Blog Tour: Live Me by Celeste Grande

Live Me ~ a Pieces of Broken novel by Celeste Grande 

Publication date: October 27th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

How can you begin to live again when you’ve already been forced to…die?
Evangelina Ricci is trapped in a world that’s a never-ending nightmare, a constant ache in which consumes her every breath. Unable to bear the torture any longer, she does the one thing she can to take back control.
With her best friend Jace in tow, Evangelina attempts to escape her darkened past by leaving for college and diving head first into an aggressive schedule, determined with everything she is to make a name for herself. There’s only one problem—she can’t run away from the demons she struggles with. The demons that’ll forever be there, locked inside, battering her soul. Hiding behind a flawless façade, Evangelina faces her ghosts until her world is turned upside down, invaded by…him.
Blake Turner. Sweet, witty, flirtatious and drop-dead gorgeous, he finds Evangelina at every turn. Scared he’ll uncover the truth she keeps so well guarded, Evangelina tries her best to put on her act, deterring him like she has so many times before—only this guy’s different. He’s relentless. Utterly, absolutely and completely relentless. He sees her and he wants her and won’t stop until she’s his.
Will Evangelina succeed in pushing Blake away? Or will he break down her walls and be the person to make her realize life is worth living?


Broken…Shattered…How can you begin to live again when you’ve already been forced to…die?
These first words in the synopsis speak volumes on what the book is all about. It is not just about finding love at the (in)opportune time or discovering someone that can speak to the innermost part of yourself and just find who you are, your soul of souls. More so, it's about fighting those demons that left non-physical scars, the daily reminders of what transpired and what would come haunt you until you learn to not let them control your life. And that is what struck me most in this book, not the romance but the strength she tries to build as Evangelina Ricci, or Eva, reclaim who she is and what she would become after what happened to her: stronger.

Eva could never set herself free from the shadow of her past. It is always a subconscious thought because of her relation with the person and the initial encounter they had. It was worse because it affected not only them but also those who she loves. It was never of her own volition and yet, because of that first time, she placed the blame on herself. Until, with the help of her friends both old and new, and also Blake, realization struck and she builds her strength to not let it define her.

Personally, I have never encountered nor do I wish for anyone to go through with what Eva has gone through. Reading through her story, it is painful to see what happened and what's happening to her and to those around her. And yet, above it all, what struck me the most is her journey to finding the strength to not let what happened consume her in more ways than one.

And that is what I got amidst all the romance between her and Blake. Don't get me wrong, Blake is a good character and yet, I cannot connect with him. Maybe it is just preference but the way his sweetness towards Eva struck me in the wrong way. His dominating personality rises up at times that I think it shouldn't and though he says he considers Eva's predicament, and would stay with her, he gives her an ultimatum. Granted, he may have problems of his own but with both of them broken, I am glad with how things turned up in the end.

I would definitely read the second book just to see how much Eva would grow and would she let her past take her or would she move forward, a stronger person.

Celeste Grande grew up loving words. From an early age, it was easy for her to open her heart through pen and paper and come away with something poetic. She never thought anything more than releasing her emotions would come of it though. A workaholic that can’t keep still, in her ‘real’ life, she’s a Certified Public Accountant who dreams of writing sexy books all day long. When she isn’t working, she’s reading, writing, mommying and being a wifey to the love of her life.
She lives in New York, still putting pen to paper and anxiously awaiting the debut of her first novel, Live Me, a new adult romance, in October of 2015.

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