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Review: Deceptive Cadence by Katie Hamstead

Title: Deceptive Cadence

Author: Katie Hamstead

Published: June 2015

Length: 323 pages (eBook)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Source: YA Bound Book Tours

My Rating: ❤❤❤

(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?

INITIAL THOUGHTS

I’m so bad. I got a review copy of this book over a year ago. Somehow, it got lost in my stack of review eBooks, and I just completely forgot to read it. Once again, I was looking for a book to cover my Monthly Keyword Challenge for February (it being May now, I obviously failed that), and I came across this book. I instantly felt bad that I didn’t read it when I should have, but then I got excited because I remember it sounding amazing! I get easily burned out with the same predictable plot lines, so this one definitely intrigued me.

WHAT I LIKED

The concept. Omg. I love it. Your husband and daughter die in a freak accident, and you get to go back in time to relive the past 11 years to try and prevent it from happening?! Yes! So many possibilities! So many possible outcomes! I just couldn’t stop reading. And I loved the fact that she was able to see what happened in the first timeline and then how things changed in the second timeline because of the different decisions she made. It’s the ultimate what if? game turned into real life. Awesome!

The beginning. I was literally crying within the first 10 pages. I didn’t think that was possible. This author somehow gave me all the feels IN 10 PAGES! Now that is pure talent. And I don’t mean one little tear. I was in tears for a good 10 minutes. I had to put the book down. Maybe it’s because I’m a mom, and seeing a mom lose her baby girl was just heartbreaking. I couldn’t believe what this book did to me in such a short amount of time. Crazy.

Cadence and James’ relationship. It was real. It grew gradually, from puppy love to the real thing. I love how Cadence gave him a chance even though she knew she would most likely end up with someone else. I love how James changed so much and just wanted to be a better person for her. I felt like I was watching two kids grow up together, learning how to live and love. It was refreshing, to be honest. I’m so tired of the insta-love thing. This was exactly what I needed.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

The fact that it’s so hard for her to make the ultimate decision. Okay, here’s the thing. (And I’m not giving anything away here. It’s all in the book blurb.) She is happily married with a beautiful daughter. She goes back in time and falls in love with someone else. That’s all fine and dandy. No, really. It is. I love it. BUT, when it comes to making the decision about whether to be with the new guy or your future husband who gives you your daughter, I don’t think the decision should be that hard. Maybe it’s just me, but here is how I look at it. If you choose the new guy, YOUR DAUGHTER DOES NOT EXIST! How can you live with yourself if you choose a life where your child does not exist?! Personally, I have a daughter, and I’m going through an ugly divorce now. If I could go back, even if I met the perfect guy, I wouldn’t change a thing. My daughter is my everything. Even if her dad is a complete ass, I still would’ve chosen to meet him and marry him, just to have her. Just my opinion, I guess…

The pace. At times, mostly in the middle of the book and the last quarter of it, I just felt like nothing was happening. The pace got super slow sometimes, and I got just a bit irritated. Perhaps it was just a little longer than it had to be.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I liked it. I really did. There were so many positives about this book. It was very unique. I haven’t read anything like it. But I think the length of the book and the “difficult” decision just threw me off. So I have mixed feelings, which makes me have to go right smack dab in the middle for my rating.

3 out of 5 Hearts!


(This was part of why I cried so hard in the beginning…)
“How can I go on without you? You’re the calm to my crazy. I didn’t even know what love was until you. Please, please, don’t be dead.”

(I love how protective Cadence’s dad is!)
“It better be over, or I’m going to go down to that school to castrate him and anyone else who looks at you!”


(from Goodreads)

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, daughters, and their dogs.

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 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 office lady at an elementary school 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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Reading Challenges Met:

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Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

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