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MELT by Selene Castrovilla

MELT by Selene Castrovilla | Last Syllable Books | November 6, 2014

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.

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Selene Castrovilla is an award-winning teen and children’s author who believes that through all trends, humanity remains at the core of literature. She is the author of Saved By the Music and The Girl Next Door, teen novels originally published by WestSide Books and now available digitally through ASD Publishing. Her third children’s book with Calkins Creek Books, Revolutionary Friends, was released in April. She is also a contributing author to UncommonYA. Selene holds an MFA in creative writing from New School University and a BA in English from New York University. She lives on Long Island with her two sons. Visit her website www.SeleneCastrovilla.com for book excerpts and more information!

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ARC REVIEW: Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch a.k.a there better be a sequel

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AUTHOR: Kate Jarvik Birch
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: July 1st 2014 by Entangled: Teen
GENRE: YA > Dystopia | Science Fiction | Romance
PAGES: 304pages (Hardcover)
SOURCE: ARC provided by publisher
RATING:  4★★★★
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Perfection comes at a price.

As soon as the government passed legislation allowing humans to be genetically engineered and sold as pets, the rich and powerful rushed to own beautiful girls like Ella. Trained from birth to be graceful, demure, and above all, perfect, these “family companions” enter their masters’ homes prepared to live a life of idle luxury.

Ella is happy with her new role as playmate for a congressman’s bubbly young daughter, but she doesn’t expect Penn, the congressman’s handsome and rebellious son. He’s the only person who sees beyond the perfect exterior to the girl within. Falling for him goes against every rule she knows…and the freedom she finds with him is intoxicating.

But when Ella is kidnapped and thrust into the dark underworld lurking beneath her pampered life, she’s faced with an unthinkable choice. Because the only thing more dangerous than staying with Penn’s family is leaving…and if she’s unsuccessful, she’ll face a fate far worse than death.

For fans of Keira Cass’s Selection series and Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden series, Perfected is a chilling look at what it means to be human, and a stunning celebration of the power of love to set us free, wrapped in a glamorous—and dangerous—bow.

 

 

REVIEW:

 

Well, that’s new. Perfected has a very thought provoking premise. Heart melting romance and heart racing plot. I can definitely say that Perfected is perfected to it’s target reader’s liking..

The story is about Ella, a girl in our world, but a pet in a world she’s living in. She was born or maybe made to make her Masters happy. And she’s completely fine with that. She obeys and she doesn’t complain at all. But all is changed when he got close to her Master’s son, Penn.

It’s been so long since I encountered a Main Character that I completely adored. Some readers may find Ella stupid. Or dense. And the truth is, she is. (lol) But maybe stupid and dense is such strong words. She’s more like, clueless. She was raised to be perfect! To function everyday while being demure and composed. She isn’t supposed to be silly or to be caught up in imperfect moment. I really felt for Ella. She doesn’t even know how to read! But you can really see that the world outside Greenwich (where she came from) scared her a lot. And the desire to fit in, or be educated was there. But you can also see how she fought for those thoughts. For a girl that is so clueless and who doesn’t have any idea how this cruel world works, she’s brave. And I like that a lot.

Penn isn’t an exception, he just stole my heart then completely stomp on it (the ending omg) He isn’t your typical bad boy, he isn’t your usual nerd boy, He’s real. There’s nothing cliché about him. If I have one complain about him, it’s that he can be a wimp sometimes. Especially to his Father. But good thing the author made some character developments. Though, I think Ella might still need some improvement, Penn was a brilliantly written character.

Side characters are detailed. From Ruby, to her mother, to the creepy congressman (who is Ella’s master) You will really see and feel Ella’s world.

The plot is disturbing. Did you know that I got scared while reading this? Because there’s a chance that this kind of platform will be true if it’ll be based on our goverment’s state. That’s what my first thought when I was in chapter 1. They’re like a (sorry for the word) But they’re like prostitutes. They’re purchased and will spend the day of their lives for the pleasure of their Masters. So I really applaud the Author for executing it very well. But! It needs more world building. I wanna know the history of it all! When does this ‘having a pet means we’re regal‘ started? How does someone become a pet exactly? Are pets like Ella born or made?! But most importantly, WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO PENN AND ELLA?

I mean, I’m sorry but you can’t end a book like that and not make a sequel! That’s just not how it works.

By the way, the ending just blew my mind. I love how it crushed me but made me excited too. I really hope that the sequel comes out soon. I’m looking forward to EVERYTHING.

 

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)
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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.

 

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“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!

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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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