It’s raining reviews! This reviews-only tour for Lena Goldfinch‘s sweet YA fantasy & paranormal romance stories is coming your way March 9-15.
For my post, I read and reviewed The Language of Souls, Songstone, & Haunting Joy. I loved each of them for very different reasons, so sit back and enjoy my thoughts and musings. 🙂
The Language of Souls
The Language of Souls is an extraordinary journey of one young woman whose unwavering courage brought her the most precious treasure that she could have ever imagined. It is a tale of one whose deeply felt duty and love drove to her to look beyond her fears and delivered her into an unspeakable destiny that she never saw coming or even dared dream about. She found the missing part of herself that even she was not aware that her heart was longing for.
Solena is driven by her adopted grandfather’s illness to seek out the only herb that would help to cure him. She is taken deep into the heart of forbidden land that is ruled over by a cruel enemy. Her love fuels her courage and her determination when she contemplates running back home. During her journey, she comes across a young soldier named Rundan who out of obligation to his own duties presents her to his father as an enemy trespasser. In his pursuit to please his father, he obeys his orders and takes Solena to the castle for judgment. However, fate has a funny way of taking charge when we stray from our heart’s desire for too long. Will Rundan and Solena both find what their hearts are desperately looking for, or will they ignore it for another chance to go through the motions of their duty? Will they choose to open their hearts to what is right in front of them, or will they continue to pretend that things cannot and should not be changed?
I still can’t let go of the beautiful characters in this book! They really came alive to me, and I hung on each word and action as it swept me away into their fierce and wonderful world. How the lives of Solena and Rundan became so entangled by complete random circumstances really fascinated and intrigued me. Watching as the events unfolded was like watching a marvelously complex ballet performance take shape while it entertains and dazzles the mind. The growing feelings, the tender interactions, and the delicate love that developed between them were breathtaking to say the least. I hated to see it end, but I absolutely LOVED the ending! It couldn’t have been better.
Lena Goldfinch continues to surprise and delight with her touching and delicate stories that are so intricately intertwined together. Her writing is so fluid and effortless that I never see it while she builds her exquisite world around me. I highly recommend this story to all romance and non-romance readers alike as it will tug at your heart and make you feel no matter who you are.
SongStone is an enchanting and touching tale of the never-ending struggle of self-worth, the beauty of overcoming one’s fear, and the transforming wonder of true love. These and many other themes are carefully explored throughout this story, and each of them touched my heart in a profound way. This story is relevant to both young and old, and as a result, I highly recommend it those who are in need of some encouragement and hope.
Viewing the world through the eyes of a girl who is an outsider in her village is something that hit too close to home for me. It was an eye-opening journey and yet a familiar one that made me uncomfortable. My heart went out to her with each struggle and battle that she had to overcome. I felt like I was walking with her on this adventure, and I longed for her world to turn around and brighten with each step she took. This story brought with it a fresh dose of loneliness, the horror of being misunderstood, and the desperate need to be seen and known.
The fragile strength and tender hope that grew in her heart with the help of others had me cheering her on. I was immediately and completely taken in by her beautiful heart. She kept her heart from hardening too much, so that when the time was right, she was able to transform from her worthless and ugly existence to one of true and honest belonging. She finally found her true home, and in the process found her heart.
I was easily and completely swept up into this foreign and mysterious world written into existence by Lena Goldfinch. I loved her easy and effortless writing style that flowed so gracefully from the pages of this book and into my heart. I couldn’t get enough of this story and devoured it as quickly as I could. I recommend this book to anyone whose heart is weary with pain and desperate for hope. This is a story that will lighten your spirit and bring a smile to your lips.
Haunting Joy by Lena Goldfinch is a touchingly high-spirited and thoroughly entertaining journey of discovering who we really are in a very unconventional way. We all inwardly desire in one way or another to be more than what we currently are. We long to feel more alive, more valuable, and more significant in order to measure up to those around us who seem to have what we don’t. In our pursuit to become more, we must be careful not to lose ourselves. For in losing our own identity, we lose the very things that we hoped to find – our passion, our heart, and our uniqueness.
Our heroine is taken on a rather unusual journey to learn just how unique she truly is and how alive she can really feel. Her life is turned upside down in the span of one summer, but surprisingly she wouldn’t have it any other way. These extraordinary events bring about some surprisingly good results that she comes to deeply cherish and eagerly embrace. They make her stronger, more confident, and more aware of the world around her. They are transforming her into the person she was always meant to become.
The lessons she learns and the bonds that are forged are ones that are not easily forgotten or ones that she would ever dream of reversing. Her life is much different now, and she is happier and better off as a result. She is growing more comfortable in her own skin, and starting to appreciate the things in her life that she never took notice of before. She is finally discovering who she really is, and just how beautiful and valuable and cherished she always was.
Lena Goldfinch has once again created a story that not only entertains but also touches my heart. She is immensely talented at taking our deepest desires and weaving them into a delightfully bewitching story filled with a promise of hope and fueled by an enduring passion. As always I look forward to reading more from this amazing author.
Take a Picture
We all know the saying you can’t judge a book by its cover is all about looking past the external and into the heart of the person to see who they really are. That saying holds true for Take a Picture. We have been taught to create quick judgments and rely on what we see to determine our response to a situation or person. However, what we tend to overlook is how we feel and what the other person is trying to tell us. We callously dismiss our hearts, and in the process we find ourselves mired in a pit filled with hurt, misunderstandings, and despair that could have easily been avoided.
