Intermission by Serena Chase + Giveaway



"...a favorite old friend I just met."


Title:  Intermission
Author:  Serena Chase
Publisher:  Candent Gate LLC
Release Date:  November 15, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction / Young Adult


We are starlight on snow. The reflection of something already beautiful—absorbed, reflected, and remade into something . . . more. 

And this kiss . . . 

This kiss is everything I’ve needed to say . . . and longed to hear.

Sixteen-year-old Faith Prescott eagerly awaits the day she will exchange her small Iowa hometown for the bright lights of Broadway, but her success-driven parents want her to pursue a more practical career, labeling “artsy” people—including their daughter—as foolish dreamers worthy of little more than disdain.

When Faith meets nineteen-year-old Noah Spencer she discovers someone who understands her musical theatre dreams . . . because he shares them.

Faith’s mother despises everything about Noah—his age, his upbringing . . . even his religious beliefs—and she grasps at every opportunity to belittle his plans to study theatre and pursue a stage career. When those criticisms shift further toward hostility, resulting in unjust suspicions and baseless accusations, an increasingly fearful stage is set for Faith at home, where severe restrictions and harsh penalties are put in place to remove Noah Spencer from her life.

But Faith has never connected with anyone like she has with Noah, and no matter how tight a stranglehold her mother enforces to keep them apart, Faith will not give him up. Behind the curtain, Faith’s love for Noah continues to grow . . . as does her determination to hold on to her dreams—and him—no matter how high the cost.

Intermission is a heart-wrenching contemporary YA romance set against a backdrop of musical theatre and family drama. With coming-of-age themes that honestly explore gray areas of moral dilemmas, this novel traces the path of one talented teen girl as she crosses painful thresholds of first love, faith, and betrayal to take the necessary steps toward adulthood, independence, and the dreams that set her heart on fire.


It's like that. "...a favorite old friend I just met." Serena Chase's newest novel, Intermission feels just like that. It's beautiful, it's personal, it's poetic. A tribute and dedication that spoke loud and clear from the get go.


I wished I read this book when I was Faith's age. Wait, I take that back. I take it back not because I don't think it's relevant, but because my understanding of it may very well be different. Intermission is not just a novel about first loves, young love or the happily ever after. It's about reality. It's about what dreams are, and how dreams may never come to fruition, until you find the strength and courage to hold on and wait. 

Faith's story is one of revelation, and I cried for her. For her memories with Noah, her time with Noah and her love with Noah.  Not only, but also for her life, her dreams, and her disconnection with her parents. Tears continues to well and stream down my face, even after my first attempt at wiping them with my sleeves. I tried to control them, but I couldn't. Intermission connected, touched and squeezed my heart without me knowing how it got there so quickly and unexpectedly.  I can't say the reason was that I relate to Faith or Noah, because I don't.  Our dreams and situations were very different. Our lives are very different, yet they are so real to me. Their romance, their journey, their struggles and their faith, all just played out right before my eyes as I read on.

Serena penned a marvelous coming of age novel, with messages that will hit you where it matters.  The great references and nods to classic show tunes created lighter moments within the tough ones. Plus the cover will have you go nuts over with your camera.  Intermission made me smile, sing, cry and felt a moment of sadness when it was over, but that epilogue made up for any heartache I felt. Intermission have not made its "curtain call" in my heart yet, and it may never will because it will have a place on my shelf for years to come.


"Each memory is torture...And bliss." 


  
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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SERENA CHASE is the author of the critically-acclaimed Eyes of E’veria series and a regular contributor to USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog. A lifelong performer who sometimes speaks in show tunes, Serena lives in Iowa with her husband Dave, teen daughters Delaney and Ellerie, and a 100-pound white Goldendoodle named Albus, who is the biggest star of her Instagram account. Connect with Serena Chase by visiting her website and signing up for her newsletter, “like” her official Facebook page to stay up-to-date on new release news, and enjoy her sometimes poignant, but more often chuckle-inducing random observations of life on Twitter.

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  1. Five winners will receive a signed paperback (or a Kindle copy, if preferred) of Intermission
  2. One Grand Prize winner will receive a signed paperback (or a Kindle copy, if preferred) of Intermission, plus a $40 Ticketmaster gift card


                                                                                                                                                                      


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31 comments:

  1. I love listening to the talent that people have! I also signed up for the newsletter. This book looks awesome, it is on my TBR list now!

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    1. O, Katie, you will NOT regret this. Intermission with everything is amazing! The show tunes are just extra! ;)

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  2. The few times I've been able to go I've enjoyed seeing the actors in person and I enjoy the music. My DIL was in theatre when she was in high school. Actors are certainly a different breed.

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    1. Thanks Gail for stopping in. I personally love theatre, though I don't necessarily fan girl as much as I do with authors! ;)

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  3. The thing I love about musical theatre is the drama and the songs

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  4. I love how the actors can embody the story and express it in so many ways.

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    1. Agree. And when they can sing too.. belting out a song that relates to well too...*sigh

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  5. I like the music, and often they are light-hearted. This book sounds like it has you going through all the emotions -thank you for this offer!
    Janice
    pjrcmoore@windstream.net

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    1. Thanks Janice for stopping in. You will LOVE this, then!

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  6. I love all the costumes and the wonderful voices. SO MUCH DRAMA and Pageantry!
    One of my all time favorites is Phantom of the Opera. I've seen it a couple of times. I was also in plays and operettas when I was in high school and college. The one I had fun in was Fiddler on the Roof. My part was small but at least I got to sing all those wonderful songs and have a bit of a speaking part.

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    1. How fun, Marylin! (Your name is awesome - the way you spell it!)

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  7. I love the singing and acting. I love watching the actors transform into their onstage characters. I love congratulating them after the show and seeing how happy they are.

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    1. Sweet. I love watching them and be in awe with the transformation on stage! Just fabulous!

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  8. I love playing my flute in musical theater the best. So much fun and satisfaction creating great moments for the audience.

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    1. How nice! Fellow flute player! Love it! Thanks Danielle!

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  9. I signed up for Serena's newsletter.

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  10. I can't imagine having the kind of energy that the performers need to have!
    Dianna

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    1. O, tell me about it. I can't even imagine singing in front of a big audience!

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  11. This book looks lovely! The cover is absolutely stunning. <3

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    1. So agree! ANd the book is even better than the cover! ;)

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  12. I love the talent especially in smaller towns. TY for the chance.

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    1. O.. the stories that just stays with you.. that's perfect.

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  14. I signed up for Serena's newsletter.

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  15. Oh I love the costumes and the musical stories.

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