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Cadence Anderson has the perfect definition of happily ever after . . .Until she doesn't. A freak earthquake shatters her life as surely as her home, taking away everything she holds dear. She wakes in a hospital to find that her beloved husband and infant daughter have been killed, crushed by the earthquake's wrath. Disoriented, injured, and alone, Cadence refuses to acceCadence Anderson has the perfect definition of happily ever after . . .Until she doesn't. A freak earthquake shatters her life as surely as her home, taking away everything she holds dear. She wakes in a hospital to find that her beloved husband and infant daughter have been killed, crushed by the earthquake's wrath. Disoriented, injured, and alone, Cadence refuses to accept the loss. So when a man claiming to be her guardian angel appears and offers her a chance to go back in time to save her family, she doesn't need to give it a second thought. She accepts.Thrust back eleven years, she now faces the ordeal of high school all over again. But this time, she's armed with all the knowledge of her adult life and the determination to do everything better, from preventing the loss of her best friend to avoiding her original, drama-inducing boyfriends. She's focused solely on Austin, her future husband, and is content to bide her time until she meets him again.But then James Gordon crosses her path. Cadence wants to remain single, but James has his sights set. He is determined to win her over, and he's very hard to resist. As Cadence starts to develop unwanted feelings for him, she realizes he threatens to disrupt everything, changing the future and distracting her from her original goal. Now, Cadence must choose: deny the unpredictable and exciting path James offers her, or stay true to the life she had and is trying desperately to resurrect. Second chances are more complicated than they seem.Deceptive Cadence combines the soaring emotion of a heartfelt romance with the innovative storytelling of magical realism, crafting a uniquely moving, intricate tale about love and loss that asks: what would you do if given the chance to right all your wrongs?...

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Deceptive Cadence Reviews

  • Aditi
    2019-03-06 10:12

    “Some things just couldn't be protected from storms. Some things simply needed to be broken off...Once old thing were broken off, amazingly beautiful thing could grow in their place.”----Denise Hildreth JonesKatie Hamstead, an Australian author, has penned a heart wrenching tale of love and second chances in her book, Deceptive Cadence, which is the first book in the Cadence series. This book unfolds the story of a woman who lost her family in an earthquake, following which she gets an opportunity to go back in time in her high school days and make amends for her lost family.Synopsis: Cadence Anderson has the perfect definition of happily ever after . . .Until she doesn't. A freak earthquake shatters her life as surely as her home, taking away everything she holds dear. She wakes in a hospital to find that her beloved husband and infant daughter have been killed, crushed by the earthquake's wrath. Disoriented, injured, and alone, Cadence refuses to accept the loss. So when a man claiming to be her guardian angel appears and offers her a chance to go back in time to save her family, she doesn't need to give it a second thought. She accepts.Thrust back eleven years, she now faces the ordeal of high school all over again. But this time, she's armed with all the knowledge of her adult life and the determination to do everything better, from preventing the loss of her best friend to avoiding her original, drama-inducing boyfriends. She's focused solely on Austin, her future husband, and is content to bide her time until she meets him again.But then James Gordon crosses her path. Cadence wants to remain single, but James has his sights set. He is determined to win her over, and he's very hard to resist. As Cadence starts to develop unwanted feelings for him, she realizes he threatens to disrupt everything, changing the future and distracting her from her original goal. Now, Cadence must choose: deny the unpredictable and exciting path James offers her, or stay true to the life she had and is trying desperately to resurrect. Second chances are more complicated than they seem.Deceptive Cadence combines the soaring emotion of a heartfelt romance with the innovative storytelling of magical realism, crafting a uniquely moving, intricate tale about love and loss that asks: what would you do if given the chance to right all your wrongs? Cadence loses her husband and her child in a devastating earthquake, which not only kills her family but also claims her life, but luckily she was saved from the accident. Devastated with the loss of her family, Cadence does not know what to do without them. Soon Cadence's guardian angel appears in her life and offers her an opportunity of lifetime that she can go back in her early teenage years and can make up for the lost time or rather say spend time with her lost husband and child. Without a second thought, Cadence accepts her guardian angel's offer and thus travels 11 years back in time when she was in high school. She prepares herself to get rid of her then boyfriends and get ready for her husband whom she will meet and fall for in her college. But when a handsome boy named James comes across Cadence life, it throws her on crossroads on whether to pursue her relationship with James or spend her time with her lost husband.The writing style of this author is fantastic as it is layered with proper heart-felt emotions, humor and with lots of touching moments. The narrative is strong and free-flowing and the story revolves with both Cadence and James' POV, thus giving the readers a clear perspective about the character of James and Cadence. But the author does not dominate her readers' view with either James or Cadence's POV, instead she gives her readers enough space to look into the story with the readers' own perception. The pacing of the story is bit slow as there are many events which are laid out with intricate details.Love, pain and heartbreak are the major role players in this book as it is a love story and is perfect for any contemporary romance genre fans. It feels like the author have poured all her emotions into it while treading Cadence and James' love story on the path to happiness. Yes, the love story is highly relatable as it might have happened to any one in real life with second chances and making hard decisions to letting go of something/someone precious.The characters are another aspect which makes the book deeply moving as well as entertaining. From the main characters to the supporting to the characters who are present in the story even just for a moment, the demeanor of all of them are highly inspired with realism. Moreover, the main characters, Cadence and James, grow a lot in this story and with each their each step towards growth, they become more like-able. Cadence's family is something I adore the most in this story. I've never come across one who can sacrifice so much and support and love their children this much.The story has so much emotions that it can bring a tear into the eyes of the readers as well as some really hilarious moments which will bring a smile in the face of the reader. In short, this is a must read story which will keep the readers glued till the very last page and not only that, as the book ends with a shocking cliffhanger, the readers will be left with wanting more and vouching for the next story in the series.Verdict:A must read contemporary story. Courtesy:received a digital copy from YA Bound Book Blog Tours.

