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Deceptive Cadence

(Cadence #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  46 reviews
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 acce
Published June 2015 by REUTS Publications, LLC. (first published June 16th 2014)
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“Some things just couldn't be protected from storms. Some things simply needed to be broken off...Once old thing were broken off, amazingly beautiful thing could grow in their place.”

----Denise Hildreth Jones

Katie Hamstead, an Australian author, has penned a heart wrenching tale of love and second chances in her book, Deceptive Cadence, which is the first book in the Cadence series. This book unfolds the story of a woman who lost her family in an earthquake, following which she gets an opport

The book is split into two parts. We have Cadence’s part & James’s part.
The beginning of this book broke me fucking heart. It was so sad, you could feel the grief and the loss of husband and child of what Cadence was experiencing.
If you offered the opportunity of a lifetime to go back to the age of fourteen and start all over again to save the two people who you loved most in your life would you? Would you go back and do it all again? With what you know now?
Cadence agrees to this choice and make
Sharon Bayliss
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Twenty-five year old Cadence has a happy life with her husband Austin and baby daughter Melody. Then she wakes in the hospital after a mysterious earthquake/accident and discovers that her husband and daughter are both dead. The first chapter alone nearly had me in tears, especially when Cadence visited the morgue and held her infant's body. Any mother (or really any human with feelings) would feel for Cadence and support her desire to do absolutely anything to get her family back.

Then the magic
Carlene Inspired
Ebook provided by YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Find more of my reviews at Carlene Inspired.

Deceptive Cadence falls more into the Young Adult genre, however the concept, the age in which Cadence truly is, is all new adult. Time travel takes Cadence back to age 14, giving her an opportunity to relive her life, and save the life of her future husband and child, both lost to a terrifying accident. Cadence flits between being a young twenty year old to being the 14 year old th
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This YA story delved into how each choice we make has consequences on not only our lives, but others around us as well. The basic concept is that Cadence wakes up in a hospital to find that her husband and baby have died in an earthquake. She’s inconsolable until an angel comes and tells her she gets the chance to do it all over again and have the chance to save her husband and child. She awakes to find herself in 9th grade, reliving her life with her memories of the future still intact. She cor ...more
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crit-14
The author of Deceptive Cadence gave me the honor to beta read this manuscript and to fall in love with James.
I think James has become one of my favorite bad boys.
This story starts with a very different Cadence, an adult in love and with a child. I went through her pain and loss with tears. Praying for her second chance to recover her family. But when she got back and I met James through her I didn’t wanted as much for her to get back to her husband. Of course I, being a mom, wanted her to get h
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I admit, DECEPTIVE CADENCE is the ultimate feel-good tale of a girl who gets a second chance at happiness after tragedy strikes. Her second time around – eleven years into the past – she’s able to approach every important decision she ever made as a teenager with the experience of having lived a completely different life, giving her the possibility to keep the friendships she lost, strengthen her relationship with her family, and potentially make the choices that would eventually save the life o ...more
Jen La Duca
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 know ...more
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Candace's life was perfect until the unthinkable happened. Now she has a serious choice to make. Does she live with the gut wrenching pain that is now her life or does she redo her life? How many of yes have thought "if only I did this differently". The premise to this story is great and the plot is well thought out and beautifully told.
I went into this book blind as I didn't want to know even the synopsis. I'm glad I did because as the story unfolded, I was completely surprised.
This is a swee
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review will come soon~! :)

****17th January, 2016******
See my original review at Corralling Books
This book piqued my interest, when I saw it on the YA Bound Books site, with the author, Katie Hamstead, offering it up for review. Hooked by the premise - a guardian angel offering a second chance- I leapt at the chance to review it. It sounded sweet, a cute contemporary novel with hints of fantasy. I wasn't disappointed either - Deceptive Cadence was AMAZING.

Cadence was a charact
Stacey Kym
ARC kindly provided by Katie Hamstead via YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.


‘Deceptive Cadence’ sounded really intriguing to me right from the go; sort of like a mix between the earthly and heavenly which I found absolutely captivating. I was incredibly eager – some may say over-eager – to read this novel as the whole aspect of being given a second chance and going back in time to right wrongs was something I couldn't deny.
I also must strongly recommend this nov

Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it

Okay, I’ve been on a bit of a reading hiatus and just have not been into it. I needed to just read these and get it done to put up my reviews. These books turned into so much more than a deadline. This will be the most random, all over the place review. I just am having the hardest time coming up with how to review these books because they were just so good. I devoured both books in one day. I did absolutely nothing else but read these. So here is the first book…

The premise was so interesting t
Kisa Whipkey
Every now and then, a book comes across your desk and you just know you’re going to love it from the second you read the blurb. Admittedly, Deceptive Cadence was not that book for me. The premise was intriguing, sure, but it didn’t necessarily grab me immediately based on the concept. But boy oh boy was I wrong about that. This book is, in a word, brilliant.

Hamstead’s latest seems deceptively (yes, pun intended) straight-forward. As the blurb indicates, it’s about a woman who abruptly loses the
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was hooked from the very beginning of this book and the opening chapter was very emotional. This story is full of happiness, sadness, inspiration, loss, heartbreak, romance, and drama – perfect for a young adult/new adult contemporary romance. The main character Cadence is very likeable and relatable and all the other characters are well developed and interesting. The book is well written, easy to read, and has realistic dialogue between the characters. There were a few slow parts in the book, ...more
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-faves
Hamstead has done it again! I absolutely adore this book (and its sequel). Deceptive Cadence is an amazing story about love, tragedy, and second chances. Each page drips with emotion, compelling readers to turn page after page! I thoroughly enjoy Hamstead's straightforward writing style, she has a way of painting scenes in such a real, easily imaginable way. This is definitely one of Hamstead's best books, in my opinion. If you enjoy contemporary fiction, with a dash of "what if?" you won't want ...more
Sharon Mariampillai
I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

This was an enjoyable read. I thought the story was engaging and interesting. I thought that Cadence was a wonderful character. Her grief for her husband and child was really sad to read. I can’t imagine what that would feel like. She has the chance to go back and redo her life, so she takes it. Traveling back to when she was 14 to be reunited with her husband. However, as she go back, the plot starts to change as she meets Jame
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
     Deceptive Cadence is absolutely amazing. It shows how our choices in life affects not only ourselves, but the lives of others around us.

