Book Review: Tempest

Book Review: TempestTempest by Julie Cross
Series: Tempest #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on January 17th 2012
Pages: 352

The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler. Recruit… or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

I am a sucker for time travel books. End of story. And when a book's cover promises me EPICNESS. I am there!
Tempest is not your typical YA book. First of all, our characters, for the most part, are in college. And deal with quite a few grown up issues. But don't let that scare you off. There is certainly a YA vibe to the book.
The story starts with Jackson. A normal, if not lonely, college student who can (you guessed it) time travel. And you might think with that ability and a girlfriend who he is crazy about, life would be as close to perfect as it can get. But sadly, everything changes when total strangers gun him down, and his girlfriend, Holly, ends up the one wounded, not him.
Tempest, like time, flows along a great pace. Plenty of action and suspense are around every corner. Plot threads weaving in and out of the story effortlessly. About half way into the novel, I thought to myself that Cross must have spent some massive time thinking this novel through. Past, Present, and Future Jacksons, friends, and family are easily sorted. Making the novel that much more enjoyable because I am not having to be over think the book. Trying to piece everything together because one little fact does not fit in correctly.
Final Verdict:
While I am not completely sure I would call Tempest EPIC. It was definitely a fun book to read. And I was complete shocked at how emotional it was. I dare you to read this book, and tell me you did not cry (or at least tear up) at least once. Cross has certainly raised the bar in her first book of the series. Here's hoping she can continue the momentum in the follow up.
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4 responses to “Book Review: Tempest

  1. Brenna

    I don’t think I ever noticed before that the characters are in college! I’m really looking forward to that aspect- I like older characters, but stories with a YA feel to them. Probably because I’m a bit older now and can only read about 16 year olds for so long haha 😉

    I’m happy to hear you enjoyed this one, because I’m hoping to read it soon as well )

    Brenna from Esther’s Ever After

  2. melissa @ 1lbr

    The characters are in college? Maybe it’s just me, but that cover screams younger-end YA. How strange! Still interested in the story, though.

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