This. Was. Breathtaking!!!!! The pure, raw, heart-wrenchingly powerful emotions, the exquisite writing, and the way every single piece of the story came together was perfection. This story truly makes you believe in undying, unconditional love. It is one of the very BEST series I have ever read. 6 STARS!!!
Clear your calendars on October 5th, because once you start this story, you won’t want to stop!
Every single emotion from Becoming Calder came flooding back the moment I began reading this. Just a few pages in and I already had tears in my eyes. A few pages after that and they were streaming down my face. Shivers ran down my body as the magnitude of what was happening to these characters truly hit me.
I read chapter after chapter completely overwhelmed with the raw emotions this story evoked. This isn’t a story you just read, this is a story you experience with all your heart and soul. You live it. It takes over your senses until the world fades away and there’s just you and the words you’re reading.
“Sometimes I imagine the rain is him. If I’m alone, I turn my face into it and I can feel him. I’ll never have a place where I can visit him, and so I’m with him in the rain.”
There’s a particular moment — and you’ll know it when you get to it — that is, honest to God, one of the most powerful moments I’ve ever read in a book. I just broke down sobbing. But they were tears of happiness. It was literally the most beautiful scene you can imaging and I was ugly sobbing. There was noise. The way it was written with that powerful build up, the momentum of the rising intensity, and the way all the pieces of the story fell into place leading up to that one heart-stopping moment was incredible.
But that wasn’t it. The more I read, the more these moment would just hit me over and over again. I read this whole book cover to cover with my hand over my heart, and every few pages I’d just take in a deep calming breath. I clung to every word and every few pages, I’d read a particular line and tears would just pour down my face again. It was the most amazing experience and I loved every single word.
Just to be clear though, these were not tears of sadness. They were literally just a result of my deep emotional attachment to these characters. More than anything, this story makes you believe in the healing power of love. Calder and Eden’s undying love for each other got them through the worst life could throw at them. I’d seen them grow up, I’d seen them fall in love, I’d seen everything they sacrificed for each other, I’d seen them face the ultimate devastation, and I saw them survive. I saw their love survive.
“I never stopped loving you. I never will. Ever.”
I haven’t mentioned anything about the plot in this book on purpose because this story is the second half of Becoming Calder and you shouldn’t know anything other than that before you start it. What I can say though is that everything that I wanted to see happen was shown. In every way, this is a complete story.
This is a book you’ll want to read as slowly as you can to appreciate every single beautiful word at the same time as wanting to read it as fast as you possibly can to find out what happens next.
I finished the story overflowing with happiness and I sat there for the longest time just absorbing the story, reliving every moment from the beginning in Becoming Calder to the breathtaking conclusion in Finding Eden. Looking back on the entire story, I realize just how carefully planned it truly was. Everything — every last detail — happened for a reason. Every single piece of their journey had a purpose and it all came together to create one of the most powerful and captivating stories you can imagine.
Mia Sheridan’s writing is exquisite. Even though I have loved all her books, there’s no doubt for me that this is her best story yet. I couldn’t put it down even for a minute. I have quotes highlighted on nearly every page and the emotional hangover of the century. Her words build you up, they break you down, and then put you back together better than you ever were to begin with.
“I know the goodness in you Calder, I do, more than anyone. I know the tenderness of your heart, and I know all that was taken from you. I know all the dreadful sorrow inside of you. I live it, too. I know. I know. But I also believe we are going to be okay — we are going to love so hard and with so much intensity, that it’s going to melt away all the pain.”
Becoming Calder was easily a 5+ star book. Everything about it — from the writing, to the story, to the emotions, to the message — was EPIC. But looking back on the complete story from both books with the perspective and experience of having read Finding Eden, there’s no doubt in my mind that together, this is worthy of 6 STARS. It just went above and beyond. There is literally nothing else like this out there. It’s one of the best series of the year in every possible way. Everyone should read it!!!
Calder and Eden’s powerful, captivating, and epic love story is forever imprinted on my heart. It’s a story I know I’ll re-read many times over and still never get enough of it. It’s absolutely unforgettable.
Rating: 6 STARS!!! (Contemporary Adult Romance)