by Janine Caldwell

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BN ID: 2940016791937
Publisher: Janine Caldwell
Publication date: 05/25/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
File size: 759 KB

About the Author

Janine Caldwell was raised in the small San Francisco Bay Area town of Clayton. Four days after high school graduation, she 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. 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 a matter of time before she'd be 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 The Vortex Series: REMATCH, DOUBLE FAULT, DEUCE and VISITED, a YA coming-of-age fantasy. Listen to her recent radio interview to learn more about her work.

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Visited 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
donniedarkogirl More than 1 year ago
At first, Joanna really annoyed me, and I had a hard time connecting with her character. I didn't think she talked like a seventeen-year-old, and while I felt bad for her feeling like her stepdad crashed into her life and turned it upside down, she seemed immature for her age and at times selfish. I did identify with her insecurity about her body - she describes herself as freakishly tall and feels no guy would want to date a girl so tall. In my case, I'm shorter than practically everyone I know, and I was teased relentlessly for being short. Even in high school.  While Joanna was difficult for me to connect with, I really liked James. A LOT. He was mysterious with the mission he couldn't talk about, and I wasn't quite sure where he was from. Another dimension? I thought that was so cool and maybe he was from planet like Earth but more advanced. Or from another alternate reality of Earth. But he talks about being equipped with a human body so as not to arouse suspicion, so I enjoyed trying to figure his character out. Plus he's hot, lol.  Tommy's character went through a major overhaul from before Joanna's accident to afterward. He seemed like a great friend to her before, and even though she was pining away for him, I found myself wishing their relationship hadn't changed in the alternate reality. He became a jealous, possessive boyfriend, and Joanna's mother didn't seem to like him at all, which I could kind of see why. Before, Joanna's mom had absolutely loved him, so these new feelings Joanna's mom had toward Tommy caused a lot of tension between mother and daughter.  Stan, Joanna's stepdad, never came into her life in the alternate reality. I can give Joanna credit when she realizes how unhappy her mom is since she never met Stan. The job her mom works at is wearing her down. This is definitely one aspect I don't think Joanna really thought about when she wished her life was different.  I loved the alternate reality aspect of this story the best - how Joanna wakes up and finds herself living in a life she doesn't recognize with some of the things she wanted coming true. With those parts of her life changed though, there were other parts that changed in ways she wasn't happy with. It was as though she traded one set of headaches for another. Her life wasn't exactly the way she wanted it to be. For example, since she woke up the height she had always wanted to be, she was too short to play volleyball, which she absolutely loved before the accident.  Alternate reality theories have always intrigued me and have led to some interesting conversations with my husband and friends. I really loved reading the author's take on how one girl's life could change so drastically. I thought it was really well done. I look forward to reading more of Janine Caldwell's books.   I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as a stop on the blog tour. 
BookFanatic132 More than 1 year ago
This book was different than what I expected. I expected this book to be more sci-fi, as the blurb implies. But it wasn’t, it was more of a “realizing your full potential and gaining self-confidence” story. I wasn’t disappointed, but I was more than a little disoriented as to what was happening. Joanna… what can I say about Joanna? For someone who considers herself open-minded, she is really blind to what’s going around her. I felt like she was just completely clueless. She missed pretty much all of the signs and at one point when James tells her to be careful and watch out for strange things—she pretty much disregards having seen a shadow pass by a window. Oy. For a little more than the first half of the book, she annoyed me at times and I found myself skipping through her inner monologues. Once she realized that what she had was better than what she wished for, I liked her much more. As for James, I liked him. I wasn’t expecting for him to be who he is. I can’t say more about that without spoiling the book, but I will say that I really liked that specific twist! Tommy clearly has some issues to work out. I feel like he was a little too jealous at times, though I know that was the author’s intention. I’m left wondering if he’ll get a book. The plot was very good and there was a lot of potential, but the writing didn’t suck me in. Even so, the story was a good one and it kept me entertained. I was pleasantly surprised to find the plot twist near the end and I was happy to see everything get resolved. Though I do wonder if Tommy gets a book, this book didn’t end with a cliffhanger. While I felt like the problem was resolved a little too easily—especially with Aidan—it ended in a way that left me satisfied and happy.
