Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Deceptive Cadence by: Katie Hamstead

Deceptive Cadence is about Cadence, a twenty-five year old who has a happy life with her husband, Austin, and her eight-month-old daughter, Melody. When she wakes up in a hospital due to a mysterious earthquake accident she realizes that both her husband and baby daughter are dead. She is thus given the opportunity, thanks to a mysterious angel to go back in time and change everything that shaped her future and her life. When she is thrust back eleven years, she realizes that she now has to face high school all over again with all of its dramas and social ladders. However, one thing is slightly different. James Gordon. Cadence wants to be faithful but when James has his eyes set on her, there is nothing she can do to stop his determination and feelings towards herself. 

A story about second chances and how life may not always be as predictable as it may seem.

Since chapter one, this novel has been a struggle to read. This is not ultimately a bad thing, it just had me on the brink of crying. Especially when Cadence visited the morgue and was holding her infant child in her arms. I felt truly torn when I read that part, feeling the need to support Cadence. From then on, things got (semi) lighter. Especially when meeting the guardian angel that ultimately offers Cadence to go back in time to save her child and her husband. But it is not as easy as she hoped it would be. Cadence has to go all the way back to ninth grade, before she met her husband and had a baby.

It is due to this second chance that Cadence meets, and falls in love, with James Gordon. It was not a part of the plan but every time Cadence tried to turn away and continue her path towards Austin and their baby, James would show up and do something remarkably sweet. Especially when he changed his "bad boy" ways and cleaned up his act to get Cadence to notice him differently, and not see the "bum" that she referred to him as. 

The plot was rather unique and a joy to read. All the characters were rather relatable and positively wonderful to read. Cadence left me in a way refreshed by her innocence yet also feeling sorry for her because she has experienced such a major lose (losing her husband, Austin, and her daughter, Melody). The only negative thing I have to say about this novel is that even though James Gordon may have seemed sweet in some chapters, he also seemed possessive and at times seemed like a stalker. Maybe that is just his personality but it made me feel a little uncomfortable with their romance at times. Other than that, this novel was an absolute awesome read. 


Summary from Goodreads:
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?

Special Thanks!

A special thanks to Katie Hamstead (Author of Cadence Duology) & Sarah (YA Bound Book Tours) for giving me the opportunity to review Deceptive Cadence. It truly is an experience that I am grateful to have received. 

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About The Author:
Born and raised in Australia, Katie's early years of day dreaming in the "bush", 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.