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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 boysSeventeen-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....

Title : Visited
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ISBN : 9781490336862
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Number of Pages : 216 Pages
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Visited Reviews

  • Anastasia シ
    2019-06-03 04:50

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  • Emily Anne
    2019-05-22 06:51

    Visited was a magical story that took me on a sweet ride to the world of teen insecurities. While I had some minor problems with the book, it is definitely a worth-while I read Visited in one sitting, as it was a fast and pleasantly absorbing title. I feel obligated to pint out that this is in no way dark YA, and I would point beginners to the genre of young adult, or middle-grade lovers toward this book, as averse to fans of heavier YA.Joanna Murphy, the star of this story, and I got along pretty well, except for one thing. She was sweet, real, and had character growth. She learns a lot of valuable lessons and by the end of the book I was happy with the growth in her personality. However, I felt like she fourteen instead of seventeen most of the time. Her voice, action, and delightful personality all seem like they come from a younger high-schooler.The plot is engaging, and overall, Visited is a book you will smile through. However, the magic aspect are used sparingly, which I was glad of, there are some novels that if authors overdue the fantasy characteristic the story seems muddled, (or vice versa.) Thankfully, Visited was the former. There was enough fantasy that it kept me on my toes, yet it did not overwhelm me.Most of the story focuses on Joanna getting over problems with family and friends. I thought these lessons were sweet, but not particularly interesting. I am an avid reader for a kid of my age, so a lot of these, simply put, juvenile problems were ones I have encountered in many novels, so these being the main focus was not the most mind-grabbing of plots. However, these problems are real problems for some teens/tweens, and it was sweet to see family and friendships being put together, allthough the some things moved pretty quickly.Overall, I genuinely liked Visited, despite my little complaints. The book is well-written, sweet, and has a great main character. It is quick, and it an awesome clean read for anyone looking for a break, and, as I stated in the starting of this review, an amazing read for anyone transitioning from Middle Grade books. I especially loved the ending of Visited, as I saw everything being wrapped up, plus there was a nice twist included! I would love to read more by this author, as I was left happy with Visited.3.5/5 Stars

  • Jessica Figueroa
    2019-06-01 10:40

    Joanna is a 17-year-old girl who wants her best friend to see her as more than a friend and wants her mother attention that has waned since her mother got married to her now step father. Its her senior year and so many things seem to be changing one after the other and when she spots a shooting star that had appeared to be a but might be a ufo. Her mother had always said she reads too much Sci Fi .When she gets into an accident she meets James she guy who witness the accident and helped her who is more than what he appears. Joanna is the only one who knows the secret and must not tell a soul. When she tries to get back to her life she realizes her life has taken a strange turn where she gets everything she wants but it turn out the grass isnt greener on the other side and reflects on her choices.I'm not a fan of books that have to do with aliens. I didn't even realize it was one of those types of books when I first gotten it but realized like the UFO not everything was as it first appeared. At first this book was a bit slow for me but once I got into it I just couldn't put it down. I liked the characters. I had a love/hate thing going on with Joanna though. What I hated about Joanna was how selfish and immature she was. She wants wants wants but never considers others feelings. As the story progressed I liked that she was considering others feelings even if she made a mistake or two. I liked that she learned to appreciate what she had. This book makes you want to appreciate what you have because not everything is all its cracked up to be. Overall I really enjoyed this book and recommend you readers to check out this book.

  • Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books
    2019-06-04 09:41

    I love paranormal books, and sci-fi and fantasy, and usually have no problem following them, and believing in them. But for some reason I had a bit of a hard time in the beginning believing what was going on. I did warm to the idea, but never really liked our main character Joanna, she was very selfish and I didn't like her negative attitude to her mother, and the fact she was happy with her husband, she seemed to rather keep her alone and miserable than be happy with this man. But other than that I did like the story. It was unique and different. I did find it a bit “young” for my tastes, as most YA are a bit more mature (meaning the characters, which I like better) but the big revelation at the end was rewarding for sure. This seems to be a standalone novel but I am not sure on that.It was a bit predictable, but that’s not always a bad thing. In this case it was fine, I didn't mind it at all.I do recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good sci-fi/paranormal like read, for young adults.I give it 4 out of 5 stars, this is a very well written book, and is worth checking out.I was provided a copy of this book for my honest review.

  • Joy Whiteside
    2019-06-03 04:34

    I really enjoyed reading this book. I found it a little difficult to get into at first, but once I got past the first chapter, I couldn't put it down.The story and characters were very interesting and kept me entertained from beginning to end. The story moved along at a good pace and I could not believe it when I was at the end of the book.This book is worth reading and everyone should check it out.

  • The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club
    2019-05-21 06:44

