Author: Selene Castrovilla
Publisher: Last Syllable Books
Publication Date: Nov 6th, 2014
Genre: YA, Contemporary,Abuse,Realistic Fiction
My Rating: 5/5 stars ( A)
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 received Melt from Last Syllable Books via NetGalley in exchange with an honest review.
No, this isn't a plot twist of The Wizard of Oz, but the author finds a way to revive some sub meanings in her story. Does that even make sense ???
Melt is a tale that will give you knots and butterflies in your stomach, yes both at once ! You are going to MELT on these pages.
This is such a captivating read from the start. I got so involved with the characters that I was afraid to leave them, afraid that I might miss out on something big if I stop reading.
The abusive scenes and acts are truly brutal and anyone who has gone through similar things would strongly relate to it.
I loved Doll, I mean Dorthy :) I liked how she doesn't care about what people say, how she gives people a chance to switch into their better side .She sees the good in those who were forced to undergo metamorphosis to withstand this harsh life.
It was very interesting for the characters to share their point of views in the same chapter. That way you get a good sense on what each character feels at that specific moment.
I did not like they way it was written at first, then I got used to it, then, I guess I understood why it was written in that way. I believe it was written in a way that the reader would catch what the character is saying or thinking in the same rate as the characters says or thinks it. And I ended up liking it.
Since I dive into stories without reading the entire blurb, I was surprised at the end when the author said that it was based on a true story. I was mind blown by that fact. It also gave me that feeling of , although there is lots of evil in this world, there is also good!
I am looking forward to read more of Selene's work.
I am giving MELT 5/5 stars and an A according to my rating scale
Title: Panic ( Panic #1)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: January 1st , 2014
Genre: YA, Contemporary, ( Realistic Fiction)
My Rating : 4/5 stars ( B )
Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.
Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out.
Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.
This is not the entire blurb, but i don't read the entire thing before reading the book. Sometimes the blurb contains SPOILERS !
At first I was very disappointed ,but mainly because of my expectation. I expected Panic to be a Dystopian, with dangerous games , etc. It was none of those things! Well there were some games that were kind of dangerous, but nothing Epic . I believe this why the book received mixed reviews. A lot of people thought of it as a book similar to The Hunger games. I believe their disappointment was epic, because I have not read The Hunger Games, or even the entire blurb of Panic, and I was not liking what I was reading. But once you throw your expectation out of the window and start reading more, you will be hooked.
Panic turns out to be a game created to grand the winner a ticket out of this miserable town. People are willing to do stupid, sometimes things that could kill or arrest you, to win this perfect Getaway ,
One of my favorite things about this book is the character development! Oh, it was outstanding. For example, you have Heather, our female protagonist . At first I could not stand her, she was a senior acting like a 13 year old. As I continued reading, she began growing up. Through life experience, challenges , Panic, uncovering everyone's true intentions, I began to see her grow. The same is true to all of the characters. This is a story of going through experiences and learning what life is all about.
I also loved how we saw the story from two distinctive point of views, Heather's and Dodge's.
Conversations are just pact with humor, sarcasm, love, and hate, taking the reader on a ship sinking in all of these emotions and devouring every bit of it. As usual , Lauren Oliver's writing traps you in a beautiful story and won't set you free until you finish reading.
i ended up really enjoying Panic ! I think that the story is sort of a moral one. It gives you an insight on growing up and sorting your priorities, friendship, and much more. I think the book is a very realistic fiction that casts upon us certain Truths about the world we live in. I gave this book 4/5 stars on good reads.
According to my rating system, I will give it a B !