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Janine Caldwell was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area town of Clayton. Four days after graduation, she rocketed straight to college at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo earning a degree in English.
Janine now lives in Anthem, AZ with her husband, two sons and one very cute dog. 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'd be 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/
on June 11, 2014 :
A mysterious boy who goes on "missions" and is camera-shy, tries to save a ten-year-old girl from being shot while playing a tennis match. Who is he and how did he know what was going to happen?
Cassie is about to start her senior year of high school. Her footballer boyfriend Jeff wants to move their relationship to the next level, but Cassie isn't ready. Her dad wants her to take up tennis again, but Cassie is plagued by insecurities and a lack of self-confidence. When a new boy comes to town and joins the school band, Cassie can't shake the feeling that she's seen him somewhere before. Who is he and why does he seem so familiar?
The story is told alternately in the first person from Cassie's and Trent's points-of-view, however there is no confusion as to who is speaking, as they both have different voices. I especially liked the way the author depicted the growing relationship between Cassie and Trent. The author has a great natural conversational writing style, but there are a number of minor editing errors. And just when I was starting to wish for more of the story from Trent's points-of-view, especially when he goes on his missions, my wish was granted. Can't wait to read the next one.
I received this book in return for an honest review.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
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on April 20, 2014 :
Let me start of by saying that this is one of the best books I have read in a really long time. Not to say I haven’t liked the books I have been reading, but this one just really, really hooked me, and just made me fall in love with Trent/Jeremy (his alias is Jeremy) Anyway, I was enthralled right from the start with the first chapter and reading from Trent’s point of view. The emotions and feelings portrayed makes you just feel it and choke up with them at times. We get alternating point of views between Trent and Cassie, and I love that.
Trent is the perfect guy, and Cassie is a great girl too. I really felt for her and what she went through. Now Jeff , her boyfriend at the start is an ass. He basically gives an unspoken ultimatum to either give in and have sex, or it’s over. Not that he exactly says this, but it’s obvious. So, of course that relationship doesn’t make it. (this happens in beginning of book) but he sure is a typical guy, wanting her after someone else is interested, just how egotistical guys can be.
Her best friend Kelli is a good supportive friend, and I liked her too. I really liked Trents sister, Lorelei (Lucy is her alias) she is quite mature having to deal with a disappearing time traveling brother she has to cover for.
This story reminded me of a movie I seen that I actually liked, called The Time Travelers Wife. But in that you can’t change the future or anything, just the disappearing and all that.
I love the idea of this story, how Trent is given this power from a vortex when he was younger, and how he has to struggle along the way trusting his instincts to save who he is sent back to save. I think it was genius how he took advantage of the time travel back when it was only a decade or 2, and manipulated his families money to invest it better, so in his own timeline money would not be an issue. That was pretty cool.
This kept me on the edge of my seat most the time, wondering if and when the evil doctor will find him, so he can dissect his brain. That’s just horrid, and believable. There were some great twist and turns that I never saw coming that I really enjoyed.
I just loved how in the first chapter Trent is saving 11 year old Cassie from being killed (though he thought he failed) and then a few days later for him, he sees her at school as a 17 year old senior.
Over all its just a great idea and the writing was great. I was really glad to have book 2, Double Fault already, as I just didn’t want to leave this world.
If you like paranormal\supernatural books, or sci-fi books, you will enjoy this too. It’s like a touch of both, as we really do not know why he gets his ability, and that’s still a mystery we are yet to uncover.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Cover review - 4 out of 5 stars: I like the cover, it’s simple yet attractive. Not my favorite, but 100 times better than the old cover I seen just recently, that one would not have had me stop to take a look to see if I would like the book. It was not a good one for sure. So this one is much better.
I highly recommend this series. This is book one, Double Fault is Book 2, and Deuce is Book 3 in this Vortex Series.
I was provided this book by the author for my honest review
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on Feb. 26, 2014 :
I loved time travel romance and I really enjoyed reading this series because of it's uniqueness. I think this is the second YA I've read that involves time traveling because most time travel I've read were more historical.
Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down and when I've reached the ending I was like no! Luckily, I still have the last two books of the series and it wouldn't be a cliffhanger.
I find that the life of Trent/Jeremy Astor totally unique and what he'd gained/ experienced is not the kind of bargain he would have in exchange for such a consequences but then again I doubt he would have met Cassie twice. Once in the past and the other in the present. I liked that the book contained dual POVs to understand these characters more especially Trent situation. It gives us readers a better understanding on how he deals with his life and how he views his relationships with Cassie. Despite wanting to protect Cassie from the dangers I hoped that if you love someone in his case he loves Cassie he would still want to be with her and enjoy her time and not dwell on the future and what if's but live in the present. I liked Cassie's character you can really relate to her with the typical teen problems but what I like about her is she has a strong resolve in things despite what she experienced in the past. They are perfect for each other and their romance is on the right pace for me but I would love to see more of them.
And let's just say that I'm wishing for a twist to the story because Trent's choices although he thinks it's the best for Cassie isn't probably the right choice and I feel that because of his decision he would change everything to something worst. In a way, I'm both excited and dreading reading "Double Fault".
