Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Blog Tour/Review: Synchrony by Cindy Ray Hale


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SynchronySynchrony (Destiny #2)
by Cindy Ray Hale

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



Blurb:

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?

I'm so excited that today is the day for my review!! I love this book and series! It is the second book in the series, so if you haven't read Destiny yet, you can read my review here. A friend of mine really loved Destiny and I wanted to read it, but had so much going on. I entered a giveaway and won a copy! Then I was presented with the opportunity to be a beta reader for this book, so it quickly went to the top of my pile!

This book starts right where book one ended. Destiny and Isaac are back together and want their relationship to work. This time, they decide to hide the fact that they're a couple. It's a strain but they're managing. Then, one night, Destiny learns Isaac's secret and is devastated (to his credit, he tried telling her earlier). It feeds into her insecurities about Isaac so she promptly breaks up with him and wants nothing to do with him. Isaac is also devastated and tries to talk to Destiny, but she has locked him out.

Preston helps Destiny by just being her friend and is someone she opens up to. She sees him in a new light and they start dating. Her family is thrilled and life is easier. Destiny likes Preston and wants things to work out with him, but she's not completely over Isaac. She's still got the play with him and sees him at school. Then, Isaac starts coming to church. Will Destiny stay with Preston or go back to Isaac?

That really becomes the question throughout the book. I thought there were some great scenes and Destiny doesn't have an easy choice to make. There's one especially dramatic scene towards the end which shakes things up. I love the pacing, conversations and teen drama. I love that the chapters switch between Isaac, Destiny and Preston so we know what they're each thinking and going through. We also learn more about some of the side characters which will make things interesting in book 3.

I like how Preston and Isaac are both portrayed and I actually like both of them. As a mother, I would probably want my daughter to choose Preston. However, since I'm privy to what they're all thinking, I see more of a connection between Destiny and Isaac. I'm officially Team Isaac but won't be upset if she ends up with Preston. I'm so looking forward to Harmony to see how it ends!!

My Rating=Definitely 5 Stars

Excerpt:

“Destiny.”

I looked up.

“I want things back the way they were with us.”

I clenched my fists at my sides. “That can’t happen.”

“Why not? I’m doing everything I can here. Don’t you see that?”

“Isaac.” I sighed. “I’m already dating someone else.” There. I’d finally said it.

“What? You’re pulling the ‘I’m dating Preston’ card again? Hannah told me you were faking that. Do you know what I think? I think you’re scared to commit. You’re afraid of getting hurt again. We belong together. Can’t you feel that? Look me in the eyes and tell me that you don’t still feel something for me.”

I studied the bushes.

Isaac took my chin and turned it toward him. “Look me in the eyes.”

I bit my lower lip to keep it from trembling. It was impossible to look in his beautiful eyes. I couldn’t say it because my heart was overflowing with my feelings for him.

“You can’t say it, can you?” He placed his hands on either side of my face, and I finally looked him in the eyes. I had to do what was best for him. He deserved better. I only had one heart to give, and I’d just pledged the entire thing to Preston.


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



Blurb:

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.

You can watch the book trailer here:



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Or Team Preston?



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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4 comments:

Paij Slater said...

I cannot wait until I get the chance to read this series. I am so glad you liked it! I have seen so many great reviews on this :). Great review!

Melanie Valderrama said...

I can't wait for you to read it, either. I would love to hear what you think about it!

Cyndi F said...

s.m knowles or amy bartol

Bella Flores said...

I am not sure I like so many, thank you for the giveaway

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