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Thursday, January 17, 2013

{Review & Character Bio} Rematch & Double Fault by Janine Caldwell

by Janine Caldwell
Series: The Vortex Series (#1)
Pages: 231
Source: e-book provided by author for review
Available as of March 12, 2012
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In REMATCH, Cassie and Trent’s worlds are about to collide, but not in the way you might normally expect. After a rocky start to their senior year, Trent is determined to hide from Cassie how their lives are supernaturally linked. But when Cassie’s past continues to torment her, she’s soon looking to Trent for answers. Trent must choose between admitting what he is and his role in her past, or running away from her forever.

I wasn't sure what to expect going into Rematch. I've read a few time travel novels and wasn't sure how different this would be from the others. Janine Caldwell wrote a unique and interesting story that any time travel nut would love.

Trent has been able to jump through time since the car accident that killed his parent. Him and his sister have been on the run from a guy that has been trying to abduct Trent for scientific study. Now, Trent has found a girl who he's saved in the past, a girl with mesmerizing eyes.Will he throw out all the rules he's put in place or will he walk away from her?

I loved Trent and Cassie. Trent has a huge heart and always tries to do the right thing. He wants what's best for Cassie even if it means he can't have her. Cassie is, or rather was, this amazing tennis player who now lacks self-confidence. She's struggled with her life since she was shot six years ago by one of her opponents fathers.

Rematch was a fun and quick read. While most of the story is told from Cassie's point of view, there are chapters from Trent's perspective. I love that we get to know both characters intimately from both points of view. The plot was very intriguing and kept me on my toes. The story was very detailed when important event occurred, but sometimes I could have used a little more detail or explanation.

Overall, Rematch was a good read, but left me wanting a little more. If you are a fan of time travel or movies like Jumper, you will love this book!

by Janine Caldwell
Series: The Vortex Series (#2)
Pages: 238
Source: e-book provided by author for review
Available as of April 12, 2012

DOUBLE FAULT is the 2nd book in The Vortex Series where Cassie and Trent’s problems have only just begun as they navigate through a parallel world rot with mind-blowing complexity. With Cassie’s tennis career hanging in the balance, she continues to watch her world crumble while fiercely hiding a secret that might cause her to lose what’s most dear to her heart.

After reading Rematch, I was a little leery going into Double Fault. However, Double Fault was a much better read overall. Janine Caldwell really pulled everything together and ended this two book series with a bang.

I really enjoyed reading Double Fault much more than Rematch. There was a more solid problem that needed to be solved and it kept me interested. I really liked that this installment picked up exactly where the first book left off. Just like before, I loved Trent and Cassie. I feel like they had more important obstacles to conquer this time around. 

Just like in the first book, the plot was intriguing and fun. It was extremely unique and very different from other time travel books I've read. The ending was the most enjoyable aspect because it took me by complete surprise. 

Overall, Double Fault was a fantastic read. The two part series was, as a whole, a great read. If you enjoy time travel novels don't miss this one. Pick it up now!

Meet eighteen-year-old Trent Astor, AKA Jeremy. He’s the reluctant hero of this series with an extraordinary secret he must keep hidden from the world for his family’s safety. This secret, involving a supernatural power, forces Trent and his younger sister, Lorelai, to be on constant alert, ready to run again. The orphaned siblings move every six months with a new identity so the ones after his power cannot find him. This makes teenage life almost unbearable. Lonely and ultra private, Trent knows making friends will only put them all in jeopardy. His saving grace is his love for his sister and his music. He’s mastered the guitar and allows himself to perform with local rock bands as long as he keeps them at arm’s length. Trouble is when you have a body and face like Trent, people tend to notice you. But because of the powers he was bestowed with, he knows a normal life will never be in his future. Allowing anyone, especially a girlfriend into his heart, is unthinkable.

Now enter the heroine of this story, Cassie Moore. At eleven-years-old, Cassie was in a horrific shooting that tragically scarred her for life. The once promising tennis prodigy, throws all hope of a future in tennis away, unable to play again after the shooting. As she enters her senior year of high school, she struggles to find herself, her self-esteem at an all time low. When Jeff Tanner, a football god at her school, wants to date, she’s thrilled until he begins to manipulate her and treat her altogether badly. If she could only somehow recover from her past, she may have a chance to get her groove back. She never imagined that could be possible, though, until she meets the gorgeous new student in her PE class, Jeremy.

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FTC Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.  

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