ARC REVIEW: Melt by Selene Castrovilla a.k.a it’s so beautiful, it hurts

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TITLE: Melt
AUTHOR: Selene Castrovilla
PUBLICATION:Expected publication: November 2014
GENRE: YA/NA > Realistic fiction | Contemporary | Romance
PAGES: 328pages (Paperback)
SOURCE: eArc from Tour Host
RATING: 4 ★★★★1/2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MELT is a brutal love story, set against the backdrop of The Wizard of Oz. Sixteen year old “good girl” Dorothy just blew into the small town of Highland Park – where the social headquarters is Munchkinland (Dunkin’ Donuts.) There, she meets Joey – a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his alcoholism? And then there’s his family’s secret – about to be unleashed.

Told in dual first person, Joey’s words are scattered on the page – reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason – until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away?

MELT is based on true events. It is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. It will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul.

 

 

 

REVIEW:

 

GUYSSSSS. ASSDFFGKDIEUEUEUSJKL

IT’S PURE PERFECTION.

I’ve waited 2-3 days before I wrote my review of Melt and honestly, until now, I still can’t form coherent words about it. So please bear with me, I will try to express how I loved this masterpiece as understandable as I can.

We were first introduced by Joey, a teen that has a bad reputation and a bad situation at home. Then there’s Dorothy, sweet, sweet Dorothy who is new in town. When these two completely opposite people collided.. we got a heart melting and soul crushing experience.

I was completely sucked in from the first chapter.. Joey’s voice is heartbreaking and hard to let go. I found myself anticipating his next words. Dorothy is not that different, I really felt for her. That’s why this story is a success for me, it’s scary real and it’s like that I’m in there! Witnessing what Joey is seeing.. Feeling my heart ache just like Dorothy. I spent half of the time reading this crying and sobbing and I.. I’m speechless.

I get the writing style of “Melt” isn’t for everyone. It’s written as verse, poetic-like. But the book is so deep, but yet such an easy read. I’ll never forget it. NEVER. And I’ll forever recommend it as a must-read. The fact that she could introduce these deep characters in such a structure and make me feel like I know them is mind blowing.

I have nothing but praise to the author … she created a powerful book that will forever hunts the reader. Poignant and entirely realistic, MELT is a book that should NEVER be missed.

REVIEW: Heart Shaped Rock by Laura Roppe a.k.a everybody grieves differently.

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TITLE: Heart Shaped Rock

AUTHOR: Laura Ropppe

PUBLICATION: Published May 2014 by Laura Roppe

GENRE: YA >  Realistic Fiction | Romance | Contemporary | Music

PAGES: 316pages (Paperback)

RATING: 3 ★★★

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 “If you liked the music collaboration of Maybe Someday, you’ve got to check out Heart Shaped Rock.” — New York Times best-selling author of Maybe Someday, Colleen Hoover

“Laura Roppé has written a moving and emotional novel of first love, accurately capturing the voice and mind of a dramatic and emotional sixteen year old girl caught in a maelstrom of grief and loss, love and heartbreak. And then there’s Dean…you’ll just have to read the book, ‘cause I can’t do him justice in a few short sentences.” –Jasinda Wilder, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of Falling into You

Sometimes a shattered heart needs to sing to love again . . . Sixteen year old singer-songwriter Shaynee Sullivan hasn’t so much as touched her guitar since her mom died six months ago. In fact, Shaynee hasn’t felt like doing much of anything lately, except maybe playing Whack-a-Mole on her “emotionally intelligent” brother’s head. But when she meets a gorgeous and surprising rocker named Dean, her shattered heart begins to mend . . . and then burst at the seams. Heart-wrenching, heart-warming, and sometimes even heart-racing, Heart Shaped Rock will leave you laughing through tears and rooting for love in all its forms.

Hear the original music performed in Heart Shaped Rock at www.LauraRoppe.com. All music available on iTunes.

THOUGHTS:

This may be one of the hardest book I’ve ever reviewed. But I AM GLAD that I’ve read it, not only did it touched my heart, it made me think about how I treat certain people. Especially people who suffered a great loss.

The story is about a sixteen year old girl, Shaynee, who is dealing with her mother’s death because of cancer. That’s just what the story is all about, death of a parent. Dealing with the fact that you will wake up everyday knowing that your mother won’t be on your side anymore, doing what you used to do. And you know what, I’m fine with that story. I was ready to sympathise. Just from the blurb, I know that it’s going to be deep and look! It was reviewed by one of my favorite authors, Colleen Hoover, so I just know  that I have to ready my heart. Even though the main character annoyed me at first.. oh wait she didn’t annoyed me, she actually made me a little mad.

