Monday, November 18, 2013

Reviews: Good (Too Good Series #1) by S. Walden

Title:  Good
Series:  Too Good Series, Book 1
Author:  S. Walden
Genre:  Adult 
Publish Date: August 25, 2013
Review Source: eBook provided by Author for review

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Cadence Miller is a good girl. She just happens to make one terrible mistake her junior year in high school which costs her ten months in juvenile detention. Now a senior, she's lost everything: her best friend, the trust of her parents, driving privileges, Internet access. It's a lonely existence.

But there is one bright spot: Mark Connelly, her very cute, very off-limits 28-year-old calculus teacher. She falls hard for him--a ridiculous schoolgirl crush headed nowhere. She can't help it. He's the only good thing at Crestview High. She doesn't expect him to reciprocate her feelings. How inappropriate, right? But he does. And he shows her.

And that's when her life goes from bad to good.


Mrs. Walden immediately pulls you into this story from the prologue by leaving you with the questions: what is it that they found out and who was it that found out?

You are first introduced Cadence Miller a 17 year old high school student at Crestview High School. She is just finishing up her ten month sentence in juvi for her 'BIG MISTAKE", when she meets Mark Connelly, also know as Midnight in a Perfect World. Cadence is quickly taken aback by him, as is he by her as well.

They have a chance meeting on the side of the road while Cadence is picking up trash and Mark has a flat tire. The two strike up a conversation that is quickly ended by the guard overseeing Cadence's group. A few weeks later the two meet again on Cadence's first day back at school which just so happens to be the start of her "Senior Year". Cadence has established a few survival rules: 1. Do not cry under any circumstances. 2. Do not physically attack anyone, even if they deserve it. 3. Smile and act as if nothing bothers you. 4. Try to exude Christian virtues like patience, love, and forgiveness. 5. When all else fells, use sarcasm as your defense mechanism. Cadence finds these rules to be quickly tested as soon as she gets to her locker before her first class. The next surprise that Cadence gets is that Midnight in a Perfect World turns out to be her teacher, Mr. Connelly. She finds herself daydreaming about him during class, which she fights herself over because she is trying to be 'GOOD".

Mark Connelly remembers Cadence from the day on the side of the road. He is still curious about her and even though he tries not to he is drawn to her. He finds himself finding reasons to talk to her, be close to her and doing things to make her smile. Even as he knows he should be leaving her alone, he finds himself wanting to spend time with her.

After several weeks of being "alone" Avery approaches Cadence with an invitation to become friends. Avery has devised a plan that can work to help both of them get the so called freedom that they both want, and if a true friendship should form than so be it. Cadence is unsure at first, but eventually agrees to the idea in order to try to get back some sense of freedom. Avery's plan goes off with out a hitch and both benefit from it. Avery is far more experienced in areas of relationships than is Cadence, but luckily for her Mark is a very patient person, who is all about loving her without any expectations.

Good, is a book that is a light hearted story that will have you laughing at some of the things that Cadence says and does. It took me back to when I was in school and had that first crush on a teacher. The only difference here is that she reacts on that crush as does Mark. Their actions is what leads you back to the very beginning of the book as to what takes place to leave their futures in question. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the humor as well. My only complaint is that I felt as if I was left hanging at the end of the book, screaming no I can't stop here, I have to know what happens.. so now to wait for Better to be released so I can find out what happens next between this young couple.

Cadence is a 17 year old senior and just beginning her last high school year after serving 10 months in juvie. She made one mistake. Just one. It was a big one but it’s been her only one. She was a good girl, a smart girl that didn’t do anything wrong. Ever. Well, except this one time…..

She went to a party and tried to have fun. Things got out of hand and she made a bad decision. Because of that she’s on lockdown by her parents, not able to do anything, go anywhere, drive, or hang with friends. The friends things isn’t a problem because she lost her best friend, no parents will let their daughter hang out with the girl from Juvie. For a girl going into her senior year….she’s sad and pitiful with no “teen” life at all. All for one really stupid mistake.

She makes a new friend, Avery. One that is supposed to be “good” and “approved” by her parents. She goes to church and participates heavily in the youth group. However, it’s all a front to get to do what they want. Suddenly, Cadence can do whatever she wants as long as she’s with Avery. They are each other’s “excuse”. They “sleepover” at each other’s house and go places they shouldn’t when their parents think they are at a church function. They carefully plan things out and always tell each other to keep on top of things. This completely surprises Cadence since when she was honest she got in trouble but now that she’s lying she’s free to do whatever she wants.

At first it’s mainly beneficial only for Avery since she has a boyfriend and Cadence doesn’t. But her teacher, Mr. Connelly (Mark) has become very important to her. They are extremely attracted to each other and form a real loving relationship. Even though he’s her teacher and she’s a teenager I really enjoyed this story. It’s not something you hear about all the time and there’s not THAT much difference in their ages. Cadence is a very complicated teenager and in some ways she seems to be a normal 17/18 year old but in many others she’s an “old” soul type of person. The story is wonderful with its innocence and youthful love that became really strong and powerful. The romance they create and the love they feel is not at all hindered by either of their ages…’s sweet and passionate and full of well…..LOVE!

The story is funny and playful at times but also serious and heart wrenching. Being from the point of view of a high school girl facing her future and her past and trying to figure out what she wants is enlightening and made me feel young again. The writing is excellent!! It’s fast paced and fun and some of the comments Cadence has in her own head are really funny. I really like Cadence and Mark is so good for her. He really loves her but has this patience with her that is enduring. Way to go on a really great book!!!!

Good is book one with the second book, Better coming out in November and I can’t wait to continue reading Mark & Cadence’s story.


S. Walden used to teach English before making the best decision of her life by becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Georgia with her very supportive husband who prefers physics textbooks over fiction and has a difficult time understanding why her characters must have personality flaws. She is wary of small children, so she has a Westie instead. Her dreams include raising chickens and owning and operating a beachside inn on the Gulf Coast (chickens included). When she's not writing, she's thinking about it.

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