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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  39 reviews
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 descend
Paperback, 270 pages
Published April 15th 2014
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Jessa Russo
I wrote this, so, you know, I dig it.
Tamara Mataya
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! Not only is it a gender-flipped Beauty and The Beast redux, we've got a little Jekyll and Hyde flavour as well. Oh, and some swoony sexiness as well!

Russo's written a compelling, fresh story, and I love her writing so much. She outdoes herself each time, and I can't wait for what's next from this talented author. There's a little something in here for everyone.

But Mick is mine. So.

Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it

This book synopsis immediately made me think of this image :D

BTW - This image in no way reflects the content of Divide!
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A lovely take on an old classic, Divide was a fantastic retelling of Beauty and the Beast. From the super sweet romance, to the interesting reimagining of the fairy tale, this book was wonderful.

Holland was a lovely heroine. She had been through a lot in recent times, but she proved to be resilient and, when things got complicated, she showed herself to be a strong character. One thing I really liked about her character was how her relationship with her brother was shown. It was obvious how much
Wow, I didn't even realize that this story was a re-telling of Beauty and The Beast until I was over half way into the story. Made me feel a little slow. But in my defense, Jessa Russo did a fantastic job twisting and turning the beloved fairytale and completely flipping it on its' head. I loved her topsy turvy take on the story. Like any good fairy tale it all starts with a curse. Every 4 generations the cursed family's descendants have a daughter that will turn into a beast, and every 4th gene ...more
Mara Valderran
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I LOVE Beauty and the Beast. It is one of my favorite fairy tales. I love it so much that I refuse to watch it again for fear it might be ruined if watched through adult eyes. But this book is yet another reason not to watch it again. Because Beauty and the Beast probably won't hold up when compared to Divide.

First, I love the characters. I love that Holland is smart enough to know that there is something wrong with her. She can sense something brewing under the surface, and while outsiders migh
So.... How to start this without fangirling?

Okay, let's do this.

I'm not so much of a fan of retellings - they must be very exceptional or the oh-my-gawd type to blow me away and yet... Divide did it.

Was I expecting that much? Not really. I've read books with awesome synopsis but which have still deceived me.

Snif snif

But that's not the case with love here.

The main character, Holland, is a very strong girl who tends to have an anti-relationship behaviour because of her previous o
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-faves
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- ...more
Jamie Ayres
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jessa didn’t disappoint! She really knows how to get a story under way. I immediately feel in love with Holland and Mick and cared about their happily ever after. There’s the triple D factor: desire, danger, and decision. Jessa nails them all with Divide.

Holland is a girl fighting for her identity, seeking truths about what’s happening to her. She wants Mick, but she’s conflicted because of the beast living inside her. At the same time, she’s recovering from a major heartbreak and betrayal (who
Sarah Russell
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book kept me on my toes! The concept was very intriguing and refreshingly different. I loved the emphasis the book puts on sibling relationships, both with Holland and Cam and Mick and Ro.
The romance between Holland (I LOVE THIS NAME) and Mick was, in a word, HOT. Those kissing scenes were extremely fun to read!
I really found the concept behind the book to be so interesting. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but it revolves around a centuries old curse. I am pretty sure the phrase "Hel
Kate Larkindale
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating and original re-imagining of the Beauty and the Beast story with the Beast this time being a teenage girl. I loved the way fairy tale mythology was woven through a contemporary story, with curses and witches and people being turned to stone alongside a modern, teenage love story... with a twist.

Definitely recommended.
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
LOVED THIS BOOK!! As an adult who enjoys YA Books- this story was written incredibly well! I loved the plot twists and the suspense! The Beauty and the Beast theme was done very well -important to the story, but not overpowered by the original fairy tale. Very well written!!
Emily Bradley-dorman
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
**I received this book as an ARC from the author to read and review. This is a 100% honest review**

"I was a monster. A beast."

This is, quite frankly, an epic retelling of our beloved Beauty and the Beast. I don't know about you but I can't get enough of reworked fairy tales at the moment but there are so many awful adaptations that it makes me a little weary when it comes to reading them. Beauty and the Beast is one of my all time favourites and Jessa has produced a truly enchanting book tha
Laura Thomas
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Not having read the book description before I started reading Divide, it took a while for me to realize this was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

There is a beautiful girl. There is a beast. But they are one and the same. They are Holland.

Holland’s world came crashing down when she was betrayed by her boyfriend and her best friend. They fell in love and her dreams went up in a puff of smoke. No three musketeers heading off to university together. No romantic adventures with her boyfriend. N
As a BatB retelling, this book earnt itself an automatic spot on my to read list. I was intrigued by it because here the role of the beast is reversed. It took me a little while to get around to reading it, but when I did I found this book pretty hard going.

The main issue in the first part of the story is that we come into Holland's life after certain traumatic events have taken place, so the narrative is constantly referring to a version of Holland that the reader is only ever told about and ne
Sharon Bayliss
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
What can I say? I loved it! Divide is Jessa's best work yet.

Things haven't been going so well for Holland Briggs ever since her boyfriend dumped her for her best friend. And, that's not even the worst part. Her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend almost died in a fire and Holland is the main suspect. The police found no evidence against her, but everyone still suspects her.

