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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Review: The Redemption of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, New Adult, Review, Young Adult1 Comment

Review: The Redemption of Callie and Kayden by Jessica SorensenThe Redemption of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen
Series: The Coincidence, Book 2
Also in this series: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden
Published by Forever on 30 July 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Young Adult
Pages: 273
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Also by this author: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden

Place(s) Traveled to:  Afton, Wyoming // Laramie, Wyoming // San Diego, California

First Line(s): I want to breath. I want to feel alive again. I don’t want to feel the pain. I want it all back, but it’s gone.

The Coincidence Series Order
Book 1: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden
Book 2: The Redemption of Callie and Kayden
Book 3: The Destiny of Violet and Luke (Early 2014)
Book 3.5: The Resolution of Callie and Kayden (TBD)

With the way that The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen ended a reader has to pick up the sequel to find out what happens next. Coincidence has this crazy ending and then it just stops and it was like someone had taken a complete book and ripped it in half to make two books. As much as I liked Coincidence and The Redemption of Callie and Kayden I do feel like the story could have been contained into one book. While there is much that Callie and Kayden still need to face and overcome there could have been things cut out to keep it all in one without sacrificing the overall story line.

I enjoyed Redemption but felt that parts of it dragged a bit. With Coincidence the whole story just flowed well and had a steady rhythm to it. Redemption starts almost where Coincidence ends then flashes forward a bit and then sort of stalls as the characters tread water. I still loved Callie and Kayden and my heart still broke for all that they had gone through in the past and what they were dealing with in the present. I loved getting to know Seth and Luke more and wish that they both had more page time. But Redemption was a little more serious in some ways than Coincidence and so Seth’s crazy antics were sometimes out of place. Though I understood where he was coming from as he tried to help Callie deal with what was going on with Kayden and coming to terms with facing her past.

I felt that the scenes where Callie told her parents what happened were realistic and it hurt my heart even as it swelled with pride. Because what Callie said wasn’t easy to tell or to hear so I was proud of her. And I know that she never would have made it to where she did without the influences of Kayden, Seth and Luke in her life. Callie and Kayden really worked hard in this book to overcome their issues and really put it behind them rather then burying the thoughts and emotions. Its a good and worthwhile story for people to read because it shows that no matter what happens, how bad life can be sometimes, that you can move on. You can heal and you can live that so called normal life that you see on tv.

Another small issue that I had with Redemption was the ending. Yes, it was a true ending (mostly) but it also lays the groundwork for the third book in the series, The Destiny of Violet and Luke. Which made me sigh a bit though I am also curious to know the full extent of Luke’s story. Throughout Coincidence and Redemption you only catch small glimpses and I am looking forward to seeing what makes him tick. I am also curious to see how he and Violet (who is Callie’s roommate) meet and find their HEA because she isn’t a big part in either of the first two books.

While I wasn’t in love with Redemption I did enjoy it and read it just a few hours. This is a world and story that is easy to get lost in. Jessica Sorensen is a talented writer and story teller and I am looking forward to what she comes up with next. She is definitely an author worth taking a chance on, if you haven’t done so already

Edited to add: One minor editing quibble that I can’t believe I forgot…there is one portion in the book where Callie’s mother calls her Callie Owens – her mother…and her last name is Lawrence  Owens is Kayden’s last name and they are so not married. This is something that pulled me out of the story and I really hope that it gets corrected in the finished copy.


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