August 17, 2012

Ciao Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway!

Ciao (Stories About Melissa Book #3)
Author: Bethany Lopez
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: August 9, 2012

Purchase Link:    Nook                 Amazon 


Melissa has had a fantastic summer hanging out with her friends and making new ones. Life as she knows it will change when they all come together to begin their sophomore year at Dearborn High. Connections will be made and friendships will be tested. Will Melissa’s family and friends be able to help her through the challenges she will face in the upcoming months? 


Ciao is the third book in the young adult contemporary series Stories About Melissa. The book is told as journal entries written by the main character, Melissa. They chronicle her fun summer, her problems at school, friendship and family issues, and other teen concerns. I thought that the voice of Melissa was very realistic and believable - it seemed like the journal entries were right out of a teenage girl's diary. The problems that Melissa faces in the book are all things that readers can identify with, which makes Melissa easy to identify with. I felt that this book was well written and had a great flow - like I mentioned, it felt like I was reading an actual diary written by a teenager. This was a fairly light and easy read, but it was interesting to see how the main character and her friends/family dealt with the issues that came about throughout the book. Overall, this was a good read and I enjoyed it.


Other books in the series:

Ta Ta for Now! (Stories About Melissa Book #1)

Melissa begins her freshman year with one goal in mind, getting Brian Jackson to be her boyfriend. She will soon learn that things don't necessarily turn out the way you plan them, the value of true friendship, and the importance of family. 

XOXOXO (Stories About Melissa Book #2)


Melissa has learned a lot since her freshman year began, but it isn’t over yet! Her world is about to change again with the birth of her new sibling, and she has to figure out how she will adjust to being the eldest of five kids. She, Jess, and Jimmy are inseparable, and she is having a fantastic time although she can’t help but miss Brian as she tries to learn how to deal with his relationship with Layla. Everything seems to be happening at once and that is when she is introduced to Ben Campbell, a senior at Dearborn High, who becomes an interesting distraction as he helps her deal with the new developments in her life.

About the Author:
Bethany Lopez was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. She went to High School at Dearborn High, in Dearborn, Michigan, which is where she has set her Young Adult novel. She is married and has a blended family with five children. She is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a Recruiter in Los Angeles, California. She has always loved to read and write and has seen her dream realized by independently publishing her contemporary Young Adult series, Stories About Melissa. Ta Ta for Now! and xoxoxo are available now. Book three, Ciao, will be released in Aug 2012.

Stories About Melissa SeriesLinks:


Giveaway Details:
Signed paperback copies of all three books: Ta Ta for Now!, XOXOXO, and Ciao, along with a Bookmark and Magnet and a Book Nerd necklace!  US Only.

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  1. I love how relate able YA is. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Thank you for reading and reviewing, Ciao!

    1. It was my pleasure! Thanks for letting me be a part of the tour!

  3. I love them because They are very relate able character personality wise. If I didn't begin reading YA books In high school I probably would not have read much in General :(
    ~Steph Trujillo

  4. I like the ya books honestly because normally they're cleaner but i also like the fun spirit they have and it takes me back to being younger again

  5. They tend to be a lighter read and more often than not I find the characters make me smile.

  6. Would love to win this for my teen daughters *wink, wink*. :)


  7. What I love most about YA reads is watching the characters make their way through challenges, how they deal with obstacles and, of course, the fun romantic triangles lol ;D

    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

  8. Oh thanks so much!
    I most love that sometimes I can feel connected myself with the characters :)

  9. I love how they are so much like life, where you can picture yourself in the characters' place(s).

  10. I love how no matter how old you are you can still be able to pick up a good YA book and just fall into it. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

  11. the romance. i live vicariously through my books ;) and Young adult books have sweet first loves and I love it. plus i can better relate to books about people near my age (19)

  12. I love YA books because of the romance and reading about the characters overcoming/solving the problems/challenges they face !