Today we are excited to participate in the blog tour for Visited by Janine Caldwell. Visited is a young adult fantasy/science fiction book that was released May 25, 2013.
About the Book
Pub Date: 5/25/13
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Sci Fi
Synopsis: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.
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.
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, and Rematch and Double Fault, the first two books of The Vortex Series. The final book in this YA fantasy romance, Deuce, will be released this fall.
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Now comes the fun part! Today’s giveaway is open internationally! The prizes include (1) ebook copy of both books in the Vortex series, Rematch and Double Fault. A big thanks to the author and Xpresso for this chance! This contest is open 9/6 – 9/23 (12 am/EST). Be sure to follow the directions on each entry, as they will be verified!
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