Blog Tour and Review of Synchrony by Cindy Ray Hale

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Welcome to my stop during the blog tour for Synchrony (Destiny #2) by Cindy Ray Hale. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours . The blog tour runs from May 5 till May 25, you can view the complete tour schedule here.

Synchrony by Cindy Ray Hale

Age Range:12 and up

Series: Destiny #2

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age category: Young Adult

Release Date: April 8, 2014

Publisher: Cindy Ray Hale

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My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis:

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 on Synchrony:

I wavered between 4 and 5 stars on this book, but finally decided on 4. I really like this series and I’m interested to see where the author takes it in the next book. This is the second book in the Destiny trilogy, and it is full of drama and turmoil. Destiny and Isaac (and Preston to some extent) are still dealing with prejudice and opposition from friends and family for their religious beliefs and interest in each other.  Destiny and Isaac decide to make their relationship secret again to give themselves from breathing room.  Neither of them expects things to go downhill so fast, or such big mistakes to be made.

Preston plays a bigger part in this book. I really like Preston. I really like Isaac too. I’m not usually a fan of love triangles, because someone always gets hurt and it’s usually the guy I’m cheering for.  I have a pretty good guess as to who Destiny will end up with, but the author might surprise me. Isaac was the hero of book 1, but he disappointed me in this book.  He did some stupid things at the beginning that knocked him down a peg or two.  Preston swooped in and impressed me—for a while.  I’m not picking a side yet because there are things about both guys that I like and dislike.  Although Preston gets an extra point for being so loyal.  He’s been in love with Destiny his whole life, and it’s adorable. 

The characters all frustrated me at one point or another by making selfish or desperate decisions. I don’t mean this is a negative way—only that I screamed, “No, don’t do that!” several times throughout the book. I loved the drama and the way they all changed over the course of the story. There is more going on with the minor characters as well.  Friends and family members have some developments that play into Destiny’s decisions and add to the tension.  As with the first book, religion plays a big factor in the story.  Not in a preachy way, but it’s part of the characters’ lives and affects their decisions. The author handled it well. 

The only thing I didn’t like was how the characters thought about marriage so much. They were all high school students. It seemed premature for them to be thinking about forever. But honestly, that was a very minor complaint. I liked the book a lot. I especially liked the way the characters changed for the better, even if they made mistakes along the way.  I’m not sure how everything is going to resolve in the final book, but I will definitely be reading it.

Content: One of the characters has an unplanned pregnancy and there is lots of kissing, but I consider this book clean.

4 STARS

Read Book #1: Destiny

Destiny

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.

Book Trailer for Destiny:

Tens List with Cindy Ray Hale:

If you had to evacuate your house and could only take 10 books off your shelves, which ones would you take?

1. The Book of Mormon
2. The Bible
3. The Complete Works of Jane Austen
4. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
5. My personal copy of Destiny signed with messages from my photographer, the cover model, and Christian Lopez, the cover model of Synchrony
6. Synchrony
7. My journal from high school, college, and early marriage years.
8. The Complete Works of Charlotte and Emily Bronte
9. The Hobbit
10. My signed copy of Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Awesome list!  I would never have thought to include my personal journal. 

About the Author:

Official Author picCindy 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:

Giveaway Details:

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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5 Comments

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    Adriana Garcia
    May 12, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    All the characters frustrated me at one point as well. I didn't like Preston at all haha (: ~ I know you find him adorable but I just kept thinking how Destiny needed to speak with Isaac and get his side of the story. Preston annoyed me… Lots going on with this book. I'm glad you enjoyed it as well. I hope the next book will conclude everything nicely. (I don't know if the series is planned to be longer though) Great review!

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      reviewkidsbooks@gmail.com
      May 13, 2014 at 12:49 am

      Preston was so sweet after Isaac and Destiny broke up, and I really liked him then, but it didn't last too long. His insecurities were a big roadblock for him.

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    hopetoread.com
    May 12, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    I haven't gotten into YA Contemporary yet. Still stuck on YA fantasy

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    Hannah Bowen
    May 20, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Nice giveaway!

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