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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Deuce Blog Tour + Giveaway!

Deuce (Vortex #3)
Release Date: 2014

Summary from Goodreads:
The epic conclusion to The Vortex Series coming soon!

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.

With DEUCE, the 3rd and final book of The Vortex Series, Janine Caldwell combines fantasy and romance to create a compelling love story of integrity and sacrifice.

My rating: 4 stars
My 2 cents:  Over the last week, I've read the entire trilogy, so this will actually be a review over the trilogy as a whole.

I really enjoyed it.  I have really gotten into the whole time travel/sci-fi YA scene lately, and I especially love time travel books that have their own take on the phenomenon.  The Vortex series turned it into almost a paranormal ability given to Trent (Jeremy) by nature.  I really loved this take on it!

The only thing that was a little annoying was the whole "Twilight" feel to the basic plot.  This didn't last long, and its not a Twilight knock off, but it has that old tired paranormal boy-with-powers-saves-normal-girl-who-then-falls-in-love-with-him-but-he-must-stay-away-or-she-will-be-in-danger thing.  This was really the only negative I could find with the books, and it didn't bother me that much.  After it gets going, that whole comparison disappears anyway, because the rest of the story is so unique!

The story is a dual POV between Cassie and Trent, which I really liked.  It was nice to see Trent's side of things, especially when he was acting like a total boy and I just wanted to shake him!  Overall, I did like him, but I didn't feel that "book boyfriend" connection I wanted.  Later in the books that becomes more clear!  Cassie was a great MC, and my favorite character without a doubt.  I also really loved Trent's sister, Lorelai.  She was probably the most complex character in the story.  All the other characters are pretty bit parts and don't play a huge role.  The story is really about Trent, Cassie and Lorelei.  

This was a great read, and if you are into time travel or sci-fi, I definitely recommend it!

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About the Author
Janine Caldwell was born in Concord, CA and raised in the small San Francisco Bay Area town of Clayton. Four days after 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 andDouble Fault–the first two books of The Vortex Series. The final book in this YA fantasy romance, Deuce, will be released soon.

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  1. Thanks so much, Julia, for sharing my series with your followers. Soooo glad you could see how different the story is from Twilight. I love when readers find the series unique in premise, so thank you!

  2. I feel like an idiot for saying it, but time travel books -- or books where the narrative jumps around in time -- usually confuse me or pull me out of the story. But I'm glad you enjoyed this!
    Jen @ YA Romantics


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