Review: Melt

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Author: Selene Castrovilla
Series: N/A
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Publisher: Last Syllable Books
Expected Publication Date: November 6th, 2014
Format: PDF
Pages: 315
Source: Jen Halligan PR

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It will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul. 

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.

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Have you ever read something dark? So dark that it leaves you feeling numb. You sit there after, your brain still trying to process everything you just read. That was me once I finished reading Melt. I’ve never read anything by Ellen Hopkins, and I’ve never read anything dark. If there’s a book that I’ve read that’s classified as dark, it shouldn’t be. Selena Castrovilla’s Melt is the true definition of a book that is both dark and deep.

All those years building and all it took was for a puddle to bring it down.

Melt is told through two different perspectives from Dorothy and Joey. I liked Joey’s perspective the most because I felt like with every word he painted a vivid picture that will forever be etched into my mind. The writing style took a couple of chapters to get use to, but I liked having the dual perspectives; it allowed you to really grasp what took place.

We didn’t speak, and yet we were communicating. Getting to know each other, without words. When you think about it, words don’t count for much anyway. It’s the intentions behind them that count.

Selene managed to perfectly capture such a devastating and realistic topic and carry it through with a solid plot and deep characters. She kept my heart thumping one I got to the last couple of chapters. At one point I panicked wondering how the book would come to an end. Would I be able to prepare myself? Nope. The ending was power and I re-read about 3 times.

Overall, Melt is the kind of book that you won’t be able to shake; it’ll haunt you. I recommended this book to everyone! As long as people don’t take this as a Wizard of Oz retelling there is nothing to be disappointed about. I’m highly looking forward to what the final layout will be once this hits stores in November.

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4 Stars


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* One (1) winner will receive a signed ARC of MELT and $25 Amazon/B&N gift card (US/CA only).

* Three (3) winners will receive an ebook copy of Melt (International).

***Any contestant that uses dummy or contest only accounts to enter will be disqualified.***

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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 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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