Sunday, 15 June 2014

Deuce by Janine Caldwell Blog Tour - Review + Giveaway

Deuce (Vortex #3) by Janine Caldwell

Deuce (The Vortex Series, #3)Title: Deuce

Series: Vortex #3

Author: Janine Caldwell

January 2014

E-copy from the author for my honest review


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.

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**You can find a radio interview with Janine Caldwell speaking about her writing career and the Vortex Series HERE!**

My Review

*There may be some spoilers for the first two book in the series*

I really enjoyed this book and though I didn't find to be as engaging and thrilling as the first book it was still an enjoyable story and a good addition to the series. 
There's a dual POV between Cassie and Trent throughout this book which gives a great insight into both characters and of course plays a vital part in the story.

The story starts off exactly where the previous one ends and throws you right into the action, which is great for a series since we've already connected with the characters in the earlier books. Unfortunately the action kind of fizzles out from there, there's still a lot of drama and a couple of attempts at action/thriller parts but it seemed more like an attempt at repeating the formula of the previous books, rather than introducing any real threats. The drama was done well and the characters and feelings were all portrayed in a realistic, believable way. There were a few plot twists I disagreed with but it was still a very enjoyable story and I like learning more of Cassie and Trent.

My only real problem with this book was the use of the time-travel. I was fine with it being used as a tool to rewrite Cassie's history (repeatedly) but then I felt it should've been used in other ways, on other timelines, to rewrite others' histories until everything worked out perfectly. I know that reasons were given but I thought they were rather flimsy and Trent and Cassie should've tried harder to rewrite wrongs and make the world as they wanted, which was the same thing Trent had done for Cassie three times. Either experiment with the time-travel and use it as a tool, or just go on the missions and leave it at that - no rewriting.

This book was enjoyable and if you're a fan of time-travel I'd definitely recommend this series. There were just a few parts of this book that I didn't agree with and overall I found it enjoyable and a nice break from reality. An enjoyable YA series filled with drama, romance and (of course!) time-travel!

3.5/5 Whales

Other Books in the Series

Rematch (Vortex #1) by Janine Caldwell

RematchTrent 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.

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Double Fault (Vortex #2) by Janine Caldwell

Double Fault

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.
Author Bio - Janine Caldwell

Janine CaldwellJanine 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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  1. I haven't read any of the books yet so thank you for the chance to win them! :)