Imagine this, your brother is grieving, HE IS TRYING TO DEAL WITH THE FACT THAT HIS MOTHER IS GONE TOO, and this is what you’re thinking?

“Why does he insist on emoting all the time? Did he not get the memo he’s a boy? Why doesn’t he just go through puberty already and grow a pair?”

“I stand there, looking at him, deciding whether I should comfort him (again), leave the room, or punch him in the face. The latter two options are my top picks.”

This girl have no emotions at all. Or heart for that matter. From the start, I realized that we have a very bitter MC. You have no idea how much I want to Dnf the book. Like, asdfghjkll!!! I was so frustrated. Because, she never stopped there you know. She hates her brother and I don’t even know why. Well, actually, she hates everyone. She’s also like that to her bestfriend, Tiffany. Who by the way uses worth cringing words. Like, chick-a-dee, coolio, redonkulously, and other more strange words that I made face to when I read them. Anyway, let’s talk about the side characters. I do think that Roppe made a decent set of characters. Their characters are given enough dialogues and used in necessary situations. Everyone has back stories that are worth knowing and they’re enough for the readers to know them well. Not too much that you’ll get bored but not too little also that you’re in the dark.

Let us now introduce the love interest, this is where the story got a little off for me. No, it has nothing to do with the fact that it’s insta-love and that it’s a little weird because they just knew each other for like, 2 weeks, and Shaynee keeps pointing out that she loves him and that they belong to each other… OKAY, maybe it has a little something to do with that, but that’s just because the story veered off from the main point of the story, which is about Shaynee trying to deal with her mother’s death. BUT! I don’t really hate the guy. He did, in fact, helped Shaynee realized what a heartless and soulless human being she is and how it’s affecting those people around her. The romance just really felt rushed to me. I did not buy any of it. I love them as individual characters. But together? Hmmm.

But this is my favorite part. Shaynee’s realization. Her determination to change! Or rather, to go back to her old self, to sing again! And even though I am not fan of the Romance, I love the guy for making Shaynee figure out her current state. Oh, and he’s really swoon worthy. 

Heart shaped rock isn’t a light read. It’s the kind of story that will fool you into thinking that you’re going into a fluffy story but the truth is, you’ll get to read one of the most realistic portrayal of how does someone really deals with loss. With a set of real and vibrant characters, a touch of music and a brilliant writing, Heart Shaped Rock should be your next read. Laura Roppe is not an author to be missed.

THE AUTHOR:

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Laura Roppé is an award-winning singer/songwriter, author, audio book narrator, speaker, and former attorney from San Diego, California. In 2011, Billboard Magazine ranked her as Number Three on its chart of the Top 50 “uncharted” artists in the world. In May 2013, Laura began hosting Amazon’s weekly podcast, “Kindle Love Stories,” for people who love hearing about love stories, romance, and happily ever afters. Her first book is the non-fiction memoir, Rocking the Pink. Her latest is a YA-teen romance novel entitled Heart Shaped Rock, featuring a soundtrack.

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BLOG TOUR: Ex-Factor by Elisa Dane (Author Interview/Excerpt/Giveaway)

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TITLE: Ex Factor (DIAMOND GIRLS #1)

AUTHOR: Elisa Dane

PUBLICATION: Published April 14th 2014 by Swoon Romance

GENRE: YA > Contemporary | Sports | Romance

PAGES: 207pages (Kindle Edition)

 

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Nevaeh Evan’s life is uprooted after her father’s death, when she moves in with her aunt and cousin, Livvie. Her plan to lay low at her new high school isn’t working. Her friend’s jerky boyfriend keeps asking her out, the guy she likes treats her like garbage, and the thought of tumbling again makes her want to hurl. 

So when her aunt pushes her into joining the elite X-FACTOR cheer leading squad, Navaeh goes along with it.  But Nev feels she doesn’t deserve to be happy. Not after what happened the night her father died.  Bodie Scott knows about grief all too well. Critically injured in an alcohol related accident the year before, Bodie struggles with the fact that he’ll never play football again, and he’s so far behind in credits he can’t see straight. That is, until he meets Nev. Haunted by their bloody pasts and wary of a shared future, Nev and Bodie turn to one another for comfort and support, and realize they’re not so alone after all. And when the party scene at school threatens the life of a loved one, the two stop at nothing to keep the past from repeating itself.  Ex-Factor is book 1 in the Diamond Girls series from Elisa Dane.