     When Cadence awakes in a hospital after an earthquake, she finds out that her husband and baby both perished. She is visited by an angel whilst in the hospital, and is given a chance to go back and attempt to save her husband and child. She takes the chance, only to wake up younger than what she was at the time of the earthquake. She's back to being in
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Haven’t you ever wondered if you could go back with the knowledge you have now what would you do differently? I know I have! That’s what hooked me into reading this book.

Now with the knowledge of her adult life and the loss of her husband and daughter she goes back to high school which is several years before she met her husband. Right then I would have had red flags. Why do I need to go that far back?

Cadence knows some of the things she wants to change and she does. She becomes happier and be
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Since chapter one, this novel has been a struggle to read. This is not ultimately a bad thing, it just had me on the brink of crying. Especially when Cadence visited the morgue and was holding her infant child in her arms. I felt truly torn when I read that part, feeling the need to support Cadence. From then on, things got (semi) lighter. Especially when meeting the guardian angel that ultimately offers Cadence to go back in time to save her child and her husband. But it is not as easy as she h ...more
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Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
* ARC provided for an honest review *

Deceptive Cadence
By Katie Hamstead

Wow this book shocked and captivated me right from the very beginning. Cadence Anderson has a husband, Austin and a child whose lives are lost in an earthquake. This was very difficult to read since I too have a husband and small child. The book was so well written you felt like you were in Cadence’s shoes during the life altering events. While in the hospital Cadence is visited by an angel who gives her the opportunity to go
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2015
I recieved an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Read the review as a part of the blog tour on:

I always liked the idea of adding time travel in a novel. But in the case of "Deceptive Cadence" time travel comes as a part of an angel's powers who offers a chance for living your life again.
In order to save her future Cadence travels to the past, in the body of her 14 years old; she'll have to deal with high school, mostly hormones and in many cases bullying.
Rebekah Davison
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Deceptive Cadence tells the story of Cadence, a young woman torn between life as it is, and life as she wants it. Cadence accepts the offer to relive the last 10 years of her life- hoping to save the lives of her husband and her daughter. As Cadence navigates once again the turbulent waters of the teenage years, she discovers that she has the ability to change her life and the lives of those around her. Through her friendship, she turns your average drop-kick into a desirable young man, befriend ...more
Nicole Tone
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you could go back in time, knowing what you know now, would what you change? What would you keep the same? These are the questions that get posed in the beginning of Katie Hamstead’s stunning, and heart-wrenching, novel Deceptive Cadence. These are also the questions that kept me up until three in the morning because I could NOT stop reading this book.

Straight from the beginning, I felt that familiar punch in the gut that all of my favorite books have given me, but then when Cadence is given
Christina Young
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I don't usually expect much from ARCs so I was actually surprised that I enjoyed this book. It was quite captivating. The going back in time for a second chance was a fresh spin on the typical YA love stories. I liked that this story takes place over several years and we see what happens to several people as time goes on. Since we get glimpses into two parallel worlds, we get to see how seemingly small choices can make a big difference in so many people's lives. I found myself cheering for Caden ...more
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, new-adult
I don't read a lot of time travel books but this one I enjoyed immensely. It started out questionable since I was hoping for a typical New Adult book but in this story a adult goes back in time to high school and relieves her past to change the future. Armed with the knowledge of adulthood Cadence is able to navigate her late teen years with ease, until the heart throb of the story crosses her path! The plot twists in this one were sometimes predictable but still enjoyable. It made for a nice li ...more
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.

At first, I was not very impressed with this book. The whole premise seemed weird and silly (why go back in time so far to change something, especially something that was an accident..?!), and while it was marketed as a “new adult” book, at first it struck me as for younger readers. However, for some reason, I kept reading. I am glad I did, because this ended up being a well-written book. A “second chance” is an interesting concept, and although oc
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing

So much I want to spill out to tell you everything about this book, but I don't believe in doing that so the only thing I can tell you that the cover of this book doesn't even start to due it justice. You really have to read this story to be wow'ed by it. I was completely taken in right at the start. I can tell you that your emotions will run high while reading this, well... my did anyways. The story was take you to a completely different level. But only you will know when readin
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy from Netgalley.

The initial description of the book put me off slightly but from the first chapter I was hooked on the writing and the story line. If you got a chance to have a do over in life would you want it to turn out the same? This is the challenge of Cadence Anderson after a tragedy robs her of husband and child. What unfolds is a heartwarming and sweet story (with a cliffhanger)!! Can't wait for the next instalment.
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book through NetGalley.

The idea that you could back to high school knowing what you know now or the ability to fix your mistakes is something many people have probably thought of. This book does a wonderful job of exploring those ideas. I liked Cadence, but I loved James. It's a great story and I"m anxious to know what happens next.
**An electronic ARC provided by netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I'm pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The synopsis had me instantly intrigued and after the first chapter I was immediately hooked! Gahh, I need the next book now!!

Note: This book is part of an ongoing series and ends on a cliffhanger.
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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. Now she lives in Arizona with her daughters and their dog.
She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.
When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope o

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