young adult

While I’m waiting for my editor to click “publish” on my latest release (DEUCE, the epic conclusion to The Vortex Series), I thought I would reflect back on the books that touched my heart and soul the most this year—the writing I admire, the stories I wish I had imagined and written myself. Now, these books didn’t necessarily come out in 2013, but were the ones I conquered from my ever-growing TBR Goodreads list. Here we go!


10) Legend by Marie Lu

9) Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

8) Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

7) Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

6) Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

5) Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

4) A Different Blue by Amy Harmon

3) Cinder by Marissa Meyer

2) Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

And my number one favorite book this year:

1) Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout

Happy reading and here’s to another year of awesome YA books!

Janine Caldwell, YA Author

Author of Coming-of-age fantasy VISITED and The Vortex Series: REMATCH, DOUBLE FAULT, DEUCE

Many readers ask me who I see playing Trent and Cassie in my YA fantasy romance series: REMATCH, DOUBLE FAULT, and the conclusion DEUCE (to be released soon). I have given this enormous thought because, well, because it’s fun! So here is a more detailed description of the main characters from The Vortex Series as we meet them in book one and the celebrities I picture playing them.


Meet eighteen-year-old Trent Astor, AKA Jeremy. He’s the reluctant hero of this series with an extraordinary secret he must keep hidden from the world for his family’s safety. This secret, involving a supernatural power, forces Trent and his younger sister, Lorelai, to be on constant alert, ready to run again. The orphaned siblings move every six months with a new identity so the ones after his power cannot find him. This makes teenage life almost unbearable. Lonely and ultra private, Trent knows making friends will only put them all in jeopardy. His saving grace is his love for his sister and his music. He’s mastered the guitar and allows himself to perform with local rock bands as long as he keeps them at arm’s length. Trouble is when you have a body and face like Trent, people tend to notice you. But because of the powers he was bestowed with, he knows a normal life will never be in his future. Allowing anyone, especially a girlfriend into his heart, is unthinkable.



Now enter the heroine of this story, Cassie Moore. At eleven-years-old, Cassie was in a horrific shooting that tragically scarred her for life. The once promising tennis prodigy, throws all hope of a future in tennis away, unable to play again after the shooting. As she enters her senior year of high school, she struggles to find herself, her self-esteem at an all time low. When Jeff Tanner, a football god at her school, wants to date, she’s thrilled until he begins to manipulate her and treat her altogether badly. If she could only somehow recover from her past, she may have a chance to get her groove back. She never imagined that could be possible, though, until she meets the gorgeous new student in her PE class, Jeremy.


About Janine

YA Author of The Vortex Series. REMATCH, DOUBLE FAULT, DEUCE. Secret drummer & avid reader.