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Cora is thrilled to leave high school behind and kick start her summer with her boyfriend and best friend, Nessa. In an unexpected turn of events, tragedy strikes and Cora turns to Nessa for help.
Cora and Nessa discover they are not alone and become entangled in things much bigger than they expect. As the two of them meet new allies, it's obvious that clearing Cora's name and going home seem like the least of their worries. The further they travel; the more complicated their ...
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Cora is thrilled to leave high school behind and kick start her summer with her boyfriend and best friend, Nessa. In an unexpected turn of events, tragedy strikes and Cora turns to Nessa for help.
Cora and Nessa discover they are not alone and become entangled in things much bigger than they expect. As the two of them meet new allies, it's obvious that clearing Cora's name and going home seem like the least of their worries. The further they travel; the more complicated their lives become. Someone is after them and they are just getting started.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780985322403
  • Publisher: Andrea Heltsley
  • Publication date: 4/28/2012
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

I am a biology nerd who loves reading just about anything paranormal and some chick lit. I enjoy sunshine and my two Italian greyhounds with my husband. I always write to music, it helps the creative process. Devour is my first novel. I have been writing ever since I was in grade school and have finally decided to make a career out of it. More books to come summer 2013 and 2014.
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  • Posted November 15, 2012

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    I wasn't quite sure what I expected when I started reading Disso

    I wasn't quite sure what I expected when I started reading Dissolve, but it has proven to be an intriguing, mysterious, and exceptional story. From the very first page, I was sucked in and have not been able to put the book down! The character
    relationships and the plot are very different from anything I have read before and I cannot wait for the sequel in this series to be published!!

    Dissolve begins with two main characters, Cora and Nessa, and evolves to include Noah, Shane, Mia, Liam, and Vienna. They
    have found themselves to be thrust into a supernatural situation that leads them to track down any answers they can get. They discover that they have different individual powers that they learn how to use (and live with) as the plot progresses. They are trying to determine why they have been given these powers and what forces are at work behind all of the events that they have experienced. Is it evil forces at work, or is it something else? I was a little bit disappointed in the ending - it seemed a little anti-climatic to me. However, it does set the scene for the continuation of the story in the next book.

    The editing of the book still needs to be reviewed, which the author made me aware of before I started reading Dissolve. The language reads as more of a "formal" dialogue instead of "every-day"dialogue, however this did not detract from the book at all. I did find a few spelling/word-use errors, however they were so few and far-between that it did not affect the story at all.

    DISCLAIMER: This book was gifted to me by the author (through the Goodreads) website in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own, and no money or other compensation was provided for this review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

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    Dissolve was an interesting read. This title falls into the uppe

    Dissolve was an interesting read. This title falls into the upper YA or mature YA genre. Cora is the main character, a young woman who is planning her wedding to fiance Tom (and it's his mother who is really planning their wedding). Nessa is Cora's best friend, the type of friend any girl would love to call her bestie. When the story opens Cora is drunk and goes into the establishment's restroom where she sits on the floor of the stall. Anyone who uses a public restroom knows this is a definite and disgusting no-no and I couldn't believe Cora did this. Always the dependent friend, Nessa comes in and gets Cora home so she can sleep it off.

    Then there's a tragedy and Cora and Nessa have to embark on an unplanned trip to not deal with the police. On their road trip they discover they have 'superpowers' and meet others who also have powers of their own. As I said, Dissolve was certainly a different take on the paranormal. I wasn't crazy about Cora's voice at times, her immaturity, and some of the the decisions she made. I found her lacking emotion in pivotal scenes and could not connect with her. I enjoyed the friendship between the two friends, despite occasional dialogue sounding unreal. The author's writing style was easy to read but at times I found it uneven with some scenes missing key information or others having too much information. The pace was fast which kept me reading and wondering who the bad guy was. Still, for a debut novel, Ms. Heltsley has created a YA novel with an intriguing storyline and I wonder what the rest of this series will hold.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

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    Dissolve weaves an intriguing web of dark magical danger and int

    Dissolve weaves an intriguing web of dark magical danger and intense destruction that will have readers hanging onto the edge of their seats with anticipation. In a daring search for the truth, which proves more questions than answers, Cora's life is spun upside down as a result of a tragic event. Andrea Heltsley pens a wonderfully beguiling world full of magical fascination and fairytales with a twist of originality and mystery. It's a fast paced story brimming with wonderful story concepts, dark amazing twists and turns, and unexpected endings. The adventure is exhilarating and highly engaging, full of action and super powers used to save the lives of many.

