Book Review: Rematch by Janine Caldwell

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Book Review: Rematch by Janine Caldwell

I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Rematch by Janine CaldwellRematch by Janine Caldwell
Series: Vortex #1
on March 12th 2012
Genres: Time Travel, Young Adult
Pages: 240
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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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 is the 2nd book in The Vortex Series available now.


I think my eyes are playing tricks on me. If it had been Dr. Fox himself, I would’ve been less astonished than I was to find Cassie knocking at my door. I blink a few times, making sure I’m not imagining her while she shifts impatiently. She’s glaring at me with the eyes that haunt my dreams. She’s visibly trembling, waiting for me to say something.
“Uh, can I help you?” I ask her stupidly.
“I know who you are,” she answers in a voice hardly above a murmur, seeming to pale with every passing second.
I purse my lips and swallow hard.
“Okay. Who am I?”
With more confidence and fight in her voice she replies, “It’s not so much who you are, but what you are.”
“What am I?” I whisper, struggling to control my landslide of emotion.
She hesitates, looking afraid now to continue.
She finally whispers, “A flyer through time, a time traveler.”
I jiggle my head in confusion, still doubting whether this is truly happening. I pull her by the arm, urging her into the house and shut the door behind us. Whatever this is about, I can’t afford for the neighbors to hear it.
“Look, I don’t know where you got that idea, but–”
“Oh, don’t give me that!” she snaps, suddenly full of spite. “I know you know what I’m talking about.” Her feet plant solidly again, her spine straightens up.
I’m taken aback by her anger. I rapidly try to think what would have set off this sort of outrage in her.
“You told me all about it,” she clarifies when I don’t say anything. “I remember…Trent.”
My heart starts beating off the charts, my mind zigzagging wildly. My name! She just said my real name!

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My Thoughts

So this is a cute, young adult. It starts off and it’s so interesting and compelled me to continue turning pages but sadly the momentum didn’t keep up with that introduction.

There’s also not a whole lot behind the plot, lots of high school and boyfriend drama. I enjoyed reading about the characters but jumping back and forth between them was also a bit strange. I never felt like I really got a good handle on either character. I think this would have gone over better as a bubble gum type of high school drama, there is more drama in half of the book about high school than the time travel thing.

Jeff was the perfect antagonist and I actually loved to hate his character but it confused me that Cassie wasn’t ready to jump into bed with him and yet the minute Trent enters the scene she goes all boy crazy ga ga and can’t help but think about kissing him. Cassie seemed to really not have it together at all. I get not having a lot of confidence but this gal, she is a mess! I just wanted to smack her upside her head and tell her to forget ALL of the boys. Easier said than done when you’re in high school, of course. But seriously, I felt like she really needed to find some inner strength instead of being the damsel in distress.
And Trent even had me confused and he was my favorite character! I understand sort of why he does the things he does but come on, a girl can only have so much to worry about and he was just adding to Cassie’s issues. One second all hot and then the next all cold. Make up your mind! But, I thought the way they got around things like, money for instance, was brilliant. And although this is yet another book where the young adults do not have parents, at least it is explained AND Trent found a way to take care of himself and his sister. A++ in my book.

Ohh… and can we talk about instalove? Especially after what happened with Jeff? I get she didn’t love that guy but come on. Have some remorse over it. I cannot stand insta love and she was all crazy and worried that he didn’t like her and all this other stupid crap… Just drove me crazy!

Even with all that, the story was easy to read (minus Cassie being all worried all the time) and if I didn’t think too much about the insta love. It’s a teen pop kind of book with an interesting paranormal twist and a good ending.

The Author

JanineJanine Caldwell is the YA fantasy author of the romantic yet action-filled trilogy, The Vortex Series. She lives in the desert town of Anthem, AZ with her husband and two sons. When she’s not trying to cool off, she’s playing tennis, practicing yoga, banging on the drums, or reading.

Books published by Janine include Visited, a YA coming-of-age fantasy, Rematch, Double Fault, and Deuce. Check out her latest radio interview to learn more about her work.…

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4 Responses to “Book Review: Rematch by Janine Caldwell”

  1. Janine Caldwell

    Hi Christina! Thanks for you feedback on Rematch. I would love to hear your thoughts on Double Fault and Deuce to see if you think Cassie redeems herself. The story arc is certainly more complete after reading all 3 books. Thanks again for being on the tour for Deuce even though this was a review on Rematch. I still appreciate you sharing with your followers.

    • Christina

      Well, I have to say, I read this awhile ago and even after reading so much in between I still remember this one! That in itself says something. I think the characters stuck with me more than I thought they would which is always awesome.

      • Janine

        That is something, for sure, especially since Rematch was my very first book. : ) I’m now working on my 5th book this summer! It’s slow going with the kids home, but little by little. Take care and happy summer!

        • Christina

          Fun stuff! I will definitely have to read the next two then. I know the first book is always the hardest, and it’s not like I didn’t like it! I’m sure the kids will help! 😉