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Monday, August 12, 2013

Audio Review + Contest: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Audiobook, Contest, New Adult, Review3 Comments

Audio Review + Contest: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica SorensenThe Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen
Narrator: Leslie Bellair
Series: The Coincidence,
Also in this series: The Redemption of Callie and Kayden
Published by Hachette Audio on 06 August 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Young Adult
Length: 9 hours
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
Also by this author: The Redemption of Callie and Kayden

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

First Line(s): Life is full of luck, like getting dealt a good hand  or simply by being in the right place at the right time. Some people get luck handed to them, a second chance, a save. It can happen heroically, or by a simple coincidence, but there are those who don’t get luck on a shiny platter, who end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, who don’t get saved.

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)

Audio Sample: CLICK HERE

I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden  by Jessica Sorensen. I knew it was a book that had a lot of people buzzing so I was at once curious and way as I tend not to like over hyped books.  So it was a happy surprise to find that I was quickly sucked into this story. I loved the give and take between Callie and Kayden and my heart broke from them both as they struggled to heal from their childhood wounds. Kayden and Callie each have some pretty big issues to deal with but they manage to help each other along with the support of their BFFs and secondary characters, Seth and Luke. Both of whom I loved.

Callie, Kayden, and Luke all come from the same town and while Kayden and Luke were among the popular set Callie was a social outcast. Partially by choice and partially because teenagers can be cruel. So its very unlikely that this trio would ever become friends but as so many things do, that changes when they all head off to college. Callie works to change who she was and take steps to overcome a childhood trauma and Kayden sees something in her he never did before. A courage and bravery that Callie didn’t know she had when she stepped in because she happened to be in the right place at the wrong time. Seth and Luke have their issues as well that they work to overcome (although I suspect won’t see/learn more of Luke’s story until book 3). Together Seth and Luke help provide some comic relief as well sanity and good advice to Callie and Kayden and they struggle with their pasts and their growing feelings for each other.

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden is a dual narrative and I loved switched between the two and getting to know them better through their internal monologue. Though I really wish that a male and female narrator had been used. Leslie Bellair does a good job bringing Callie to life but I found that her tone for Kayden, while different in dialogue was the same as Callie’s for internal thinking. This added some confusion to the audio as I took breaks from listening. I would often have to rewind it until the start of a chapter so I knew whose head I was in. Having a secondary narrator would have made the POV transitions so much easier to keep track of. But other than that I enjoyed this one on audio and was glad that it was loaded on to my iPod so I could listen to it in places other than my car during my commute.

I found The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden to be engaging and heartbreaking and a book filled with such hope and promise. I was whisked away to this world and got that oh so wonderful heart-achy feeling that I love in stories. I didn’t really care for the the cliff hanger ending though. It just seemed so abrupt as if someone had torn out the last few pages to the book and I was glad that I had the sequel, The Redemption of Callie and Kayden, so that I could immediately jump back into the world and learn what happened. If I’d had to wait the typical year or so between books as is common in publishing I may have gone a bit mad.

This was a quick book with real characters and filled with some tough issues and raw emotion. Wow, can I use any more cliched buzz words? lol. But its the truth, cliched as the words may be. The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden will tug at your heart strings and make you want to reach into the pages to hug Callie, Kayden, Luke and Seth. It will also make you want to smack certain parental units as well. For their are parents in this book, even though the characters spend most of their time away at school. They are involved and yet flawed as Callie’s parents refuse to see what is in front of them and Kayden’s, well, there are just some people who should be allowed to raise a child. Its truly amazing that Kayden ended up as sweet and amazing (if closed off and jaded) as he did. And I know that a lot of that is due to how Jessica Sorensen wrote him but it was also real. You can see how both Callie and Kayden were shaped by their pasts but didn’t let it define them. Or at least, they decided to change the definition when they looked back and didn’t always like what they saw.

This is a New Adult/Young Adult story that I can recommend highly. There is a lot inside its pages to make you think and holds lots of discussion potential. There are times when its gritty and almost violent but there are so many warm and tender moments as well. All in all, a really well told tale and you should go forth and read it if you haven’t already.


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About the book:

For Kayden, suffering in silence was the only way to survive. If he was lucky, he could keep his head down, do as he was told, and make it through the day. But one night it seemed like his luck-and his life-might finally end . . . until an angel named Callie appeared just in time to rescue him.

Callie has never believed in luck. Not since her twelfth birthday when everything was taken from her. After the worst was over, she locked up her feelings and vowed never to tell anyone what happened. Now, six years later, she continues to struggle with the painful secret that threatens to consume her.

When fate lands Kayden and Callie at the same college, Kayden is determined to get to know the beautiful girl who changed his destiny. Quiet and reserved, Callie still fears letting anyone else into her world. But Kayden is certain that Callie has come back into his life for a reason. And the more he tries to be a part of her life, the more he realizes that, this time, it’s Callie who needs to be saved . .


Available TODAY as a digital download from Hachette Audio, and in trade paperback from Forever, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing. Also out today is the sequel: The Redemption of Callie and Kayden on ebook (which I promise, you’ll want to get your hands on as soon as you finish this one).