Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Year of Chasing Dreams (The Year #2) by Lurlene McDaniel review by Brandi Breathes Books

The Year of Chasing Dreams (The Year #2) by Lurlene McDaniel

The companion to The Year of Luminous Love.


Publishes in US: July 22nd 2014
Genre: Contemp
Source: library
Series? The Year #2

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    I've wanted to read The Year of Chasing Dreams since I read the first, The Year of Luminous Love. I remembered enjoying the characters and even though Arie isn't in this one, I still liked Eden and Ciana. Besides, Lurlene McDaniel is on my automatic read list so, I would have wanted to anyways.

    Lurlene has a way of crafting characters in such a way that I am so invested in them and she always writes with such emotions. This one is no different although this one didn't have as much of a young adult feel as her normal ones. The characters are 20 in this one though so it could pass for NA I suppose. Though sex and foreplay are mentioned, nothing is explicit so YA audiences wouldn't be appalled.

    Eden and Ciana are tested in whole new ways in this one, and it made me feel so much for them. They have ideas of how they want their lives to go, but love, tragedies and the unexpected definitely makes them work for what they want and love. Garrett, Enzo and Jon also make repeat appearances, and Ciana is faced with a hard choice, and she has to listen to her heart. 

    I love the southern hospitality and the theme of family and friendship found in these books. Blood family has its strong place, but also the family that you chose, and the people that you let in your life and keep around.

    I flew through this one and enjoyed and felt for the characters that I've come to love and I am hoping for more books in this series. 

Bottom Line: emotional and great to catch up with characters I enjoyed

My question to you, my lovely readers:
How do you like your tea? Southern sweet, unsweetened, hot or otherwise?


  1. Haven't heard of this one but I really like emotional stories. Sounds great and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Great review, Brandi :)

  2. Southern sweet? Hm, must check what that means

  3. I've been seeing her books on my bookstore jaunts but never really checked them out. I love the southern theme to this book.

  4. I'm southern and I hate sweet tea, but I'm a rare one in that opinion. Glad you enjoyed the book!

  5. One of my sisters loves her but I never did get into her books. I'm glad you loved this one though!

  6. I agree. This was such an emotional read for me. I loved it and can't wait for the next one. I especially want to see more Eden and Garrett!

  7. I'm glad you enjoyed catching up with favorite characters, Brandi. I love stories with a Southern setting so I'll gave to check out McDaniel. Oh, and I'm a big fan of sweet tea!

  8. It is great to see you enjoyed the sequel and was swept away in the world! great review!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  9. Its different from her other books but I still liked it.

  10. This is a lot different from most of her books.

  11. For the most part you have to love an emotional story and a lot of her plots are about sickness so maybe not quite your thing

  12. I know! Can't wait to return to this world

  13. Yes, it was neat to have the culture so pronounced

  14. Its so sweet some people desribe as molasses


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