    We are The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club, to know more about this book, go to the post in our website:Visited by Janine CaldwellRead an Interview with Janine Caldwell:Interview with Janine CaldwellIf you are interested, you can visit our website:The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan ClubThe Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club's Review:About The Book:Joanna Murphy's world is turning upside down. Once upon a time, Joanna had no stepdad, her mother was not pregnant and she would go to a backpacking trip to Europe with her mother after finishing high school. But now she's living with her stepdad, who she's resentful with for intruding to her family, her mother is pregnant and that means no trip to Europe.To make her life a little bit more frustrating, she's in love with her best friend and neighbor, Tommy. He has no clue she's in love with him while she dates girl after girl, not paying attention to the freakishly tall Joanna.But one night, everything changes. Her wishes come true after seeing a falling star and almost killing herself by falling from her rooftop. And when the falling star, not only came another alternative life, but it also brought a breathtaking teen, James, who makes Joanna forget about Tommy. When this alien encounter bring her the life she wanted, she realizes that not everything might be all dreamy and happily ever after and that you have to be careful with what you wish for. Because it may become true and you may don't like it.Review:Janine Caldwell's new novel, Visited, drew my attention, first for the beautiful cover, and second for the great synopsis. What I really liked about this story is the possibility of changing your life just by wishing for it. It bring some science fiction characters, like James, an alien that turns out to be something completely different, and the realization that you must be careful with what you wish for, because not all the wishes have a happily ever after ending.The storyline was well developed and fascinating, with great characters that make this book a must read one. And what's important, too, is that this book is written in a way that is almost believable and that holds your attention and the twists in the story and revelations were not as expected as we thought.I would define this story, not a science fiction one, but a story where the main character, Joanna, struggles with accepting herself, accepting the fact that maybe now she's not destined to end up with her best friend and that her life is not as bad as she thought and what makes now her mother happy, If she didn't have it, she would be miserable. So she has to start thinking not only about her wishes and dreams, but her mother's too.I have to confess that this story reminded me a little to the movie 16 candles, how the main character realizes that, after all, she doesn't want all that wishes and that her life wasn't all that bad. I really liked the movie, so you might imagine that I also liked this book.As for the characters, they are fantastic. The main character, Joanna, is a normal teenager. She has some insecurities, like being way too tall, and because of that not having a boyfriend or the fact that her best friend is not in love with her. She's real and I like that about her. Tommy is a little bit insecure as well and possessive and jealous. When he has a girlfriend he doesn't live her alone. He's always controlling her and when he sees her talking with another guy he assumes that she is cheating on him or that is wrong talking to another guy when you have your boyfriend. Tommy stressed me out, a lot, and I wanted to punch him in the face a lot of times. He was insufferable, like reading about a little boy who lost his precious toy. James, on the other hand, was kind, breathtaking and mysterious. Yes, mysterious, because just like Joanna says in the book, sometimes, he glitches and asks weird questions to her, about her new life, like he is a man on a mission. Despite that he is everything Joanna likes and she stars to fall for him. Something I totally loved. There's also a bad character, but I'll let you meet him (*wink*).I totally felt the passion and care that Ms. Caldwell put in this story and her characters. That made this story incredible and full of magic, aliens and second chances. That's why I'm giving this book a four and a half gorjuss dolls and I recommend you to read Visited, because you would love it as much as we did. This book would make you think and would make you want to read more and more books.We are anxious to read more books about Visited, If there are going to be more books. Hope so, because we would love to know more about Joanna, her life and her new relationship.Dream Cast:Janine's Dream Cast:Jane Levy as JoannaLogan Lerman as TommyAlex Pettyfer as James

  • Just My Opinion
    2019-06-16 04:39

    "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

  • Emily
    2019-06-05 10:39

    Visited by Janine Caldwell was something special; most books speak wish making and how dreams can come true. Visited has it still, but with a warning; be careful what you wish for. The second, that all your wishes may not turn out to be fluttery and happy endings. I liked that, you see, because many too often the wishes we make are those that come true and we all live happily ever after! But this twist to it showing the dark side of wish-making was something that really caught my attention, and Janine brings this out wonderfully through the novel. I loved this original concept. Dark consequences for wish-making is hardly explored, and I loved the way it was done here!With a deeply insightful explored topic, and a dynamic cast of characters, this novel will keep your eyes glued to the pages while you delve through it. Twists and new revelations are always around the corner, and it'll hold you at rapt attention. I loved how the story was explored and how Joanna is developed and matured throughout the course of the novel. Initially, the world centered around Joanna. Her misery, her suffering. She makes mistakes dreaming and wishing, and there are consequences that come with that. But in the end she manages to reconcile that the world really isn't always about her, and there are people out there and close to her that are suffering too, and they have wishes, dreams and needs too. I found Joanna to be a relatable girl. At first, she's insecure, a tad brash and impulsive. She was natural and real, and I found her to be something like me; always worrying that we're not good enough, pining for something that will never happen and always making bad decisions. We're always making ourselves feel inadequate, and we compensate by imagining possibilities, dreaming and making wishes. All in all, she will be remembered by this brain of mine!Tommy, well I didn't like him that much, however he was naturally real too. He made me feel like he was so immature and he was in need of a shake and a wake-up call. He's possessive, jealous, and just scares and irritates me so much. However, after a while, he wises up, and seems to be a much more understanding boy that I finally came to feel for him.James on the other hand, was sweet, caring and uber mysterious. He seems to be a friend, but sometimes he just seems like a guy going around doing his job. Asking odd questions, odd actions. Piece the two and two together, and something's not quite right about him. However, Joanna starts falling for him. And it's heartbreaking to see that the two of them can never quite fit. I fell in love with this book, and I think you will too. Not only were the story elements beautiful; lyrical writing, great plot-building and a dynamic and diverse cast of characters that are relatable and real, this story has a deeply beautiful message of second chances, love, family and a great story that I am confident all will enjoy.--

