Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Giveaway + Early Review Blog Tour: Selene Castrovilla's "Melt"

Release date: 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.


About Selene Castrovilla

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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One winner will receive a signed ARC of MELT and $25 Amazon or B&N gift card (US/CA only). Three winners will receive an ebook copy (international).

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My review:

This book can best be described with one word - haunting. This is definitely not the kind of book I usually read, but I've been trying to break out of my mold a bit more lately.

The writing is fast paced and filled with tension, so I was sucked in quickly and had to finish to find out what happened.

Favorite quotes! I picked these two because I feel like they both did a great job of summarizing the characters they came from, Joey and Dorothy, respectively.

But thank God I kept my trap shut that time cause how many chances do you get really before you're chalked up for the jerk you are? 

I don't like gossip. Usually they've got it wrong, somehow. And even if they've got it right, it always sounds like a judgement on the person they're talking about, who's not invited to give his side of the story.

Normally I put the quotes at the end of my review, but I wanted them in the middle for this review. These two characters play so well off of each other that it's good to see how they come together and interact.

On a side note, I was able to meet Ms. Castrovilla this past weekend when she attended a book signing for her children's books in my town (no one ever comes to my town, so this was a big surprise)! She was really nice and I'm thrilled I got a chance to meet her. 

eta: This is my disclaimer to let you know that I work for Jen Halligan PR, but that the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own :)

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