by Jessa Russo
Genre: Young adult, fantasy, fairytale redux
Date of Publication: 4/17/14
Cover Artist: Michelle Johnson of Blue Sky Designs
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.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Ooh! Um . . . wow, I have no idea! Probably flying or time travel. Hmmm . . . yeah, definitely flying. I’d like to see the world but plane tickets are ridiculous.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
I’d say positive reader feedback has been the most rewarding, though I still have trouble believing it. A little voice always pops up and says “they’re lying” . . . not sure why, but I’m hoping that will eventually fade, because hearing that someone loved your work and really understood your beloved characters . . . that’s something truly amazing.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
I think you should read DIVIDE because it’s a bit different than other fairytale retellings—I mashed it up with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde!
What book are reading now?
None. Well, I’m editing right now—eight books in my queue!—so I’m reading, just not books I’ve purchased. But, the most recent book I finished was TAKEN BY STORM by Tamara Mataya (swoony fireman alert! hello!) and my gorgeous signed paperback ARC of BLACKFIN SKY by Kat Ellis is sitting on my coffee table, waiting patiently for my full attention.
What’s your favorite season/weather?
Late Summer into Fall. Warm. I want sunlight, lots of it, period.
What was your favorite children's book?
The Giving Tree.
Beach or Pool?
Both! With all the warm weather I love so much, there’s room in my heart for both places!
What is one book everyone should read?
Oh wow, that’s a tough one. I can’t answer that because ‘everyone’ is such a broad spectrum. You know what? I’d love to hear reader feedback on this one. Any suggestions?
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Always! Next up is CHLORINE&CHAOS, an edgy erotic romance written under my pen name (Parker Jameson). After that, the third book in The Ever Trilogy, ENTWINED, will release in October. I have a few other YA projects in the works as well, and too many story ideas to count!
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 later this year, as well as an erotic romance written under the pseudonym Parker Jameson, so please stay tuned!
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1 book bundle that includes:
1 signed paperback of DIVIDE
1 signed paperback of EVER (Book One of The Ever Trilogy)
1 signed paperback of EVADE (Book Two of The Ever Trilogy)
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