Review – Live Me by Celeste Grande

Live Me
byCeleste Grande

My rating:6 of 5 stars

”To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” ~Audrey Hepburn

Here I sit with tears still stinging my eyes from a story that sank its soul into my soul from the very first page and never stopped. LIVE ME is a HEART-WRENCHING, SOUL-SHATTERING story of survival and a second-chance at love and life. This touching tale reached in and grabbed my heart, holding it tightly, and stealing a part of my heart I may never get back. I’m still breathless, broken, and bleeding from this book. This book BROKE ME IN THE BEST WAY, shattering me again and again.

Celeste Grande paints a passionately powerful portrait of a broken heroine brought back to life by a big-hearted hero in Live Me, a soul-shattering and heartfelt journey threaded with the #metoo message, so masterful and so moving for so many.

”I’m dying a slow death.
Body parts frayed and chewed away.
Demons come and find me.
And claim me as their prey.”

This new adult romance uncovers abuse while shedding light on tough topics often stuck in the dark. Celeste Grande gives one heart-wrenchingly real voice to a teen heroine who slowly tells her soul-shattering story alongside a hero who quickly becomes her savior. A hero who is hope. A hero who is everything.

”You’re my hope when I have none.
A gleam of light inside my grave.
Oxygen when I feel I’m drowning.
Rescuing me on a gentle wave.”

Reality bleeds with fiction where you will BREATHE THIS BOOK and become BREATHLESS. Live Me, this story of survival after shattering, is ACHINGLY HONEST, a young woman’s journey of life after feeling dead inside. If you’ve ever been a victim of abuse or assault, you’ll find this journey YOURS too.

”When you hurt, I hurt. You reside right here.”

He took the hand still blanketing his cheek and placed it to the center of his chest, each pulse reaching out to touch me.

Unequivocally raw, Live Me MOVED ME, SPEAKING TO MY SOUL with heart-hitting words and compelling characters that felt REAL. I forged a deep connection with the heroine, Eva, and hero, Blake. I bonded with the heroine and admired the hero. A broken beauty and a white knight of a hero blend into a beautiful book as Blake gives Eva the wings she needs to fly. Live Me is about a heroine living in darkness and a hero who helps her find the light, and oh is it lovely!

”I’m not giving up on you … Plant your feet with mine and stop running from me and from yourself.”

Live Me, oh did I live this HEARTBREAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL book—its broken pieces penetrating every part of me—as I felt every word, every word that crashed into me with a force I did not see coming. I FELT EVERYTHING!

”You make me want to battle the world just to keep you safe.”

Live Me shines like a diamond amidst broken glass, so broken yet so beautiful. Its paralyzing intensity increases with each page. Live Me spoke to me. This soulful spirit in words struck me personally, one resonating so strongly in the era of #metoo. I’m still AWE-STRUCK that this is Celeste Grande’s debut book!!! I didn’t expect this book to tilt my world on its axis. I didn’t expect this book to BLOW ME AWAY. I didn’t expect this book to BREAK ME IN THE BEST WAY. I truly lived through Live Me. This heartfelt journey has left an indelible mark on my heart and soul.

”You’re a part of my makeup now. My me. Let me be your you.”

💋💋💋💋💋💋 ’forget me not’ kisses


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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?





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