  • Sheri (Tangled Up In Books)
    2019-06-13 04:37

    3.5 out of 5 StarsOriginally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In BooksI received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.You hear it all the time, be careful what you wish for, and this book was a huge lesson in that. Sometimes you think you know exactly what you want with your life and what you think will make you happy. But getting everything you want doesn't always mean things are going to be better, be perfect. Sometimes getting what you think you want, only makes things worse.Joanna is your typical teenage girl, if a bit nerdy. She loves to read and she's into sci-fi and aliens. She's about to start her senior year of high school and she should be excited but, everything in her life completely sucks. Her mother has remarried and is blissfully happy, but it had been just the two of them for so long that now she's feeling like she's losing her mom and her attention. She can't stand her step-dad and she doesn't try very hard to hide the fact. Like most girls her age she has body image issues as well. She's extremely tall for a girl. Freakishly tall in her opinion. Guys don't seem to like tall girls. Especially her best friend Tommy, who tends to date petite girls. Tommy who she's been in love with as long as she can remember, and he doesn't seem to notice. And to top it off she gets a phone call from her volleyball coach with some terrible news about her status on the team. Everything was going wrong.That night she sneaks out onto the roof of her two story house for some star gazing, it's her happy place. She spots what appeared to be a shooting star and is so caught up in it she winds up having an accident. Suddenly a gorgeous golden haired boy, James, shows up and comes to her aid. After waking up in the hospital the strangest things start happening. Her life is completely different, like everything she wished for suddenly came true.I was very back and forth for the first half of the book about my feelings for Joanna. In so many ways she was extremely immature and very selfish and I just wanted to smack her! But she grew so much throughout this book. She went from resentful, angry, sullen and out right mean at times to patient, caring, understanding and thoughtful. Walking around for a couple weeks in her perfect and ideal version of her life really opened her eyes to everything her selfish heart wouldn't allow herself to see. She got to see that for everything she gained that she was so sure she wanted, that she would lose something from her life that she wanted even more. Her growth was so heartwarming to watch unfold.This book was so full of surprises and a lot of fun to read. Not everything was what it seemed. I thought I knew what was happening and I ended up being pretty wrong. I got thrown for a surprise there towards the end. Overall I enjoyed this book, though I will admit the somewhat abrupt ending and events right up to the end had me slightly disappointed but we shouldn't always get what we wish for right?

  • Stephanie Parent
    2019-05-24 04:46

    Visited is a sweet, engaging, feel-good read that I really enjoyed. It has a Freaky Friday-type premise, where the main character finds herself in a strangely altered version of her life, and I always love those “what-if” types of books. I thought Janine Caldwell did a great job with the premise, and I raced through this book and finished with a huge smile on my face.At the beginning of Visited, main character and narrator Joanna is your typical angsty teen: she’s convinced that being tall makes her a “freak” among her classmates, she resents her new stepfather’s intrusion into her life and her mom’s pregnancy, and she secretly pines to becomes more-than-friends with her longtime best friend Tommy. Yes, Joanna initially comes off a little selfish and whiny, but that’s intentional and realistic, and I actually liked her right away. I identified with her insecurities about her appearance (although I’m definitely not tall!) and I appreciated that she’s not the typical YA heroine—her best friend has always been a guy, and she’s more interested in volleyball and sci-fi novels and TV shows than in, say, shopping.And then, of course, there’s the Freaky Friday-ish element: near the beginning of the book, Joanna falls off her roof and is rescued by a mysterious stranger who, she soon learns, comes from someplace other than Earth. Even more bizarre, though, is the way her life seems to have changed when she wakes up in the hospital after her accident: suddenly she’s short, and her relationships with her mother and best friend are very different. Things are finally the way she’s always wanted them…but of course there are new complications that she’s never considered. And then there’s the stranger, James, who’s suddenly enrolled in Joanna’s high school and inserted himself into her life…I was relieved that the situation with James and Joanna didn’t turn into the typical paranormal creature/teenage girl lovefest, and Joanna’s friendship/romance with Tommy didn’t take the clichéd route either. But what I enjoyed most of all was the way Joanna’s changed life gave her new insight and compassion for her mother’s situation. When Joanna felt true empathy for her mother, we could really see her growing up. I also liked Joanna’s relationship with James, although I wish we’d gotten to know her and see them interact a little more. Finally, I loved the evocative desert setting and the author’s smooth, easy writing style that drew me right into the story. Visited does have a bit of a religious message at the end which I wasn’t expecting—although looking back at the blurb, I probably should have. I’m not religious and it didn’t bother me at all, I just thought it was an enjoyable, sweet read. But it is something you might want to be aware of before reading. Overall, I loved Joanna’s story and I’m eager to read more from this author!

