Thursday, June 26, 2014

Heart Shaped Rock Review and Blog Tour



Heart Shaped Rock
Release Date: May 2014

Summary from Goodreads:
“If you liked the music collaboration of Maybe Someday, you’ve got to check out Heart Shaped Rock.” — New York Times best-selling author of Maybe Someday, Colleen Hoover

"Laura Roppé has written a moving and emotional novel of first love, accurately capturing the voice and mind of a dramatic and emotional sixteen year old girl caught in a maelstrom of grief and loss, love and heartbreak. And then there’s Dean…you'll just have to read the book, ‘cause I can't do him justice in a few short sentences.” –Jasinda Wilder, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of Falling into You

Sometimes a shattered heart needs to sing to love again . . . Sixteen year old singer-songwriter Shaynee Sullivan hasn't so much as touched her guitar since her mom died six months ago. In fact, Shaynee hasn't felt like doing much of anything lately, except maybe playing Whack-a-Mole on her "emotionally intelligent" brother's head. But when she meets a gorgeous and surprising rocker named Dean, her shattered heart begins to mend . . . and then burst at the seams. Heart-wrenching, heart-warming, and sometimes even heart-racing, Heart Shaped Rock will leave you laughing through tears and rooting for love in all its forms.

Hear the original music performed in Heart Shaped Rock at 
www.LauraRoppe.com. All music available on iTunes.


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My Review!

It's taken me awhile to figure out my thoughts and form a review on them. Usually, that means I didn't like a book. But I didn't hate Heart Shaped Rock; I just couldn't find words for it. 


Rating: 3.5 Stars!

First of all, I want more books that combine a reading experience with music! Like Maybe Someday, there are songs that correspond with certain scenes throughout the book. And it was a lovely experience, and it really helped make this more enjoyable.  

Because of my love for Maybe Someday, and my love for books about healing, I was excited for this one. And it was such a cute book! Sweet, charming, and with a beautiful message of pushing through your grief and finding the will to live again. 

Shaynee and her family went through a tragedy that tore them apart. And Shaynee lost the fight to live her life, to wake up every morning with a smile on her face, to share experiences with her little brother, and to talk to her dad. She lost the desire, the motivation, the determination to move through that grief and find the strength to heal. And six months later, she's still drowning in sorrow and anguish.

But, should I have to dismiss the stupid, incredibly hurtful, and sometimes downright cruel mistakes she made just because her mom died? It's like it's an excuse for Shaynee to act however she wants to, without thinking of the consequences and wondering how it would affect her loved ones. It's almost like the fact that her mom died gives her the divine right to be... a bitch

I don't mean to be so harsh, but I had a love/hate relationship with Shaynee's character. Sometimes, I was able to look past her behavior because I understand what grief is like. I understood how she felt she had to close off her heart so she wouldn't feel anymore pain. But I also sometimes couldn't stand how she treated her little brother, her best friend, and the guy who made her feel alive again. Shaynee couldn't stand anything that had to do with her mother, even at the expense of Lennox's (little bro's) feelings. And I don't like how Shaynee made Tiffany feel like shit for talking about her mom with people. What was she supposed to do, live like a hermit too? And then you have the drama with Dean. She didn't even give him a chance to explain. 

There was actually a lot of drama in this book, which turned me off. The whole Jared vs. Dean deal was SO annoying. I didn't think two love interests were needed, especially since Shaynee fell in love with Dean AFTER ONE DAY! Insta-love galore. Seriously, their relationship needed so much more development for me to believe that they have a forever kinda love. One date, and then they're already professing their love for one another. NO. Just, no. They were cute, but I would have felt much more than that if they'd actually gotten to know each other.

It made Shaynee's development seem flat and too unbelievable. It wasn't a gradual healing, like I had expected. It wasn't Dean helping her try to live again. It was Shaynee discovering how in the wrong she was about dealing with everything. 

I like characters who challenge me, who make me hate them one minute and then love them the next. But those characters have to feel genuine and real. They have be more than just their circumstances. Unfortunately, I never got a clear grasp on who Shaynee was before her mother died. It made her seem a little one-dimensional. And normally, grief would make me excuse a lot of things. But something about the way Shaynee responded to everything just made me feel like I should have been okay with it because she was grieving the loss of her mom. 

But I really did enjoy Heart Shaped Rock, and the musical experience was so awesome!


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About the Author
Laura Roppé is an award-winning singer/songwriter, author, audio book narrator, speaker, and former attorney from San Diego, California. In 2011, Billboard Magazine ranked her as Number Three on its chart of the Top 50 "uncharted" artists in the world. In May 2013, Laura began hosting Amazon's weekly podcast, "Kindle Love Stories," for people who love hearing about love stories, romance, and happily ever afters.

Her first book is the non-fiction memoir, Rocking the Pink. Her latest is a YA-teen romance novel entitled Heart Shaped Rock, featuring a soundtrack.

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