Becoming Calder (A Sign of Love #1) by Mia Sheridan

becoming calderFrom goodreads:

There is a place in modern day America with no electricity, no plumbing, and no modern conveniences. In this place, there is no room for dreams, no space for self-expression, and no tolerance for ambition.

In this place, there is a boy with the body of a god and the heart of a warrior. He is strong and faithful and serves his family honorably. But he dares to dream of more.

In this place, there is a girl with the face of an angel and a heart full of courage. To her family, she is the vision of obedient perfection. But she dares to want that which she has been told can never be hers.

Becoming Calder is the story of good versus evil, fear versus bravery, and the truth that the light of love has always found its way into even the darkest of places . . . From the beginning of time, to the end of the world.


Let me start by saying that I didn’t love or hate this book. Simply put, it’s just meh and what’s baffling is that everyone has given this book 5 or 6 stars. *eye-roll* Really?? This book isn’t worthy of that rating all. Like not in the least bit.  No. Just no.  I know that reviews are subjective and I totally get that but still. *shrugs*

It held my interest because it starts in the present and goes to the past which sets the reader up for potential disaster.  Kinda predictable but whatever.  The reason I gave this story a chance is because the religious cult is the driving force of the plot.


Calder and Eden begin to question the inconsistencies of the daily happenings at Acadia which I loved but they also begin to doubt Hector, the creepy cult leader. As for the dialogue between Calder and Eden, it was so over the top sweet that it felt forced and out-of-place with their life. And that was a huge miss for me.

“As long as we’re both under the same moon, we’ll always find a way to each other.”

But wait, there’s more…

“He sifts through all the pebbles until he finds the smoothest one he can, and presents it to her as a token of his love.”


I’m all about a forbidden love but whatever happened to less is more?  What would have worked better was true secrecy.  Hector mysteriously goes away from the commune and these two get to get to spend almost every night together. How convenient. There was nothing forbidden about it.

The last 25% of the book became quite interesting but it didn’t change my opinion of the overall book.   It’s not amazing and it’s not beautifully written, it’s just okay. Since it ended on a cliffhanger, I’m inclined to read Finding Eden but I’m not in a hurry.





  1. Paula says

    I KNEW IT! Thank you for saving me, Cristina. Nope, after reading those quotes, I just know I’m not gonna read it. I know I’m not gonna like it. I might give it a lower rating =)) It is so …cheesy!!

    But maybe you didn’t like the book THAT much because of the hype as well? When books gets ratings like this book have, it’s not your fault to have a HIGH expectation. Hmm, how about the authors other books though? did you like them?

    Great review, Cristina! <3

    • Cristina says

      Thanks Paula! ♥

      The only reason I didn’t rate it lower is because I’m coming off an epic series and I gave myself a week off before starting something else. I was probably being more forgiving than I should have and that’s why I settled on 3, I was trying to be objective! *snickers*

      I actually read Archer’s Voice which I enjoyed and I think I rated it 4 stars but it’s not a book that I will buy for my bookshelf if that makes any sense. Archer’s Voice is perfect if you’re in between books or need a palate cleanser. *wink*

    • Cristina says

      Massive cheese! *giggle-snort* That’s definitely so accurate! Sometimes the hype is spot-on but then it isn’t and I think there’s something genuinely wrong with me. *shrugs* Oh well…onto the next book! ;)

  2. says

    OMG thanks sooooooooooo much for this review because now I don’t feel like the odd one out. I was flabbergasted at the sheer amount of 6 star to 10 star review this book kept getting and i was like “huh? maybe we read different versions” It was actually a DNF for me. I just couldn’t get into it like AT ALL.
    Same with Archer’s Voice, it held my interest but it’s not a re-read for me.

    • Cristina says

      I’m coming off of an EPIC series and I was trying to see the good in the story but it was a struggle. Clearly I didn’t do a good job! *snickers* And I actually liked Archer’s Voice but this one just didn’t work. *shrugs* Oh well, they can’t all be amazing, right? ;)

  3. says

    Seeing as how I’m reading a lot of urban fantasy lately (go, Kate Daniels! HEHEHEHE) I was willing to give this a fair chance BUT HOLY MOTHER OF BABY JESUS those quotes you placed here are *seriously* cringe-worthy. They are so cheesy they actually give me secondhand embarrassment. .-. SORRRRY, BOOK!!!
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    • Cristina says

      First: Kate Daniels is AWESOME. One of my favorites for 2014 and I have Jessica to thank from Rabid Reads. ♥

      This book Faye…I really wanted to love it like everyone else but dear god…it was hard. It was painful. *shrugs*

      Now I’m reading Jane Yellowrock and loving it. :)

  4. Tricia says

    I’ve seen a lot of hype for this one too. Hate it when a book doesn’t live up to the hype! Sorry this one wasn’t as great as you’d hoped, but thanks for taking one for the team! I’m not in the mood for “meh” or “so-so” kind of books right now, LOL! Hopefully, you’ll find a better book to help with your Outlander withdrawals!! :-)

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