 

EXCERPT:

“Ahh… Mr. Scott!” My gaze automatically swept to the front of the classroom, Keltar’s loud, obnoxious voice almost impossible to ignore. “So good of you to grace us with your presence today. I trust you’ve learned something during your time away from school? Violence is never the answer, young man.” Frowning, the surly Santa wannabe begrudgingly swept a pink slip of paper from a tall, muscular boy dressed in dark clothing.

My heart jumped a little in my chest as I surveyed the colossal mass of male student at the front of the class. What the hell were the people of Indigo Falls feeding their sons? Some type of über growth hormone? Over half the guys in the school looked as though they belonged on the cover of a weightlifting magazine—chiseled, as if cut from granite. And what was that about violence, and time away from school? Had he gotten into a fight? From his size, he looked like someone who could deliver massive amounts of pain with ease.

The new guy stood in complete silence as Keltar continued on, delivering the same tired speech he’d given me upon entering the room. The same nervous feeling that had plagued me when I entered the school just a short time ago returned with a vengeance, and I caught myself struggling to breathe. What the hell? The new guy, whoever he was, had a bizarre effect on me, and to be honest, it was freaking me out a little. I mean, hell… I hadn’t even seen his face and I had butterflies whirling in my stomach. How was that possible? What kind of person had that type of effect on people?

He turned around then, and the answers to my unspoken questions all but slapped me upside the face.

Holy Mary, Mother of Pearl…

If boys were classified into two shades: light and dark, my Paper Thief, Eli would hover somewhere in the realm of ivory or beige. But this new guy was dark. We’re talking black down to the very pit of his soul type dark. Ebony eyes void of emotion swept over the room before finally settling on his seat: the empty chair next to Erin. Short, dark hair hugged his skull, bringing attention to the chiseled line of his jaw. His features were strong, hard, and entirely masculine—beautiful. No joke, he looked like an avenging angel hell bent on mayhem and destruction. Bad. The boy was bad to the bone.

Heat scorched my neck and cheeks and my pulse ratcheted up another notch.

Electricity arced through the air as he neared the table, and the oxygen in the room seemed to thin even more. Incapable of speech or movement, I sat open-mouthed, gaping at him like an imbecilic fool. The black T-shirt he wore stretched across his broad chest like a second skin, and revealed a set of arms, one of which sported a wicked tribal tattoo. His gait was confident, yet lazy, and clearly shouted “I don’t give a fuck. I’m only here because I have to be, so stay the hell out of my way.”

Erin cleared her throat and cast me a knowing “Well, well, well. Look who thinks the bad boy is hot” smirk.

The boy’s most stand out feature was a jagged scar which ran from the center of his skull, down along the top of his left ear. It ended just below the left half of his jaw. The skin was thick, raised and silvery pink making it obvious that whatever trauma had placed it there hadn’t happened that long ago.

Heat scored the base of my skull, and I reached, as if on autopilot, for the fat, rigid bump that crawled across my hairline. How had he gotten his scar? A hundred different scenarios played out in my head, none of which included the circumstance that had earned me mine.

THE INTERVIEW:

I’m so happy to have Gail joining me today to talk about her new book and other tidbits about her life, so sit back, enjoy, and help me welcome Gail to the blog!! 🙂

1. When did you decide that you want to be a Writer?

I’ve always enjoyed writing. Even when I was a young girl. I married fairly young and didn’t actively start pursuing my passion until after my girls started school full time.

2. How did you come up with the idea of Ex-Factor?

My oldest daughter participated in the Every 15 Minutes program her senior year. Watching the mock crash and assembly was truly one of the most moving experiences I’ve ever had and inspired me to write Nev and Bodie’s story.

3. Can you give us an insight into your main character, Nev? 

Nev’s riddled with guilt over her actions and behavior prior to her father’s passing. She’s got a closet full of skeletons and she’s terrified that if anyone discovers them, she’ll be an outcast. She walks around in a perpetual state of fear and self-loathing.

4. What were you like in High School? 

A chatterbox! Lol!

5. What was the hardest thing about writing EX-FACTOR? 

I struggled with getting the “black moment” just right. The book deals with some heavy social issues and I revised the party scene several times before I felt comfortable with it.

6. Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? 

