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


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











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.








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 ★★★


 “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.

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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.


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


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.




“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.”


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.