Author: Janine Caldwell
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy
Release Date: 25th May 2013
Review Copy: Xpresso Book Tours
Book Blurb from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Joanna Murphy has lost faith in her life. Vying for her mom’s attention, she’s resentful of her stepdad’s intrusion to their family. Her best friend, Tommy, has no clue she’s in love with him as he dates girl after girl without noticing how it tortures her. The final kicker, though, is God’s sick joke to make her freakishly tall when everyone knows boys prefer petite girls.Then in a bizarre accident Joanna meets James, a breathtaking teen who appears to her after an unusual falling star sighting. Suddenly, her dream for an alien encounter becomes all too real. But when she finds her life has been made unrecognizable, she’s forced into an explosive study of the original design for her life that just may have her regretting every wish she ever made.
I was just epic-ally deceived. LMAO. First of all, Joana was obsessed with Paranormal stuff, most especially ALIENS. So whole time, I was like, "another alien book." But then... yeah, more like Contemporary with a twist of fantasy.
Did I like it? YES. I did. I don't like it at first because of how Joana was like before all the things happened to her in the book. She's a bit selfish. Well... Not a bit, she is. She's the type that is so self-conscious of herself. I do understand her reasons. It's just that it doesn't give her the right to act that way.
BUT... This is how a typical teenager is. And she is a teenager. So I am not really that surprised to see her like that. I just don't want to read girl MC is being absurd over small things. It annoyed me a bit but yes I continued reading and I like what I see in her. I like that she outgrow all those feelings. She realized what is important in her life. That every action she take will receive equal action, be it good or bad. In her case, it was bad.
So maybe I am spoiling it but hey, I just told the gist, right? lol. Not really the how and what happened. I am more focused on the character development. Which I might say is very good. Kudos to Caldwell! And... I am a bit sad it didn't continue with them... But glad of what happened next to her life. Huh, I'm being mysterious but well, you just have to read it. :) It got a nice lesson for all of us. Real life lesson. :)
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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 her 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 and Double Fault—the first two books of The Vortex Series. The final book in this YA fantasy romance, Deuce, will be released fall 2013.