Author: Janine Caldwell
Genre: YA coming-of-age fantasy
Publication date: May 25th 2013
Janine Caldwell was born in Concord, CA and raised in the small San Francisco Bay Area town of Clayton. Four days after her high school graduation, Janine attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and graduated with a degree in English.
Janine now lives in Anthem, AZ with her husband and two sons. 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 figured fantasy writing had to be in her DNA.
Books published by Janine include Visited, a YA coming-of-age fantasy, Rematch and Double Fault—the first two books of The Vortex Series. The final book in this YA fantasy romance, Deuce, will be released fall 2013.
When I first started reading, I wasn’t really sure where this story was going. Then, once I was on-board, I was floored! What such a simple story idea that is so huge!!
The story is about a girl, Joanna, that is going through what every teenage girl is going through; she hates her looks, she is in-love with her best friend Tommy, her mom is re-married after she lost her father and had her mom all to herself for so long, and to top it all off, her mom is going to have another baby that is going to ruin their backpacking trip! But it doesn’t end there. After crawling on the roof for some sight-seeing and star-gazing, something catches her eye causing her to lose her footing and she falls off the roof. A mysterious man comes to her aid and her whole life it turned upside down! There is an important lesson for her to learn, but she almost loses everyone in her life and her sanity.
This story is very well put together. I wasn’t sure what to think when James shows up after saving her from her fall. There was some speculation as to what or who he is, but it is so vague and it kept me intrigued. I love the teenage angst in the beginning. It is almost like a teenager was writing it. The responses were SOOOOO teenager!!
As the story progresses and her world is turned upside down, I was turned upside down. I didn’t know what the heck was going on and the surprises just kept on coming! I was absolutely beside myself the differences she was experiencing and could almost feel my own sanity leaving my brain. I could so feel her upheaval. The author did a spectacular job of helping us feel what Joanna was feeling.
As the story comes to a close and we find out why James is really there, I felt so relieved and sad at the same time. I can’t imagine going through what she went through. But, once the dust settled, I was so glad that Blake showed up to be the beacon for Joanna. I just can’t imagine there not being someone for everyone out there.
A fantastic story, exceptional writing, seamless delivery…4 out of 5 stars!!!