Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Blog Tour: Ciao by Bethany Lopez - Review, Playlist, and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Ciao Blog Tour, hosted by YA Bound Tours.  Ciao is written by Author Bethany Lopez and is the third book in the Stories About Melissa Series.  Included below is the playlist for Ciao, and there is also a really great tour-wide giveaway, which you can also enter below.  You can visit the rest of the stops on the tour here.  Thanks for stopping by!

Ciao (Stories About Melissa #3)
by Bethany Lopez
Publication Date:  August 10, 2012

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?

My Thoughts:  Ciao is book #3 in the Stories About Melissa series.   The series is about a young teenager, Melissa, or Mis as her friends and family call her.  It is written in a journal or diary style, in which Mis tells about her life, her family, her friends, her boyfriends, pretty much everything that goes on with her.  This book begins with Melissa's 15th birthday party, and goes into her sophomore year in high school.  Melissa and her group of friends, Jimmy, Jess, and Brian are back together and everyone seems to be getting along pretty well.  She experiences typical brother and sister issues.  In the last book, her baby brother Max was born, who has Down Syndrome.  In this book, she meets some new friends, Cassie being one of them, who becomes part of their tight knit group.  She isn't sure how she feels when Cassie begins to like Jimmy, but she isn't ready to declare him as more than a friend either.  She talks about typical teenage issues, dances, hanging out, being grounded, school, boyfriends, and especially clothes.  She really loves clothes.  In this book, Missy and her friends have to deal with the death of one of their close friends, and the aftermath of that, so even though this is a light and fun read, it does address a series issue also.  

Ciao is a really cute and fun story, and brings back memories of being a young teenager again.  Personally, I would much rather read about it that actually do the teenage years again.  It is much more fun that way.  I think this is a book that young tweens and teens would really enjoy and it is a great story, which that age group to relate to.  

Ciao Playlist

Bethany Lopez
Stories About Melissa Series

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. She is currently working on books unrelated to the Melissa series.

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. Its easier for me to understand the plot and sometimes I feel like I can relate to the character better!

  2. Thank you so much for your review! I appreciate you participating in the tour for Ciao!

  3. What I love most about YA is seeing the character development, and the unlimited possibilities.

    I've been meaning to start this series. It looks so good and Bethany is one of the sweetest people. Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. It is really a cute series. YA books just keep getting better and better. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. I love the Hope in YA and all the romance:)

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    Thanks so much:)

  5. I love the innocence of ya books. I have been reading them for the last 15 years, on and off.
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    1. I totally agree. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  6. I like when the characters 'find' themselves. How they grow up, actually learn things, and the like. And the romance.
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)


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