  • Kenia Roman
    2019-06-18 04:40

    Joanna's life is getting worse everytime. Her Volleyball couch tell her that she couldn't be the new capital, her mother is having a baby and her best friend is in love with other girl that isn't she. But one day she's in her roof an see something weird in the sky, she thinks that maybe is a shooting star so she as for a wish where her best friend loves her, her mom would never had married, however she realizes that isn't a star, is something else. And even when her dreams starts to make true and she wakes from a fall, with a new and perfect life, Joanna thinks that is the best thing that ever had happened to her... but maybe everything isn't as perfect as she thinks.Joanna is living in hell. She hates her stepfather, her best friend do not realize that she loves him and her coach doesn't want her to be the new capitan, even when she promise that title. However when she falls from her roof everything changes thanks to one wish she ask and it comes true...the problem is when everything becomes even worse, so Joanna starts to recognize the mistake she made.The only good thing is James, the new and perfect guy. He is so perfect that Joanna thinks that there is something wrong...maybe he is some kind of... alien? or she is just reading to many books.I need to say that this book was a surprises for me. I though that this was going to be a paranormal or something about aliens or any similar, but I was wrong. And the best of everything is that it was a very good surprise. I was very excited in every page and love the author for choosing a little bit of Latin culture, even if is minimum it's means a lot to me.This book is about a girl with a good life but she believes that her life is just bad nevertheless when everything changes she starts to appreciate her whole past life and somehow you feel Joanna's problems like your owns, you believe her, you get angry with her but you also learn new things with her. Maybe is not about changing is about to be thankful for what you have but you need a push to understand, so I give my thanks to the author for giving me such a lesson without even trying and reading a delightful book about a growing up. I like the guys from this book. I think that James was sweet but I'm a Team Tommy, even is he is so blind that he don't notice that he is hurting her best friend so that bothers me, in the other hand I love him at the end, maybe... just maybe he... YOU NEED TO READ TO UNDERSTAND ME. The book had something I didn't like like some characters where useless or the book was too short because I think this story had a lot more. Indeed the book has an amazing twist that will leave you with your mouth open. WARNING: If you read this book you're going to have to thank for what you have because when everything changes you might regret it.4. I need more.

  • Momina Qazi
    2019-06-06 09:00

    This emotionally, gripping and sweet book left me in need of more!My rating: ★★★★☆This is the first book that I have read by Janine Caldwell and I am very much glad that I did. It exceeded my expectations and left me wanting more.Plot/Characters:Wow. An Alien encounter is something to remember and very unusual. Joanna Murphy is an average seventeen-year-old girl who is starting her senior year. She has issues like any other teenager; being freakishly tall is at the top.Introducing Tommy, her best friend / secret crush. He is unaware of her feelings towards him as he is too busy with his girlfriend. He is NOT the typical bad boy or player but yeah he is still a guy who doesn't see right and expresses properly. He is very caring and adorable.On top of all the craziness in her life, Joanna has to deal with the extremely charming and very handsome James whom she meets in an unusual circumstance at a point in her life where everything is crumbling down around her.My Opinion:As a reader of the 21st century, especially within these past few years, the concept of interacting with aliens is almost common now in the world of books. However, everyone has their own intake of aliens and how they are presented in the story. This was the first thing that intrigued me into reading this book and I am so grateful that I did and discovered this fantastic book.Why is it fantastic you ask, well apart from the cliched high school scenes, the story was written in a way to get to you emotionally and reach out for you to understand and become Joanna herself. I really did understand where the main character was coming from as I could relate to her since I am tall myself and had some disadvantages due to my height for my age when I was a child.This story isn't just a story, it's all about discovery. Everyone has a point in their life when they think about a decision they took, or will take and think What If?....As a reader, you grow with the character and understand what they observe and learn valuable things such as appreciation of what you have and acceptance of who you are as well as showing consideration and being selfless in giving people happiness.Structure:The writing style of Janine is awesome. It is easy to read, understanding and straight to the point. However, at first I thought the beginning of the book was dragged out but once you get hooked into the book, you will understand that it was neccessary to fill out all the experienced emotions at its' most detailed.I will definitely be picking up more books by this author!What to do next:You should go buy this book!!!I would like to say thanks to XpressoBookTours for providing me with a reviewers copy.Originally posted on my blog - (The YA Book Fever)

  • Adela Cacovean
    2019-06-03 03:01

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like if everything you wanted to change in your life suddenly did? Would your life be perfect then? Joanna Murphy wishes she wouldn’t be so tall. Petite girls – she thinks – are more attractive. Or, at least, James – her best friend – seems to only date this particular type of girls. If only he could fall in love with her as she did him! And now that her mother is pregnant with her new husband – the fat, disgusting Stan that Joanna can’t stand – the mother and daughter trip to Europe they have been planning for a long time won’t happen after all. On the roof of her house, stargazing, Joanna makes three wishes when shee sees a rather unique shooting star. Little she knows that her life is going to change exactly as she wanted to… only things will not be as good as she hoped.I related a little to this story, and probably this is one of the reasons why I liked this book so much. Having to share your mother with a total stranger that appears suddenly in your life and marries her all of a sudden – that sounds exactly like what happened to me when my mother remarried a year ago. And while I don’t react as violently nor downright hate the guy like Joanna did, I totally understand her feelings of jealousy that her mother isn’t hers alone anymore.James is a key character in this story. He is the one who finds Joanna when she falls off the roof after she makes those three wishes and heals her. He claims he’s an alien with a secret mission on Earth, and since Joanna is totally into Sci-Fi… she believes him. Especially when he shows her again his powers. Joanna, with the help of James, will learn a very important lesson – that everything is as it is for a reason and that we should be happy with our lives as they are, and not wish for the circumstances to magically change for our selfish reasons.“Visited” turned out to be more than I expected, more than what the cover and blurb indicated. My expectations were certainly exceeded and I look forward to reading more books by Janine Caldwell. My only regret is that it ended so quickly. I wish the story continued at least for a few more chapters, but then… the ending is perfect as it is and maybe further extending the book would have ruined some if its charm. “Visited” was very inspiring and I would definitely recommend it to all teenage girls looking for a great read.- Originally written for my blog:

