BLOG TOUR: The Secrets We Kept by Lily Velez- Review and Giveaway

The Secrets We Kept 
Author: Lily Velez
Publication Date: November 8th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Synopsis: 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.

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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 pit bulls 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

Lily's debut young adult novel, The Secrets We Kept, released on November 8, 2015.


I don't really know what to say, except The Secrets we Kept is one of those books - one that you just have to read to experience. I am going to not give anything away in this review because it should be read without any spoilers to really understand this story. This book had a set of star crossed lovers, depression, death, and, strangely enough, a new take on the foster system.

With scene's from Sully and Cadence's past, that gave us insight into their present, The Secrets we Kept was a SO much better book than I expected it to be (which was way too serious/ intense, as stated in various goodreads reviews). The very depiction of the foster system was gut wrenching and even through that, they manage to find love, which was like the quote: light can be found in the darkest places, if only one remembers to turn on the light.. 

Fate brings Cadence and Sully together again, after a year, but things are different; Cadence is different. Cadence can't bear getting hurt again. But love is a powerful thing, both good and bad, and with the power to make you or break you, and Cadence isn't ready for the latter...

I promise you, this book will break your heart just as much as TFIOS or like losing a friend. The story is written so brilliantly, it lets you feel every word; every emotion that the characters feel. READ IT!


1 comment:

  1. This is one that I really want to read. I love the synopsis and the cover so much. Great review!