  • Kate's Corner
    2019-02-26 10:18

    The book is split into two parts. We have Cadence’s part & James’s part.The beginning of this book broke me fucking heart. It was so sad, you could feel the grief and the loss of husband and child of what Cadence was experiencing.If you offered the opportunity of a lifetime to go back to the age of fourteen and start all over again to save the two people who you loved most in your life would you? Would you go back and do it all again? With what you know now?Cadence agrees to this choice and makes changes things, she tries to rectify mistakes with how things went down with her ex boyfriends and her best friend. Through changing those things does it still lead to the path in the future? Was having the knowledge really any help at all? Fixed events can’t be changed as they change the world history revealing these mistakes Cadence will lose her chance at changing her future. 9/11 has to happen, Hurricane Katrina etc. Has to sign a contract. We have the right to make our own choices as humans and we have to carry the consequences We all have that one boy we know we shouldn’t have kissed but did it anyway. We all have a friend that we lost contact with and we wish that we never didn’t.Would I want to go back to being grounded?“Candence Anderson” “Get off me!” “You’re even more beautiful up close.” I glared at him, then glanced around to see the whole class watching. “You’re making a scene.” “I don’t care. I just wanna get your attention.” I shoved him in the chest and glared up at him. “Well you have it, what do you want?” “I want you to date me.” I laughed. “You’re insane” “Come on I’ve been watching you for weeks. You’re a total prude but you’re hot.” I slapped him across the face. “Get away from me”As his gaze fell back on my face, a hint of pain reflected in his eyes. “So, you’re rejecting me?” “Um, yeah.” “Um yeah or rejecting me or um yeah you wanna date me?” The teacher entered the room with the vice principal behind her. James Gordon! Get off Miss Anderson this instant!” “Not until she answers me. I’m waiting Cadence.” I met his gaze. “No, you're a bully and a pothead. I wouldn’t touch you with a six foot pole” He pursed his lips and straightened releasing me. “Is that what you think?” “That’s exactly what I think.” He glanced at the vice principal. “Well Cadence you, you’re wrong and I’m going to prove it to you. “ “Go ahead.”I really like James, actually no I loved him. I can’t say anything about Austin as you don’t really meet him. I’m for the underdog. Sorry Austin but James is my man here. You really have to be careful what you wish.This book was beautifully written and there was a good foundation to the story. There were times that it flowed well but then there were times were the juvenile and immature behavior came through which is clear because it is young adult it just isn’t for me. I will read the second book. Sometimes second chances aren’t always what they seem but she has a positive influence on several things. I’m torn with the decision that Cadence made, leaving James.They don't split and he waits for her...when she goes off to university to save her 'future'Book received in exchange for a honest review. Can also be found on

  • Sharon Bayliss
    2019-03-10 09:25

    Twenty-five year old Cadence has a happy life with her husband Austin and baby daughter Melody. Then she wakes in the hospital after a mysterious earthquake/accident and discovers that her husband and daughter are both dead. The first chapter alone nearly had me in tears, especially when Cadence visited the morgue and held her infant's body. Any mother (or really any human with feelings) would feel for Cadence and support her desire to do absolutely anything to get her family back.Then the magical realism kicks in. A guardian angel visits Cadence and offers her a chance to go back in time to save her husband and child. Of course, she's on board, but it's not the easy fix you might think. Cadence has to go all the way back to ninth grade, years before she met her husband and a decade before she gave birth to her child. The twenty five year old finds herself in her fourteen year old body faced with having to life a decade of her live all over again in order to save her family. A great premise, right!? I love it.On a random side note, I love how the new mom looked at her fourteen year old body and wondered why she had once been so critical of it. I think that every time I see an old picture of myself. Why did I think I was fat?? But I digress.This is an engaging and creative read, with plenty of twists and turns to keep you interested throughout. With every choice she makes, little things change, creating new even more complicated choices. I just wish all the books were out now! I had thought I was going to get all my answers at the end of book one, not fully understanding that there was more to come. But that's okay, I have something to look forward to.I also loved the daring genre twist. It's almost like a young adult book written specifically for an adult audience. Or perhaps a book that's YA and adult simultaneously. In any case, I think it would be an appropriate read for both YA and adult audiences.Bring on book 2!

  • Carlene Inspired
    2019-03-09 11:20

    Ebook provided by YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.Find more of my reviews at Carlene Inspired.Deceptive Cadence falls more into the Young Adult genre, however the concept, the age in which Cadence truly is, is all new adult. Time travel takes Cadence back to age 14, giving her an opportunity to relive her life, and save the life of her future husband and child, both lost to a terrifying accident. Cadence flits between being a young twenty year old to being the 14 year old that she has agreed to live in again. With 10 years of her life to relive, she redoes a lot of things, causing changes that are both positive and negative to the future. However, the changes cause her old life and new life to intersect and she must choose what she wants her reality, her new reality, to really be.I really enjoyed Cadence as a character, I loved that she took the chance to redo life and did things completely differently. It would be so easy to write a book about a girl who only changes a few things and her life ends like it should, but Katie Hamstead allows Cadence to still think like her adult self, living as a 14 year old, and making far more mature decisions when she would before. Was she still into boys, a little gossipy, and judgmental? Yes. But her life progressed in such a new way and she was such a different character than we first met. I couldn't imagine finding happiness in a new life, then having to choose between two different paths, both happy, both full of love. The concept, though not entirely unique, was different than other time travel novels and I liked the thought of the unknown. I liked that events, like 9/11, had to happen, that the system was worked to skip time that couldn't be changed. It made it more realistic. While I loved Cadence, and the time travel concept, the general story was a bit young for me. Reliving high school, even as an adult, comes with a lot of immaturity and the characters were certainly that. I couldn't connect to the secondary characters or how easily things blew over. I remember emotions being high in high school, but it was hard to connect to in this story. On top of that, while I liked Cadence, I didn't understand her draw. Every boy wanted her, but it wasn't a tangible want, no real chemistry. I liked when the relationship with James came into play, because it brought a lot more to the story.There are some twists in this book and the end definitely leaves you wanting. I will be reading Diverging Cadence as soon as possible, because I'd like to know what happens, both to Cadence and her true future life and to Cadence and James. This is a well executed story that can easily be read by fans of YA and NA genres.