  • Melissa
    2019-06-17 09:49

    When I first started reading, I wasn't really sure where this story was going. Then, once I was on-board, I was floored! What such a simple story idea that is so huge!!The story is about a girl, Joanna, that is going through what every teenage girl is going through; she hates her looks, she is in-love with her best friend Tommy, her mom is re-married after she lost her father and had her mom all to herself for so long, and to top it all off, her mom is going to have another baby that is going to ruin their backpacking trip! But it doesn't end there. After crawling on the roof for some sight-seeing and star-gazing, something catches her eye causing her to lose her footing and she falls off the roof. A mysterious man comes to her aid and her whole life it turned upside down! There is an important lesson for her to learn, but she almost loses everyone in her life and her sanity.This story is very well put together. I wasn't sure what to think when James shows up after saving her from her fall. There was some speculation as to what or who he is, but it is so vague and it kept me intrigued. I love the teenage angst in the beginning. It is almost like a teenager was writing it. The responses were SOOOOO teenager!!As the story progresses and her world is turned upside down, I was turned upside down. I didn't know what the heck was going on and the surprises just kept on coming! I was absolutely beside myself the differences she was experiencing and could almost feel my own sanity leaving my brain. I could so feel her upheaval. The author did a spectacular job of helping us feel what Joanna was feeling.As the story comes to a close and we find out why James is really there, I felt so relieved and sad at the same time. I can't imagine going through what she went through. But, once the dust settled, I was so glad that Blake showed up to be the beacon for Joanna. I just can't imagine there not being someone for everyone out there.A fantastic story, exceptional writing, seamless delivery...4 out of 5 stars!!!

  • Kazhy (My Library in the Making)
    2019-06-10 08:48

    (View this review on My Library in the Making.)Honestly, I expected Visited to be as sci-fi as the other YA alien books I've read like JLA's Lux series and Melissa West's The Taking trilogy, but it didn't go down that road. The "alien" and "living the dream life" shenanigans were interesting but the book gave more focus on the characters, and my investment in them was what kept me reading.The main character, Joanna, was nothing if not relatable. Or maybe that's just me identifying with her—selfish, solitary, awkward, insecure, and a wee bit spoiled. If I were her, I'd have reacted the exact same way she did when she deduced that James was an alien. Indeed, two of the very few things we didn't have in common were her height advantage and a guy BFF.I've said this a few times before, but I'm seriously loving books on alternate realities/parallel universes right now. Seeing the what-ifs get answered is fascinating; add to that a gorgeous alien and I was just hooked. James' true identity was revealed early on in the story but his mission wasn't, giving this book some kind of a thriller vibe.Addictive, romantic, and a real eye-opener, Visited was made even more unique with a plot twist from nowhere near the end. The writing was uncomplicated yet beautiful, but at times it had more breaks than I'd have liked. But ultimately, I loved this book for two reasons: the realistic open ending regarding the romance (I swear this isn't a spoiler), and the important lesson of "Appreciate what you have."MY FAVORITE PART was Joanna's second fall-off-the-roof moment :3

  • Lex
    2019-06-17 02:43

    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. :)

  • Angelique
    2019-05-26 09:51

    Author: Janine CaldwellWhere did I get the book: From the author and Xpresso book tours for the purposes of this tour and in exchange for an honest and fair review. You can see the rest of the tour schedule here. tour is still in its early stages yet so you should be seeing lots more coming your way soon!My rating: 4 BookwormsMy Review:Jo is a slightly spoilt, if a little awkward girl who has her entire world turned upside down after she falls off her roof and into the arms of the ever so hunky James (who isn’t all he appears to be). All of a sudden all her wishes comes true – or so she thinks. How was she to know having everything she wants isn’t really all its cracked up to be?As mentioned – Joanne came forth as a slightly spoilt girl. Which is never the kind of character I am endeared too. It was also a little sluggish getting into the book. However, perseverance paid off and it turned into a great read. I am relatively new to the science fictiony reads and this was a fun one to wet my feet a bit more with. The story line and characters were quirky, believable (for science fiction anyway) and made for the occasional giggle. It was a bit young for my taste – but this is no fault of the author. Young teens will love this book Like what you see? Get the book here:

  • Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
    2019-05-31 09:59

    Visited was a cute story from the beginning. As I was reading it though I really felt like this was not a YA book but maybe more for middle schoolers. The story flowed semi smoothly and had me going back to re-read what I read to make sure I did not miss anything. In Visited we meet 17 year old Joanna Murphy. She hates her life. She hates how her mother remarried a guy she can't stand and she hates the fact that her mother never pays attention to her and she hates the fact that she is in love with her best friend and has to watch him date other girls. She also hates the fact that she is weirdly tall for a girl. I mean she would rather be small so maybe Tommy will notice her as dating material rather than a best friend.One day while staring up at the stars she wishes things could be different. She wishes she had Tommy for a boyfriend and she wishes her mother never remarried. While she is wishing on this falling star she sees this boy coming towards her and oh man she is intrigued because he is the most handsomest boy she has ever seen. She is so caught up by James that she wonders if her dream man has come true and come to life. But everything is not what it seems and Joanna soon learns that she should have been careful with what she wished for.This is a cute read and I know middle school teens will love this story!

  • Jamie Turner-norton
    2019-05-24 02:42

    Visited makes you realize that you should always be glad for what you have because it could always be worse. It was a fast and easy read. I look forward to reading more from this author.There is also a Dream Cast on the blog http://krystalclearbookreviews.wordpr...

  • Holly Casady
    2019-05-24 03:43

    Felt like the author really understood teenage life. Fun to read and loved the ending.