Only four months after the nasty break-up, Holland isn't ready to date again. However, she can't resist getting closer to Mick,
Pratr- Authors
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it

I received a copy of the book from the author and paranormal Romance & Authors that Rock for an honest review.

Holland knew something was wrong with her, she could feel the thing inside her. it scares her. Just four months after her long time boyfriend leaves her for her best friend. Holland is having trouble bouncing back. Accused of trying to kill them by burning down the house they were supposed to be at. Her life is miserable at school because of this, others see her as a freak. Even though t
Krystal Wade
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
DIVIDE is one of those stories that caught me in the first few lines, a broken girl who's scared and confused, maybe even a little insane.

With the flick of a match--one she doesn't remember flicking--Holland Briggs drops from uber popularity to uber reject. Her boyfriend, her best friend, and even her family treat her differently. Well, her brother is pretty awesome. And dreamy. And did I mention awesome?!

Where was I? Oh, right, Holland's crummy life. Well, this pixie-like chick shows up, cute a
Jessica Brooks
Apr 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: indie, retelling
3.5 stars

As soon as I saw Divide here on Goodreads, I was looking forward to seeing what a gender-flipped version of Beauty and the Beast would be like, so when I won an ebook from Ms. Russo days later, I was very excited.

The story begins with Holland knowing something isn't right about herself, though she's not sure what, exactly. It takes a while for things to truly unfold in the factual aspect, as more people come into play later in the book, including Donovan, who, though a bit of a punk, ac
Eliza Tilton
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 n ...more
Victoria Stolte
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing

WOW! What can I say? I really LOVED this book.

The character's were interesting to say the least. I really liked Holland and could relate. We all have felt like there is something else going on inside haven't we? Like we are being pulled between what feels right and what we know is wrong.. When things start to feel different for Holland she becomes scared and has no idea what is going on. Scared that there is something wrong inside her she is unsure who to talk to. Her brother Cameron has been ke
Fida Islaih
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this fairytale of a beauty and beast twist. In the beginning I was fine with it but after awhile I grew tired of the sex scenes. Other than that I love seeing all the foreshadowing. I love see all the puzzle pieces and how it came together. The pacing was good. I love how she knew something was in her, that she realized it on time. But the other things came slow but good enough. Along with them you think one thing and it's another thing. The end still came unexpected. It was cool that no ...more
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
What evil lurked under Holland's skin intrigued me from the beginning. Experiencing her journey of slowly changing kept me interested. The cave scene at the end was my favorite, creepy and magical and tense! A well-written Beauty and the Beast retelling, it had plenty of romance, which isn't my thing...too much sappy oh I love her stuff, but that's just my own tastes, the romance was cute. I loved teh sibling relationship between Holland and Cameron, they were awesome! A bit of a fairytale in a ...more
Mary Bernsen
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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Jul 19, 2016 rated it liked it
There were a few times where I felt quite bored while reading this, but it wasn't a bad read overall. ...more
Jun 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I wanted to like this book- I really did. I love fairy-tale retellings and I was pulled in by the idea of a gender-flipped Beauty & the Beast.
The beginning of the book was pretty good- the author did a nice job setting up the main character (Holland) and her family, as well as her recent plummet in popularity. Beyond that, though, things fell flat for me.

First off, the dialogue was inconsistent. Sometimes it felt accurate & sometimes it felt so cookie-cutter. It really threw me off and I had a h
N.N. Light
I'm obsessed with fairy tale retellings but this Beauty and the Beast retelling just didn't do it for me. I think because the genders are switched and I found it hard to stay in the world Russo created. But it was superbly well written.

My Rating: 3 stars
Lori Palle
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
“Something wrong lived inside me, something that wasn’t fully me. Something foreign. Though, what it was, I had no idea.”—Holland

What if Beauty and the Beast were the same person? Life wouldn’t be fun—just ask Holland, this generation’s winner for being cursed. She’s going through some serious rage issues, memory lapses, and she’s slowly transforming into something…else. Can true love save her? Or will even true love fail against an evil witch’s curse that has lasted for centuries…

“Is love so ha
A.M. Hodgson
I read Divide over two days. Gotta say: I enjoyed it.

The idea is original and fresh, and it was well edited. Russo's writing is fluid, too, and it's easy to get the emotion of the characters from the words she chose.

All that aside, there were some issues. (Spoilers Below)
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Neil Cochrane
I was provided with a free copy of Divide by the author for this review. This review may contain spoilers.

When I first heard about Divide, I was totally pumped. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale, and Jekyll & Hyde is another of my absolute favorites. Throw in a little gender-swapping and this sounded like it was practically tailored to my interests. Alas, I must admit to being a little less than wowed.


The novel's strongest element is undoubtedly the retooling of the Beauty an
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Jessa Russo believes in fairytales, ghosts, and Jake Ryan—she’s pretty sure her heart has never fully belonged to anyone else (apologies, Mr. Russo). When not writing, she can be found watching far too much Netflix, drinking craft beer with her friends, or enjoying a nice Sunday brunch (even if it’s not Sunday). Her young adult projects span the genre field, but will always have a lot of kissing a ...more

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