{Blog Tour} Review+Giveaway: Heart Shaped Rock

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Title: Heart Shaped Rock
Author: Laura Roppe
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 RoppĂ© 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 All music available on iTunes.

My Thoughts

I actually decided to read this because I saw in Goodreads that Maybe Someday readers should also check this out, and I loved Maybe Someday so much. Not to mention that there’s also a music collaboration in this novel, so it was really a plus-plus for me. And I was not disappointed.

Right from the start, I could already feel all the potential this novel has, even though the novel has just begun. The feelings that Shaynee has over the death of her mother is so real. I could feel her grief and pain all across the pages of the book, and I simply found myself crying and crying and crying all night.

Even though I found myself being annoyed at Shaynee most of the time because she was so indecisive and immature, I really enjoyed reading this novel. Her grief has caused her to build up walls around her, and she seemed so close, that no one can even break the walls. The way she treated her brother, Lennox, made me really want to just pull her hair out, but as time went on, I really could understand why she was like that. I’m not saying it’s right, but I really can’t expect her to be the one who should be emotionally stable when she’s only sixteen. But what I really love about Shaynee is that she’d fight for anyone she really cares and loves about. Even though there may be a lot of times she may have hurt others, but she truly loves them.

Of all the characters, I think I love Tiffany, Shaynee’s best friend, the most. She is the best best friend you can ever have. Despite that she has her own emotions to deal with, she still manages to be that safety net and catch Shaynee, always. She was with Shaynee through thick and thin, even though it may have hurt her throughout the entire time.

Dean was amazing. For him to have that bad boy image, but he doesn’t really use it, was really awesome. He is so sweet, so loving and so good that it’d be really dumb to not choose him. Although this may be the case, I didn’t like how the romance development between him and Shaynee. Dean’s side was rather cute, but Shaynee’s? Not so much. It was like a love at first sight, and she was too obsessed with Dean that it was irritating.

Heart-Shaped Rock is a beautiful, heart-warming story of loss, grief, family, friendship, love and most importantly, life. Shaynee’s story revolved around the lesson: life doesn’t stop. We have to keep on moving. We don’t have to let go of things, but rather, we have to learn how to accept and live with them.

My Rating

Real rating: 4.5 stars

About the Author

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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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Mel said...

I would love to read this. Sounds very interesting. Must check it out! :)

Unknown said...

Yes, you should! :) Thanks for dropping by :D

Rabia said...

This sounds like a really emotioal book! I think it will make me cry too. I love main characters who are strong and caring. Added to my TBR shelf! :) Lovely review!!

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