  • Samantha Stewart
    2019-05-22 10:42

    I know I really shouldn't say this, but the first thing that drew me into this book was the cover... I'm a sucker for a pretty cover and I love this one! It's so pretty! And also, the very intriguing synopsis that had me wanting to find out what was going to happen in Joanna's life and that she met an alien made me really want to read it! I ended up really enjoying this book!I had a problem with Joanna throughout the book. She was such a selfish character! I never noticed it at the start, but when her life changed, it became clear just how selfish of a character she actually was. She wanted her mother all to herself (even if it made her miserable), she didn't notice how other people around her were feeling and she was just constantly thinking about herself! However, I did like that I could relate to her because of the 'coming of age' thing. Joanna isn't happy with how her body is and how tall she is. That I could relate to very easily. When I started high school I was way taller than everyone else and got a couple of nicknames for that and always wished I was smaller, so I found it very easy to relate to Janine when she was feeling self-conscious about her height. There were times when Janine was so naïve and couldn't see what was right in front of her that I had to smack myself on the forehead. But Janine's character did develop and change a lot throughout the book and by the end, I really liked her character.And then we have James. I was a bit iffy with James to start with (even though he did save Janine's life). He seemed to be hiding something and avoiding Janine's questions, but I gradually grew to like him. He was always there for Janine, helping and protecting her. He always wanted to know about Janine's life which I found pretty weird and made me start to suspect why he was actually there. I was a bit surprised by James' reveal at the end. I never saw that coming! But I had guessed why he was there because it became pretty obvious by the end. James was a brilliant character and friend, he really helped Janine develop and learn to appreciate her life throughout the book.Tommy was a bit of an iffy character as well. He was a brilliant best friend, but a very jealous boyfriend. He flew off the handle at the mention of another boy from his girlfriend. So what if he was treated badly by an ex, that doesn't give him an excuse to pick a fight with every girlfriend he has over the mention of another boy. His girlfriends don't get jealous when he mentions Janine, do they? Well, I don't think they do anyways... But still, Tommy acted like an ass sometimes and I wanted to hit him. Janine started to see that he wasn't really the Tommy that she'd thought he was and that maybe she and him wouldn't actually be a good couple.When chapter 3 came around, I was so confused! I was wondering if chapters 1 and 2 had actually happened, and then I just had no idea what the hell was going on! It took me a while to piece together everything because I was so thrown, but I really loved what happened with the story line in this book. It was fascinating to see a different Janine and see how different her life would be. It also helped Janine grow as a character as well. She realised that she'd made split judgments about people but hadn't bothered to learn about them; Some of the things she'd been desperate for weren't working out how she'd planned and she also learned a lot about her mother too. Janine definitely needed what James provided for her.There were times that I was a bit iffy with the writing and the characters, and I wanted to hit them for being stupid/naïve/cringey/annoying, but I did find this to be an enjoyable read overall.I was a bit miffed about what happened with James at the end though. But still, the ending was nice and I'm hoping that Tommy will be able to change eventually. I'm also hoping that Janine will start to be comfortable in her own skin and that maybe her and Blake will get together.Overall, I thought this was a quick and entertaining read that I managed to get through in a couple of hours. I debated for a while on what rating to give it, and I finally settled on 3 stars. It just lacked something that would have pushed it to a 4 star for me, but I still really liked this book. It was a quick and enjoyable read that I definitely recommend.

  • The Y.A. Bookworm Blogger
    2019-06-17 03:55

    Read FULL Review At: The Y.A. Bookworm Blogger Visited is a story based around an alien fanatic seventeen year old girl named Joanna who is unhappy with numerous things about her life. Her mother has recently gotten married to a man she disgusts and has just told her she's pregnant--ultimately ruining Joanna and her mother's plans to travel to Europe after graduation. In addition, Joanna is bothered by her unusually tall height (despite the fact it is the reason she is able to play the sport she loves, volleyball) and is yearning for her best friend, Tommy, to one day look at her as more than just a friend. While one night Joanna is on her roof stargazing, she sees a shooting star and wishes for all these "negative" things about her life to change and after doing so, finds herself falling off the roof and then being saved and healed by the handsome James. The next morning, Joanna wakes up in the hospital finding her life turned upside down--her mom isn't married, Joanna is now petite, Tommy is her boyfriend and James alien?! Joanna's life may seem to be perfect but Visited tells the story of how sometimes what you desperately wish for might not always be what makes you the most happy.Joanna pre-wishing-on-a-star is really just a typical teenage girl I was able to really relate to. She's got a little humour in her, has her own alien-fan-blog and is one of the best volleyball players on her team.There are some good things in her life and some other things that she isn't too crazy about. Even though some of the things Joanna is unhappy with may come off as a bit selfish, I think all of us have our moments of selfishness and because of that, it's easy to understand where Joanna's coming from. Once Joanna wakes up in this new dimension where everything she thought was wrong in her life is fixed, seeing her transition to this "better life" made me think about what my perfect world would be. However as the novel progresses we see Joanna begin to see the faults in the life she thought was perfect, and as result she experiences tremendous growth and maturity that makes you realize it's never too late to change your attitude and perspective on things. The one constant relationship through Joanna's journey is with the dazzling being that goes by the name of James. James' sudden appearance after seeing the shooting star makes Joanna come to the discovery that James is an alien, however she doesn't initially link the sudden changes in her life to him. James is on earth to complete a mission that Joanne is not allowed to know details about, but with James' arrival on earth comes Aidan, the stunning model-like boy who is trying to interfere with James' ability to succeed and carry his mission out. James really acts as that supportive figure for Joanna during a time where her life is a mess and the people she used to rely on are her friends no more. I really thought there would be something romantic between the two of them and although nothing ever really happens, there is that hint of something more than just friendship between the both of them. Unlike The Vortex Series, this is definitely not a novel with a huge romantic storyline, and although that is what I typically am looking for, Visited has such a focus on improving your inner-self that the absence of a full on couple wasn't apparent to me. The sweet small doses of lovey-mushy stuff fits the story perfectly.

