Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Becoming Calder by Mia Sheridan - Review

There is a place in modern day America with no electricity, no plumbing, and no modern conveniences. In this place, there is no room for dreams, no space for self-expression, and no tolerance for ambition.

In this place, there is a boy with the body of a God and the heart of a warrior. He is strong and faithful and serves his family honorably. But he dares to dream of more.

In this place, there is a girl with the face of an angel and a heart full of courage. To her family, she is the vision of obedient perfection. But she dares to want that which she has been told can never be hers. 

Becoming Calder is the story of good versus evil, fear versus bravery, and the truth that the light of love has always found its way into even the darkest of places... From the beginning of time, to the end of the world.

THIS IS THE FIRST PART IN A TWO-PART SIGN OF LOVE SERIES INSPIRED BY AQUARIUS. THE SECOND PART, FINDING EDEN, WILL RELEASE SIMULTANEOUSLY. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Release Date- October 5,2014 

Sav's Review

Mia Sheridan does it again. She has this pure, raw talent to completely suck you into her books. It's captivating and like a breath of fresh air to read her written words.

This is not your typical love story. It is a story of forbidden love that spans the course of time. Two gentle, beautiful souls that were destined for different things but the funny thing about the heart, is that it loves who it loves and nothing anyone does can change that.

(I will try to be as vague as I can in this review, as so much can be ruined and I refuse to be the person that takes the beauty of unfolding the layers away from you.)

Calder lives in this little community his entire life, they live off the land and never have any violence. He is such a happy boy, with a happy family and an absolute precious sister and he was always wise beyond his years

"The thing about Maya was, it was like that extra chromosome was filled to bursting with love. So filled up, it was constantly leaking out of her in some shouty way, and she just couldn't keep it inside her."

Calder has the heart of a thousand warriors. He loves fully and is completely loyal to a fault. He would never jeopardize his families name over selfish worldly things, ever... Until...

Eden moves into the colony and is the most beautiful thing Calder has ever seen. She is stunning, and also loyal, and she exudes innocence. The problem is, she is the forbidden fruit.

How will these two loyal souls fight the urges of the world? Will they be able to fight the war of hearts? 

This is a heart-wrenching book of loyalty, love, and loss. It is full of twists and turns that you never see coming. I LOVE this book as well as Calder and Eden and I really think the world will too. As soon as this book goes live I HIGHLY recommend it! 5 STARS!!!!

Leia's Review

"There is a place in modern day America with no electricity, no plumbing, and no modern conveniences. In this place, there is no room for dreams, no space for self-expression, and no tolerance for ambition." 

Becoming Calder is an intensely emotional read that drew me in from the first word. I was captivated by the tale of forbidden love and lofty dreams. Living in a society that has chosen to be segregated from the outside world, Calder and his family live off of the land. Away from the selfishness and lustful thoughts that modern conveniences stimulate, they live by the laws of their gods – pure and untainted. They strive for peace and follow the laws of their leader, hoping that it will lead them to paradise. 

Calder strives for more. Even as a child, he dared to dream beyond the simple jobs that were expected of him. He has hopes of a bright future serving on the council of his society – an almost unfathomable goal considering he is a lowly worker. Then one day, Eden is brought to live among Calder’s people. Even as a young man, Calder can see the beauty and innocence that is Eden. He feels protective of her almost immediately. But it isn’t his job to protect her. It isn’t his job to be her friend. She is promised to someone else. Their friendship is forbidden. 

Throughout the years, Calder and Eden share secret times together. Like Calder, Eden craves more and she looks to Calder to provide that to her through his tutoring. Though they aren’t allowed to be together, they are so drawn to each other. Their attraction is undeniable. You can feel the intense connection that they share with every word that is written. None of that, however, changes the fact that they can’t be together. 

“ ‘If I were just a boy, and you were just a girl, I wouldn’t kiss you like you asked.’ He paused and my heart dropped. Oh. ‘Eden, I’d kiss you long, and I’d kiss you often.’” 

As the story escalates, my heart was pounding fiercely. I fell completely in love with Calder and Eden. Things kept falling into place and I was nervous and excited and scared for them and their fate. I was hopeful and terrified. Completely absorbed in their story and their world, I couldn’t fathom their love not being victorious. There were moments I was holding my breath, just waiting for a scene to give me an answer, to let me know that it was all going to be okay – that it was going to be worth the struggles that they were facing. Each word was so carefully crafted that I found myself pausing to reread certain parts to fully absorb their beauty or intensity. 

“Everything is more beautiful because we are doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again. – Homer, The Iliad” 

Mia Sheridan is such a uniquely gifted author. Her stories are laced with an intensity that you are hard pressed to find anywhere else. The story lines of each book are so different that anything you’ve ever read. Becoming Calder was no exception to that rule. This book was full of passion and longing, woven with hope and desperation. It was a perfect 5 star read. I couldn’t ask for anything more. 

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