Friday, November 2, 2018

Book Tour: Chasing the Sunrise by H.A. Robinson (Review + Giveaway)

 Title: Chasing the Sunrise
Duet: The Young Hearts Duet #2 
Author: H.A. Robinson
Genre: YA M/M Romance
Release Date: October 23, 2018

At sixteen years old, Tom Williams has spent his entire life pretending to be someone he’s not. 
The perfect son. 
The perfect student. 
The perfect friend. 
After so long, it seems impossible he’ll find the courage to truly be himself, whoever that is.
And then he falls for his best friend—the one person in the world he knows he can never have. 
Good looking, charismatic and popular, Luke Chang is everything Tom wants, and everything he wishes he could be. 
There’s only one problem.
Luke is straight and thinks that Tom is, too.

As the wrong-shaped boxes get increasingly tighter and harder to force himself into, Tom has to make a choice between a lifetime of conforming or shedding the mould he’s struggling to fit and allowing himself the happiness he can’t quite believe he deserves.

Mari & Jaymie's Review

3.5 Stars

Mari: Chasing the Sunrise is book 2 in the Young Hearts Duet and while I suspect it would be best if you read book 1, The Pebbled Jar first, it's MF so I didn't read it.

I really liked Tom, he was a great character, sweet and determined, even when life kept throwing him curveballs. I enjoyed seeing him find his own path in life and accept himself. It's a story of friendship and growing up, and even love, even if it might not be what you expect from the blurb. I know I was kind of blindsided by it and it dampened my enjoyment of the book, because I was expecting something different than what I got.

Jaymie: Yes, with expectations of where I thought the story would lead, I found myself let down just a bit when I discovered I was wrong, too.

Mari: The book is well-written and entertaining, with likable main and secondary characters that were fairly easy to care about and a sweet ending.

Jaymie: While the writing was technically good, I didn’t feel as if it really had the YA feel throughout the entire story. While Ms. Robinson painted a vivid picture with her words, something was missing that should’ve had me feeling invested in Tom’s character more.

Mari & Jaymie: While this book wasn't exactly what we thought it would be, We think fans of Ms. Robinson and of MM YA stories will like it.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

H. A. Robinson is a jet-setting billionaire with a home on each continent, who spends her free time saving kittens from trees and babies from burning buildings. A graduate of Hogwarts and a frequent visitor to Narnia, she drinks coffee in Central Perk and tames dragons on Westeros. 

In her dreams… 

In reality, she’s a support worker living in a small town in Cheshire, who would almost always choose fantasy over reality. She’s been an obsessive reader from the moment she picked up her first Enid Blyton book, more years ago than she cares to admit, and enjoys nothing more than getting lost in new worlds and adventures from the minds of all the amazing authors out there. 
She’s had the voices of characters in her head for as long as she can remember, and puts them down on paper in order to convince herself and the men in white coats that she isn’t crazy.

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