heartjess More than 1 year ago
This book was not at all what I expected!  While some label it sci-fi, I would put it in the fantasy category, or even contemporary with a slight twist.  Although our young protagonist has encountered an alien encounter, the story really focuses on Joanna's introspection of her own life.  Joanna is on the cusp of her senior year and things are not going well.  Her mom is having a baby with the step-father Joanna dislikes, her best friend is ignoring her for other girls, and her place as the volleyball team's Captain was given to someone else.  On top of it all, Joanna is tall and gawky -- an awkward girl who just stands out (and above!) too much to ever fit in.  So, being a curious and daring girl that she is, she makes a wish on a star -- and falls off her roof in the process. Though she should have been paralyzed (or worse), she comes out of a coma just fine.  And with a new friend, who just so happens to be an alien.  What happens next is a "This is your life Joanna Murphy" kind of moment.  Without spoiling too much, Joanna gets a hard look at what life is like when all your wishes come true.  And you know what they say -- be careful what you wish for. The book took some turns I wasn't expecting.  I often tell you guys that reading so many YA books has made me pick up on upcoming plot twists much faster than normal, but I didn't quite figure this one out until right before it happened.  It does take a hard left, and the end result may be something that turns some readers off, but I found worked really well within the story. Though the language and writing was a bit awkward in places, I highly enjoyed the story.  There were a lot of interactions that I just didn't get and there were a lot of things I think should have been said that weren't *WARNING - MILD SPOILER* (like UMM how can your guy best friend be jealous that his girl friend is friends with other guys AND why does no one question that this Aidan person knows details about someone he's never met!?). */END SPOILER*  Joanna was a really great person -- she was a well-defined character with a spunky personality and someone that I identified well with.  Some of the other characters fell a little flat for me, but the story just kept drawing me back in.  I was able to finish the entire book in just a couple of hours.  This book is in the YA genre, but I recommend it to younger readers and those who like 'clean' romance. Visited presents a strong and clear message -- one that every teenager needs to hear. Rating: 3/5 stars
ConciseReviewsByMichelleL More than 1 year ago
I love paranormal books, and sci-fi and fantasy, and usually have no problem following them, and believing in them. But for some reason I had a bit of a hard time in the beginning believing what was going on. I did warm to the idea, but never really liked our main character Joanna, she was very selfish and I didn't like her negative attitude to her mother, and the fact she was happy with her husband, she seemed to rather keep her alone and miserable than be happy with this man. But other than that I did like the story. It was unique and different. I did find it a bit “young” for my tastes, as most YA are a bit more mature (meaning the characters, which I like better) but the big revelation at the end was rewarding for sure. This seems to be a standalone novel but I am not sure on that. It was a bit predictable, but that’s not always a bad thing. In this case it was fine, I didn't mind it at all. I do recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good sci-fi/paranormal like read, for young adults. I give it 4 out of 5 stars, this is a very well written book, and is worth checking out. I was provided a copy of this book for my honest review.
WonderWmn More than 1 year ago
Having read past books of Janine Caldwell, I was more than happy to receive a copy of this book from her in exchange for an honest review and I thank her. When the opportunity arose at the same time to participate in a blog tour for this book, I was more than eager to join in. This book was a different direction than her Vortex Trilogy. Instead of time travel outright, it's a twist on the whole watch what you wish for. Like her Vortex Trilogy, the supernatural aspect is pushed more to the background allowing for the bigger story to come through. Yes, there is more than one story going on here. The story has potential from the start. The first few chapters are spun with a master storyteller flair. The story picks up even more, showing the changes that have suddenly taken place and the effects on Joanna. Unfortunately, the dialogue is a bit strained, the behaviors a bit erratic, the climax falls a bit flat and the ending just didn't satisfy me in the way it should have. The story give you a look at the what if answer of Joanna's life. What if she wasn't super tall? What if she was dating her best friend? What if her mother didn't remarry? What if all the things she wanted changed were changed? It makes you think. What if the things you wished were different actually were? Would it all actually be a positive change? Perfect for the 13-16 age range, I find myself wanting to group this particular book in Christian YA fiction instead of mainstream YA. I do feel that those in this age range who like contemporary fiction mixed with a bit of the paranormal will enjoy this book and will entice them to read further books from the author.