Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Review of Deuce from The Vortex Series + #Giveaway

Vortex Series
Book #1
Janine Caldwell

Genre: YA Sci-Fi Fantasy, Time Travel
Release Date: May 12, 2012

ISBN: 978-1476323619

Pages: 240

Book Description:

Trent Astor is many things—orphan, runaway, musician. But what’s most extraordinary about Trent is that he’s a time traveler. His supernatural gift sends him on missions to the past to save unsuspecting victims from harm. However, when he fails to save the life of a young girl, his life changes in ways he could never have dreamed.

At eleven-years-old, Cassie Moore suffered through a horrific shooting. Tragically scarred from the ordeal, the once promising tennis prodigy was forced to throw away all hope of a future in tennis. Now, as she begins her senior year of high school, the past continues to haunt her. She struggles to find herself, her self-esteem at an all time low. If only she could resolve the past, she might be able to move on with her life. She never imagined that could be possible until she meets the gorgeous new student in her PE class.

Double Fault 
Vortex Series
Book #2
Janine Caldwell

Genre: YA Sci-Fi Fantasy, Time Travel
Release Date: March 12, 2012

ISBN: 978-1476419220

Pages: 231

Book Description:

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.

While Cassie fears for Trent’s life, her tennis career hangs in the balance. Caught between her old and new life, she watches her world slowly crumble until it’s a tragic portrayal of all that she used to know. But worse yet, if her secret is revealed, she might lose what’s most dear to her heart.

Vortex Series
Book #3
Janine Caldwell

Genre: YA Sci-Fi Fantasy, Time Travel
Release Date: Januaray 29, 2014

ISBN: 978-1495289965

Pages: 270
Goodreads Rating:  4.30
My Rating: 4.5

Book Description:

In an instant everything changes for seventeen-year-old Cassie Moore. Together she and her time-traveling boyfriend, Trent Astor, battle to survive their next impossible challenge. As they navigate through a third parallel world in which Cassie begged Trent to create for her, the two soon discover that no world can be made perfect.

And while they fight through their new circumstances, the universe may just have its own agenda for them both.

Meanwhile, it seems Trent and his sister, Lorelai, will never be safe from the greedy world and its hunger for Trent's power. A new force threatens to destroy the anonymity Trent has fought for his entire life unless he can stop this new opposition first. But every choice has a consequence, and Trent is faced with the most difficult choice of his life.

Set in contemporary Northern California, The Vortex Series is a teen romance for those who also enjoy a bit of science fiction and fantasy. Told in two perspectives, we get an intimate view of both Cassie and Trent’s worlds. Family relationships, how they interconnect and drive our personalities, is the heart and soul of this YA time traveling novel.

My Take On The Book:

Oh dear lord, the tears! Before jumping into this review, I should warn you all that while reading this book you will want to have tissues present. I loved this series, this book being one of my favorites but it is heavy on the tear jerk factor and sure to make you cry.

As a whole this book had more going for it than book 1 ‘Rematch’ but it was not as action packed and interesting as book 2 ‘Double Fault’. Regardless the author does a superb job and introducing the characters the story and making the reader fall I love with them. I was very invested in the happiness of these characters and I think Casey, Trent and Lorelai are noble and extremely loveable.

In the series, book one in my opinion served as a very long introduction to the characters and what is a very epic tale of heroism, heart break and time travel. Book 2 on the other hand introduces you to the very sinister side of this tale, filled with action and suspense. It’s the kind of book you’re afraid to put down, the kind you NEED to know the ending to. This book, ‘Duece’ the third instalment is just shy of a 5 quill raiting because it left me feeling dissatisfied. Like the story I so thoroughly enjoyed and the characters I was invested in didn’t get a proper ending. While I thoroughly enjoyed this book and felt it was exponentially better than the first it was marginally less enthralling than the second. Read on for a break down.

The Great (Pros):

  • Trent & Casey. Sickening at time lol this love-struck soul mate couple is in my opinion one of the best couple in the YA genre. They are faulted as any teenager but they are all around good people who are easy to get invested in. All through the series, their moral compass stays true and you find yourself really and I do mean really hoping for a happily ever after.

  • Lorelai. What is not to love about this loyal, loving, diva sister and friend. She’s fierce and vulnerable and a complete oxymoron (you know like ‘little big’ ‘dark light’ contradictions). She’s an anomaly if you’ve ever seen one and one of the best constructed support characters that push their way into the lime light. I’d be surprised if anyone reading this series didn’t love her. 

  • Kelli. She was awesome in book 1 and not so great in book 2 but she definitely redeems herself in this timeline and book. In this one she is the epitome of an amazing best friend.

  • Dual Jumping thing. Without giving to much away… I hope this is one of the best cliffhangers and plot twist I’ve encountered. Yes it was a bit predictable but the good kind that still shocks you.

The Not So Great (Cons):

  • Casey’s Parents. I wanted to like them I really did, but from book one they just rubbed me the wrong way. In this one, they were too overbearing and controlling.

  • The Unanswered &The Unfinished. I described this con a bit before but to get a bit more in depth, the story and characters didn’t seem to get a proper ending if you get my drift. There was a certain umph or calming sensation that was missing when I read the last page. Like their story was incomplete. Its kind of hard to but the feeling into words without divulging the plot.

  • Rushed. I felt like I was in a rush for the finish line, out of breath and then when you think you can catch it, the unthinkable happens. I’m usually a big fan of the adrenaline rush but paired with the cons above it felt dissatisfying.

4.5 Quills

It was a fast paced ride, one that I enjoyed immensely. It had its up and downs and trust me guys the downs are real downs so don’t forget you tissues. But above all else, this series is unique and entirely too good for you all to pass up. <3


About The Author 

Janine lives in Anthem, AZ with her husband and two sons. When she’s not trying to stay cool, she’s playing tennis, practicing yoga, banging on the drums, or reading. As a lifelong literature fanatic, she knew it was only 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.

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