Hmm… I’m not sure how new she is, but I’m really enjoying the Penryn and the End Of Days series by Susan Ee. Fabulous writing!

7. Any message for beginning writers? 

Persistence is key!

  THE AUTHOR:

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I’m a lover of books (YA & Adult romance), chocolate, reality television, and am a proud mother to three All Star cheerleaders. Woot! I write Contemporary YA romance with cheerleaders. Yep. I write what I know, and it’s my hope that my stories will not only take you on a romantic journey that will warm your heart, but that you’ll find a new respect and interest in the sport of Cheerleading you may not have had before.

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Hear ‘ye! Hear ‘ye! The time I moved to WordPress.

Look!! A newbie (sort of)

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 I am so happy and thrilled to finally be part of the blogging community. This will be my corner on the internet where I can share my thoughts about.. well, about everything! But mostly about books, of course. If you guys don’t know it already, I’ve been lurking around. Kind of testing the waters? Also, I’ve been  posting my reviews on my Tumblr Blog for awhile now. Five months to be exact. I know, I’m still a baby. I still have a lot to learn about this book blogging thing. That’s actually one of the reasons I want to move.. I think it would be more awesome if I’m intearcting with other book bloggers as well. Blogging is more fun together! That’s what I realized this past few weeks. I mean, yes, i do have  friends and book buddies that I talk to in Tumblr (which is awesome by the way) but I feel like I’ll be more connected if I move to WordPress. WordPress really was my first idea anyway, it’s just that HTML makes me nervous and I know.. it doesn’t make any sense. But anyway, here I am.

But here’s the truth. When I first wrote my first review, I honestly don’t know what I’m doing. All I know is that “I AM GOING TO EXPLODE IF I WILL NOT TELL THE WORLD MY FEELINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK! I NEED TO TELL EVERYBODYYYY!!” But still

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Just. like. now. I don’t know what to say anymore. I’m just rambling, I don’t know if you’re noticing it already but before I embarrass myself even more, I would like to thank some people.. It’s a list.

 

  • So first, I would like to thank the Authors that works hard for their stories. If it wasn’t for them, how could I even Fangirl? If any authors is reading this, I just want to say that you’re brave and amazing for doing what you do. As long as you’re  not hurting anybody (except for your reader’s heart and emotions) Then, please, continue being awesome!
  • Next is friends! You know, I always talk about this blogging thing with my friends in real life (I talk a lot) and at first, I said, “I don’t think I have the right to be a Reviewer.” or “Maybe if I made a Blog, it wouldn’t have any readers at all. Only me or my Grandmother (Hello lola!!!)” So, THANK YOU!  My dear loving, beautiful, and caring  friends for telling me that my passion for books and my way of saying how good the book is enough. THANK YOU! STAY FABULOUS!

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  • Good grief. That gif is sooo creepy. Anyway, next up is my bookish friends. I’m so happy that I met these people, I might cry. SERIOUSLY. I’M STILL AMAZED THAT PEOPLE LIKE THEM EXIST. Thank you, FAYE (The Social Potato) for being kindhearted and talking to me, replying to my tweets that sometimes, I know, doesn’t even make any sense. (Sometimes, I tweet like I’m drunk. It just kind of happens) Faye is so awesome you guys, I discovered her on goodreads then just started stalking her. I REGRET NOTHING. To Aimee, who is, wow! young at age but very mature and such a funny and intelligent lady, yes I just called you a lady.. To the people who talks to me, yes, they really talk to me! Snob isn’t in their vocabularies! To Amir (ate amir! mehehehe) from Not-So-Literary-Heiresses. And the rest of her crew, Ella, who I envy for knowing how to bake (The Filipina Book Note), Francine, one of my #WayOfKingsRA buddies (FrancineSoleil) THANK YOU. To Dre, who is so fierce and fab and that’s why I envy her also, she’s such a nice human being, always giving wisdom and stuff 😛 (Sporadic Reads) To the riot of a group that I hangout with at Hangouts!! YOU GUYS ARE TOO AWESOME FOR WORDS!

