New YA Book – MELT by Selene Castrovilla

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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.

I had the pleasure of reading this book by Selene Castrovilla not knowing what I was getting into and it took me for a loop. This contemporary romance is told by dual protagonists and partially in a poetic, rhythmic form. At first I didn’t like reading it this way, I wanted straight prose. However it grew on me and by the midpoint I was addicted, needing to know what would happen. I read the book in a couple hours time because I didn’t want to have to wait to see where Joey and Dorothy were going to end up.

Was it the best book I’ve ever read? No. But was it entertaining and kept my attention? Yes. Absolutely. I have mixed feelings regarding the content but at the same time I understand its relevance. I do recommend this book, as I said, it was a unique and anticipating read. I was on the edge of my seat with curled toes through most of it. I’d love to read another book by this author to see what she has in store for us next.

Melt will be released August 5, 2014.

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About the author:

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 2013. 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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DREAMER by Becca Johnson – Blog Tour Review

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I had the pleasure of reading an incredible YA mystery romance novel over the past week entitled Dreamer by Becca Johnson. Let me start off by saying I will most definitely read more books by this author because she had me intrigued the entire time – I had to know who the lead character Rory was going to end up with and who the mysterious man was kidnapping local women. I was wrong about that part actually, I thought it was someone else and that did make me a tad bit upset because it would have been a real pickle if it had turned out to be the one I thought! Anyway, I really enjoyed reading this book and was upset when I had to put it down. It’s youthful and filled with innocent fantasies and emotions. I like how Becca didn’t try to push the envelope of teenage behavior and still was able to write a captivating YA book without all the violence and sexuality in many other similar novels. I applaud her tactics in accomplishing this.

I really enjoyed reading about Rory’s unique gift, especially the way Becca used it as an opening to chapters. That was a wonderful structure and kept the story exciting. You continue reading on to find out when the dreams are fulfilled and if Rory chooses to change them. The teenage romance is endearing and while the charm of these two boys may be a bit understated (I think there would have been more sibling rivalry) it’s still believable enough. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a cozy sort of romance mystery at the teenage level. An overall fun reading experience.

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Synopsis 

Fifteen-year-old Rory Adair has a secret she never reveals to anyone—dreams that foreshadow what is to come. Excited about finally meeting the hot, tall, blue-eyed guy from one of those dreams, she is shocked when he turns out to be identical twin brothers Bryce and Ryder Wyatt, both of whom take an instant interest in her and compete for her attention.

As Rory tries to use her secret ability to help her decide which brother to ask to the Sadie Hawkins Dance, the dreams start to change. Something bad is going to happen, but before she can figure out how to warn her friends without revealing her secret, her best friend Stacey goes missing.

Rory teams up with Bryce, who has a secret ability of his own. Together they use their abilities, intellect, and gut instinct to find the missing women. Can Rory sort through her feelings for the Wyatt brothers—and find her friend—before she loses them all?

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dreamer-Becca-Johnson/dp/1626941424/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1402677904&sr=8-1&keywords=dreamer+becca+johnson

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dreamer-charles-johnson/1100626496?ean=9781626941427

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22058376-dreamer

 

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To learn more about the book and Becca Johnson check out the rest of the tour stops:

June 13th Taking It One Book At A Time REVIEW
June 14th Deal Sharing Aunt THIS OR THAT
June 15th Sabrina’s Paranormal Palace REVIEW
June 16th Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews 10 RANDOM THINGS
June 17th Once Upon A Twilight REVIEW
June 18th Jennifer Tressen REVIEW
June 19th Blissful Book Reviews A DAY IN THE LIFE OF BECCA JOHNSON
June 20th The Cover Contessa REVIEW
June 21st Movies, Shows & Books BOOK EXCERPT 
June 22nd Chelsea’s Reading Adventures REVIEW

It’s here finally……MOMENTS OF TRUTH: Monologues for Women

I’m so excited, my latest monologue workbook is now available!

Moments of Truth Monologues for Women

The monologues are so truthful that saying they’re “honest” is an understatement. These are things women have been through, think about, laugh about and worry about. If you’re looking for a new monologue or even just want to get a glimpse into the minds of 30 different women, get a copy and enjoy. I’d love to hear what you think.

Currently Moments of Truth: Monologues for Women is available through Amazon to order as a paperback book or ebook. In a few weeks it will be distributed everywhere, including Barnes and Noble.

Early reviewers of the series called it “Genius!”

Have a look for yourself.

Have a wonderful day everyone. Every day of your life is a new story.