Double Fault

Rated 4.14/5 based on 8 reviews
DOUBLE FAULT is the 2nd book in The Vortex Series where Cassie and Trent’s problems have only just begun. As they fight through the repercussions of creating a parallel world, other dangers are lurking. After years of running, Trent and his orphaned sister, Lorelai, sense the dangerous and power-hungry Dr. Fox is close to discovering their whereabouts. More

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ISBN: 9781476419220
About Janine Caldwell

Janine Caldwell was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area town of Clayton. Four days after high school graduation, she attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and graduated with a degree in English.

Janine now lives in Anthem, AZ with her husband and two sons. When she's not writing, she's practicing yoga, playing tennis, banging on the drums, or reading. As a lifelong literature fanatic, she knew it was a matter of time before she would become obsessed with writing her own work. With relatives like the Brothers Grimm and Anita Loos (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), she hopes fantasy writing is in her DNA.

Books published by Janine include Visited, a YA coming-of-age fantasy and The Vortex Series: Rematch, Double Fault, and Deuce. Listen to her recent radio interview to learn more about her work. http://www.breakradioshow.com/archives/04292014-empowering-women/

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Review by: Lynda Dickson on June 11, 2014 :
Now living in an alternate reality because of Trent's meddling, Cassie and Trent are the only ones who can remember what happened previously, leaving Lorelei to become increasingly frustrated. Cassie is more confident in this life and back into tennis. She had a sweet new car, but many things have changed for the worse. Jeff, her old boyfriend, is still interested in her, her best friend Kelli is disappointed in her for moving in on the guy she likes, her brother Gavin misses his pseudo-older-brother Jeff, and her parents now fight non-stop because of her father's obsession with her tennis career. Cassie starts believing that Trent made a mistake by going back in time to change her destiny. Meanwhile, an old enemy resurfaces trying to locate the vortex, the source of Trent's powers. But what is he really after? When Trent discovers a secret that Cassie has been keeping from him, it looks like the last straw. Can they ever be happy again? Will Cassie ask the impossible of Trent? And what effect did the trip to Sedona have on Cassie?

Once again, the story is told from Cassie's and Trent's points-of-view. And again, a number of editing errors, especially incorrect word usage (e.g., passed for past-5 times!, you're for your, breaks for brakes, pouring for poring, plodding for plotting, lessoned for lessened, taught for taut, affects for effects). While there is a lot of action and character interaction, this is not my favorite in the series. But I can't wait to see what happens next!

I received this book in return for an honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kookie Krysp on May 11, 2014 :
I received a free copy of this book from the author via YA Bound Book Tours.

There was more action in the second installment of this series than the first. I finally got to meet the terrible Dr. Fox who has been hunting Trent for the past five years, and he is definitely a deranged villain who I have zero sympathy for.

The relationship between Cassie and Trent hits a few snags in this book. Trent has a real problem with jealousy, and spent too much time stressing over the fact that Cassie had a good relationship with her ex boyfriend. If you read the first book in this series, then you know that Will was a huge jerk to Cassie, but since Trent took it upon himself to change Cassie's life by going back in time and preventing her from being shot, Cassie was more confident and demanded that Will treat her better in this life so he did. Will is actually a pretty decent guy for most of this book, but his jerk tendencies still show up every now and then.

I didn't like the way Trent handled his jealousy though. As soon as Cassie remembered him, she dumped Will, who was actually a pretty good boyfriend to her, and ran to tell Trent how much she loved him. Trent should trust that love enough to not let her past have an effect on how he feels. So what if she did things with Will before she remembered her love for Trent. That had nothing to do with him, and she wasn't cheating on or betraying him!

I do however understand that Trent has abandonment issues and puts way too much pressure on himself to save people. He comes from a place of love not control so his jealousy, while annoying, was not abusive. Once Cassie remembered how she felt about Trent, and the way Will treated her in tan alternate reality, of course she would regret having given so much of herself to Will. I get why Cassie had a problem with it, I just think that Trent needs to learn to have faith in their relationship.

However, Cassie's relationship with Will is not the only thing that has gone wrong in her life since Trent went back in time and changed things. Her father is obsessed with her becoming a tennis star, and that has put a strain on her whole family. Her parents fight constantly and her little brother is withdrawing into himself more and more. Her relationship with her best friend is also not as strong as it was in the first reality.

