BOOK REVIEW & PROMOTION: VISITED by Janine Caldwell

We at Just My Opinion Book Reviews are thrilled to be a part of the VISITED Promotional Event for Janine Caldwell! We will review the book and also give you some promotional FUN!! You’ll see character bios, the dream cast as well as our final review of the book.

VISITED

AUTHOR: JANINE CALDWELL

AGE GROUP: YOUNG ADULT

GENRE: ROMANTIC SCIENCE FICTION

RELEASE DATE: MAY 25th, 2013

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

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.

 

AUTHOR BIO:

Janine was raised in the Bay Area and has a B.A. in English from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. After 30 years in California, she and her husband moved to Arizona and are currently raising their two sons in Anthem. Janine has always had a passionate love for literature—anything from the classics to the hottest YA series. Inspired by her visits to Sedona, she wrote her first YA series (The Vortex Series) based on the romance and mystery of the red rock formations. She is also grateful for the students in her life who remind her what the teenage years are like, good and bad. When Janine is not writing, she’s practicing yoga, spending time with friends, and taking care of her family.

 

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JUST MY OPINION’S REVIEW: Rating: ★★★★☆

“Star light, Star bright….will my dreams REALLY make me happy tonight???”

Janine Caldwell, once again, very graciously provided me with a copy of this book for review and I’m forever grateful. Thank you so much Ms. Caldwell!

Visited is the first novel in what I am hoping will be a new series. The plot line, characters and creative premise pulled me into Visited even as I was wondering if I was too old to be reading Young Adult. The science fiction aspect added so much to the story I was shocked at how what seemed a small event could change the characters’ lives and futures so significantly.

Visited is an eternal struggle for the characters to live this new life they have be gifted while fighting against memories of a more perfect past. In the end, is this a case of the “grass is always greener on the other side” or do you have to experience this plane to truly appreciate the other?  And which one will you pick in the end?  More importantly, will you have a choice or will you lose those you’ve come to love?  It is an incredibly well developed Coming of Age story which engages you right from the first scene.

Combine fantastic and intriguing characters with lots of teen drama and a “once in a lifetime” love story and what can you expect other than that warm fuzzy feeling? As with all of her books, Ms. Caldwell loves her characters and you can feel her love poured into their development as well as a very well thought out plot line. She keeps you focused and interested at all times and you’ll find yourself finishing this book in hours rather than days!

You will once again find angst, romance, science fiction, some shady characters thrown in and just plain fun in this book. You are continuously pulled into the story and have a strong need to know what is going to happen next and why. I love that the desert once more the backdrop to this novel-you can just feel Ms. Caldwell’s love for the area at every turn and with every detail. I will tell you, this book is extremely predictable.  However, even though I had the premise figured out right at the beginning, I still took the journey and thankfully, found more at the end than I had bargained on.  There are surprising revelations and inspiring lessons to be learned from the story as a WHOLE.

Somehow, Ms. Caldwell manages to keep the characters very diverse and complex and continues to explore those secrets and desires you are introduced to right from the first pages. You never find yourself getting bored with either the story or the characters-the supporting cast is just as intriguing as the main characters.

I am anxious to read the next installment, if there is one, as the ending to Visited leaves you wondering if there isn’t MORE out there to explore. What’s very interesting, however, is that the same questions you are left with are also questions you’d be comfortable with not knowing the answers to. As a stand alone novel, this is a GREAT read. If the series continues into a second installment, that’s just all the better! Brilliant novel, once again, Ms. Caldwell! I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  • +  Well developed storyline with believable characters
  • +  Holds your attention from start to finish
  • +  The science fiction aspect is a total surprise at the end
  • +  I truly loved the supporting cast just as much as the main characters
  • –  A bit too young for my tastes, but exactly where it should be for a Young Adult novel

 

 

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CHARACTER BIO OF JOANNA MURPHY

Meet 17-year old Joanna Murphy. A spunky, sarcastic redhead with clever blue eyes who is more tomboy than prom queen. When she’s not blogging or reading about all things sci-fi, she’s playing competitive volleyball or hanging out with her best friend, Tommy, who also happens to be the secret object of her heart. What holds Joanna back from confessing her feelings, and even from shining in other areas of her life, is her general lack of self-esteem. Losing her father at a tender age to cancer and having to suffer through a rough childhood of cruel ridicule for her unusual height, has made Joanna insecure. She’s become a girl who always believes the grass is greener and wishes she could be anyone but herself.

 

MS. CALDWELL’S DREAM ACTRESS FOR JOANNA

 

For Joanna Murphy, I chose Jane Levy currently starring in Suburgatory. She has the wit and charisma of Joanna, the red hair and clever blue eyes. Not sure how tall she is, but Hollywood can make anyone what they want these days.

 

 

CHARACTER BIO OF TOMMY DURANT

Introducing Tommy Durant, Joanna’s neighbor and lifelong best friend. Tommy is a laid back, typical teen who loves to play video games when he’s not logging hours in the pool with his swim team. With his athletic swimmer’s body, electric blue eyes, and disheveled black hair, he has no problem attracting the ladies. However, he has a horrible time figuring out what they want and understanding them. It’s no wonder then he’s clueless that Joanna pines for him and fantasizes about becoming more than platonic friends. Not that he takes advantage of their friendship, but he has his own hangups and trust issues to master before he can see anything else clearly.

 

MS. CALDWELL’S DREAM ACTOR FOR TOMMY

 

I truly see Logan Lerman, AKA Percy Jackson, as Tommy Durant. That boyish charm, electric blue eyes, and black hair that can hang low in his eyes, is just perfect for Tommy.

 

 

CHARACTER BIO OF JAMES

And then there’s James. A visitor from another dimension who can heal with his hands. He often emanates a supernatural glow behind a set of powerful gray eyes that are impossible to stare down. But James appears more like a California surfer with tanned skin, neck-length golden curls, and a physique that could blend in with the Olympic water polo team, than some alien creature from outer space. With confidence and ease, James persistently threads his way into Joanna’s life, eager to complete his mission. He isn’t easily intimidated by anyone or anything, joyful for his time on Earth. The only moments he ever appears rattled is when his enemies attempt to sabotage his mission.

 

MS. CALDWELL’S DREAM ACTOR FOR JAMES

 

For James, I see Alex Pettyfer. Good gracious that guy is hot. He has many looks, but when his hair is blond and bleached out on the ends, he is how I imagine James. A strong jawline, almost unnaturally good-looking, and Alex almost has James’s gray eyes as well.

 

 

Thank you to Janine Caldwell for including Just My Opinion in this Promotional Tour and Review for VISITED.

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