Blog Tour, Trailer, and Review — The Beast of Bellevue

 

Check out my stop on the blog tour for The Beast of Bellevue by Grace Chen!

The Beast of Bellevue
by Grace Chen
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: December 1st 2020
Reading Harbor

Summary:

A twist on a tale as old as time…

Brilliant but shy seventeen-year-old Ava Pierce is locked away and forgotten by parents embarrassed to know her. Online she makes a connection with someone sharing her humor and deepest desires.

Seventeen-year-old Dylan Albright poses as his hunky older brother on a dating website for profit. Little does he realize, he’s put his own heart at stake.

Popular eighteen-year-old soccer star Alec Albright is loved by all but troubled by a dark past. What happens when he ends up falling for the same girl as his brother?

Gorgeous classmate Taylor Ford is used to getting what she wants, but what happens when what she wants is the one thing she can’t have?

Editorial Reviews

“My God, I could not wait to write about the plot. IT IS JUST GORGEOUS. I love so much the genre and similar stories that I couldn’t wait to finish school to come home and continue reading. If I didn’t have to do my homework and get up early, I would have spent all night reading the book and learning the ending.” – Angelina GusarovaAbout the Author
Grace Chen is a published author of three books so far. A research scientist by day, Grace also runs her own publishing company. This multi-talented woman also has a bachelor in biochemistry and molecular biology, as well as a master in chemistry. Grace likes to pursue her passions for helping the world through multiple avenues and has a diverse array of hobbies. She has even appeared on a TV reality show as a contestant for cooking.

Grace Chen’s latest book The Beast of Bellevue is a compelling story of a young girl, who inevitably sets off on a journey of independence, only to discover that all that is shiny is not always gold. This compelling story will hook you in from the first few pages, and be a book that you cannot put down till the end.

Grace’s ability to illustrate special moments in her words will capture your heart and soul from the moment you pick up this book.

Quick Reasons: Beauty and the Beast retelling, with a twist!; some of the plot devices felt a bit forced to me; quick, intriguing read

Huge thanks to Grace Chen, Reading Harbor Publishing, and YA Bound Book Tours for sending a galley of this title my way in exchange for an honest review. This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.

This was an interesting, quick read. The characters were fresh and exciting, the plot kept me wondering throughout, and Grace Chen found a way to make this well-loved story feel almost new. The slight role reversal for the main characters really helped to keep me fascinated, along with poor Ava’s horrifying backstory.

However–there were pieces and parts of the plot that I felt were a bit TOO forced, and I had a hard time suspending my disbelief to believe certain things that occurred throughout (how was Dylan trading stocks, for instance?! You have to be 18+….was he lying about his age? Who in their right mind would just…….LEAVE?! a child in an institution for so long, after only 1 accident and with no other major reasons?)

I really loved the way Grace Chen pulled other characters and pieces from the original into this story, and made them her own. The magic mirror worked really well as both a fresh way of “seeing” the world….and it’s own small plot device. Grace Chen also explored the idea of human nature quite thoroughly, in a captivating and inspiring way.

Overall, this was an entertaining and quick read. I’d definitely recommend it to lovers of Beauty and the Beast. The characters were intriguing and vibrantly written, though I had a small amount of trouble adequately suspending my disbelief for every portion of the plot/story. Be the guests to this book, Penguins–it’s bound to delight you!

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