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Series: The Coincidence

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
Goodreads
three-stars
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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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
Goodreads
four-stars
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 . .

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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).

 

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