Friday, 6 February 2015

Mia Sheridan - Becoming Calder

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Susan & Stacey

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.

Archer's Voice was the first Mia Sheridan book I had read but adored it. So when I heard about 'Becoming Calder' and that it involved a cult I felt a bit unsure as to whether I would get into it. But Calder...oh my word...Discovering Calder ruined me.

I've never felt such immense pain reading a book. Upon finishing I felt so much and in other ways so completely empty.

The story of Calder and the life he was led into with his mother, father and sister. Arcadia (their four-hundred-acre community) was home for them and other members. And the hope they put into their entire lives going by one man...Hector.

I won't tell you my name for him but the man is clever, vindictive and makes so many of his 'followers' believe him and worship him, undeservedly.

They would follow him until the end. To Elysium.

A new girl and one day wife, Eden would change it all. The one who "bore the mark" of the blessed one.

A truly mind shattering book...I adored it.  

"I worship you and no other. Until there is no breath in my body and my bones have turned to dust, you, my love, you and no other."
"I will protect your sweet and hopeful heart. I vow to shield you from any ugliness in this world, and always be your shelter in the storm."
"Where there had been light and hope only hours before, now there was only darkness and despair."

After reading two of Mia's other books, I had been recommended Becoming Calder and after falling in love with Mia's writing and characters, I was really looking forward to this. The blurb did draw me in but when I started reading I was a bit unsure; I couldn't really get into it with the whole cult thing, though I was drawn to Calder straight away and began falling in love. I knew I had to keep reading though as I knew that would change, from what other people had said, and well, from Mia's writing in general. And I'm so glad I carried on. 

"He sifts through all the pebbles until he finds the smoothest one he can, and presents it to her as a token of his love."

From 30% onward I was hooked, I barely put it down. I was just dying to know what happened next. I gasped, I 'aww'ed, I even had a few tears. It kept me hanging on all the way to the end. The love between Calder and Eden is pure, immeasurable, passionate, and oh so strong no matter what is thrown at them. 

"Somewhere inside a voice whispered, you survived, and now you have to live."

I can't wait to read Finding Eden.

You can keep in touch with Mia and new about her books on her websiteFacebook, and Twitter.

Get your copy of Becoming Calder here (UK) or here (US).

We purchased this book ourselves and weren't asked to write this review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & our own.


1 comment:

  1. I adored this and Finding Eden, Mia is such a brilliant author!! thanks for sharing with #readwithme x


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