Welcome to the Visited book tour!! This book is a YA Coming-of-age Fantasy novel and was published May 25th, 2013!
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.
Age: Young Adult; 14 years and up
Review: 3 butterflies
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.
A free copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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.