Review: Rematch

Saturday, March 22, 2014
17668732Title: Rematch (Vortex #1)
Author: Janine Caldwell
Publication Date: March 11, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Time Travel

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Trent Astor is many things—orphan, runaway, musician. But what’s most extraordinary about Trent is that he’s a time traveler. His supernatural gift sends him on missions to the past to save unsuspecting victims from harm. However, when he fails to save the life of a young girl, his life changes in ways he could never have dreamed.

At eleven-years-old, Cassie Moore suffered through a horrific shooting. Tragically scarred from the ordeal, the once promising tennis prodigy was forced to throw away all hope of a future in tennis. Now, as she begins her senior year of high school, the past continues to haunt her. She struggles to find herself, her self-esteem at an all time low. If only she could resolve the past, she might be able to move on with her life. She never imagined that could be possible until she meets the gorgeous new student in her PE class.


Time traveling is one of the few supernatural aspects that I really like. I have no idea why, but the idea of being able to time-travel is really awesome. Not to mention that I love music-related plots, no matter how small it is, like if the main character is musically-inclined, it’s something that suits me well. Seeing that this book’s male protagonist, Trent, is both a musician and a time traveler made me excited to read this book. However, I think this time around, it just didn’t work for me.

Cassie was annoying in the way that she has no self-confidence, and just kept on doubting herself. She kept on thinking about all the what-ifs in life, and it got me irritated. She has a lot of insecurities, and I know she isn’t doing it on purpose, but it’s like she’s trying to fish for compliments to make herself feel better. The way she cares and worries for Trent was cute, though.

Trent was also too kept up in the past for what has happened to Cassie, and kept on doing things without asking for Cassie’s opinion. He should have known better the rules of becoming a time-traveler. Time is something not to be messed with, after all. I love his relationship with Lorelai, his sister, and I could just feel the sibling love they have. I hope that there were a lot more Lorelai-Trent scenes.

I didn’t like the love between Cassie and Trent, as it looked kind of an insta-love thing, and it didn’t make their relationship look more genuine.  Not to mention that everything started to revolve around the two of them, and it seemed like the relationship with the outer world just stopped. Although, there were some interactions between the two of them that I found adorable.

Rematch is told on the perspective of both characters, but I found the alternating POVs somewhat confusing, especially when it’s not really written. I found myself skipping through some pages, most especially on Cassie’s POV, and wanting to read Trent’s POV more. I kept on waiting for something big to happen, most especially somewhere around the threat and danger from Trent’s powers because there was some mad scientist chasing after him, but it didn’t really happen.

Maybe I was just expecting more of time-traveling aspects rather than romance that’s why I didn’t like Rematch that much. I think I would have liked this better if I hadn’t have that expectation. Nevertheless, I think I’m going to still try reading the sequel, Double Fault, and hope that it’ll be something better for me.



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