Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway ~ Deceptive Cadence by Katie Hamstead

Welcome to my tour stop for Deceptive Cadence by Katie Hamstead! This is the first in a two book YA/NA Magical Realism series. This tour runs from June 30th - July 28th and includes reviews, author info, a really awesome giveaway and a special trailer! 

Rating: 5/5 Stars
Author: Katie Hamstead
Available Formats: eBook & Paperback
Publisher: REUTS Publications
Publication Date: 06-30-15                Pages: 399
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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 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 determined 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?

My So-Called Review:
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!

About the Author: 
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. You can find Katie Hamstead at:


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    1. If you do end up reading this I'd love to hear your thoughts on it Ann :) It's such a fabulous story!