I didn't enjoy the romance in this book as much as the first in the series but the action and science fiction elements were better so I liked both books about the same. The books in this series really pick up in the last few chapters, and I wish that they maintained that quality of action throughout. I'm not saying that I don't enjoy anything but the last few chapters, but if the author would sprinkle some of that magic that she finds at the end of her novels throughout the rest of the book, I would give them a higher rating.

There was a pretty big cliffhanger at the end of this one. Something very exciting and a little bit scary happened with Cassie, and I am glad that I don't have to wait long to find out what happens next!

Because of mild sexual content, I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Stelle Moore on Feb. 26, 2014 :
I enjoyed reading Rematch and couldn't wait to start reading "Double Fault".

Double Fault is more about a parallel world, another path where Trent decided he could have prevented Cassie from being shot and would have live a better life than the previous one. Although Trent thinks he made the right choice until he tries living in this present parallel world where Cassie may or may not remember him and that his choice may actually done more harm than good. While Trent and Lorelai's past are catching up to them.

*Spoiler Ahead*

This takes about a twist in the whole story. Reliving a new life despite having the memories of the other life. I just can't imagine what Cassie's going through. I admit that I was a little sad because of Trent's choices, Cassie may have not made the right one but that's because she did not remember him. I was like please let their be another twist and turn to the story because apart from their relationship, Cassie's relationship with her friends and family weren't so good. In a way, I could kind of relate to her then but hers was worst although I wouldn't wish on anyone experiencing that but that's inevitable.

I hated Jeff more. I hated him at "Rematch" and I hated him more now. I'm just glad that Cassie had a wake up call despite her and Jeff's relationship intimate relationship and wanting to keep it from Trent. That part I just couldn't understand. I mean if both Trent and Cassie loved each other they should be able to accept her past relationship with Jeff although I do understand about their point especially Cassie knowing and remembering about Trent so he could have been her first and only. Trent may have overreacted but that was also due to Jeff's ribbing, I'm proud that he was man enough to apologize to Cassie and I wish neither would blame each other just because.

Although the twist to the end was something I wasn't expecting but at the same time I was wishing for a miracle to happen in order for them to have a better life. I'm glad they'll be able to work it out in the end.

Although time traveling wasn't much mentioned here except those times it was still an enjoyable read especially the relationships in Cassie's life. It was nice to how it would turn out but I guess one lesson learned here is not to mess time. Trent should really have take heed of Bob's warning.

I received a copy from YA Bound Book Tour in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: lisa wood on June 06, 2013 :
I was a huge fan of Rematch, the first book in the Vortex series and I had high hopes for Double fault, I wasn't disappointed in the slightest.

The second book focuses a lot more on Cassie and Trents relationship in the Cassies new timeline as well as exploring how relationships with the people closest to her have been affected by the change in the timeline.

There isn't as much sci fi/paranormal in this as the first but to be honest I didn't even think about it to the end, there was so much other stuff going on that I was too drawn in to notice.

Cassie's life is so much different in the new timeline, Cassie herself is much more confident but still a very likeable character as I mentioned earlier her relationships with those closest to her have changed, since in this timeline she wasn't shot her tennis never suffered and now her father is obsessed with her career even at the risk of the rest of the family.

Trent and Lorelai are still hiding from the PI and Ethan fox who are close on there tails and things take a dramatic turn.

I don't want to say too much and give away any spoilers but I highly recommend it to anyone who as read the first the first book and likes a good romance story.

and the end was just WOW I was literally lost for words and cant wait to get my claws into Deuce
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: lisa wood on June 06, 2013 : (no rating)
I was a huge fan of Rematch, the first book in the Vortex series and I had high hopes for Double fault, I wasn't disappointed in the slightest.

The second book focuses a lot more on Cassie and Trents relationship in the Cassies new timeline as well as exploring how relationships with the people closest to her have been affected by the change in the timeline.

There isn't as much sci fi/paranormal in this as the first but to be honest I didn't even think about it to the end, there was so much other stuff going on that I was too drawn in to notice.

Cassie's life is so much different in the new timeline, Cassie herself is much more confident but still a very likeable character as I mentioned earlier her relationships with those closest to her have changed, since in this timeline she wasn't shot her tennis never suffered and now her father is obsessed with her career even at the risk of the rest of the family.

