Title: Deceptive Cadence (Cadence #1)
Author: Katie Hamstead
Release Date: June 30, 2015
Publisher: REUTS Publications
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
“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?”
My ReviewI both loved and hated this book. Let's start with the good.This story itself is pretty interesting. Who doesn't wish at some point to get a 'do over'? I found myself wanting to know how Cadence would change her life and the others around her. She's a fifteen year old Australian who lives with her over protective dad, mother, older sister, Harper and younger brother, Dusty. In her first life she wasn't close to her family and she was soon to be estranged from her best friend, Geri. In her second go around she tries to fix all of these relationships and in the process makes her life and her inner circle's lives better. All good things...
... in theory. As a character Cadence is a little insufferable. Every guy likes her, everyone thinks she's nice and pretty. She has what I like to call "The Joey Potter/Rory Gilmore Syndrome". Also, we never got a chance to get to know her husband from her first life, Austin, but we do get to know her boyfriend, James, in the second life. So naturally, I was rooting for James. Furthermore, all her feelings of her husband and daughter are written a little superficially. Still, even though I ended up rooting for James, how they get together and their relationship thereafter borders on stalking and manipulation. Cadence's father was also annoyingly sexist. Lastly, the whole character of Melanie frustrated me. It was okay for Cadence to be close to her siblings, but for James' sister Melanie it wasn't. As a twin who is fiercely close to her sister, I did not like that. Also, when Melanie was quiet and awkward no one liked her. Then she gets a makeover and suddenly she's popular? Not a good message.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Words To Live By
"Definition of DECEPTIVE CADENCE: a musical cadence in which the dominant resolves to a harmony other than the tonic. —called also false cadence, interrupted cadence, suspended cadence" - From Merriam-Webster Dictionary