Review: Deceptive Cadence (Cadence, #1) by Katie Hamstead
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?
4 Out of 5 Stars
Genre: Angels, Another-World, Romance, Supernatural, Teen--
25 year old Cadence wakes up in the hospital to find that her beloved husband and baby daughter have died in an earthquake that she survived with only a few broken bones. Cadence is inconsolable and wants nothing more but to die and join her loved ones. A strange man visits her at the hospital and makes her an offer- she can go back in time to her 14 year old self but her memories will be intact and gets a chance to live her life again to fix mistakes and conflicts along the way with the possibility of saving her husband and child. It is no question, and Cadenece makes a journey to her own past, but it is more of a challenge than she could have ever guessed.
I started reading this story expecting an emotional upheaval kinda story based on the plot, and yes this was emotional, but it was not overly so where I felt like I was drowning in sorrow. The story was engaging and such an interesting concept that I was hooked by the first few chapters. I love the idea of going back to fix things that did not seem so important but caused a huge problem in the long run. Who wouldn't want to change something in the past? This book did have heartbreak in it, but it also had hope and love just as well represented and it was not a negative read.
Cadence was a strong character, she knew who she was and was not interested in changing herself for others, just in being a better version of who she was already. I love how she realized how pretty she was and appreciates herself unlike most teenagers. She notices the way people treat her and the interactions around her that she had never picked up on before, so it makes me wonder if she is more perceptive as an adult mind or if it is the whole second time around thing that changes perspective.
I was intrigued by James and wanted to know more about him and his sister right from the start. I loved watching who he became as a mess of a boy to an incredible man. I know that Austin is her love and all, but I like James best, but that could be do to the fact that I know James and Austin is just an idea.
I loved Cadence's friendship with Geri and how that was something of value to Cadence that she wanted to rectify. The two of them together were funny and cute, and it really seems like they have a life long bond. The small changes that she did had such big effects, and appreciated that she had the opportunity to see what both paths would cause.
This was a really good read but it left me full of questions and dread because I have no idea what will happen next. I know what I want to happen and what may actually happen based on the past, but I so filled with the emotional turmoil of it all. Well done, author, for filling me with angst for fictional people. Not going to lie, but there were some super awkward moments dealing with sex and her dad's harsh judgments that made me feel uncomfortable while reading, but that was my only real problem. I look forward (and am filled with dread) over what will happen in the sequel.
I received this title in return for my honest review.