19 December 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Secrets We Kept by Lily Velez



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The Secrets We Kept
by Lily Velez.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult,Contemporary Romance .
Publication: Fall 2015.
One year. That's how long it's been since childhood sweethearts Sully Graham and Cadence Gilbertson broke up, since one adoption and one out-of-state move turned their worlds upside down.

Suddenly, Cadence is back in New York City, but something's different about her. The light in her eyes, the music in her laughter, the warmth in her smile—all of those things have entirely vanished. In their place stand the makings of a girl Sully can't even begin to recognize, much less understand.

Still, despite the collective history of heartbreak between them, he’s convinced he can win her trust again, and he’s committed to proving the invincibility of their love no matter what it takes.

But Cadence is quietly harboring secrets of her own. Dark secrets. Ugly secrets. Secrets that could break a person. And though broken herself and unbearably lonely, she's determined to protect Sully from her terrible, biting truths. Even if it means locking him out of her life forever.

The only problem is it seems her heart hasn’t quite received the memo. One glimpse of him is all it takes for her to trip into familiar (and, she’ll admit, addictive) feelings that threaten to all but consume her. Now her biggest fear is that her secrets will begin to slowly unravel one by one...long before Sully’s resolve ever does.

The Secrets We Kept is a moving story about first love, friendship, and forgiveness, and the enduring bonds that forever connect us and give us our strength.


Reviewed by Kelly

How do you live with depression? This story gives a lot of answers on that and ways to help overcome it. There were a lot of group counseling sessions and I became intrigued more with the aspect of depression and what you can do about it than the story line itself. My teenage daughter struggles with it and it haunts me. Fortunately, the books’ characters with it learn and are trying to get better.

I knew after reading the blurb what her secret was. But it wasn’t revealed until almost the end. For awhile, the way the story was reading, I thought I might be wrong. By the time it was revealed, I was exhausted over Cadence’s shutting everyone out. I was ready to pull my hair out. But again, I see my own daughter that way, so I let it go. I get it. I just didn’t like to read that long without some resolve or some sense of healing.

Sully, whose name only makes me think of Monsters Inc., is a really good guy. He always puts others before himself. But in his sorrow, he couldn’t always be there for everyone. He and Cadence were in the foster system together. She got adopted as a teenager and their family moved to California. Sully and his biological brother and some of the other kids living in the same home for years were farmed out once it all came out how the foster dad abused them physically and mentally. Now Sully is 18 and on his own, although the family who got them are good people and wanted him to stay there with his brother Spencer. Sully couldn’t do that to them and he now works 3 jobs just to survive. His talent is music. He gets some pushing from some friends and starts to do something about his music career. In that pushing, he finds out that Cadence is back in New York with her family. He is hurt when he sees her and she won’t talk to him at first. So the sweet guy that he is ends up talking on the radio about her and the public swallows it up. Everyone wants to know who she is and if she’ll give Sully another chance.

As time goes forward and backward constantly in the book, giving me whiplash, we learn about their past together as kids and their now lives. Sometimes, I would miss the cue to the timing and where they were and had to go back to reread it.

My heart goes out to those kids in foster care. Especially when they go to awful homes.

Overall, I liked the story. The whiplash was my biggest issue. Sully is a good guy and I am glad for what he does with his life. Haley is a secondary character that I would so want to have. I just wanted someone that would just love Sully and eat him up. If you like to read about depression than I say give it a go!







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Lily Velez has been writing stories since she was six years old. Not much has changed since then. She still prefers the written word and her overactive imagination over the ‘real world’ (though to be fair, her stories no longer feature talking dinosaurs). A graduate of Rollins College and a Florida native, when she's not reading or writing, she spends most of her days wrangling up her pitbulls Noah and Luna, planning exciting travel adventures, and nursing her addiction to cheese. All this when she isn’t participating in the extreme sport known as napping. You can learn more about Lily and her books at www.lilyvelezbooks.com.

Lily's debut novel, The Secrets We Kept, comes out Fall 2015.






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