24 May 2014

Book Review Blog Tour: SYNCHRONY by Cindy Ray Hale

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I'm happy to be a part of the blog tour for Synchrony (Destiny #2) by Cindy Ray Hale. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours, and it runs from May 5 till May 25. You can view the complete tour schedule here.

SynchronySynchrony (Destiny #2)
by Cindy Ray Hale

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: April 8, 2014

When her parents discover she’s been sneaking out with Isaac Robinson, the forbidden Baptist boy, Mormon girl Destiny Clark decides it’s time to keep their relationship quiet. As their relationship moves to shakier ground, Destiny discovers that Isaac has a terrible secret, and she is left completely shattered.

The moment Destiny feels all hope is lost, Preston Nelson, her longtime church friend and Isaac's bitter rival, arrives like a beacon of light. It isn't long before two separate disasters strike for Preston and Destiny's best friend, Hannah. As Destiny helps them through their issues, she discovers that sometimes the best way to forget about your own problems is to help a friend in need.

Just as her heart begins to mend and her friendship with Preston begins to heat up, Isaac walks back into her life, threatening to rekindle the feelings she’d hoped to bury forever. Will Destiny and Preston find the synchrony they so desperately need, or will she find a way to forgive Isaac and return to his outstretched arms?

My Thoughts: 
Destiny and Isaac have fought bigotry and judgmental family and friends to be together. They deserve a break. But an easy road isn't in the cards for them. When Isaac's secrets finally drive them apart, Destiny feels like she may never get over the heartbreak. Luckily, Preston is there to pick up the pieces.

I have to admit, I liked Preston much better than Isaac in the first book, so I was glad to see him finally get a chance here. But Isaac sort of won me over in this book, so I didn't know which boy to root for! I really felt for Destiny's dilemma. The path to true love has never been an easy one, and this time is no exception. She's finally embracing a relationship with Preston, remembering all the times over the years that he's been there for her as her own personal white knight, but Destiny is more broken by her failed relationship with Isaac than she wants to admit, and eventually, her unresolved feelings drive a wedge between her and Preston as well. 

Without giving away any spoilers, I can only say that I totally understand the choice Destiny makes in the end, and I'm glad there will be a third book to (hopefully) tie up loose ends!

Destiny (Destiny #1)
by Cindy Ray Hale Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Young Adult

Destiny Clark, a young Mormon girl living in Tennessee, is wildly infatuated with Isaac Robinson, the headmaster's son at her Baptist high school. When they're cast together in the school's production of Les Misérables, Destiny is horrified to find that she has to be publicly humiliated by acting out her true feelings of rejection onstage.

As their rehearsals begin, Destiny realizes the unimaginable: Isaac has developed deep feelings for her despite their religious differences and the fact that he has a girlfriend.

But will they be able to find their place amongst the backbiters of their ultra-conservative world?

Weaving around Destiny and Isaac's alternating viewpoints, Destiny is the first book in a series inspired by the characters of Les Misérables and explores heartbreak, self-discovery, intolerance, and love.

My Thoughts: 
Destiny has led a truly sheltered life. Apart from the fact that the headmaster at her Baptist high school hates her for being Mormon, she really hasn't experienced a lot of ups and downs in her life. She's simply a shy wallflower, trying to blend into her surroundings, and trying to hide her secret crush on Isaac Robinson, the headmaster's son. But when she gets a chance to perform Les Misérables with the show choir at school, as Eponine to Isaac's Marius, they begin spending more and more time together. Before long, they're stealing kisses and trying to hide their growing attraction from their families and friends.

I liked that there was no clear villain in this story (except, perhaps, Isaac's horrible ex-girlfriend). As in real life, all of the characters have very complex stories. And even the majority of the judgmental, critical people in this story have good intentions and valid reasons for their bigotry, however misguided it may be. I enjoyed getting to know Destiny and Isaac (although, I have to admit, I was kind of rooting for Destiny's friend, Preston, who harbored a secret crush on her, throughout most of this story), and I was glad I already had book #2 loaded on my kindle, so I didn't have to wait a moment before diving into it!

Watch the book trailer here:

Are you Team Isaac?
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Or Team Preston?
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Official Author picAbout the Author:
Cindy Ray Hale lives in a little slice of wooded heaven near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and children. She spends way too much time following up-and-coming musicians on YouTube and dreams of joining their ranks one day. She’s a bit of a health food nut and can’t live without her daily green smoothies. She tries to stay sane as she juggles writing with four kids, staying active on social media, and keeping up her book blog at http://cinnamoncindy.blogspot.com/. In addition to writing and self-publishing two Young Adult Contemporary novels, she has also written articles for "New Era" magazine and The American Preppers Network.

For more information on The Destiny Trilogy and Cindy’s upcoming books visit http://destinybycindyhale.blogspot.com/ or follow @CindyRayHale on Twitter.

You can find and contact Cindy here:
- Website
- Website for destiny
- Blog
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Goodreads
- Google+
- Pinterest

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Synchrony. These are the prizes you can win:
- A $25 Amazon Gift Card (INTL), and a Destiny Swag Pack which includes: a signed copy of Destiny, a signed copy of Synchrony, a Destiny bookmark, a Destiny magnet, a Destiny keychain, and a Synchrony keychain.
- An ecopy of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris and a swag pack
- A Camp Boyfriend swag pack by JK Rock
- An ecopy of Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the amazing support and the reviews you posted! I'm so glad you liked the books!