    As much as I personally enjoyed this book, I still left a little unsettled with overlooking a couple of drawbacks that it possessed. The details could have been a little more in depth than explored and the direction of the story a little less confusing. While the characters were mostly likable, very relatable, and easy to connect with a few of them seemed to just fall flat and it made it hard to wrap my head around them and the story they're telling a little bit. As with any book, there is always going to be one or two things that just sort of seem off-putting a bit, but that doesn't mean that it's not worth reading.

    The concept of the story was definitely original as is the plot and the twists and turns were full of intense danger and filled with the appropriate amount of fear and desperation in a sense. Andrea Heltsley has written a very different and definitely appealing and refreshing novel that I would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys paranormal mystery and dark twisted fairytales. It held so much mystery and intrigue, enough to keep readers captivated as to who the real villian was and what was going to happen next. Those are marks of a great writer in general, being able to keep readers guessing and wondering what's to come.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2012

    This book was fabulous. Imagine going out with frie

    This book was fabulous. Imagine going out with friends for drinks one night and waking up the next day with a throbbing headache… okay we can imagine that, but supposing the headache didn’t clear up by day 2? Then you hear something and wake up to discover your fiancé brutally murdered. Wouldn’t you just want to melt away and float through the air away from problem? Well what would you do if that actually happened? Yes, that’s right, you broke up into little molecules and floated away only to reappear at your best friend’s house… naked… and covered in blood. Yeah, I can just see the faces on the police when you told them.

    This is exactly what happens to Cora. Then she and her friend Nessa decide to go on the run to find out who exactly killed her fiancé. While they are trying to decide what to do the man who bought Cora a drink stabs Nessa with a needle and she passes out. When she gets better after her massive headache and hung-over feeling, she has unique gifts too.

    As the story progresses, they find more people like themselves. All have recently had contact with the mysterious man. As they find out more about their abilities, people start disappearing…lots of people… and they still don’t know what is going on, but their little group has grown to 7 people. They end up in a trap and escape from that only to be arrested by the FBI. And then……….. the book ends. (screams “nnnooooo”).

    The sequel comes out in 2013, which can’t come soon enough for me. I highly recommend this book. It is fabulous. I give this book 5 clouds. I can’t wait for the sequel.

    This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    I went into this book not knowing what to expect. Because of tha

    I went into this book not knowing what to expect. Because of that, I didn't really have any expectations. I'm glad I didn't, because I think not having them made me enjoy this book a lot more.

    The first thing about this book I noticed was the cover. I find it incredibly beautiful. Getting past the cover, I was surprised by how much I was able to connect with the characters. The author did a great job in writing relatable characters. Cora was interesting, likeable, and more importantly, not annoying.

    While most of the time the book flowed quite nicely, occasionally the writing seemed to drag on a little. Despite that, the book was enjoyable. It is quite apparent that Heltsley has a lot of talent. I look forward to reading more of her work. I just wish more people were aware of her.

    *I received this book as part of a book tour in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

    3.5 stars --worth reading!

    First I'd like to thank both the author Andrea Heltsley and the Innovative Online tours for providing me with the opportunity to read, review and help spread the word of this book.

    The first thing that grabbed me about the book was the summary, at the time my computer was loading really slowly so I didn't have the opportunity to see the cover for awhile. The summary had me intrigued so I immediately signed up for the tour. Afterwards when my computer decided to cooperate with me I was stunned by the cover it's bewitching, beguiling and stunning but of course it would have to be since it's designed by Phatpuppy Creations. As you can see the cover is really striking and fits remarkably well with the book in my opinion.

    I don't know about the rest of you but for me, when I'm reading a new to me author I tend to read it slower in order to adjust to a new writing style but before I knew it I was 10% through the book and I was really enjoying it.

    The book itself started well and I really liked Cora, and Nessa because they seem like really sweet characters, and most of all they aren't snobby which is something I hate in books. As the novel went on though I was still glad to see that the author had their attitudes change as the characters themselves grew. Though Cora did come off as being a little to goodie goodie and naive for me she was still a good character. Though all the characters could have been aided by a little more character development.

    I thought that the whole idea of the book was really neat, different and a must needed departure for me. Forgive me if my review seems a bit more vague than I usually write them it's because the book is written in such a way that I don't want to give off any spoilers to future readers. The way the book is written was in my opinion quite good because while you're left going "What the heck just happened?" in some places it all works out in the end. You just have to read it to watch it come to pass.

