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Calder has grown up in a place where they are all waiting for the great flood where they will be taken to Elysium. As they wait, there is no electricity, no choice, and no self-expression for those living and working in the community. The day Eden is brought to them as the one who will be their mother and marry their leader, Calder is in awe of the beautiful young girl. As years pass, everyone waits for Eden to turn 18 so that she can be married and they can be lead to Elysium, but Eden isn't so sure she wants to marry their leader and be their savior, especially when she feels so connected with Calder. A romance between Eden and Calder is strictly forbidden, but that doesn't stop them from feeling for the first time and questioning what Calder has grown up in and the only thing he has ever known.
Wow, this book. As I was reading this book, the only way I can really explain my experience is when you see an accident about to happen and you can't look away. The whole world that Calder lives in is SO WRONG and I knew that what Calder and Eden were doing was going to get them into serious trouble, but I couldn't stop reading. I couldn't stop watching them grow to love each other and learn the truths about the world while I was anxiously waiting for everyone else to finally figure out what they were doing. But the romaine between them was so beautiful, sweet, and innocent. I LOVED Calder and how much he cared for his sister and how sweet he was to Eden. I was swooning from the moment we met him.
Just to let you all know, this is a TWO PART book, so there is a sequel. Which means there was a SERIOUS cliffhanger that had me absolutely freaking out. Did I mention I didn't buy the sequel? Because I didn't know there was one and I am kicking myself for not buying it when it was on sale. The ending of this book freaked me out and I need to know what happens to Calder and Eden. I became so emotionally invested in them and I just want them to be happy and together and for life to not be so gosh darn difficult for them anymore.
If you want a very unique story with an incredible romance, you have to pick up Becoming Calder. I could not put this book down and cared about these characters as if they were my real life friends. I am definitely going to read more Mia Sheridan books and never take a sale for granted ever again!
There are authors...there are writers...and then there is Mia Sheridan.
Those of you who have read her previous books know exactly what I am talking about. She is an author unlike anything I have ever encountered. Bravery, imagination, creativity, originality, ingenuity...and those are only a few things that make up Mia Sheridan. Her fearlessness when it comes to thinking outside the literary box and bringing us the different, the unique and the extraordinary are now her signature trademark. No need to expect anything less because she will always just give you more.
Her books stand for all things good in a world where the evil, the bad, the corrupt and the broken reside....but dreams, hope, faith, endurance, perseverance, strength, courage, respect, integrity, and love prevail. Becoming Calder and Finding Eden are no exception, but rather her truest example of all things that are Mia Sheridan.
This author takes us into two genres spanning two journeys. First, we embark on the YA read of Becoming Calder where she brings us to a world that is so self-sufficiently simplistic that is borders on Romanesque in terms of creating an environment of a ruler, a council and the townspeople all serving in a role under the guide of one man and his rules. A simple life hidden within the very walls of the complications of the real world, where your humanity is molded for you and the very basic feelings of wants and desires are not only frowned upon, but punished. The foundation that this author builds for these characters, while living in blind ignorance because they don't know any different, ironically is the very thing that fuels them and one thing that is forbidden...aspirations for something more.
True to any child's behavior, they become curious and inquisitive, eventually beginning to not only grow closer to each other and a new way of life, but form a bond of love and friendship, becoming brave and sure of what their desires truly are. They are loyal, faithful, trusting and supportive with each other, which is what saves them from the darkness and keeps them in the light.
This author takes such great care to write this foundation full of discovery for these characters in such a way that behind the simplicity of their life, there is complexity, apparent change, great depth, intense emotion, immense growth and profound beauty. You are able to wrap yourself securely in the warmth of the hope she blankets you in when the darkness takes hold and tries to rip it from you. While your heart is pounding, your stomach is dropping and your mind is racing, this author weaves a mirage in front of you reminding you of the dreams, the hopes, the love, the strength and the deep rooted determination these characters possess and share that allows you to hold on with them and to them while they fight for their lives and a chance to live a life full of questions answered, wrongs righted, dreams realized, necessary love and immense healing.
Now here it is a few years later, and Finding Eden brings us to the present time in the NA genre of this story. We find Eden living her life with a broken heart and a soul so shattered that you can almost hear the pieces crumble. She soon endures another loss, but then some of her own questions about herself are answered and she gains a little piece of her life back, even if it isn't the one that will truly heal all of her heart.
While the changes are an adjustment, having no idea who you truly are, where you come from and what your name may be, Eden remembers Calder, his voice, his words, his teachings and his love and uses them to fuel her desire to achieve as much of the life they once dreamt of but were denied. That is until the author takes mercy on both her readers and her characters and stops Eden's rain and finally gives her the sun in a moment that is so pivotal that everything seems to happen in slow motion so you don't miss a thing.
You are immediately sucked into a vacuum where nothing exists but four eyes, two hearts and one love so explosive that you will immediately find yourself feeling like a voyeur spying in on a moment so intimate and intense that your heart feels overwhelmed. It is so personal, so passionate, so profound....so....perfect. Once again you are reminded of the love, the wants, the wishes, the hopes and the dreams...and you soon find that they don't belong to the characters, but rather yourself, as you are now fully invested in what you are seeing, feeling and longing for. And my God, you are willing to fight for it with them because you hear yourself cheering and yelling in your very soul for it to happen because it is time and it is necessary.
But true to any story about life, any life, it is rife with adversities and obstacles; adversities and obstacles that can be overcome, and others that are more difficult. And while the main focus of these books is the love of Calder and Eden, this author knows that real relationships of any kind always have a support system. Those necessary puzzle pieces that make our lives complete and whole and help make us soar, and we find that in Xander. While appearing to be a secondary character, Xander is truly the wind, catching sails and helping his friends soar. Just another amazing gift that Mia Sheridan gives us....the value of a real friendship.
Mia Sheridan also represents the relationship between Eden and her mother FLAWLESSLY; displaying the struggle between trying to embrace reality while finding a way to let go of the past was spot on. The difficulty is understandable, the sadness palpable, the sense of being cheated reminded and the bitterness evident. She, too, struggles with adjustment, suffers a loss with her gain and embarks on her own journey that is hard, but necessary. This author never overlooked one character in this journey, their feelings, their struggle or their healing, as each moment shared is poignant, necessary, emotional and driven by love.
These books will break you down
Build you up
Shatter your heart
Repair your soul
Deny your wishes
Reward your wants
Inspire your hopes
Cultivate your dreams
But in the end, they will heal you and leave you with a vision of the beauty that is reflected in the triumph over the pain.
This author is breaking hearts, healing souls, saving lives, opening eyes, instilling tolerance, obliterating judgment and showing the possibilities of people and life.....one book at a time. Aren't we the lucky ones who get to experience it!
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Heading straight into book 2!!!