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  • And lastly.. Thank you to my life, my love, the one that gives me the power to push through.. THE INTERNET. I cannot even. I just love Internet so much.
  • So yeah, that’s it. My big fat Thank you’sss, from me to you. I feel like I just graduated.
  • And I should probably stop using bullets now,
  • but I’m enjoying it. :p

Since I’m a newbie, here’s some quick and short and random stuff about me:

  • Yay, bullets again!
  • Uhm, this is my FIRST book blog. Like, officially. I’ve had tumblr blogs before but I ended up deleting them because that’s how weird I am. But I’m sticking up with this one. At least, I’ll try. Feel free to shout at me at Twitter if you think I’m slacking up.
  • I don’t cuss. Okay, let me just discuss this a liitle. I don’t cuss but that doesn’t mean I dislike people who do. That’s just stupid. I wish people who think that way would think this kind of thing through. I respect people and I don’t think it’s not that bad to also expect that in return. We all have our own choices and it’s a free country. And for the record, I have lots of friends in real life that looks like an angel but eats and talk like a truckdriver. AND I LOVE THEM. I really hope this confession I made doesn’t gets in the way of me making friends.
  • I’m not really fluent in this language. Honestly, I’m not even good. So feel free to point out to me if I have some grammar/spelling mistakes. I would really appreciate that.
  • I’m a heavy drinker. Of coffee. Seriously, I don’t function without it.
  • I am soooo bad at Math. Until now, I’m still surprised that I finished High School without a failing grade in that subject. I can look really pitiful when I want to, I guess.
  • I like to talk to random people whenever I get the chance to, after all, we all start as strangers.
  • So, HI! 🙂

LOL, that is not short. ANYWAY, I guess that’s it. If you actually took the time out of your life to read all that, congratulations champion, give yourself a pat on the back, you deserve it. And don’t forget

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There’s still A LOT of works to be done. I’ll be transferring my reviews from my TumBlog, you’re probably not interested in all of this, but I have a lot of Blog tours and Reviews coming up. I’ll be updating. 🙂 Oh gosh, I’ll be updating. That’s so funny coming from me since I’m so lazy. BUT I’M REALLY TRYING TO BE RESPONSIBLE NOW. I’ll start lurking around tomorrow. Bombarding people, which is what I do best. THANK YOU EVERYONE, I’M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR BOOKISH ADVENTURES TOGETHER. 

REVIEW: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes a.k.a nope. can’t handle it

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TITLE:Me Before You
AUTHOR:Jojo Moyes
PUBLICATION: Published December 31st 2012 by Pamela Dorman Books/ Viking
GENRE:A > Romance | Contemporary | Realistic Fiction
PAGES: 400pages (Paperback)
RATING: 5 ★★★★★
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Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

 

 

REVIEW:

“The thing about being catapulted into a whole new life – or at least shoved up so hard against someone else’s life that you might as well have your face pressed against their window – is that it forces you to rethink your idea of who you are. Or how you might seem to other people.”

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My heart was not prepared for those kind of feels…

I expected a cheesy chick-lit. Did I get that? NOPE. But what I got was much, much better. Me Before You is.. a masterpiece! I can’t say how much relatable JoJo Moyes’s writing was. It’s deep, witty and unforgettable.

Meet Louisa Clark. She’s 26, but she still lives at her parents house. She has a boyfriend, who doesn’t seem interested in settling down. And she’s working at a café. Well, she used to.. Louisa’s character was likeable and relatable. I found myself wishing that I have her humour, her effect on people and her consistency when given a task. She’s a bit stubborn and she has very weird (but adorable) fashion statement.

She’s the complete opposite of successful CEO, Will Traynor. Will was bitter and depressed – constantly reminiscing about his life ‘before’ and ‘after’ the accident. He used to ski, bungee jump, rock climb and just generally travel the globe looking for the next adrenalin-rush. Now he is chair-bound and suicidal.

When these two people met, I got a very EMOTIONAL, FUNNY AND HEARTBREAKING  journey.

Me Before You is a very powerful read. It will make your flutter a little, make you grin like Cheshire cat and will reveal to you what it means to truly love someone.

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible”

It was certainly a tough subject matter to read but was so well written and managed to actually make me laugh out loud at several parts. I loved Louisa and Will’s wittiness and constant banter, it was the perfect addition to this poignant story. It was hard not to picture what it would be like if you were put into a situation such as Louisa and Will’s. What you would do, if you would actually do anything different. All I know is that they both had an incredibly difficult decision to make and either way was bound to lead to heartache.

This was an incredible story that was so painful (in that crazy heart hurting kind of way) to read but I simply could not put it down. Me Before You is a heartbreaking story about finding what makes life worth living and making the decision whether it’s truly enough. Definitely a forever favorite and one that my heart won’t be forgetting any time soon.

This kind of books should have tissues to come with when you buy it.

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