24 February 2016

Book Reviews: Cadence Duology by Katie Hamstead

Deceptive Cadence (Cadence #1) by Katie Hamstead.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Fantasy.
Publication: June 2015 by REUTS Publications, LLC.
Cadence Anderson has the perfect definition of happily ever after . . .

Until she doesn't. A freak earthquake shatters her life as surely as her home, taking away everything she holds dear. She wakes in a hospital to find that her beloved husband and infant daughter have been killed, crushed by the earthquake's wrath. Disoriented, injured, and alone, Cadence refuses to accept the loss. So when a man claiming to be her guardian angel appears and offers her a chance to go back in time to save her family, she doesn't need to give it a second thought. She accepts.

Thrust back eleven years, she now faces the ordeal of high school all over again. But this time, she's armed with all the knowledge of her adult life and the determination to do everything better, from preventing the loss of her best friend to avoiding her original, drama-inducing boyfriends. She's focused solely on Austin, her future husband, and is content to bide her time until she meets him again.

But then James Gordon crosses her path. Cadence wants to remain single, but James has his sights set. He is determined to win her over, and he's very hard to resist. As Cadence starts to develop unwanted feelings for him, she realizes he threatens to disrupt everything, changing the future and distracting her from her original goal. Now, Cadence must choose: deny the unpredictable and exciting path James offers her, or stay true to the life she had and is trying desperately to resurrect. Second chances are more complicated than they seem.

Deceptive Cadence combines the soaring emotion of a heartfelt romance with the innovative storytelling of magical realism, crafting a uniquely moving, intricate tale about love and loss that asks: what would you do if given the chance to right all your wrongs?

Reviewed by Kelly.

Haven’t you ever wondered if you could go back with the knowledge you have now what would you do differently? I know I have! That’s what hooked me into reading this book.

Now with the knowledge of her adult life and the loss of her husband and daughter she goes back to high school which is several years before she met her husband. Right then I would have had red flags. Why do I need to go that far back?

Cadence knows some of the things she wants to change and she does. She becomes happier and better for it. But in the process, she catches the attention of James Gordon. Well, she had his attention before but due to circumstances then, they never really knew each other. He was in a bad group of kids. But now that she dodges the boyfriends from her past, he steps in and cleans up his act. He relentlessly pursues her. She sees his changes and is attracted to him. She gives in and there starts a 3+ year span of them together before the end of the first book.

Because of her future being slightly hazy while in her past self she lives mostly in her new now. But at the stroke of midnight every New Year, her fuardian Angel who gave her this option to go back in time and try to save her family, returns and time freezes for everyone but her and they review the year and go over her goals. When he physically touches her shoulder that gives her all her feelings of her adult life back to her. She asks about things and goes over her concerns. The longer she is with James the harder it becomes to stay on track. She is also given a scrapbook of her husband and their lives from the time she goes back. She looks over it often and looks at the picture of her, her husband Austen and her baby girl Melody. She is also told she cannot try to change events like 9-11 and can’t tell anyone things about them or time will go back to where she was after she lost her husband and daughter.

This book has haunted me since I finished it. I keep wondering what her next choices will be. I am afraid to read the next one because I want her to choose James. But would I do that knowing that would mean my daughter would be lost to me forever? That just blows my mind up! And we are just getting to the point where she will meet Austen again. But I agreed to review them both so I have to read it. So here I go……

Diverging Cadence (Cadence #2)
Publication: August 25, 2015.
When Cadence Anderson woke to find her husband and infant daughter had been killed, she thought her life was over. Instead, she was offered a second chance and sent back in time to do it all again.

She’s made the most of this opportunity, repairing her relationship with the best friend she lost the first time, avoiding the romantic mistakes she made originally, and even bringing her family closer together. But she’s also done something she wasn’t planning on—she’s fallen in love with someone other than her future husband.

Stepping onto a plane and flying across country to attend university is the hardest decision she’s had to make. But unless she follows through with it, her future with Austin might never happen. And what becomes of her beautiful baby if she stays with James, the man she was never supposed to love?

The only thing she knows for certain is that she has to see Austin again, and she’s intent on reliving that part of her previous life exactly like she did the first time. Even if that means she has to lie to James to do it. Because, deep down, she can’t quite bring herself to let him go.

Now, past and future are about to collide, and Cadence has to make her final choice—follow the uncertain path of a life with James, or the one she came back to save . . . with Austin.

In this emotional conclusion to the story that began in Deceptive Cadence, relationships will be tested, identities revealed, and the past will overshadow the future, putting the finishing touches on an unforgettable tale of courage, sacrifice, and, above all, love.

Reviewed by Kelly

If you haven’t read the first book, this won’t make any sense.
I have to admit it took me a while to read this book. I wanted to read these books to see if given the chance would my choices be different? I hadn’t thought that it would be a love triangle once the second book started. This is where she meets her future husband again. I didn’t want her to meet him again. I actually had to put it down several times and do something else. I couldn’t believe that Cadence could love two people at the same time and cheat on both of them. It irked me and I wanted James to be happy.

By the time I told myself to suck it up and just read it, I found myself conflicted like Cadence and wanted James and Austin to be happy. I didn’t know how to feel. The author was very good at making you fall in love with both of them. I’m glad I wasn’t in her shoes! I didn’t know what the author would do but I couldn’t see this ending well for one of them.

What I really didn’t see coming was the twist at the end that brought me to tears. It was the perfect ending. I really didn’t think that it would be possible to have a perfect ending but it did. And that’s all I’m going to say because if you’ve read the first you have to read the second book. You might have to put it down and walk away because you may feel disgusted by Cadence or mad at the author, but you need to finish it so you can see how it ended, because it is worth it! It is a great book on love and second chances. I loved it! This is definitely a book that will be read again!!

Grab a few Kleenexes first though!

Born and raised in Australia, Katie's early years of day dreaming in the "bush", and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.
After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.
She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.
When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels now available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.
Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

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