Review: Bellamy and The Brute

Bellamy and The Brute (Bellamy and the Brute, #1)Bellamy and The Brute by Alicia Michaels

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The beginning of this book was about a 4/5 stars, until the murder mystery aspect came into play. I read this over my trip to America, and I absolutely loved the roots and similarities to Beauty and the Beast. However, once the mediocre/cliche murder mystery took focus; I found myself forcing to finish this book. At first, I couldn’t understand how this was free on Kindle. But later I soon realised that this was written… more for Middle Grade (despite mature themes). Read my quotes below if you don’t believe me.

Bell(amy) was interesting to start off with, however she has 0 qualities once she had a love interest.

This book fails this test, by the way. I wouldn’t usually care but this was pretty damn bad.

Tate (the Beast) was as tropey as love-interests get in contemporary romances. I’m sure he’d be an instant hit to mothers who enjoy their bad-boy stereotypes. I would have enjoyed to see more of high-school Tate, before “the curse”. His backstory is equally as tropey, but it’s at least a bit more layered than his two-dimensional present story. Ugh.

He’s this type of dude, and I’ll fight you on this.

Retellings: some love ’em, some hate ’em. I, for one, can’t get enough retellings. Especially of Beauty and the Beast. I don’t understand why, nor will I try to understand.

I would have enjoyed this a lot more if it focused more on the romance or Tate’s regret and remorse for being a ‘beast’. Instead, the story copied the most basic murder mystery out of any book. I couldn’t tell there was a romance at all at some points, and I could barely tell there was some paranormal mystery taking place. The whole ‘mystery’ aspect needed a much more fleshed-out storyline, as it came off weak in this book.

(watch me list some bullsh*t themes)
– identity (this one is stolen straight from
– magic
– romance
– murder; prostitution; bribery
– right v wrong
– ghosts



““A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.” He nodded. “One of my all-time favorites. I know The Hunger Games and Divergent are the standard of dystopia these days, but that’s a classic. It’ll probably be required reading for you next year if you’re in AP English,”

She just recommended Brave New World to a child. Oh my freaking god, no. Also, can you sound more pretentious???


““Don’t,” I snapped. “Don’t touch me, and stop saying my name. You don’t get to say my name… my name is too awesome for you! And you know what? I’m awesome, too.”

This has to be one of the most horrifyingly cringe-worthy things (and yes I know using the term ‘cringe’ is a ‘cringe’ itself) I’ve ever read.

“Being the kind of girl who prefers Converse over heels and books over boys, I didn’t typically attract the high school male species.”

Wow, what a special snowflake!!!

““You… threatened… Bell,” he replied between labored breaths. “Damn right… I will… end you!””

C R I N G E.

This is a published novel.

It ended on a bloody cliffhanger and I won’t be reading it. There’s apparently more ghosts to help and hear the horrors of, and their romance is pretty much at a stalemate aka Happily Ever After.


What’s your favourite retelling? Comment below 🙂

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