Thursday, June 6, 2013

Blog Tour Review: Secret for a Song by S.K. Falls


Source: Xpresso Blog Tours to be in tour and give an honest review
Release Date: Already Released

Secret for a Song  by S.K. Falls
Publication date: June 3rd, 2013
Genre: NA Coming-of-Age

Synopsis:
Saylor Grayson makes herself sick. Literally.

She ate her first needle when she was seven. Now, at nineteen, she’s been kicked out of college for poisoning herself with laxatives. The shrinks call it Munchausen Syndrome. All Saylor knows is that when she’s ill, her normally distant mother pays attention and the doctors and nurses make her feel special.

Then she meets Drew Dean, the leader of a local support group for those with terminal diseases. When he mistakes her for a new member, Saylor knows she should correct him. But she can’t bring herself to, not after she’s welcomed into a new circle of friends. Friends who, like Drew, all have illnesses ready to claim their independence or their lives

For the first time, Saylor finds out what it feels like to be in love, to have friends who genuinely care about her. But secrets have a way of revealing themselves. What will happen when Saylor’s is out?
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AUTHOR BIO

Adriana Ryan is the pen name of writer S.K. Falls.

A huge fan of spooky stuff and shoes, I enjoy alternately hitting up the outlet malls and historic graveyards in Charleston, SC where I live and imbibe coffee. My husband and two small children seem not to mind when I hastily scribble novel lines on stray limbs in the absence of notepads.

Since no writer’s biography is complete without mention of her menagerie of animals, you should know I have one dog that doubles as a footstool, a second that functions as a vacuum cleaner, and a cat that ensures I never forget that my hands are, first and foremost, for pouring cat food.

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REVIEW

When I first started reading Secret for a Song, I found it really hard to relate to Saylor. She purposefully made herself sick...and I just honestly didn't understand why someone would ever want to do that to themselves. I don't know about you, but I personally HATE being sick...and Saylor honestly ENJOYED being sick and making herself sick. That being said, I slowly started to understand Saylor better, and could at least get why she would want to hurt herself in that way...but I have to admit, I would never want to do any of that stuff myself. :P

While Saylor was definitely different than myself, she really grew on me. When she becomes friends with the other young adults  in the support group for those with terminal illnesses, she comes out of her shell and to me it seemed like she started to actually like herself, which made it easy to like her, too. I actually really liked Saylor by the end of Secret for a Song, and while her story doesn't have a perfect happy ending, I did love it, and I absolutely loved reading it.

Saylor may not have a terminal illness, but it does take her a lot to finally deal with her Munchhausen Syndrome. She does eventually acknowledge her illness, but it isn't until she becomes friends with Drew and the others that she actually faces her disease and sees it as just that...a disease that she actually wants to overcome. I loved seeing Saylor get to know those in the support group, and while I didn't like that she was lying to them, I did understand her reasoning and I loved the friendships that developed. I also loved her interactions with Drew. :D

Overall, I loved Secret for a Song. It's a complex story, and it deals with some very realistic matters, and handles them in a true-to-life way. This book does not end with a cliche happy ending, and while part of me always wishes for a happy ending for the characters I love, I found this ending to be refreshing and heartrendingly real...and in the case of Secret for a Song, I really appreciated and loved that. I think that those who enjoy contemporary reads with serious subject matter would enjoy this one, especially if you like books that touch your emotions and handle life in a realistic way.


GIVEAWAY
Tour Grand Prize (INTL)
[3 winners] Secret for a Song e-reader/tablet covers (will fit any reader) - Open to US and Canada

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What do you think?
Does Secret for a Song sound like a book you'd like to read?

6 comments:

  1. Great review, Ambur! I'm really fascinated by this illness it's not one I have come across before. Glad you enjoyed it! :)

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    1. Thanks, Giselle! :) Munchhausen is definitely interesting. Me, too!

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  2. Thanks so much for your review, Ambur! :) If you haven't already, I would sooo appreciate a review on Amazon as well. It might help other readers take a chance on Saylor. :D

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    1. You're welcome, Sandhya! :D I've shared it on Amazon, too, and I hope they do because Secret for a Song was fantastic! Thank you for sharing it with us readers. :)

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  3. Wasn't this one crazy but good?! It's so different from any other book I've read, but I thought it was gorgeous and fabulous.

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    1. It really was! It was so different, but I agree, I loved it, and it definitely was gorgeous and fabulous! I'm glad you enjoyed it, too, Ashley!

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