Review: Synchrony by Cindy Ray Hale

Synchrony (Destiny #2)Synchrony
(Destiny #2)
by Cindy Ray Hale
YA Contemporary
Paperback384 Pages
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 Review

This was a great second book for this series. The story never slowed or fell flat, but kept me engaged. There were plenty of issues to resolve and an ending that left me wondering what is going to happen in book three.

I liked getting inside of Preston's head and seeing how he thought. We also get Destiny's and Isaac's points of view. I really felt for all three characters because they are under so much pressure and then also have some tough choices to make. I did get frustrated with Destiny at one point because I could see what was coming and I couldn't believe some of the choices she made. I really wanted her to make up her mind and stick to it.

There is still plenty of religious persecution going on in this second book, which still just appalls me, regardless of the religion being targeted. There was so much tension between parents and their own children and then between adults and others' children. I do wish that one set of parents or siblings would have been more reasonable and calm. Just realistically not everyone is so judgmental and high strung (I would hope at least).

I'm a little torn between Isaac and Preston. I'm probably leaning more towards Isaac, but I almost felt at the end of this book that Destiny didn't deserve either of them at at least until she got her act together. Then there was a situation with the school that the characters all attend. With everything that is still up in the air, I'm really curious to see how things are resolved in the next book, Harmony.

I would recommend Synchrony to those who enjoy reading Contemporary YA.

Content: Clean

Source: From the tour host, which did not affect my review in any way.

The author, Cindy Ray Hale, is stopping by today talking about the love triangle between Destiny, Isaac, and Preston. There's also an awesome giveaway. Go check those out here!

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