ARC Review: Melt by: Selene Castrovilla


Author: Selene Castrovilla

Release Date: November 6, 2014

Publisher: Last Syllable Books

Format: ARC E-book

Rating: 3 stars


Based on true events, MELT is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. MELT will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul.

MELT, though not a retelling, is a brutal love story set against the backdrop of The Wizard of Oz. When sixteen year old Dorothy moves to the small town of Highland Park, she meets, and falls for Joey – a “bad boy” who tell no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his alcoholism? 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?

~My Thoughts~

This book is written in a way I have not yet seen. When I was reading the story, I was thinking, Joeys chapters or part of the book was like being in his head hearing all his inner thoughts. It was a bunch of run-on sentences like his brain was just going and going like I am sure we have all experienced at times. Dorothy was definitely more the voice of reason. Thought-out sentences. It was a bit weird to me. Probably because I have never read a story that was like this one. I could relate to both characters at times. I liked some of the similes and metaphors the author used. They were unique and different. Ones I hadn’t read before. I like weird and unusual comparisons. “Old mother nature, that bitch, she stripped it’s leaves right off,” I would have never have thought of saying it like that but it put more meaning behind it then just saying it was fall and the leaves were falling off the trees. It put emotion in it.

~Final Thoughts~

After I got used to the way it was written it was really good. I enjoyed it. It wasn’t a long read and it flowed just right.

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