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HOLY WOW. This. Was. Breathtaking!!!!! The pure, raw, heart-wrenchingly powerful emotions, the exquisite writing, and the way every single piece of the story came together was perfection. This story truly makes you believe in undying, unconditional love. It is one of the very BEST series I have ever read. 6 STARS!!!
Note: Finding Eden must be read *after* Becoming Calder. It is the continuation of and conclusion to that story.
Every single emotion from Becoming Calder came flooding back the moment I began reading this. Just a few pages in and I already had tears in my eyes. A few pages after that and they were streaming down my face. Shivers ran down my body as the magnitude of what was happening to these characters truly hit me.
I read chapter after chapter completely overwhelmed with the raw emotions this story evoked. This isn't a story you just read, this is a story you experience with all your heart and soul. You live it. It takes over your senses until the world fades away and there's just you and the words you're reading.
"Sometimes I imagine the rain is him. If I'm alone, I turn my face into it and I can feel him. I'll never have a place where I can visit him, and so I'm with him in the rain."
There's a particular moment -- and you'll know it when you get to it -- that is, honest to God, one of the most powerful moments I've ever read in a book. I just broke down sobbing. But they were tears of happiness. It was literally the most beautiful scene you can imaging and I was ugly sobbing. There was noise. The way it was written with that powerful build up, the momentum of the rising intensity, and the way all the pieces of the story fell into place leading up to that one heart-stopping moment was incredible.
But that wasn't it. The more I read, the more these moment would just hit me over and over again. I read this whole book cover to cover with my hand over my heart, and every few pages I'd just take in a deep calming breath. I clung to every word and every few pages, I'd read a particular line and tears would just pour down my face again. It was the most amazing experience and I loved every single word.
Just to be clear though, these were not tears of sadness. They were literally just a result of my deep emotional attachment to these characters. More than anything, this story makes you believe in the healing power of love. Calder and Eden's undying love for each other got them through the worst life could throw at them. I'd seen them grow up, I'd seen them fall in love, I'd seen everything they sacrificed for each other, I'd seen them face the ultimate devastation, and I saw them survive. I saw their love survive.
"I never stopped loving you. I never will. Ever."
I haven't mentioned anything about the plot in this book on purpose because this story is the second half of Becoming Calder and you shouldn't know anything other than that before you start it. What I can say though is that everything that I wanted to see happen was shown. In every way, this is a complete story.
This is a book you'll want to read as slowly as you can to appreciate every single beautiful word at the same time as wanting to read it as fast as you possibly can to find out what happens next.
I finished the story overflowing with happiness and I sat there for the longest time just absorbing the story, reliving every moment from the beginning in Becoming Calder to the breathtaking conclusion in Finding Eden. Looking back on the entire story, I realize just how carefully planned it truly was. Everything -- every last detail -- happened for a reason. Every single piece of their journey had a purpose and it all came together to create one of the most powerful and captivating stories you can imagine.
Mia Sheridan's writing is exquisite. Even though I have loved all her books, there's no doubt for me that this is her best story yet. I couldn't put it down even for a minute. I have quotes highlighted on nearly every page and the emotional hangover of the century. Her words build you up, they break you down, and then put you back together better than you ever were to begin with.
Becoming Calder was easily a 5+ star book. Everything about it -- from the writing, to the story, to the emotions, to the message -- was EPIC. But looking back on the complete story from both books with the perspective and experience of having read Finding Eden, there's no doubt in my mind that together, this is worthy of 6 STARS. It just went above and beyond. There is literally nothing else like this out there. It's one of the best series of the year in every possible way. Everyone should read it!!!
Calder and Eden's powerful, captivating, and epic love story is forever imprinted on my heart. It's a story I know I'll re-read many times over and still never get enough of it. It's absolutely unforgettable.
Rating: 6 STARS!!! (Contemporary Adult Romance)
At the end of the first one, we knew they were both alive, but neither of them thought the other was. The beginning of this one is them trying to grieve, trying to go on with their lives, trying to get a foothold on their new reality. At the very beginning of Calder's book, Eden had fainted in front of the man who owned the jewelry store where she sold the locket. In this one, she wakes up in his home. Naturally, she worries about what he might expect of her (can't blame her after Hector), but he only has fatherly intentions toward her.... he sees in her an opportunity to right a wrong choice he made so long ago. Sadly, Eden doesn't get much time with Felix, but he was her savior at the time in so many ways. He helped her get her bearings, develop a way to support herself (without ID), and even pointed her in the right direction when he was no longer able to show her himself.
As for Calder, he's lost without Eden, but at least he has Xander. Because Xander doesn't know what else to do for Calder, he buys Calder a bunch of art supplies, which Calder uses to soothe his ache for Eden. He paints their spring, he paints her, he paints their life, everything to keep her memory alive... and his paintings catch the eye of an art gallery owner. Well, *he* catches her eye, too, and when fate crosses Eden and Calder's paths again, he has a girlfriend. WTF?! A what?! How can this be?? But of course, a girlfriend is no match for what Calder and Eden have, even now. I was glad that part wasn't drawn out, and while I know neither Calder nor Eden would ever purposefully hurt someone, I was very happy to see how Madison handled everything. I can only imagine her pain, yet she even said herself that she never would have had Calder's heart since Eden owned it.
Sadly, Eden and Calder couldn't stay cocooned very long and reality intrudes in a big way. Calder and Eden both faced it with as much grace and strength as they could. I felt so bad for how Calder felt so worthless, but I was also glad every time Eden built him back up. And I was so glad they didn't give up on each other. I was also glad Calder was able to come to terms with Carolyn (with the awesome help of Molly to slap her with a dose of reality).
Eden and Calder's trip to Indiana was amazing. So many questions answered, some in good ways, some in unbearably horrible ways... Even Willa's suggestion was explained, that Calder go to the back, left corner... it's the only way he'll live. At the time, I thought she was guiding Calder, Xander, and Eden to the right place to leave Acadia, but it had a totally different meaning.
This whole story will stay with me. I'm almost sad I devoured it and I don't have more Calder and Eden to read about. At the same time, I'm happy I still have more Mia Sheridan stories I have yet to experience. She truly has a gift for telling a compelling story with thought-provoking people in amazing -- yet real -- circumstances, who are bone-deep good people, despite the horrors life has thrown at them.
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