I received a copy from YA Bound Book Tour in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 46 days after purchase)
on Feb. 16, 2014 :
Wow! I was totally gripped with Trent's struggles and frustrations of the burden that comes along with his supernatural ability. To make matters even more intense he falls for the girl from the one mission he can't seem to let go of. Talk about complicated!!! I was absolutely drawn towards Trent and Cassie's situation. With the title, Rematch, was definitely fitting for the story. Like Trent's sister, Lorelai, said..."True love doesn't come around that often, you know?" Now, that has a lot of truth to it...haha!
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(reviewed 34 days after purchase)
on Jan. 02, 2013 :
First I want to thank the author, Janine Caldwell, for providing me a copy of Rematch for an honest review. Second of all, I want to say WOW! That was one amazing read.
I have to be honest, I was initially turned off by the title and cover. It just didn't make me want to read it. When I did start to read, I got sucked into the story and didn't think much more of the former. The book centers around a time traveling teen boy, his sister, and the girl he's met before in her past and fallen for in the present. The story really takes you for a turn during the last quarter of the book. You will not want to put it down.
There is a uniqueness to the story that caught my attention. Time travel has been done before, on many levels, but this story was fresh, modern and enjoyable. There were times the story seemed to drag on a bit, when I thought that with all I had read that I should have been farther along than I was but it didn't draw out through the entire book. As a reader, there are answers to questions that were at the back of your mind. The end has given me another question though, who's at the door? When you read the book, you'll understand.
I recommend this to all who enjoy paranormal, scifi, romance, YA, etc. I am looking forward reading the second book in the series, Double Fault.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
on Nov. 16, 2012 :
Loved the book.I read the whole book in one go. The story is good and well written.The characters have strong personality and well defined.The romance between Trent and Cassie is nice.The challenges and the sacrifices one makes when in love is very well depicted through Cassie and Trent's story.
This book makes you believe in the power of true love and also that the true love lasts forever no matter the circumstances.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on Nov. 14, 2012 :
Rematch is an action packed book! It grabs you and all you can do is enjoy the ride~ I love the characters in the story, I find myself rooting for Trent and Cassie the whole time. The romance between them is sweet! What every high school girl dreams of!!!
I really enjoyed Janine Caldwell's writing and loved how we got different point of view! All in all I really enjoyed the book! I would recommend it to anyone! Rematch left me wanting more... looking foward to find what happens next.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on May 03, 2012 :
This is one of the best written books I’ve come across in a while. Some authors are just natural storytellers and Janine Caldwell is definitely one of them! This book is nearly flawless in its execution, and has some of the best one-liners I’ve ever seen anywhere. I laughed out loud at many parts, but found myself entirely caught up in the star-crossed whirlwind romance of Cassie and Trent and was rooting for them the whole time.
There were many wonderful parts to this novel, and a few things that left me wanting more…mainly, I wanted more! I wish we could have seen more from Trent’s POV on his “jumps”… and there were a few times where I would have liked to see a bit more tension and struggle with the way that this “gift” affected him (like the “sacrifice” he has to make…that could’ve been an real emotional twister but for me fell just short of the mark). This premise is one that isn’t totally overplayed right now and has huge potential for future stories. There are many layers to this novel, yet it doesn’t weigh the reader down with useless storytelling. Eloquently written and fast paced filled with romance, danger, personal relationships, fears, dreams, and fate, “Re-Matched” is a novel I can highly recommend for the YA and adult crowd alike.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
on April 27, 2012 :
More like 4.5 stars...
This book starts off with an action packed scene that reaches in and grabs you by the throat. I settled in for the ride and found that the exciting start gave way to a less-action packed middle. It wasn’t bad, just focused more on the “getting to know you” of the MC’s relationship, which was fine, and very nicely drawn out. I just found it to be a bit light on the sci/fi for a good chunk of the story (for my tastes), and more focused on the romance. But it was extremely well-written and the story flowed nicely, taking me right along with it. I found the narrative and the dialogue to be exceptionally believable and rang as authentic.
The book is witty, funny, sometimes sarcastic, and I found myself smiling several times throughout as my fingers rapidly turned the pages as I just had to know what happened next. In my opinion Ms. Caldwell crafted a fine novel suitable for teens and anyone who enjoys an excellent tale of romance and twists of fate, and I’ll definitely be looking for the next in the series.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on April 23, 2012 :
I absolutely loved this book!! The premise was unique and one I hadn’t really seen before. The characters of Cassie and Trent/Jeremy were great, and I thought they had really good chemistry and their relationship was very sweet. Even though he was kind of a jerk at first he had his reasons and all he wanted to do was save her. I loved the way the story would change from Cassie and Trent’s point of views, but at first I was confused by it. I think it would’ve helped to have the chapters labeled because sometimes I didn’t know who I was reading at first. But I read this whole book in one sitting literally!
I also really liked the way that this author writes. I could perfectly see the scenes and felt like I was fully in them without them being too over described. She made nice use of all the senses and I was fully involved in the story from the first page to the last. I’ll be looking for more of her works in the future. Definitely recommend to fans of paranormal romance and YA.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)