    However, though I did indeed enjoy the book there were a couple of area's that the author could work on in the future. At times like I said in the previous paragraph I was left puzzled and lost with the direction in which the story was going. There would be like in any other book times where the book would stop and good and it was as if the author had written some stuff in just as filler I could have done with more detail in the main parts of the book and less detail in the filler parts. This isn't an issue but I think at times there was a wee bit too much filler. She could also do with working on her conjugating as well. She would conjugate words like isn't, didn't, won't etc. but rarely if ever conjugated words like we're, they're, you're etc. and that made it a little harder for me to keep focus because I'm so used to authors conjugating maybe it's just a preference of mine.

    All in all the book was pretty good, one that I'm glad I read because I enjoy trying new authors because you never know who may be the next big thing in the writing world. I'd recommend this to those who like a mixture of science fiction and fantasy. I would advise that if you find the book a little slower that the pace does pick up after awhile so I suggest sticking with it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Great book, cant Great book, can't wait for the nect book!!!!

    Loved it, excellent skills in building the characters and the story

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Fantastic!

    I lovee this book, so mysterious and had you thinking at every turn. One of those books you just cant predict your way through! Cant wait for the next!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

    The book was great. The writing was smooth and the characters w

    The book was great. The writing was smooth and the characters were real. The bad guy was truly eerie and mysterious. There is obviously a sequel because the ending left you wanting more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 24, 2012

    ** spoiler alert ** R2R: Dissolve (I received a free copy, for


    ** spoiler alert ** R2R: Dissolve

    (I received a free copy, for a review)

    Cora's life seemed to be going in the right direction. A wonderful fiancé, the best friend ever and the only stress seems to be planning her upcoming wedding. Then, it all takes a turn. She wakes up, after a night out with her best friend, to find her fiancé murdered and blood all over her. Not being able to remember what happened, she called 911 and then, for no apparent reason, dissolves, into a million particles, to land up in her best friend's apartment. And that is only the beginning.

    "No Nessa I am not, "I admitted. "Tom was murdered and then I freaking dissolved. Now here I am. I think I am in shock."

    Thus begins an interesting journey, where these two best friends, find others, that under the same circumstances are all changed.

    While the main story line is interesting and very X-Men, I felt that the main character of Cora was very annoying. Once Noah was introduced, into the story line, there was too much time dedicated to her thinking about Tom and her guilt over the way she lost him and her new growing feelings towards Noah. It just got to be too much 'woe is me, how can I ever continue with my life and look at another male.'

    Also, the other factor I found to be a bit unbelievable was how all of the characters just accepted the situation, in terms of their powers. IDK, if it was me, I think I would be a bit more freaked out and not so nonchalant about it. I did like how the Green Vixen was introduced, into the book (having read Dreamwalker.) I think it's clever when authors can tie all of their books together, in some small way. It makes you want to read the other books.

    All in all, it was a fun read and the ending was a great cliff hanger. Can't wait to read the next one, to see what becomes of these wayward strangers!

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    This is my first read by Andrea Heltsley, and it was a very inte

    This is my first read by Andrea Heltsley, and it was a very interesting story to say the least. There were lots of twists ans turns, things you didn't think really were going to fit into the story. Personally, it took my a bit to get into this story, but one I did I didn't want to stop and then....it ended! The characters were all very different, but they all had their purpose, and went together well.

    If you like something a little weird and different, give this story a read.

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  • Posted September 3, 2012

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    'Dissolve' is a paranormal/fantasy novel that begins with Cora e

    'Dissolve' is a paranormal/fantasy novel that begins with Cora enjoying life with her best friend Nessa, and planning her wedding to her kind and loving fiance Tom. All that is shattered one morning when Cora wakes to find her nightmares have come true: Tom has been murdered - and then the unimaginable happens - her body dissolves. Cora's seemingly perfect life has been turned upside down and she will never be the same again.

    I found the description and concept of this book to be very original and intriguing. The story was full of mystery, magic, and adventure. The writing was a bit slow at times, but the plot was engaging. I also felt that the dialogue seemed forced - not how people would actually talk. The characters were interesting but didn't have too much depth and little growth occurred in the novel. I liked the hidden history and magical world that the author creates. I feel it added a unique aspect to the book that sets it apart from others in the genre.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

    This is one of those stories, that falls in between YA Paranorma

    This is one of those stories, that falls in between YA Paranormal and Adult Paranormal. There is definite behavior that you dont typically see in a YA book, the characters are quite immature and act like those in a YA book though.