  • Charissa
    2019-03-22 12:12

    This YA story delved into how each choice we make has consequences on not only our lives, but others around us as well. The basic concept is that Cadence wakes up in a hospital to find that her husband and baby have died in an earthquake. She’s inconsolable until an angel comes and tells her she gets the chance to do it all over again and have the chance to save her husband and child. She awakes to find herself in 9th grade, reliving her life with her memories of the future still intact. She corrects mistakes she regrets and finds her life changing in high school as she meets James and falls in love. Now she’s in a quandary of who to choose as the years pass and it’s time for her to go away to college to meet her future husband. Does she stay with James who she loves and knows he can’t live without her…or does she choose the future she already knows and go far away to college to meet her future husband? This is book 1 and doesn’t quite finish the story. The high school characters do have sex, but it isn’t written about in detail; you just know they do it, but the parents forbid it and set high standards, so that was refreshing. I read it in a day because I wanted to know what Cadence would do. I loved seeing the two timelines of her life each year as the angel helps her see the positive differences she’s made in people’s lives and make goals for the next year. I can’t say enough good about this book. It was such a unique concept and written flawlessly.

  • AnaPIN
    2019-02-27 09:07

    The author of Deceptive Cadence gave me the honor to beta read this manuscript and to fall in love with James.I think James has become one of my favorite bad boys.This story starts with a very different Cadence, an adult in love and with a child. I went through her pain and loss with tears. Praying for her second chance to recover her family. But when she got back and I met James through her I didn’t wanted as much for her to get back to her husband. Of course I, being a mom, wanted her to get her child and all but James is just so amazing that I’m sure you’ll find yourself struggling as me with the path Cadence will have ahead of her.The voice in this story is fresh and sweet, full of drama and love. Katie Hamstead does a great job of showing the adult and the teen Cadence. The same person but with different voices and problems and lives.This original story will appeal both teens and adult since it portrays issues of both and also to everyone that likes love stories.

  • Rae
    2019-02-23 13:59

    I admit, DECEPTIVE CADENCE is the ultimate feel-good tale of a girl who gets a second chance at happiness after tragedy strikes. Her second time around – eleven years into the past – she’s able to approach every important decision she ever made as a teenager with the experience of having lived a completely different life, giving her the possibility to keep the friendships she lost, strengthen her relationship with her family, and potentially make the choices that would eventually save the life of her future husband and child.So of course, things get complicated when she changes a few decisions that she knows end in flames, and winds up opening the door to catching the eye of James Gordon: all around not-so-good guy. Until, suddenly, he is a good guy, because he’s trying so hard to impress her that he completely turns his life around. Yet as Cadence lets herself get drawn in by this new boy she has intense feelings for, there’s the ghost of her memories and feelings about her future family that – for obvious reasons – lead to a massive internal struggle over keeping things the same, or exploring a new relationship and seeing where an uncertain path can lead her.The overall storyline and heavy undertones of loss and pain and heartbreak – revealed as Cadence gets a chance to see what happened to her friends, old and new, the first time around, giving her an understanding of the ripple effect her own choices have on the people around her – were by far my favorite part. These “alternate” events – drug use and heavy depression, to name two – were handled with grace and contrasted with the lighter theme of love that was carried across the surface, giving us readers a gentle reminder that we have no clue what’s happening in the lives of the people around us when we’re not there to witness it. Even the mental repercussions of Cadence’s “first time” (I hope that’s enough of a hint for ya’ll) was excellently done, as Cadence struggles to balance her teenage hormones with the logic of her older self, as well as the conflicting emotions of guilt and pleasure and all of the messy things that come along with young love.And what a sappy and cheesy and adorable love it was.However, there was something that bothered me as I read, and it’s this: the characters all felt very shallow to me, and I can’t tell if it’s because they were purposefully written to be so superficial, or if there simply wasn’t enough development to them. The large majority of them were concerned with looks overall (one character is told that she could be pretty if she only tried, and is only accepted by peers after she gets a makeover of sorts), or else they were only concerned with getting a boyfriend or a girlfriend, or breaking up a relationship, or shoving themselves onto people who weren’t interested, anyway. I didn’t even know Cadence’s sister was a good artist until about 1/3 or so through the book, for example, and there’s very few of the characters I feel like I “know” beyond surface. Now, hear me out: on the one hand, the idea of teenagers being preoccupied with social standing and relationships is a very accurate depiction of high school (and heck, middle school) as it was experienced by many of my peers. I think what bothers me so much is that I couldn’t personally relate to it, which meant that I couldn’t make that desired connection with Cadence or even many of the other characters.Saying that, I was able to definitely connect and relate to the relationship between Cadence and her sister, Harper, having a weird relationship with my own sisters, myself, so watching the development of their sisterly bond was probably one of my favorite parts of the novel.With everyone else, though, I feel like there wasn’t much depth. Which I fully believe might simply be that very personal lack of connection that I mentioned, but it was so strong that it detracted from my experience of reading what was otherwise a wonderful and complex novel about second chances and their consequences – both unintended and otherwise. Like I said, I absolutely adored the heavy undertones, cleverly masked within the life of a girl whose life is seen as so perfect by that of her peers, that they don’t dare look close enough to see the decisions that Cadence is struggling with.I’d definitely invite everyone to give this book a chance, and then think twice about their own choices in life and how it affects the people surrounding them. After all, I firmly believe that one mark of a good book – regardless of a personal connection – is that it makes you think.Final Answer: 3.75 / 5

