I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Synchrony is an amazing follow up from the first book in the series, Destiny. It has reminded me that no matter what, my love for the YA genre will never falter. The author has truly poured her heart and soul into this story. You feel it in her characters. Their words, their actions. If you loved Destiny, Synchrony will absolutely blow you away.
"What kind of life would you have with him?"
"A beautiful one."
Synchrony picks up a bit after where Destiny left off. At this point, her parents have found out about the forbidden relationship she has developed with Isaac Robinson, the Baptist boy. Isaac and Destiny grow closer and encounter many ups and downs. Their foundation is completely rocked to its core when Destiny discovers Isaac's secret. Isaac is distraught over it, but knows everything needed to be out. Destiny is not so forgiving. Her heart is shattered. In pieces. In walks Preston Nelson to save the day once again. Destiny leans on him and they become even closer. Disaster strikes in this circle of teens, and feelings from all angles reemerge. Is Preston who Destiny wants? Or does her connection with Isaac beyond anything she could even imagine?
"My heart and soul craved Destiny. She completed me on levels that I didn't know were possible, and we'd only scratched the surface...Destiny offered me a life beyond my imagining."
Destiny. Isaac. Preston. Did not see that coming! Ok, well maybe I did, but I did not expect for my heart to be pulling for both boys. They each care and adore Destiny in their own ways. They are both genuine and real. Isaac goes against all his beliefs and what he was taught all his life, just for love. And Preston? He feels this connection to protect Destiny from everything. Even Isaac. You will see Destiny go through a lot with both of the boys. I do not want to give away the story. But your heart will be torn in two, just like Destiny's. You will fall in love with her. You will cry with her. You will just FEEL.
"But at the same time, I don't know how I can live without you."
Where do I stand? Team Isaac of course. It's not that I don't love Preston, I do. He is kind, thoughtful, and wants nothing more to love Destiny. But Isaac? He loves without conviction. While religion is a huge part of who he is, his love for Destiny blinds him. He sees only her. She is right for him. And no matter what his dad and his teachings have told him, love is never wrong. Not with Destiny. I honestly have NO idea where this story is going to go and who will ultimately be with Destiny, but I am SO excited to find out. I may be hoping (BEGGING!) for a release soon!
"It was like we were magnets with opposite poles attracting, and deep inside, our souls knew we were supposed to be together."
If you are going into this thinking it's "just" a love triangle, it is SO much more than that. Yes, there is angst and definitely emotion. However, it is about a group of young people finding themselves, falling in love, and their journey is just beginning. Although teenagers, I found that the voices of these characters are strong. I love that the author gives her characters such strong voices as it allows readers of all ages to relate to them and their story.
"He was loyal down to the marrow in his bones, and I knew, like I should have always know, he would never break my heart if I gave it to him."
Synchrony is one of the most effortlessly and flawlessly written books I've read in awhile. Although the story is told in the POV of three characters-Destiny, Isaac, and Preston, it flows exceptionally well. You get the entire story, not just pieces. You are given access to see what the main characters are thinking, feeling. As a fan of contemporary romance I usually turn to YA when I need a FEEL romance. Basically I lived 'Synchrony' as I read it. Yes. Lived. Every word. There was real, raw, genuine angst and emotion. It gave me ALL THE FEELS. I gasped. I put my kindle down. I said "OH NO" out loud. This story is beautiful beyond words. You will feel for every single character. No matter their age, you will relate. I cannot wait for the third book in this series.
Check Out Book One...
Destiny (Destiny #1)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Read Bianca's Review HERE!
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.
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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.
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