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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 09, 2014 :
Just when Trent and Cassie think they'll finally get the happy ending they deserve, Cassie finds herself jumping through time. Somehow she has obtained the ability to time travel after being present at the Sedona vortex at the time of Dr. Fox's death. She figures out she must complete her mission in order to get back, but this is easier said than done. In addition, while Trent and Lorelai can cover up his travels, Cassie has to deal with a complication they've never had - parental interference. In this life, Cassie's parents are once again happy, but a bit overprotective. The real trouble begins when her parents tell her she needs to stop seeing so much of Trent. And in this timeline, a new enemy also presents itself. It looks like no world is perfect. One thing we can be sure of - Cassie and Trent are destined to be together. But will they finally find their happily-ever-after?
Once again the story is told from the points-of-view of Cassie and Trent. The pace is hectic, as we follow Cassie on a few missions and wonder how she's going to deal with her sudden disappearances. The major (happy) incident that happens towards the end of the book may seem a bit over the top for a young adult book, however because of the time and place in which it occurs, it is perfect.
Just a reminder, never get your mother to do your editing. There are a number of editing errors including incorrect spelling (e.g., journies for journeys, eery for eerie), incorrect word usage (e.g., wreaks for wracks, shoot for shute, donned for dawned, base for bass, decimals for decibels, alter for altar, literary for literally, bare for bear, loaner for loner, duel for dual), and the mixing of past and present tenses.
All in all, this is a very satisfying conclusion to a great series.
I received this book in return for an honest review.
(reviewed 53 days after purchase)
on May 11, 2014 :
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)
on Feb. 26, 2014 :
If you've read the book, you'll know why I gave 4 stars.
It's finally the conclusion to the Vortex Series.
In this final installment, "Deuce". Trent went back in time once again to change Cassie's life to live a third parallel life but little did both knew that Cassie's life would experienced dramatic changes. And that new dangers arises and this time it may end up with Trent losing someone.
I really enjoyed reading this series and it makes me sad to think it has ended.
Cassie may have just found the balance to living her third parallel life but all is not well with her relationship to Trent. That is to say, Trent is not under the good graces of Cassie's parents which kind of starts their trouble. Plus, Cassie also gained the ability to jump which ended up creating more problems for them.
I was thinking what more is there and just when I thought I figured it out there's more. I loved that Trent is willing to do anything especially to teach Cassie how to control her jump and that Trent would take the downfall in order to protect her. I do understand Cassie's parents but even I would feel choked up in their restrictions. I'm glad that Cassie has a friend whose parents are awesome.
I wished those reporters never existed they ruined everything. Well, they just ruined one part but I never expected that and I cried when that happened. Although I'm happy to see Cassie and Trent having their get together romance which lands them in bliss. I thought, "that's just so sweet". Then after that boom, their goes my tears. I won't say what happened but read it to find out. I also felt sad for this other guy. Well, I'm not saying his name because it would be obvious.
Jeff... What can I say about him? Hmmm. I like him at the beginning and it turned sour in the middle near the end but when he finally matured and accepted Cassie's choice, I don't hate him that much.
But I do want to say that the ending made a beautiful picture. It made me teary - eyed and I sighed, "Oh". Although I must say that there should be a warning label of tragedy here. For me, it should coz that bomb was suddenly dropped on my lap and I wanted to scream, "Noooooo!!!".
The ending may be beautiful but it could not compensate for that part. As I read the last part of the book, I wished their was more. It was beautifully written even if I have to accept some parts in order for this series to have its ending.
I received a copy from YA Bound Book Tour for the blog tour.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)