  • Jen La Duca
    2019-03-08 09:17

    I was extremely excited when I was contacted by Katie Homstead and asked to review her upcoming novel, Deceptive Cadence. I had not read anything by Katie but as soon as I read the premises for this book I was determined to convince her I needed to be a part of her blog tour and luckily for me, she agreed :) The concept behind the book is truly fascinating; after Cadence tragically loses her family in an earthquake she’s given an astounding opportunity to go back into her past, with all the knowledge she currently possesses, in an attempt to save her husband and unborn child. When she awakes to find herself in the 9th grade she realizes she has the ability to correct all her past mistakes and regrets. Doing so sets her on new path in high school, a path that brings her to James, a boy who is NOT her future husband. James and Cadence spend their high school years happy and in love but as the time draws near for Cadence to leave for college, where she’ll eventually meet her future husband and go on to have her beautiful baby, she’s no longer sure what she should do. Does she stay with the man she now loves more than anything or does she give him up in order to choose the future she came back to save?Deceptive Cadence blew me away; I was truly astounded by how captivating and well written this story was! At the start of the story all I wanted was for Cadence to get her second chance at saving her family but then James comes into the story and he just stole my heart! I struggled right along with Cadence over what the right decision was. I think we’ve wondered, at some point in our life, what would have happened had we done something different, made a different choice in our past. This story really explores this theory in every possible way as Cadence is able to remake each important decision as a teen but with the experience and knowledge of her adult life. This book hooked me in right from the get go and I read through it as fast as I could to find the outcome. Be aware though, this is book one in a series so it does end on a bit of a cliffhanger but I was still completely satisfied with the ending. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long until book two is released! Deceptive Cadence is a fantastic read that both teens (16 and up) and adults will connect with. With all of the themes that are explored this would make a great Book Club read and I do highly recommend it!Thank you so much to author, Katie Hamstead for providing me with a complimentary, advanced copy of her this book in exchange for my honest review. And a special thank you to Tiffany at REUTS Publishing for putting on an amazing Blog Tour!Visit My So-Called Book Reviews for blog tour & giveaway!

  • Debbie
    2019-03-04 14:14

    Candace's life was perfect until the unthinkable happened. Now she has a serious choice to make. Does she live with the gut wrenching pain that is now her life or does she redo her life? How many of yes have thought "if only I did this differently". The premise to this story is great and the plot is well thought out and beautifully told. I went into this book blind as I didn't want to know even the synopsis. I'm glad I did because as the story unfolded, I was completely surprised. This is a sweet novel that will give you all the feels.

  • Geraldine
    2019-03-23 13:59

    ASDFGHJKL SO GOOD Review will come soon~! :) ****17th January, 2016******See my original review at Corralling BooksThis book piqued my interest, when I saw it on the YA Bound Books site, with the author, Katie Hamstead, offering it up for review. Hooked by the premise - a guardian angel offering a second chance- I leapt at the chance to review it. It sounded sweet, a cute contemporary novel with hints of fantasy. I wasn't disappointed either - Deceptive Cadence was AMAZING. Cadence was a character that I was a bit uneasy about. She seemed too perfect, and I totally understood when Melanie pointed out that she was Miss Perfect, and that everyone seemed to just love her. Cadence was a very Mary-Sue-ish character, so I couldn't relate too well with her. I also had problems with her, as her views contrasted mine. Particularly when this happened:"I wanted to keep my virtue intact for him"I dunno, for me, I don't see virginity as a really important thing? It's good to have your first time with someone you care about, but yeah to "keep [your] virtue intact" for someone you haven't met yet...I dunno, that just sounds weird to me.James was definitely one of the more unrealistic characters in Deceptive Cadence. We see him at the start of his tenth grade, and he changes so much in the span of a year, just to gain Cadence's attention and her love. For me - that was unrealistic. Call me cynical, but I don't believe that any guy in tenth grade is in love with a girl that much to change for her in a year. Still, regardless of my cynicism, James really grew on me. His easy going nature, banter, intensity...everything that he was, I liked. James and Cadence were actually a perfect pair. I had hesitations about them at the start, especially with how James was smoking and doing all sorts of bad things, but in the end, I just accepted how awesome they were. This was a huge 360 turn for me - I was rooting for Austin at the very start of the novel, and I ended up falling in love with how easy, cute, casual and fun James and Cadence's relationship was, and how much they had gone through together. The other characters were more realistic. Some people may complain that Cadence's father was overly protective of her, and not at all realistic of life...but for me, I found that Hamstead perfectly portrayed fatherly love. At times, Geri and Cadence were too childish for me. "Geri squirted me with water. “Ha ha! Happy birthday, Cay-Cay!”“Oh! I’m gonna kick your butt!”"1To me, that sounded more like something that fifth graders do, not ninth graders.With Harper and Dusty though, Cadence's siblings, I felt like there was some real character development, and I loved how they were portrayed throughout the book. Melanie really did annoy me throughout this book. She was just so intolerant, it got on my nerves. But thankfully, there is some character development...which was great to read about. I picked this book up because of its premise, and it really didn't let me down! There was very little of the fantasy aspect to this book - it was integrated in, and there weren't any info-dumps. I loved how it was just a contemporary novel, with fantasy elements inserted in, with the angel. Actually, some of my favourite scenes were the ones with the angel at the start of every year. That was really where more of the fantasy/science-fictioney elements came out. I loved comparing Cadence's original timeline to her current timeline, and seeing how everything changed. The writing style is actually phenomenal. Well...not phenomenal. But I liked it. It was nothing special, but it was so easy to read, easy to visualise, and there were just some awesome scenes, really cute, fluffy writing. Like this excerpt below, just evoked so many feels!-fangirls- "He grasped the back of my head and pulled me in for a long, deep kiss.I ended up missing my bus."Any scenes with sexual content, it was tastefully done as well - it wasn't explicit at all, which I was really grateful for. *get ready for intense feels*Well.. what do I say?? This is honestly the most entertaining book I have read in AGES. I was so invested in this book, I stayed up till 3am reading it, even though I'm trying to get to a sleep schedule where I get up at 4am (work and uni is coming up!). It was so engrossing. I think the moment it first captured me was when I found out that this was a book set in Australia. Being an Australian, there's just so much pride. I loved how there were all these university terms slung around as well, because I'm at that phase in my life, and I knew what UTS and UWA meant (University of Technology Sydney and University of Western Australia). Deceptive Cadence is chock-filled with drama. From the drama of deciding to go out with James, to having to deal with James's ex-friends, and the actual relationship with James (how many times can I say James in a sentence...? xD ), there was just a LOT of drama. It did get annoying at times, (i.e. Cadence going out with James for a DAY and then threatening to end it, come on), but at other times, it was fun to read! It gave me fanfictioney feels, and I just started whispering in the middle of the night, saying "NO, just BE TOGETHER" and "WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FROM HIM??". There were just all kinds of feels - not always good, but still FEELS. Honestly - I haven't fangirled over a book like this IN SO LONG. I think you can tell, from the massive paragraphs I just wrote ^^ Cute, fluffy, with a bit of science-fiction/fantasy, Deceptive Cadence is the perfect YA contemporary read for someone looking for a little romance, wishful thinking and just feels in general. It's gets 4.75 stars from me (which is pretty much 5 stars let's be for real), and I just leapt into the second book, Diverging Cadence, right after reading this.*****A review copy was provided by the author for a genuine and honest review****

