Review: Rematch (Book 1 of The Vortex Series) by Janine Caldwell

July 2, 2012 Book Review, Janine Caldwell, Rematch, Self-Pub, The Vortex series, time travel, YA, Young Adult 0

From Goodreads:

In REMATCH, Cassie and Trent’s worlds are about to collide, but not in the way you might normally expect. After a rocky start to their senior year, Trent is determined to hide from Cassie how their lives are supernaturally linked. But when Cassie’s past continues to torment her, she’s soon looking to Trent for answers. Trent must choose between admitting what he is and his role in her past, or running away from her forever.

My Thoughts:

Over the past few months I seem to have fallen in love with time travel novels. I have only read a few but some of my highly anticipated upcoming releases are also in this sub-genre. So when the author of Rematch contacted me to see if I was interested in reading and reviewing her book, I quickly jumped at the opportunity.

Rematch is told from two perspectives. First we have Cassie, a typical teenage girl who has a lot of insecurities. At a young age she went through a trauma during a tennis match that greatly influenced her life. She has become very introverted and I easily connected with that part of her with thoughts of my own growing up experiences. But it was obvious she needed a change. She was beginning to become almost a doormat at times for her boyfriend, Jeff who was a total jerk. There were a few times I really wanted her to snap out of it already though. LOL But I honestly think some of these insecurities are quite common for many young girls and can be relatable to teens.

The other point of view we see is from Trent, or Jeremy as he is known as his alias. He has the ability to travel back in time, where he is sent to save another person. I found Trent very selfless and I adored his closeness with his sister.

Since Trent was directly involved in Cassie’s earlier incident, she quickly discovers his secret and gets pulled into his world. They become very close, even though Trent lives with the guilt over not being able to completely save her in the past. I liked how this played out in their relationship. Cassie slowly starts to make progress with her self-esteem but Trent often considers how things could be different for her… I really liked how the book ended and left the next one to take a whole new spin.

I think Rematch is a great time travel novel for teens. Double Fault is the 2nd book in The Vortex Series and is now available, and I look forward to picking up a copy to see how this story continues.

3 out of 5!

(A copy of this book was provided by the author for a fair and honest review)

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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