  • Toni
    2019-06-17 10:46

    Joanna is not happy with her life. She’s in love with her best friend, Tommy, who has no idea how she feels about him. She sits by watching him date girl after girl, always wishing he would look at her the way he looks at them. She’s also miserable because she feels like her mom has pretty much discarded her for her new husband, Stan. As if that isn’t enough to ruin any seventeen-year-old girls life, she’s over six foot tall and feels like no boy will ever want her. Guys like petite girls, don’t you know. One night, after her mother delivers the final blow to her already crumbling world, she climbs out her window, up to the roof to gaze at the stars and wish that her life could be different, that she was different. And wouldn’t you know it… a falling star appears in the clear Arizona sky above her. Be careful what you wish for!Visited is a lot different than I anticipated after seeing the cover. I thought I was cracking open a YA Science Fiction novel, but it reads more like a middle grade contemporary with elements of fantasy. That was my own fault, reading too much into the cover, and I accept full responsibility. Y’all know how I am.. a total cover snob and this one invoked expectations that were merely assumptions on my part. You know what they say about those that assume, right? Anyway, I applaud the author for such a creative and unique premise. I mean, WOW, what an awesome idea for a book! To wish upon a falling star and have your whole world turned on its side. It was also interesting to watch the morals that the story was built on unfold throughout this tale of fantasy with a touch of mystery.Joanna is a character that is easy to relate to because of her body issues. Most people have issues with some aspect of their body at some point in their lives, whether it be in school or later in life. But I also felt like Joanna was a bit immature for her age, and selfish when it came down to it, which may actually be why it felt more like a MG book.James is the newcomer in Joanna’s life that turns her world upside down. He’s described as unnaturally handsome, which I normally love in a guy — LOL — but I never felt the magnetic pull. Not that I would, personally, since he’s in high school. I mean, yuck.. my son is in high school, but I didn’t feel that his over-the-top good looks and charm shone through or had a relevant purpose in the story, other than to make it easier for Tommy to be jealous.Unfortunately, I didn’t find the story to be very fluid. The dialogue felt forced and unnatural. I don’t know many high school kids that talk like these characters did. Parts of the story were very reminiscent of an after school special. It’s not a bad element. I used to love after school specials (yes, I’m a Dork with a capital “D”). But again, it’s not what I had anticipated even after reading the synopsis.Overall this was a pretty good story and I’m glad that I read it. Even though Visited didn’t top the charts for me, I will definitely check out the authors Vortex series because I have read several super-fabuloso reviews for all three books.

  • JenniferRicketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
    2019-06-17 06:49

    I received a copy of this book to review honestly for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl.At first, Joanna really annoyed me, and I had a hard time connecting with her character. I didn't think she talked like a seventeen-year-old, and while I felt bad for her feeling like her stepdad crashed into her life and turned it upside down, she seemed immature for her age and at times selfish. I did identify with her insecurity about her body - she describes herself as freakishly tall and feels no guy would want to date a girl so tall. In my case, I'm shorter than practically everyone I know, and I was teased relentlessly for being short. Even in high school. While Joanna was difficult for me to connect with, I really liked James. A LOT. He was mysterious with the mission he couldn't talk about, and I wasn't quite sure where he was from. Another dimension? I thought that was so cool and maybe he was from planet like Earth but more advanced. Or from another alternate reality of Earth. But he talks about being equipped with a human body so as not to arouse suspicion, so I enjoyed trying to figure his character out. Plus he's hot, lol. Tommy's character went through a major overhaul from before Joanna's accident to afterward. He seemed like a great friend to her before, and even though she was pining away for him, I found myself wishing their relationship hadn't changed in the alternate reality. He became a jealous, possessive boyfriend, and Joanna's mother didn't seem to like him at all, which I could kind of see why. Before, Joanna's mom had absolutely loved him, so these new feelings Joanna's mom had toward Tommy caused a lot of tension between mother and daughter. Stan, Joanna's stepdad, never came into her life in the alternate reality. I can give Joanna credit when she realizes how unhappy her mom is since she never met Stan. The job her mom works at is wearing her down. This is definitely one aspect I don't think Joanna really thought about when she wished her life was different. I loved the alternate reality aspect of this story the best - how Joanna wakes up and finds herself living in a life she doesn't recognize with some of the things she wanted coming true. With those parts of her life changed though, there were other parts that changed in ways she wasn't happy with. It was as though she traded one set of headaches for another. Her life wasn't exactly the way she wanted it to be. For example, since she woke up the height she had always wanted to be, she was too short to play volleyball, which she absolutely loved before the accident. Alternate reality theories have always intrigued me and have led to some interesting conversations with my husband and friends. I really loved reading the author's take on how one girl's life could change so drastically. I thought it was really well done. I look forward to reading more of Janine Caldwell's books.