  • Stacey Kym
    2019-02-27 12:25

    ARC kindly provided by Katie Hamstead via YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.Review ‘Deceptive Cadence’ sounded really intriguing to me right from the go; sort of like a mix between the earthly and heavenly which I found absolutely captivating. I was incredibly eager – some may say over-eager – to read this novel as the whole aspect of being given a second chance and going back in time to right wrongs was something I couldn't deny.I also must strongly recommend this novel and its sequel for mature and older young-adult readers. There are some pretty hot and heavy moments in the novel so this is a warning to the people who would like a cleaner novel to read. The chemistry between James and Cadence is THAT GOOD!The novel starts off nicely but I felt like it was slightly unbelievable and a bit of a pretence. When Cadence reacts to the death of her husband and eighteen-month-old daughter I felt like it was too stereotypical and unconvincing.Surprisingly the novel got better and better. I must admit that it felt slightly strange reading from the perspective of a fifteen year old in high school because stuff happened to her that was more likely to happen to a seventeen year old. The fact that she behaved like an adult most of the time even though she was a teenager didn't put me off. Instead, I really admired the character for her matureness though Cadence most likely acted like a silly girl before her traveling back in time. The author seemed to build and build on the events that happened previously and steadily increased the amount of drama and emotions that enhanced the plot.I loved the diversity of characters and their dynamics. I felt that the variety of her friends perfectly captured the ones we readers most often shared ourselves when we were in high school. The stuff these characters said were also pretty impressive: the author managed to effectively capture the most stereotypical yet true words of teenagers who are influenced by the advertising media and social norm around them. It made the story and Cadence's traveling back in time so much more realistic! Cadence herself, as I said previously, was a great character. This WAS mainly because of her mature and grown-up behaviour in the novel but I also liked how she was so willing to change her past and didn't seem to take advantage of the fact that she was younger and therefore had a longer life to live. Cadence did seem teeny-tiny bit too good at times but I still like that about her.James Gordon...well, what can I say about him? I absolutely LOATHED and HATED him at the beginning of the novel. He was such a *insert expletive here*!! He did drugs and smoked; he dressed like a bum (that was a direct quote from the novel) and drank alcohol. He seemed very pushy and misogynistic as he tried to get Cadence to date him and I strongly disapproved of his physical contact with her at first. But then... Well, I'll leave you to ponder over what happens but it is VERY EXCITING! I loved this turn of events and looked forward to the follow-up action INTENSELY! To put things simply: I REALLY enjoyed reading about James afterwards.Cadence and James also have this palpable chemistry that seemed to radiate from them whenever the two were together. I was very surprised at the spark they produced as James’ initial appearance put my off. The drama was also quite…DRAMATIC… The characters seemed to face something new at every turn and that made the plot progression steady yet interesting.Besides the many wonderful things I've listed above in this novel, there was also something inexplicably ATTRACTIVE about it. For some reason I couldn't stop reading whenever I picked the novel up. I would just keep on and on and on – okay, you get the point. I stayed up SO LATE finishing this novel, absolutely exhausted, but I couldn't be any more happier that I did! :) I loved the author’s unique style and the way it seemed to let the best and worst parts of the story really shine through. I spotted no spelling mistakes or typing errors. The grammar was EXCELLENT! But all this was expected as I received a complete and finalised ARC/RC.Congratulations to Katie Hamstead on publishing a FIVE STAR novel, the first of a duology! Rating Plan1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.2 star : Didn't like it, didn't find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.3 star : An average book. Wasn't bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

  • Leslie
    2019-02-21 13:14

    Okay, I’ve been on a bit of a reading hiatus and just have not been into it. I needed to just read these and get it done to put up my reviews. These books turned into so much more than a deadline. This will be the most random, all over the place review. I just am having the hardest time coming up with how to review these books because they were just so good. I devoured both books in one day. I did absolutely nothing else but read these. So here is the first book…The premise was so interesting to me but I wasn’t sure how Hamstead was going to pull it off but she nailed it. So in the first book, the emotions hit you from the very beginning. We get Cadence in the hospital after a horrible earthquake that took her husband and child from her. When you go to the morgue with her, you feel what she feels. Hamstead does an AMAZING job making you feel everything in this book. An angel then appears to her, offering her a second chance to save them. Of course, she jumps on this but the catch is that she has to go back into time ten years. Guys, she has to do high school and those horrible teen years all over. No sweat, right?! The thing is she gets to make up for all her regrets and what if’s. All these new changes help her keep her family intact and then open up a path to a new love. Oh how I loved James. The way he pursued her for months, never giving up. The way these two loved was just breathtaking. You could feel all the emotions they were having and let me tell you, it could be so intense. The whole time Cadence is just fighting it so hard because she knows; she’s doing this for one reason, to save her husband and daughter.When she finally gives in, it’s just beautiful. I had no idea who I wanted her to end up with. I remembered the beginning and her love and devastation over the loss but James tested that. You have this whole book to completely fall in love with his character. Hamstead did an amazing job with the character growth of not only the main characters but all the supporting characters too. Their families were just so much fun. Cadence’s dad was something else too. Man, James really put up with so much to be with her. You really get how much he truly loves her, which makes this so much harder on her and us, as readers.I wasn’t sure how she was going to get all of high school in this book but she did a great job with it. I admit there are times that things are in so much detail, that it kind of drags a bit but I never got bored. I was always just enthralled with the story and I would look up and an hour was gone. If flowed well and I think that Hamsted has a talent with words. The way she can just make you feel everything and just keep you sucked into the story. I enjoyed how every year the Angel would come back and show her the choices she made differently and the two different paths. It was so interesting to see the paths change of those around her. It really makes you think about all the “what ifs” and regrets in your own life. All these small choices make such huge ripples that you would never even think of. This book will make you laugh and it will make you cry. It will take you all over the place emotionally and you will not want to wait to read the next book. I recommend having them both on hand, so you don’t have to wait.I want to thank Katie Hamstead and Bound Book Tours for review copies of this book. It has in no way, influenced my opinions and thoughts on this book.

