Wednesday, July 20, 2016

{Blog Tour} A Second Chance - Dana K. Ray (Review & Giveaway)




YA Bound Book Tours is organizing a Blog Tour for: A Second Chance by Dana K. Ray. This tour will run from July 18th to 22nd.  Check out the tour schedule.
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A Second Chance
by Dana K. Ray

Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: May 24th 2016

Summary:

A past she can’t forget…

Raven will do just about anything to forget a horrific event from the past that still haunts her. Forced to attend church because of a promise she made at a party, she is immediately attracted to the young, handsome preacher but is unconvinced of his promises of a better life.

A future he refuses to accept…

Matthew has everything planned out until Raven walks into his church and turns his life upside down. Repulsed by her lifestyle, yet fascinated by her beauty and charm, he finds himself drawn to her by a force he can’t explain.

Raven and Mathew’s unlikely friendship leads them through escalating troubled waters that threaten to doom their growing relationship. Will they survive to learn valuable lessons of grace, forgiveness and love?


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Review

Let me start by saying I really did enjoy reading this book.  I am not overly religious, but I think you can take the religion portion for a grain of salt as their is also other topics covered in the book.  I think the major takeaway was how someone can overcome so much adversity and become a stronger person.   I also enjoyed reading about the budding relationship that developed in the book between Raven and Matthew it was interesting to read about both of their insecurities since they were so vastly different in my opinion.

I loved the growth that Raven experiences throughout the book.  The author did a great job in developing her as a character and she really came into her own over the course of the book.  Raven constantly had self doubts that she was able to overcome through her new found faith.   Raven was able to develop a new support system for herself and change her life around, but it was not an easy task.   I would have liked to know more about Raven's past as well, it was sort of skimmed over I felt after being mentioned a million times.   I also would have liked to get a better feeling of the relationship with Raven's mom and sister before and after all these life events. 

I enjoyed getting to hear the two dialogs of Raven and Matthew.  They both had different upbringings and life events occur for them.  They both also could never deny they had feelings for one another when they had internal dialog.  It was a great love story to read since you got to hear both perspectives

Things I didn't really love was the story itself.  I felt like way to many thinks took place in Raven's life over what seemed like a short period of time for her to be fine and stable.  It was sort of like after the first time she went to church everything changed and then another two major life events happened.    I felt like it just covered to many crazy events and became longer to read.  I felt like one major life crisis would have been enough to go into and the book to be great.   I also felt to with so much going on it went from one big thing to the next to quickly. 

I would suggest this as nighttime read.  It was easy to follow along in the book and I felt like there were points that you could stop and think about what you were reading; you just needed time to digest. 

I received a copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours for an honest review.  This does not affect my opinion of this book.

My Rating 3/5

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About the Author



Dana K. Ray has been writing gutsy, true to life stories since she became a teenager. She and her husband reside in the Midwest with their four children and four dogs. A Second Chance is her first published novel. Absolution, her second novel, will be released in July of 2017. It’s the first in the Luciano series.
 
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