BECOMING CALDER by Mia Sheridan — Jacque’s Review

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WHY I READ IT

MIA SHERIDAN – always a 1-CLICK… but I did receive this as an ARC.

WHAT I RATED IT

4 stars

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

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.
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JACQUE’S REVIEW

As long as Calder could remember, he has always lived with his family at Acadia, a religious community.  When Calder is 10 years old, the leader, Hector, brings a child to the community claiming “her name is Eden, and she is the one.”

“And when she reaches her eighteenth year, she will become my beloved, my one and only bride.  And as the foretelling has said, we will love together as man and wife for two months and six days before the mighty flood comes and destroys the earth and all the people and animals, and we, the blessed people of the gods, will be escorted to the glorious fields of Elysium where there is no more pain, no more struggles and never, never any tears.”

Although he is only 10, Calder is taken with Eden immediately…and so is she.  Over the years, they do have contact but it is very minimal.  But they do finally meet at the “healing springs” where they fall in love and secretly express their love through morning glories and butterscotch candies.  It becomes their “thing”.

Even at a young age, Calder always followed the rules, working towards becoming a part of Acadia’s Council.  But as he gets older, and along with Eden and Calder’s best friend, Xander, they start to question the beliefs of Hector and Acadia.  Calder and Eden also realize that if they remain at Acadia, they will never be together and plan their escape.

As Eden’s 18th birthday approaches, and as secretive as they have been, Hector finds out about their relationship.  A series of devastating events occur that mold the future of the community and especially the future of Calder and Eden.

Eden believes she is now alone and leaves Acadia heart broken and devastated.

I was fortunate enough to read Becoming Calder as an ARC.  Not having any idea about what it was about and loving all of Mia Sheridan’s work, I dove right in.  There is a lot of up front detail that needed to be told to set the stage for this story.  I was originally conflicted when I first read Becoming Calder because I wanted to really love it.  When I look back on the book, I feel that Mia took a chance and went outside the box on this one and I have to say I really did enjoy it.  I feel it is very important to be ready to read Becoming Calder and Finding Eden back to back as Becoming Calder has a cliffhanger that will leaving you wanting more.

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