then there’s the mysterious changes happing to Holland, graying eyes, sleepwalking, phasing in and out of reality, and the rage.
All consuming rage.
This isn’t just a gender flip, it’s a meshing of Beauty and The Beast and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde where the girl is our dangerous beast and it’s the boy who will need to convince this double sided beauty to fall in love.
Does he?
Guess you’ll need to read it and find out.

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