Monday, January 7, 2013

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen Book Review:

There are those who don’t get luck handed to them on a shiny platter, who end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, who don’t get saved.

Luck was not on Callie’s side the day of her twelfth birthday when everything was stolen from her. After it’s all over, she locks up her feelings and vows never to tell anyone what happened. Six years later her painful past consumes her life and most days it’s a struggle just to breathe.

For as long as Kayden can remember, suffering in silence was the only way to survive life. As long as he did what he was told, everything was okay. One night, after making a terrible mistake, it seems like his life might be over. Luck was on his side, though, when Callie coincidentally is in the right place at the right time and saves him.

Now he can’t stop thinking about the girl he saw at school, but never really knew. When he ends up at the same college as Callie, he does everything he can to try to get to know her. But Callie is reserved and closed off. The more he tries to be part of her life, the more he realizes Callie might need to be saved.

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Genres - Young Adult/New Adult/Contemporary Romance

Book Quote:
“It's amazing how the things you remember forever are the things you'd rather forget and the things you desperately want to grasp onto seem to slip away like sand in the wind.” - The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden -

The Review:
*Sighs Dramatically* I need a Valium! Ok, where to start. This book was fantastic. It was well written and the story, though painful to read, just flowed brilliantly and I couldn’t put it down. Everything that happened was like sinking further into a deep dark black hole with no chance of escape. And the messed up part is, I wanted to sink, I wanted to be part of Callie and Kayden’s tragic story and I wanted to feel their pain. And I totally blame the author because she is a RADIANT STAR AMONGT OTHERS! 

Callie’s life is a burning anguish of pain and hurt. Every day seems more excruciating than the last. Something horrific happened to her when she was young and in an attempt to take back some of her lost power, she defaces and isolates herself from everyone making her completely inaccessible, even to her family. She holds her secret captive and has never let anyone in. My heart broke for her. You could really feel her suffering and how locked away she was from the world. However, even though she was so out of touch with her surroundings, she still has compassion. And she finds the strength to champion those in need, which she shows several times when she thinks Kayden is in danger. I loved this about her. Her strength drew me in and made me love her character.

Kayden’s life seems perfect on the outside. He’s graduating high school and moving on to college with a football scholarship, he’s popular and has a beautiful girlfriend. But even the most confident people can have a façade and something to hide. His story was so hard to read because it was bleak and traumatic. His method of control wasn’t to hide himself away like Callie but to turn the pain on himself so he could shut down his feelings. He wanted to feel nothing. But the problem with that is its human nature to feel and shutting down only kept him from learning how to deal with the unfamiliar emotions of love and even hate. He’s like a powder keg and you just know when he finally blows, it’s not going to be pretty. 

Abuse of power is a very prominent theme in this story. All the characters have a past they are trying to run from, in one way or the other. Even the minor characters, Luke and Seth have secrets. There are definite lines crossed in the sand with the heroes on one side and the villains on the other. 

The Wrap Up:
I love Jessica Sorensen’s work. She is so talented and if I wasn’t already a fan, The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden would surely have made me one. This book gutted me and left me just as broken as the characters. It was like the author reached out, pulled me in and ripped me to shreds. And the ending.. Ugg..Huge Cliffy. Needless to say I will definitely be biting my nails, waiting for the next book, The Redemption of Callie and Kayden (Coincidence #2), which isn’t due out until Feb. 28th!! Where’s that handy dandy time machine when you need one ;)


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