    Cora is a very easy character to enjoy reading about even though she was a little too unemotional at times for what was happening to her. I didn't believe the loss of her fiance had enough of an impact on her first of all, and then when everything turned supernatural she just seemed to go with it... I for one would have been freaked out a bit more. Maybe had a temper tantrum or melt down or two?


    I do wish the story would have focused more on Cora instead of adding all of the secondary characters. It felt a little forced and maybe took away from her development as a character.


    I really liked the premise of this story, I did however feel that the story seemed to have A.D.D. at times. I felt like the storyline was jumping around a bit too much. I think that while the execution was a little off on this one, Andrea Heltsley still managed to make a solid debut for herself.

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  • Posted April 27, 2012

    Dissolve was a story with an awesome premise. I just didn't quit

    Dissolve was a story with an awesome premise. I just didn't quite like the way the author went about telling her story. It suddenly when from one girl having powers and running from her fiances murder, to eventually seven other people having powers. I felt like the story wasn't really about Cora anymore, she was just part of the journey. I also found a lot of the dialogue to be quite simple, and that annoyed me more than anything I think.

    The characters - they were all pretty cool and finding out what their superpowers were going to be was exciting. But the fact that they all just took it in their stride, did what they "had to" even though entire American states of people are being turned to ash, there freak-outs are the same everytime. If I was in their situation, I would probably have gone absolutely raving-mad. The twists in the story help pick up some of the slack in the story.

    Overall, I think there were good and bad points to this story. So make sure you check it out and see for yourself!

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  • Posted April 26, 2012

    I was immediately mesmerized by the lovely cover and mysterious

    I was immediately mesmerized by the lovely cover and mysterious premise of Dissolve by Andrea Heltsley. Upon receiving my review copy, I immediately dived into the story with high expectations. However, my expectations were not fully met.

    The story begins with the main character, Cora, feeling very ill after having a few drinks at a night club. Soon, her best friend, Nessa, decides that it's best for them to go back home. The next door, Cora wakes up still feeling very sick. She forces herself out of bed since she was meeting her fiance, his mother and her own mother for her wedding preparations. There, Cora faints and the next thing she knows is that she wakes with her fiance lying dead. Cora suddenly dissolves and somehow ends up naked at Nessa's place. Not understanding what's happening to her, Cora seeks Nessa's assistance in trying to find out the mystery surrounding her.

    Cora was a fairly likable character. She was always nice and sweet to the people she cared, but I found her to be a little too naive for my liking. Also, when she gets these weird unexplainable abilities, her reactions to all of it was just too accepting. Moreover, I personally thought that she lacked back-bone. To be honest, I never could relate to her throughout the book. There were times when her actions or decisions did not really please me and I found them to be simply childish. Overall, Cora was not a main character, whose head I enjoyed being in.

    In truth, none of the characters were to my liking. Somehow, I felt that they were not very developed. However, on my favorite aspect of the book was the friendship that Nessa and Cora shared. It was somewhat of a deep bond and the respect that they felt for each other was prevalent throughout the book. In my opinion, it's their friendship that really stood out in this book. I loved how supportive they were of each other. They stuck with each other through thick and thin. They shared all their thoughts and feelings and the trust that existed between them was truly admirable.

    The plot was intriguing and highly original. It had huge potentials because it was somewhat unique. For that, I applaud the author. Her ideas were one of a kind and I don't I've ever read a book that had something similar to Dissolve. However, because of the way the story is executed, the book simply fell flat. There was a lot going on in the book and none of it was described in detail. What I'm trying to say here is that the book felt way too rushed for me. I suppose the author wanted to the story to be action-packed, but she didn't manage to do that. Plus, the writing style really didn't do it for me. There was something lacking in it. I suppose I wanted some excitement, but Dissolve didn't deliver.

    To sum up, I feel that if you can disregard stuff like underdeveloped characters and rushed plot, then I recommend this book to you. Maybe I expected a bit too much from the book, but Dissolve failed to entice me and entwine in it's web. You never know, you might like it though !

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  • Posted April 24, 2012

    The concept for this book is very unique. The characters were en

    The concept for this book is very unique. The characters were enjoyable, and the friendship between Cora and Nessa was sweet. It has a great villain, creepy and mysterious. I did however, find that the lack of contractions made the writing seem stilted and it didn't flow for me. I found the overall "voice" of the book to be flat. I would have liked to have seen more emotions from the characters. Some situations called for some histrionics, but the characters were too accepting. Having said that, I still found myself wanting to know what was going to happen next. Over all, I loved the concept, liked the book.

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