Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Blog tour w/ Review: DIVIDE by Jessa Russo


Author: Jessa Russo
Category/genre: Young Adult/Fantasy Romance

Goodreads Blurb

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.

**I received a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review.**

THE RAVE WORTHY: Okay, I don't even know where to start with this one.  Just...wow.  I was completely intrigued from the get go.  I have a thing for fairytale re-tellings, and even with my high expectations this blew me away.  Jessa's voice is so unique and perfectly suited to young adult.  She doesn't sound like the grown up trying to relate to kids-overusing the hip new lingo and such the way other YA authors tend to do.  This is a beautiful love story, and not just for the hero and the heroine.  Holland's relationship with her brother Cam is comforting and down right enviable (as is Ro and Mick's).  I love, love, LOVE the way Jessa made me fall in love with Mick right along with Holly.  He was a refreshingly sweet guy, a welcomed break from the overbearing alpha dogs in today's romances.  The book was gripping, haunting even, in the best of ways. 

THE GRUMBLE WORTHY:  This is one of those rare occasions where I have nothing at all to put here.  It was perfect. 

About the Author

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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. ENTWINED, the final installment of Russo’s Ever Trilogy, will be released late 2014, as well as an erotic romance written under a pseudonym. Stay tuned! 

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