  • Jess at Such a Novel Idea
    2019-06-17 09:49

    For this review and more, please visit Such A Novel Idea.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.Rating: 3/5 stars

  • Suzanne Rooyen
    2019-05-27 03:58

    The gorgeous cover and intriguing blurb immediately made me want to read Visited. As a tween, I was addicted to the TV series Roswell and ever since then, I’ve had a soft spot for aliens-are-among-us type stories so I really thought I’d love this one.When I think aliens, I think science fiction and I expected science fiction when I started Visited, but this is really more fantasy or even paranormal than it is science fiction. At first, I thought James the alien could’ve been played by James the ‘insert were-creature of your choice’ and the twist about who he was in the end was a little disappointing as I was really hoping the story would take a more sci-fi turn.I think this story has a good premise that is, at times, let down by the execution. The dialogue was a little stilted and I wasn’t always ready to believe that teens would speak or interact as described in the book. The theme is obvious, perhaps a little too obvious becoming borderline preachy that might be better suited to younger readers, but which I found a little annoying.I struggled to connect with Joanna. I’m a short girl who never really enjoyed ball sports so I didn’t feel like I had a lot in common with Joanna and some of the physical appearance comments just irritated me because they didn’t ring true for me – one of those short, barely 5’3 girls.My favourite character was Tommy, despite some of his more obvious faults. While I found James intriguing at first, he went from mysterious to creepy pretty quickly especially with regard to his supposed age and the reveal about who he is didn’t really lighten the creep factor for me. And Aidan, more of him please. I’m a sucker for the villain! I’m not a fan of the Twilight love story or love triangle and aspects of this novel just seemed a little too similar to me, although the ending did make that all better by being surprisingly and pleasant different from what I expected.Overall, I thought this book had an interesting premise that will appeal to younger readers and might fit well on the Christian fiction shelf, but it didn’t blow me away. Visited gets 3 stars from me.

  • Arely
    2019-06-17 11:00

    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.

  • Confessions of a Book Whore
    2019-06-16 03:41

    Visited is a sweet lighthearted sci-fi/fantasy book about a young girl who is trying to find her way. Joanna Murphy is having a bad day. Her mom and stepdad announce some very big news that will affect her summer plans. Her volleyball coach asks for a favor that puts her out and Tommy, her best friend has no idea she is jealous of his girlfriend because she's secretly crushing on him...hard! Ok, maybe she secretly loves him.Have you ever heard that saying, "the grass isn't always greener on the other side?" This is exactly the kind of book that proves that statement to be true. What would you do if your world were turned upside down? What would you do if everything you thought you wanted was at your fingertips? After an accident leaves Joanna injured and face to face with James, extra hot with a side of extra "ahem" terrestrial? Joanna gets the opportunity to see how life would be if she got what she wished for, but as she gets what she thinks she's always wanted she starts to learn some tough lessons. Can Joanna find a way to get back to her "old self?"This was a very interesting book with a few twists along the way. Although the characters were older teenagers this book was pretty innocent. I enjoyed this book it was a quick light hearted read with just a touch of romance/drama. It is definitely a book fans of YA, sci-fi or fantasy will enjoy though I might classify it as YA Fantasy/Coming of Age. Though I would recommend it for younger readers (approx. 11-17) as it may be too innocent for some readers. *This book was an ARC provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and comments are my own.*

  • FicTalk Blog
    2019-06-07 06:57

    I have to say that when I read the summary for this book it definitely grabbed my attention. I haven't read very many UFO/Alien books since my Roswell days. I was such a fangirl for the tv series and the books. I loved them both. So you could say that I had high hopes for this book as well, and I was looking forward to delving into the world of unidentified flying objects and whatever little green men that came out of them. I can't say that I was disappointed. I can't say that at all.Our heroine is a 17 year old girl who has more than friendly feelings for her best friend and wishes that they could be more. She also wants her mom to pay more attention to her, but in the interim she loses herself in the world of sci-fi – not really a bad way to spend your time, in my humble opinion. But her mom thinks she's too caught up in it after her daughter sees what some would call a shooting star but feels is more.Enter the mysteriously cute guy that assists her after an accident, and who seems to have a secret. Then you've got yourself an awesome story about a girl who finally has proof that life beyond earth actually exists and that while she knows this now, she needs to keep her mouth shut in order to protect that person. All in all, I have to say that this was a really fun and interesting read. A bit slow at the beginning because I was very anxious to get to the juicy bits but a rather good story that I'm glad I took the chance on.

  • Marni
    2019-06-13 03:50

    Having read past books of Janine Caldwell, I was more than happy to receive a copy of this book from her in exchange for an honest review and I thank her. When the opportunity arose at the same time to participate in a blog tour for this book, I was more than eager to join in.This book was a different direction than her Vortex Trilogy. Instead of time travel outright, it's a twist on the whole watch what you wish for. Like her Vortex Trilogy, the supernatural aspect is pushed more to the background allowing for the bigger story to come through. Yes, there is more than one story going on here.The story has potential from the start. The first few chapters are spun with a master storyteller flair. The story picks up even more, showing the changes that have suddenly taken place and the effects on Joanna. Unfortunately, the dialogue is a bit strained, the behaviors a bit erratic, the climax falls a bit flat and the ending just didn't satisfy me in the way it should have. The story give you a look at the what if answer of Joanna's life. What if she wasn't super tall? What if she was dating her best friend? What if her mother didn't remarry? What if all the things she wanted changed were changed? It makes you think. What if the things you wished were different actually were? Would it all actually be a positive change?Perfect for the 13-16 age range, I find myself wanting to group this particular book in Christian YA fiction instead of mainstream YA. I do feel that those in this age range who like contemporary fiction mixed with a bit of the paranormal will enjoy this book and will entice them to read further books from the author.