  • Kisa Whipkey
    2019-03-05 11:06

    Every now and then, a book comes across your desk and you just know you’re going to love it from the second you read the blurb. Admittedly, Deceptive Cadence was not that book for me. The premise was intriguing, sure, but it didn’t necessarily grab me immediately based on the concept. But boy oh boy was I wrong about that. This book is, in a word, brilliant.Hamstead’s latest seems deceptively (yes, pun intended) straight-forward. As the blurb indicates, it’s about a woman who abruptly loses the very definition of “happily ever after” and is then offered a second chance. Now, I know some of you are probably having the reaction I did — okay, how is that different from every other redemption romance? The answer is in the execution.What seems on the outside like a simple narrative is actually a multi-layered experience akin to biting into a Gobstopper. Just when you think you have it figured out, another flavor appears. Hamstead’s writing sings off the page as she weaves a poignant, resonating tale that is simultaneously heart-warming and heartbreaking.Cadence’s journey forces her to relive a time that most people would rather die than face again — high school. Filled with all the usual teen angst and drama seen in contemporary young-adult fiction, readers may wonder why the book is being targeted at a NA audience. Again, the answer is in the execution. See, what sets this apart from every other teenage love story is the fact that readers witness it much the way they would reminisce over their own memories, meaning it’s filtered through adult Cadence’s perspective. This future hindsight (for lack of a better way to describe it), allows Cadence to approach her choices and relationships with the maturity and understanding of her future self, thereby revealing the point of the story: a thought-provoking idea that will have you asking what you would change if you had the chance to go back and fix your mistakes.Layer that philosophical foundation with a magical realism approach to storytelling and fantasy, the twists and turns of a mystery, and the emotional resonance of a beautiful, conflicted romance, and you start to see why Deceptive Cadence is aptly named. Hamstead brilliantly captures the intricacies of navigating relationships with a realism that is nothing less than impressive.I may not have been a fan from the second I read the premise, but I devoured this (and the as yet unreleased but coming very very soon second half) with an all-consuming need to find out how it ended. By the time I reached that ending, I knew that Deceptive Cadence would forever be one of my all-time favorite stories. It haunted me for days afterward, and has turned me into a lifelong, devoted fan of Hamstead’s work.So don’t let this one fool you. It’s amazing, and I highly HIGHLY recommend it. It does end with the dreaded “To Be Continued,” but fortunately, I believe the second half will be available very soon. And trust me, it’s well worth the short wait. ;)

  • Sue
    2019-02-25 13:15

    I was hooked from the very beginning of this book and the opening chapter was very emotional. This story is full of happiness, sadness, inspiration, loss, heartbreak, romance, and drama – perfect for a young adult/new adult contemporary romance. The main character Cadence is very likeable and relatable and all the other characters are well developed and interesting. The book is well written, easy to read, and has realistic dialogue between the characters. There were a few slow parts in the book, but most of the time it is fast to medium paced. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you engaged the whole way through. I felt the behaviour of Cadence’s father was very over the top for me and not really believable, but this only detracted slightly from the overall enjoyment of the story. The book ends when Cadence has made a huge decision in her life and this in itself has great consequences so you’ll be wanting to read the sequel (which is available!!). But most of all, this book makes you think about how the choices you make have far reaching consequences and affect many people. The book also poses a very interesting question: If you had the opportunity to go back to a certain point in your teenage years and relive your life, knowing what you do now, would you? For me personally, after reading this book, the jury is still out ….

  • Summer
    2019-03-09 16:03

    Hamstead has done it again! I absolutely adore this book (and its sequel). Deceptive Cadence is an amazing story about love, tragedy, and second chances. Each page drips with emotion, compelling readers to turn page after page! I thoroughly enjoy Hamstead's straightforward writing style, she has a way of painting scenes in such a real, easily imaginable way. This is definitely one of Hamstead's best books, in my opinion. If you enjoy contemporary fiction, with a dash of "what if?" you won't want to miss this story!

  • Sharon Mariampillai
    2019-03-19 16:10

    I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. This was an enjoyable read. I thought the story was engaging and interesting. I thought that Cadence was a wonderful character. Her grief for her husband and child was really sad to read. I can’t imagine what that would feel like. She has the chance to go back and redo her life, so she takes it. Traveling back to when she was 14 to be reunited with her husband. However, as she go back, the plot starts to change as she meets James and falls in love with him. I loved James. He was my favourite character. I thought he was fantastic. He was determined to get what he wanted. Also, I thought that Cadence and James had great chemistry. I thought the ending was great. I can’t wait to read more books from this author. I am a fan. Overall, an intriguing read.

