Wednesday 7 May 2014

Review ~ Synchrony by Cindy Ray Hale.

Today is my tour stop for Synchrony by Cindy Ray Hale. My post will include a review of the book, excerpt and tour-wide giveaway. To follow the rest of the tour, click the banner above to take you to the schedule.

Title: Synchrony (Destiny #2).
Author: Cindy Ray Hale.
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance.
Release Date: April 8, 2014.
Source: Review copy.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Purchase: Amazon

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 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.

Having read and enjoyed Destiny last year, I was really eager to read the continuation of this series. Synchrony did not disappoint – it completely surpassed my expectations and was a great book. Now how long do I have to wait for book three?!

I was an Isaac fan in Destiny, despite his infuriating moments, but Cindy Ray Hale split me in this book! Preston won me over and I’d probably have been just as indecisive as Destiny was too… I liked the fact that I couldn’t choose between them though because it made Destiny easy to relate to and the story became a lot more fascinating as you see how torn she is. Destiny’s character was really developed in the second part of this series and I was always rooting for her.

There was just so much to love about Synchrony. The drama was fab – I love Young Adult books for their drama and the author notched that up a lot in this book! Skilful writing made Synchrony dramatic yet still real and believable. Also, I love learning about Mormons in Cindy Ray Hale’s books – I’m always curious to hear more because I never hear much about the culture and traditions otherwise. The way religion was built into Synchrony was really interesting and added to the story instead of being a distraction.

Synchrony drew my attention in straight away and aside from a couple of moments, it never really lost it. It was more unpredictable than I had expected and it’s left me in anticipation for book three, Harmony. With lots of twists and drama, I’d recommend you throw yourself into this series now.

You can check out book one, Destiny, and read my review here, and add book three, Harmony, to your TBR here.

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 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 or follow @CindyRayHale on Twitter.

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  1. This book sounds great - sounds like something I'd really enjoy! One of my favourite contemporary reads is Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. Donna x

    1. Synchrony is a great contemporary book - hope you check it out! Haven't heard of Perfect Chemistry but will have a look :) x

    2. I've read Perfect Chemistry. That was an excellent read! It actually has some similarities to the first book in my series. Dual POV, forbidden love, two polar opposite characters who discover they aren't so different after all.

  2. Anonymous8/5/14 13:37

    My favourite YA Contemporary novel has to be "New England Rocks" by Christina Courtnay.

    Thanks so much for the amazing giveaway x

  3. Thank you SO MUCH for the chance :) this is an awesome giveaway !!

    My favorite YAC book is "That boy" by Jillian Dodd <3 if you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend it :)

    1. Oh I enjoyed that one! Good luck in the giveaway :)

  4. Anonymous16/5/14 05:29

    My favorite YA Contemporary book is Dragonfly Moments.

    [I have entered the Rafflecopter giveaway as Tista Ray (not Ray)]

  5. My favorite YA Contemporary book is Just Listen by Sarah Dessen. I can read that book over and over again.

  6. My favorite had to be Saving June. =D

  7. My favourite YA contemporary book has to be perfect chemistry!! Such a great read


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