I received a free copy of this book from the author via YA Bound Book Tour in exchange for an honest review.
This is the third book in the Vortex series, and it is also my favorite!
The entire series is very cute and fun, but this book had a little more drama added in with the adorable.
Cassie and Trent go through a lot in this book. They suffer some major losses and have to figure out how to deal with the fact that Cassie is now a time traveler too, but thankfully they work through all of their problems together.
Cassie took to her new time traveling abilities very well. It really surprised me how easily she got the hang of everything. She did have Trent to help her, but mostly she is just really good at being a time traveler. I think she may actually be more suited for in than Trent.
Like in the first two books, Trent and Cassie face more than just supernatural obstacles. Cassie's ex boyfriend from her two other lives, Jeff, is still around, but this time he and Cassie never dated so he shouldn't be a problem anymore, right? Wrong! Even when he thinks of Cassie like a sister, Jeff still finds a way to make trouble for her and Trent. However, the main cause of drama for Cassie and Trent this time came from an unexpected place, her parents.
In her first life, Cassie had a near perfect relationship with her parents. They cared about her, but they also allowed her a certain amount of freedom so it was easy for her to be with Trent. In her second life, her parents had so many of their own issues that they didn't focus enough on Cassie and her brother. This also made it easy for her to be with Trent, but she missed having good parents. In this life, Cassie's parents more than make up for bad parenting in the previous life because they require her to explain everything about Trent's strange life. Now, I know that Trent is a great guy, but I also understood why her parents didn't think so. They never met his parents, Their daughter was recently kidnapped because of him, and he has a bad habit of disappearing when Cassie needs him most. Add the fact that their daughter is now also missing curfew and staying out all night into that equation, and I completely get why her parents were freaking out! It was an obstical that made sense. I wanted Cassie and Trent to be able to spend time together, but I also understood why her parents didn't allow it. I actually felt like they were being more than fair.
I was very happy that the author finally addressed Trent's jealousy in this book because that has always been my main issue with him. I get that Jeff is a problem, and he always seems to be a problem, but that has nothing to do with Cassie. Cassie dumped the boy in two separate lifetimes, and made sure not to even kiss him in a third, he has never been competition for Trent, and it was about time that both Jeff and Trent got that through their thick skulls. Cassie finally grew enough backbone to tell Trent to cool it with the jealousy, and that conversation was long overdue in my opinion.
Will all of the obstacles they faced, I don't want to leave you with the impression that there was all drama and no romance in the book. Trent is not afraid to tell Cassie exactly how much he loves her, and he always finds the sweetest things to say. This is definitely a romance novel because most teenage boys wouldn't be caught dead saying some of the things he does to Cassie, but that's why we read book like these. If men said stuff like that, the books would serve no purpose, and it wouldn't be fiction. I personally like it when the romance is slightly more grounded and the guy shows the girl that he loves her more often than he tells her. Trent shows Cassie he loves her plenty of times, but he also tells her constantly so it got a little old after a while. Even he acknowledges that he goes a little overboard when it comes to her so I think the author did that on purpose. Trent hasn't had the opportunity to love very many people in his life, and he is loved by even fewer so he makes sure that Cassie knows how much she means to him as often as he can. Can't fault a guy too much for being loving, now can I?
This book was sadder than the others, but the author made a couple of bold choices and I always respect that. Once again, I enjoyed the last few chapters a lot, and I'm not sure if this is the last book in the series, but although there was no cliffhanger, the ending certainly left room for there to be another one.
Overall, this was a pleasant, and possibly final installment to the series, and fans of time travel romance novels should enjoy it very much.
because of mild sexual content, I would recommend this book for ages twelve and up.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)