My rating: 5 of 5 stars
ARC kindly provided by Katie Hamstead via YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
‘Diverging Cadence’ is the last novel in the ‘Cadence’ duology and one I couldn’t be happier to read. After the great FIVE STAR first novel ‘Deceptive Cadence’ I had high hopes and great expectations for this sequel. I am so EXTREMELY glad that the author chose to do a duology; I don’t know how I would have survived if she didn’t.
‘Diverging Cadence’ starts right where ‘Deceptive Cadence’ left off. Cadence is really conflicted in this novel. She loves James, who has dominated her life and with whom a future is uncertain, but her hearts still remembers Austin, who offers her the life as lost and the one she has travelled back in time for to rebuild. But as she falls deeper and deeper in love with James and starts to seriously consider marrying him, she has to make a big choice: Stay with James and risk losing Melody, her beautiful daughter, or wait for Austin and never risk losing her.
This time round reading from Cadence’s perspective was not so strange or weird for me. She had grown up and was older so I felt more comfortable reading from her perspective and about her romantic life. I remember being slightly weirded out because I felt that the stuff that Cadence did in her first novel from the age 14 and onwards was slightly too mature for her. It all even out in the end, and I was left happy.
Plot progression was just…WOW! The author created such an enchanting story and planned out everything to the detail. I felt like there were no loose ends when I finished reading and literally DESPAIRED with its conclusion. This series completely enchanted me and I grieved its ending. There were also so many surprises in this novel that reading it was no bore. There seemed to be a twist and turn at every corner of the novel. A big, MASSIVE secret about an identity of a character was revealed and I laughed out loud with joy and then wiped away a tear when I found out who it was. The thing was I NEVER suspected. Seriously, the author is like the mastermind of hiding secrets in plain sight!
Katie Hamstead is an evil woman and author. She left me wondering who Cadence was going to end up with for sooooo long! I was left on the edge of my seat wondering like CRAZY and I could NOT put the book down until I finished it. There was a constant dramatic suspense that lingered all the way from the beginning of the novel till the end. I COULDN’T COPE WITH IT! ARGHHHHHH! It was either James or Austin, Austin or James. And then all of a sudden the author would lean the character towards one and I would KNOW but then…she CHANGES HER MIND! I think I pulled all my hair out trying to figure out who it was going to be and going absolutely NUTS in the process! Seriously, this woman could write one epic crime/thriller novel if she wished. Pray that she doesn’t because I swear to you, you will not live sanely until the end!
Katie Hamstead was also a master manipulator and conveyor of emotions. There were so many times I looked like a total weirdo grinning at my kindle app when something sweet/romantic/hilarious would happen. There were also many times that I would tear up whenever Cadence would cry or something tragic/emotionally touching would happen to her. I felt her conflict between choosing James or Austin as if I was trying to choose myself! Seriously, this author is like…a writer genius or something!
One thing that upsets me about this series are their covers. I feel like the covers aren’t deserving of these novels! Though they do perfectly capture the essence and atmosphere of both novels, I feel like they could have been more.
The grammar was outstanding and there were no spelling or typing errors that I could spot. I have to commend the author for her great prose as it made the novel so much better!
Congratulations to Katie Hamstead on publishing a spell-binding sequel in the ‘Cadence’ duology! I can’t wait for more of your writing!
1 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!