Blog Tour: Melt by Selene Castrovilla + Giveaway

Welcome to our stop on the MELT blog tour for Selene Castrovilla. Check out another post about RSVP'ing for the MELT Facebook event

Author: Selene Castrovilla
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Released: November 6, 2014
Review Source: Last Syllable Books | Netgalley

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.

Wow...I am drained after reading this book.

Is it wrong to say that I LOVED this story when it was so depressing to read? There were times where I was crying, no sobbing, for a fictional character. It was a really difficult read, but these are the types of books I like. Weird, huh? But we need diverse books like this where everything isn't perfect and every household is like Leave it to Beaver.

The first thing I loved about this book was the way it was set up. It's told in dual first person with Joey's part being in verse showing how shattered and broken his life is. Dorothy's chapters aren't perfect, but they're more put together than Joeys. I'm a fan of novels in verse, so I loved the mixture of the two. It's a bold choice.

As an adult reading this, I know that Dorothy should've just turned and ran when she first met Joey. I was that girl in high school thinking that if I just help him, he will be healed. We all know how that goes...while you're helping him get better, you're going down with him. I'll admit, reading Joey's parts were hard to read. You just wanted to reach in there and take him out of those situations.

It was hard to read Dorothy's parts too because you can see how much she wants to help Joey, but we all know that he's too far gone. She's pulling herself down and it killed me to see it. I've been there and it's hard to get back out once you've been down.

Overall, I REALLY enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others who like these types of books. It's difficult to read, but the writing was spot on and it was a quick read.

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 for book excerpts and more information!

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  1. I'm so glad you loved and appreciated MELT. It is a difficult topic to read about, but so important! Thank you for being part of the tour. :)
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  2. I think I'll add it to my wishlist and when I want to read a contemporary, I'll go buy it :) It sounds fantastic! Nice review :)

  3. Awesome giveaway!!! Melt looks like it is right up my alley!! I love when an author uses an already well known world and makes it their own!!!

  4. Thank you so much for this aweso giveaway! I would love to read the book!

  5. Thank you for the chance. I hope this is a meaningful comment. :p

  6. I love fantasy stories and not everyone has a perfect childhood. Can't wait to read this.

  7. wow what a great book, and thanks for the giveaway :)

  8. This sounds like an amazing re-telling. The review sold me.

  9. Christina R. in the rafflecopter

    LOVE verse novels as well and it's a romance that's unconventional and realistic.

    thank you very much :)

  10. I can't even tell you how much I loved this book!

  11. This looks like a really interesting kinda dark book and i love that!!! I cant wait to see what this is all about. I am so glad i can find new books this way its so so cool. Thanks for this giveaway!!

  12. Loved the review and the description was phenomenal! This book is a must read on my list because my fiance came from a very broken home such as this. Our relationship has been rocky but it also has been healing to him in so many way's! Thank you.

  13. I like reading books based on true events. They carry your heart a bit extra.

  14. This book looks very interesting, I love to read but haven't gotten to as much since I just had a baby. Thanks for being wonderful.

  15. The book is so creative in a way I could never have imagined. A must read.


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