Trent and Lorelai are still hiding from the PI and Ethan fox who are close on there tails and things take a dramatic turn.

I don't want to say too much and give away any spoilers but I highly recommend it to anyone who as read the first the first book and likes a good romance story.

and the end was just WOW I was literally lost for words and cant wait to get my claws into Deuce
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Belinda King on May 26, 2013 :
I received this book free in exchange for an honest and fair review.

I loved the first book, Rematch, and really looked forward to reading 'Double Fault'. I was not disappointed in the least.
Trent and Cassie are living in a parralell world that Trent created when he could not get rid of the guilt he felt for supposedly failing his mission when he only saved Cassie from death but did not save her from the shooting itself. Cassie has psychological damage from the experience which has turned her from the sport she was born to succeed in. That damage has caused her to lead a life in which her self confidence is lacking which has lead to a fairly conservative life.

So when Trent decides he has to fix it and prevent the shooting from happening at all, Cassie's life is very different. Her self confidence is at a real high. She dates and dominates, making decisions she did not make in her prvious life. Her family is falling apart because of her talent in her sport and her fathers over the top committment.

A series of events leads Cassie to realise that her life after the shooting was perfect in comparison. Cassie convinces Trent that they were destined to be together and that part of her destiny was to actually be shot and survive. Cassie convinces Trent to go back and change it.

There is a twist at the end which leads beatifully into the next book.

The story was well written, very descriptive, and flowed nicely. The author has thought out the story line well.

I did find it difficult at times to know who's point of veiw we were reading from. I would get through almost a paragraph thinking from Trents perspective and realise that we have changed and the story is now in Cassies veiwpoint. That aside the story was still well written and very enjoyable. I loved the devotion that Cassie and Trent have for each other. I loved how the characters interacted with each other, and how the characters were developed along the way.

I highly recommend this book as a good read for those who love to read Young Adult. Scifi was not very radical. Only a small amount of scifi - mostly it is about the relationships and survival of Trent and his sister Lorelai from being captured by the crazy science proffessor who wants to cut up Trents brain to dicover the secret of his power.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Marni on Jan. 02, 2013 :
I received this book for an upcoming Supagurl Blog Tour for an honest review. Thank you!

For those that have read the first book in The Vortex Series, Rematch, this is quite a different book. Do not expect much time travel and you will not be disappointed. This book is largely on the newer relationship between Cassie and Trent and the changes in the parallel world they are now living in. No, there's not like crazy things happening, just the changes of people they were close with previously.

Trent & his sister, Lorelai, are still in hiding from PI's. Their identities closely hidden from those close to them. Cassie starts thinking about life without tennis, and slowly the story evolves. Honestly, for a good bit of the book I was waiting for something more than romance. I really wouldn't classify this as a paranormal book except for brief instances of the time travel. Finally, things started taking a turn. Trent and his sister have been found and the repercussions have a ripple affect. Bits and pieces of their true identity strung out with further lies come out for the rescue of someone close to them. A life is lost. Heartaches resound. This all climaxing to a point that you want to say, duh, why didn't you think of that before?

The end of the story wraps up nicely until a twist is thrown in. This twist will lead into the third book of the series, Deuce. As of this writing the release date is unknown.

This book was so different to me than Rematch that I, at first, had a hard time connecting with it. I love paranormal books, and as I said earlier, this book was much more romance than my usual liking. The romance took away from the uniqueness of the original story line. Once the action kicked in, I was along for the ride. I didn't want to put it down.

The cover art and the tennis referance for the title, still not my thing. I really won't go into that though because it doesn't affect my review as a whole.

Would I recommend this? Yes, for those that want to further the story of Rematch and for those who like a sweat romance. Now, I just wish I knew when Deuce was coming out and what it will be all about!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Toni Hemion on Dec. 07, 2012 :
Thank you Mrs Caldwell for the chance to read your books! I have loved both of them!!

Double Fault was just as good a the first book! It gives you answers as to what happens in the first book! It also gives us new characters. I love Trent and Cassie! as well as the plot! Once started I couldnt put it down.. well didnt want to put it down..(lol sometimes life has other plans for you) The romance is sweet! Janine does an amazing job of keeping you hooked and wanting more! I am hoping for a third book!

All in all this is a must read series! Great Job Mrs Caldwell.. excited to see what you bring us next!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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