  • Candice
    2019-03-06 16:23

         Deceptive Cadence is absolutely amazing. It shows how our choices in life affects not only ourselves, but the lives of others around us.     When Cadence awakes in a hospital after an earthquake, she finds out that her husband and baby both perished. She is visited by an angel whilst in the hospital, and is given a chance to go back and attempt to save her husband and child. She takes the chance, only to wake up younger than what she was at the time of the earthquake. She's back to being in the 9th grade, with memories of the life she's already lived.     Given this new opportunity to relive her life, she tries to make better choices and correct her past mistakes. When her life starts to stray off-course, she has a tough deicision. Does she stay with the new, unexplored path or does she go down the safe, fanily-life path?     I was astounded by Deceptive Cadence. It was well-written, and very captivating. It was a perfect book to read after a long day at work. The plot was very unique, and explored appropriately. I thinkthat the author did very well with the concept, and really showed how our choices make a huge impact on our lives.     I would highly recommend this to anyone who's a fan of the NA genre, or anyone who's looking for something fresh and exciting.     Have a great day!About the author, Katie Hamstead:     Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dogs.She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing. Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.Find Katie Hamstead on twitter, facebook, and her website.

  • Kelly
    2019-03-03 11:14

    Haven’t you ever wondered if you could go back with the knowledge you have now what would you do differently? I know I have! That’s what hooked me into reading this book. Now with the knowledge of her adult life and the loss of her husband and daughter she goes back to high school which is several years before she met her husband. Right then I would have had red flags. Why do I need to go that far back? Cadence knows some of the things she wants to change and she does. She becomes happier and better for it. But in the process, she catches the attention of James Gordon. Well, she had his attention before but due to circumstances then, they never really knew each other. He was in a bad group of kids. But now that she dodges the boyfriends from her past, he steps in and cleans up his act. He relentlessly pursues her. She sees his changes and is attracted to him. She gives in and there starts a 3+ year span of them together before the end of the first book.Because of her future being slightly hazy while in her past self she lives mostly in her new now. But at the stroke of midnight every New Year, her fuardian Angel who gave her this option to go back in time and try to save her family, returns and time freezes for everyone but her and they review the year and go over her goals. When he physically touches her shoulder that gives her all her feelings of her adult life back to her. She asks about things and goes over her concerns. The longer she is with James the harder it becomes to stay on track. She is also given a scrapbook of her husband and their lives from the time she goes back. She looks over it often and looks at the picture of her, her husband Austen and her baby girl Melody. She is also told she cannot try to change events like 9-11 and can’t tell anyone things about them or time will go back to where she was after she lost her husband and daughter.This book has haunted me since I finished it. I keep wondering what her next choices will be. I am afraid to read the next one because I want her to choose James. But would I do that knowing that would mean my daughter would be lost to me forever? That just blows my mind up! And we are just getting to the point where she will meet Austen again. But I agreed to review them both so I have to read it. So here I go…….

  • Rochelle
    2019-03-14 13:16

    3.5 stars – really liked it.Deceptive Cadence is a heart warming story about a girl who gets a second chance at life. At the start of the novel, Cadence wakes up in hospital to find out the most horrible news a wife and mother can hear: that her husband and young daughter have died. As you can imagine, Cadence is distraught. But then the incredible happens: an angel offers her the chance to relive her teen life so she can change what happens to her family and save them.Of course she jumps at the chance.Cadence finds herself 14 again, and is determined to make sure she does everything right this time. But making different choices comes with a whole new set of consequences that Cadence doesn’t see coming. Mainly a boy named James.James falls in love with Cadence and will do everything in his power to be with her. Cadence doesn’t want to fall in love with anybody, wanting to wait it out until she meets her husband for the first time again. But James is charming and Cadence finds her resolve weakening.Deceptive Cadence was both sweet and heartbreaking. The older Cadence got, and the deeper she fell in love with James, the more captivated I became. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what she was going to do, who she was going to choose. I found myself falling for her and James. Katie Hamstead has torn my heart in two. My head is wanting Cadence to choose her husband, how could she not? But my heart wants her to choose James. But who knows how I’ll feel when we finally get to meet her husband in book 2? I need to get my hands on it ASAP, but it’s not released yet so I guess I’ll just have to wait.Deceptive Cadence was a romantic and magical tale. It feels YA at the same time that it doesn’t, and I think adults may even have a better appreciation of it, especially if they are married themselves. It was full of exciting twists and had a killer cliff hanger ending that will leave you needing more.You can check out my interview with Katieon my blog

  • Aimie
    2019-03-03 10:01

    Since chapter one, this novel has been a struggle to read. This is not ultimately a bad thing, it just had me on the brink of crying. Especially when Cadence visited the morgue and was holding her infant child in her arms. I felt truly torn when I read that part, feeling the need to support Cadence. From then on, things got (semi) lighter. Especially when meeting the guardian angel that ultimately offers Cadence to go back in time to save her child and her husband. But it is not as easy as she hoped it would be. Cadence has to go all the way back to ninth grade, before she met her husband and had a baby.It is due to this second chance that Cadence meets, and falls in love, with James Gordon. It was not a part of the plan but every time Cadence tried to turn away and continue her path towards Austin and their baby, James would show up and do something remarkably sweet. Especially when he changed his "bad boy" ways and cleaned up his act to get Cadence to notice him differently, and not see the "bum" that she referred to him as. The plot was rather unique and a joy to read. All the characters were rather relatable and positively wonderful to read. Cadence left me in a way refreshed by her innocence yet also feeling sorry for her because she has experienced such a major lose (losing her husband, Austin, and her daughter, Melody). The only negative thing I have to say about this novel is that even though James Gordon may have seemed sweet in some chapters, he also seemed possessive and at times seemed like a stalker. Maybe that is just his personality but it made me feel a little uncomfortable with their romance at times. Other than that, this novel was an absolute awesome read. A special thanks to Katie Hamstead (Author of Cadence Duology) & Sarah (YA Bound Book Tours) for giving me the opportunity to review Deceptive Cadence. It truly is an experience that I am grateful to have received.

