Friday, July 8, 2016

Blog Tour: Melt by Selene Castrovilla


Melt by Selene Castrovilla
Pages: 280
Rating: ☆ ☆

MELT is a brutal love story set against the metaphorical backdrop of The Wizard of Oz (not a retelling). When sixteen year old Dorothy moves to the small town of Highland Park, she meets, and falls for 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?

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?


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My Review
I read this book out of order. I was thinking that maybe if I read it book 2 would make more of an impact on me. Unfortunately, that was not the case. I just don't get it. What does it have to do with the Wizard of Oz really? There were potential there. The abuse is crazy but overall the story just felt somehow disjointed. I just left in the air with this one. I wanted to like it. Remakes (even if it is used as loose inspiration) I tend to like. I think this is a love or leave it type of book. You just have to try it for yourself. Not the most helpful review I know but hey, it's all I got.

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 the contemporary YA novel Melt , a brutal love story based on true events. She is also 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, has received numerous accolades. She is also a contributing author to - a collaborative author blog. 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, and like her author page on Facebook for daily quotes and inspirations!

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