BECOMING CALDER by Mia Sheridan – Jenn’s Review

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WHY I READ IT

Mia Sheridan is a master with words. She is always a must read!

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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JENN’S REVIEW

I have loved each one of Mia Sheridan’s books and was thrilled to be granted early copies of Becoming Calder and Finding Eden. These books tell one continuous story. You need to read them in order and luckily, they were released simultaneously.

Becoming Calder is the story of Calder Raynes, who is growing up in the self sustaining society of Acadia. What Acadia really is, is a cult and is full of people who need a place to belong and a feeling of community. Not Calder. Calder, even at 10 years old which is when we first meet him, knows exactly who he is and what he wants. He is going to get a seat on the “council” of Acadia and impress their leader, Hector, whom they call Father. He wants to be worthy in the Gods eyes, so when the floods come, he will brought into Elyisum and saved. That is when Hector brings the chosen one to Acadia, in the form of a beautiful, blond haired nine year old girl, Eden.

“And I was destined to marry Hector. Or so I was told. Only destiny hadn’t check with me first. If she had, I would have told her that I was pretty sure Calder Raynes was my destiny-or at least I would have begged for it to be made so.”

Calder and Eden’s eyes meet across the crowded temple, and even then, there is a knowing in their eyes and in their souls. They are destined for each other. The problem with that? According to their beliefs, Eden is destined to marry Hector when she comes of age. Regardless of what the future might hold, Calder and Eden cannot deny the pull they feel towards each other.  They begin to question what they have been taught; wanting to be together, knowing “destiny” is standing in their way.

I can’t find the right words to describe how it felt, watching Calder and Eden fall in love.  With SO MANY obstacles standing in their way, Calder and Eden fought for each other. They risked their lives for brief, stolen moments. They questioned everything they were taught to believe and believed in each other. It was breathtaking to watch two people come together in such a powerful way. Calder and Eden grow and learn together, and as they do, so does their love. You knew that there was no other alternative than for them to be together. Unfortunately, for Calder and Eden, as easy as it was for them to love each other, there were so many outside forces keeping them apart, doing everything in its power to drive a wedge between them. They never give up, but once you think they are free, their world is ripped out from underneath them and tragedy strikes.

“I’ve wanted you for so long. So long. Every waking minute, in my dreams, too. I want to bury myself in you, drown in you, and never come up for air. I want you to be mind, and only mine.”

While witnessing the love between Calder and Eden was a magnificent story, the back-drop of the cult lifestyle was my only issue with the story, and it was a personal one. The writing was beautiful and flawless and the picture Mia’s words painted jumped off the page…but, I wanted to scream at them to just go!! Get out!! Many of these people lived outside of Acadia before joining the community. They had to know that what Hector was saying sounded insane. For example, the Gods, wanted them to live without electricity or running water, because it was the Gods will, but at up at the main house, where Hector and the council members lived, they had all those “luxurious” amenities. Because of my reluctance to the story line, it was a slow start for me. It took me until about 40% to get hooked. Once I was wrapped up in the intense love of Calder and Eden, the cult took a backseat for me. All I wanted was for the two of them to get their happy ending. Thankfully, Mia wrote the sequel, FINDING EDEN, and released them together. This is a story of two souls destined to be together and the uphill battle they face to make it so.

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