  • Itsy Bitsy Book Bits
    2019-02-27 10:09

    * ARC provided for an honest review *Deceptive CadenceBy Katie HamsteadWow this book shocked and captivated me right from the very beginning. Cadence Anderson has a husband, Austin and a child whose lives are lost in an earthquake. This was very difficult to read since I too have a husband and small child. The book was so well written you felt like you were in Cadence’s shoes during the life altering events. While in the hospital Cadence is visited by an angel who gives her the opportunity to go back in time and change the events that happened that day. Wow, who would not love the chance to go back to high school and change the mistakes you made! Cadence is sent back to the ninth grade and given the chance to make new choices in her life. We see her fall in love with James (who is not her husband) and watch how their high school relationship grows. Reading about Cadence and James is great but ultimately we know she is going to fall in love with Austin so watching their relationship unfold is a double edge sword. Cadence finishes her second shot at high school and is off to college where she will eventually meet Austin. She is in a bind as she is in love with James who also loves her so much but she already knows college is where her future husband is! This book has great character development. Since we watch Cadence go back to high school, the majority of the book takes place there. We see James develop into a great boyfriend and you can see how much he truly loves and adores her. Cadence’s family also play a role in the book and it is nice to see that dynamic, especially her siblings. This books has it all, gut wrenching sadness, time travel, love and happiness. I actually gave this book a 4.5 star review.

  • Alexandra
    2019-02-28 14:25

    I recieved an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Read the review as a part of the blog tour on: always liked the idea of adding time travel in a novel. But in the case of "Deceptive Cadence" time travel comes as a part of an angel's powers who offers a chance for living your life again.In order to save her future Cadence travels to the past, in the body of her 14 years old; she'll have to deal with high school, mostly hormones and in many cases bullying.As her choices bring James closer to her, she'll have to choose if she really wants to change her future.I liked the fact that the story was ste on Australia! This was my very first novel set in this part of the world and in a way it was fun to read about ice skting in the summer months! The story spans for three to four years and Cadence takes the chance to be stronger and wiser.Thanks to her choices she is able to fix her relationships with her family, help her friends and see her second life through new eyes.The angel also has a vital role, as he helps her remember her first life and advise her for her future.The only part I didn't like much was how overprotective Cadence's father was; well it almost reached the point of madness but in some cases it was funny!I really enjoyed the book and I hope to see a sequel soon!

  • Rebekah Davison
    2019-02-28 15:15

    Deceptive Cadence tells the story of Cadence, a young woman torn between life as it is, and life as she wants it. Cadence accepts the offer to relive the last 10 years of her life- hoping to save the lives of her husband and her daughter. As Cadence navigates once again the turbulent waters of the teenage years, she discovers that she has the ability to change her life and the lives of those around her. Through her friendship, she turns your average drop-kick into a desirable young man, befriends the lonely wanderer, and changes the atmosphere of her own home. The book also demonstrates the fact that while you have to power to change elements of your life, you can't choose or control the consequences that come. Full of adventure, romance and a little bit of fantasy, Deceptive Cadence leads the reader through a journey that will ultimately bring them to wonder: would I go back in time?,

  • Nicole Tone
    2019-03-18 14:22

    If you could go back in time, knowing what you know now, would what you change? What would you keep the same? These are the questions that get posed in the beginning of Katie Hamstead’s stunning, and heart-wrenching, novel Deceptive Cadence. These are also the questions that kept me up until three in the morning because I could NOT stop reading this book.Straight from the beginning, I felt that familiar punch in the gut that all of my favorite books have given me, but then when Cadence is given a second chance at life–a second chance at saving her husband and baby who died in a freak earthquake–I was immediately sucked in with a waterfall of what-if’s.Read the full review:

  • Christina Young
    2019-03-04 14:18

    I don't usually expect much from ARCs so I was actually surprised that I enjoyed this book. It was quite captivating. The going back in time for a second chance was a fresh spin on the typical YA love stories. I liked that this story takes place over several years and we see what happens to several people as time goes on. Since we get glimpses into two parallel worlds, we get to see how seemingly small choices can make a big difference in so many people's lives. I found myself cheering for Cadence and James. I was definitely emotionally involved in the characters and their story. I can't wait to see how the character dynamics change once Austin is in the picture. I'm definitely expecting to pick up the next book in the series.NOTE: I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley

  • Ashley
    2019-02-24 14:11

    I don't read a lot of time travel books but this one I enjoyed immensely. It started out questionable since I was hoping for a typical New Adult book but in this story a adult goes back in time to high school and relieves her past to change the future. Armed with the knowledge of adulthood Cadence is able to navigate her late teen years with ease, until the heart throb of the story crosses her path! The plot twists in this one were sometimes predictable but still enjoyable. It made for a nice light read. I finished this book in one sitting.

  • Peggy
    2019-03-15 14:05

    **SPOILER FREE**So much I want to spill out to tell you everything about this book, but I don't believe in doing that so the only thing I can tell you that the cover of this book doesn't even start to due it justice. You really have to read this story to be wow'ed by it. I was completely taken in right at the start. I can tell you that your emotions will run high while reading this, well... my did anyways. The story was take you to a completely different level. But only you will know when reading just what I mean. *Received for an honest review*

  • Beth
    2019-03-01 11:08

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.At first, I was not very impressed with this book. The whole premise seemed weird and silly (why go back in time so far to change something, especially something that was an accident..?!), and while it was marketed as a “new adult” book, at first it struck me as for younger readers. However, for some reason, I kept reading. I am glad I did, because this ended up being a well-written book. A “second chance” is an interesting concept, and although occasionally it falters, I greatly enjoyed it. Already anticipating the second book!

  • Briony
    2019-03-24 15:24

    I received a free copy from Netgalley.The initial description of the book put me off slightly but from the first chapter I was hooked on the writing and the story line. If you got a chance to have a do over in life would you want it to turn out the same? This is the challenge of Cadence Anderson after a tragedy robs her of husband and child. What unfolds is a heartwarming and sweet story (with a cliffhanger)!! Can't wait for the next instalment.

  • Sandra
    2019-03-16 10:18

    **An electronic ARC provided by netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**I'm pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The synopsis had me instantly intrigued and after the first chapter I was immediately hooked! Gahh, I need the next book now!!Note: This book is part of an ongoing series and ends on a cliffhanger.