Troy Alexander had a dream of singing that was quickly destroyed through endless rejections. While he tries to save what is left of his dignity, he takes a job that will allow him to go back home and nurse his wounds. Troy’s assignment was simple – capture a good picture of Ashlyn Sunshine. This is one assignment that he will never forget.
Troy and Ashlyn should be such simple characters. We should just be able to take them at face value and go on with our lives. Take a quick snapshot and there you have it. That would normally be sufficient for the typical relationship of a photographer and a celebrity, but this is anything but normal. What we see before us are real people with real problems that show us real emotions. They find a refuge in the other, and what is born from that easy trust and friendship is something very beautiful and priceless.
While I wanted to know more and delve deeper into this story to see where it lead, I was very content to just enjoy and be in the moment along this beautiful journey. I treasured every moment they were together, and I wasn’t worried about what would or wouldn’t come next. Allowing myself to enjoy the sequence of events rather than concern myself with what was or wasn’t there, granted me the freedom to savor and perceive everything that was there in much greater detail.
Some readers might argue that a novella just isn’t on the same level as a full sized novel. That might be true for some authors, but certainly not for Lena Goldfinch! She packs so much detail, heart, and soul into her stories that you finish with the same level of satisfaction as if you had actually read a full sized novel. It’s amazing how much she can flesh out a story in such a small amount of time. She makes you care for and fall in love with each of her characters. It’s just a perfectly profound experience that everyone needs to have at least once!
If Take a Picture wasn’t good enough, we are also given a short prequel to Haunting Joy. I have to say that I enjoyed this look into Joy’s life. It’s always nice to discover that you aren’t the only one who finds life both awkward and exhilarating.
Joy is dealing with a chain letter disaster that has the potential to reach epic proportions. Will she find some luck on her side, or will she find humiliation waiting for her instead? Will the events of this chain letter open her eyes to see what is right in front of her, or will she continue to walk around blind and oblivious?
Blog Tour Schedule
Sunday, March 9th
- Introduction to the tour at Seasons of Humility
Monday, March 10th
- Reviews of The Language of Souls, Aire, Songstone, & Haunting Joy at Scratch That Blog
- Review of The Language of Souls at Writings of Rosie
- Review of Songstone at The Borrowed Book
Tuesday, March 11th
- Review of The Language of Souls at i blog 4 books
- Review of Songstone at Grace Thorson
- Review of Songstone at A Book in the Hand
- Review of Aire at Writings of Rosie
Wednesday, March 12th
- Reviews of The Language of Souls, Songstone, & Haunting Joy at The Wonderings of One Person
- Review of Aire at A BookLover’s Heart
- Reviews of The Language of Souls & Aire at To Be A Person
- Reviews of The Language of Souls & Aire at The Other World
- Review of Haunting Joy at Carissa’s Bookshelf
- Review of Aire at The Writer’s Window
- Review of Songstone at Writings of Rosie
Thursday, March 13th
- Reviews of The Language of Souls, Aire, & Haunting Joy at Jennifer Allis Provost
- Reviews of The Language of Souls, Aire, Songstone, & Haunting Joy at Christian Novels
- Review of Songstone at Fictionally
Friday, March 14th
- Reviews of Aire & Songstone at Zerina Blossom
- Review of Aire at Kelly Hashway
- Review of Haunting Joy at Library at the END of the Universe
- Review of Aire at Backing Books
- Reviews of The Language of Souls, Aire, & Songstone at The Curried Nut
Saturday, March 15th
- Conclusion of the tour at Seasons of Humility
Book Purchase Links
Have the reviews got you interested in picking up your own copies of Lena’s books? Here’s where you can purchase them:
- Amazon US | Amazon UK
- Barnes & Noble
- Google Play (The Language of Souls, Aire, and Take a Picture)
Excitingly enough, the release of Lena’s latest story(ies) coincides with this blog tour for reviews of her previous releases! This is a double feature: two short stories in one, including the prequel to Haunting Joy! Check it out:
TAKE A PICTURE (A Novelette)
A young (temp) paparazzi photographer falls for a teen pop star…
This lighthearted contemporary romance for teens and young adults points its lens at Troy Alexander (19), an aspiring singer turned temp paparazzi photographer, and teen pop diva, Ashlyn Sunshine (19 going on 25).
Troy Alexander is detoured on his road to fame as a lead singer, so he takes a job as a temp paparazzi to earn enough money to get home from his gap year in New York City. His assignment lands him in the path of Ashlyn Sunshine, pop music diva and former child actress. They end up spending one memorable summer afternoon together…
+Bonus Short Story:
CHAIN REACTION (a Prequel to HAUNTING JOY)
When a “reveal your secret crush” chain letter goes awry, Joy gets caught in the middle.
Lena’s got some sweet treats for a couple of readers! One winner (U.S. & Canada only) will receive a paperback copy of one of Lena’s books (winner’s choice) plus some candy, and the other winner (can be international) will receive an e-book copy of Lena’s latest release, Take a Picture. Both winners will be announced on Saturday, March 15th. You can enter via the Rafflecopter form below:
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About the Author
LENA GOLDFINCH writes fantasy and romance for teens and adults. She’s a sucker for a good old-fashioned romance, whether it’s a novel, novella, or short story, young adult or adult, fantasy or realistic, contemporary or historical. Elements of romance, fantasy, and mystery have a way of creeping into her writing, even when she’s writing something light and contemporary. Her latest release is TAKE A PICTURE, a lighthearted contemporary romance for teens and new adults, which includes a bonus short story, CHAIN REACTION, a prequel to HAUNTING JOY. You can learn more about Lena and her books on her website.