Blue by HJ Bellus: Review

Posted February 17, 2016 in review Tags: ,

Blue by HJ Bellus: ReviewBlue by H. J. Bellus
Pages: 296

Genres: New Adult

Blue Williams shines no matter the circumstance. -Prettiest in her hometown -Most talented cheerleader on her high school squad -Valedictorian of the senior class -Prom queen and runner up for Miss Teen Colorado And the list goes on... That's until college, when she finds out nobody recognizes her, and if they do they couldn't care less. Blending in is something Blue has longed for her entire life. Living in a dorm with a set of new friends is just what she needed to escape her stale life back home. For the first time, she's seen for her talent and not her name or looks. Cheer is her number one priority, considering a full-ride scholarship landed her at a prestigious university, and she intends to take advantage of it. A true beauty inside and out, Blue's heart has always pumped competitive blood. Until one night changes her forever...the beauty is gone, and all she has left are nasty, ugly memories. The man who saved her has a story of his own, with ninety percent of his body scarred. What happens when the Beauty falls for the Beast?

HJ Bellus

what i think

my ku pick of the monthWell, this story was certainly not what I expected! First, let me say, Holy Angst-fest, Batman! Oh my goodness this is certainly a new adult book. For Blue, everything is life or death. Everything is the end of the world. Its so over the top there were times it was cringe-worthy. That immaturity aside, I actual found I still enjoyed the book. The will they/won’t they drama, the secrets, the lies… it was all compelling enough for me to look past Blue’s immaturity! So, something MAJOR happens near the end. I mean LIFE ALTERING major. But the book felt so rushed at that point! I would have loved to have the after math of that major even delved into more. I would have even liked a bit more about what was happening during the event as well. It was such a GREAT plot twist that just felt sort of skimmed over. Overall, Blue was still a fairly enjoyable read if you are okay with drama-llamas and characters who really need to mature (which I think is typical of the NA genre and you do see character growth). It is also a very loose spin on Beauty and the Beast. You know, if Belle was a college cheer leader!

And I think this cover is STUNNING! Seriously, its gorgeous!


  • POV: 1st (mostly Blue; occasionally from Tuck)
  • Tears: A few
  • Trope: Virgin, college, redemption
  • Triggers: rape, kidnapping
  • Cliffhanger: No
  • HEA: View Spoiler »


if you liked

Hashtag Series by Cambria Hebert, Jockblocked by Jen Frederick, Love So Perfect by Marquita Valentine…then you will probably like Blue!

where to get it




Ok, there were SO many songs mentioned in this book but I can’t find the playlist anywhere! So, if anyone has the hookup, let me know!



I am just a simple country girl getting one story out of my head at a time. I was raised in small town, USA and still reside there with my husband and children. I am a huge country music fan and am inspired by it everyday. I live and love country life, and you will find those elements in my books. I also adore strong and brave lead female characters, and strive to be a courageous and independent woman in everyday life. In my opinion, life is no fun without a good sense of humor, sprinkles, cheese whiz, and candy. It is the simple things that warm my heart.

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