Book Review: Tempest by Julie Cross

Tempest #1
Author: Julie Cross
Reading Level: YA
Pages: 352 Hardcover
Release Date: January 17th 2011
Review Source: St. Martin's Griffin
Available: Amazon

Summary: (from goodreads) 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.

Tempest was not what I expected at all when I began reading it. I thought when I started reading I would feel like I'm reading The Time travelers wife or something equivalent to that story. Boy was I wrong. Tempest is about time travel, but Julie creates this idea and characters and a special unique flair to the time traveling. Just get ready to jump on your favorite ride at a amusement park and not come off EVER! Its so heart poundingly good. Just when you think OK I know what will come or happen next, your transported somewhere else completely not what you were expecting or prepared for. 

Tempest is about Jackson. Jackson attend college just like any other guy his age. Jackson also has the hot girlfriend everyone wants. Now one thing that Jackson is or has that your average Joe doesn't do, he can time travel. His gift is limited but still a gift. In the beginning Jackson can go back just a few hours to a couple of days at most. One day while hanging with is girlfriend Julie, 2 unknown men come to her dorm room and a struggle unfolds and Julie gets shot. This propels Jackson to jump (that's when he time travels) to the year 2007. He has never in a'll his years been able to jump that far back. Now the problem with this jump, he is now not able to come back to current time. he is stuck in 2007. Jackson is completely unsuccessful at jumping back to his Home Base (this is the current time for Jackson). While trying to figure out how to go back and possibly help Julie and prevent her getting shot, Jackson begins to uncover secrets about his past and father. What will Jackson accomplish once he learns certain truths and will he be able to reunite with Holly 2009 even though he has run into Holly 2007. Which Holly will he choose?

Tempest has so much that I literally cant give you more in my review without spoiling certain events or things. Julie does a fantastic job with Tempest, you have to trust me and read this book. When the movie industry comes knocking and getting rights to a book even before its been released you know there has to be something great in the pages. They are right! Tempest will be excellent for the big screen. Julie writes with such detail that you can see in your mind when Jackson jumps. Now Tempest is not just all action and no romance, there are definitely some swoon-worthy scenes mixed in there. Be ready to Jump with Tempest!!! 

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  1. I did enjoy this one but at times the time travel had a few confusing parts. The rules became a little complex at one point. I was so upset about the ending of the book though, I can't not believe he did that!! I can't wait for the second book because I need to know what happens!

    Thanks for the great review :)

  2. I think what help me get all the back and forth was I read this at a quite time on a weekend and was able to concentrate. Yes the ending, OMG!!!!!

  3. Every review I read makes me more and more excited to read this one. And when I first read the blurb I didn't think it would be that great Im really on the fence about time travel stories. I have to read this one though no question!

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  4. I love, love, love time travel. Be it the Time Travelers Wife, the best book ever, or the Man Who Folded Himself, the first time traveler book I recall reading, I love them all. Can not wait to read this one!

  5. I borrowed this book from the library in part because of the review given here. I have to say, this one disappointed me. Not your review -- I loved your review -- but the book. I disliked it very much. The characters (for me) were unlikeable and flat, the time-traveling science was confusing and unbelievable, and there really weren't any surprises or twists in the story that I didn't see coming pages before. Sadly, I won't be reading any future installments if this turns into a series.


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