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Tempest by Julie Cross

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
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.

Goodreads Summary

   After reading this novel, my standards for all future boyfriends was raised tenfold. Jackson is a time traveler. He discovered his ability when he was eighteen, a college freshman. Eight months have passed since then and he has let Adam, an MIT student and close friend, in on his secret. With Adam’s help, Jackson is able to slowly extend his travels to the past. The time he expends working on his ability, though, is cutting into the time he spends with his girlfriend,Holly. Jackson sometimes stands Holly up or leaves her waiting for him during their dates. They are still a strong couple and truly love each other. Then one day, a man shoots Holly, killing her and results in Jackson hurling himself two years into the past. This jump to the past is different than his other trips; Jackson is trapped without a way to return to Holly and the present. In the past, Jackson must face memories that haunt him and learn about his ability if he wants to be able to save Holly.
Jackson is probably one of the best male characters I have ever read about. He’s smart, valiant, and has a good heart. Cross created the ideal boyfriend when she wrote Tempest. Jackson strives to protect the people he cares about above all else. He is a good friend and a hard worker. Holly is funny, smart, and brave; she is a good match for Jackson. When attacked, Holly does not wait for Jackson to protect her, she tries to protect Jackson.
Julie Cross has a great style that’s fun to read. She created every character to have a personality and depth. None of the characters Cross fashioned are static, they all have dimensions. This book seems meant for a teen and young adult audience. College students and High School aged readers will love this novel. Tempest earns five out of five stars, it’s a great read I will not soon forget.      

5 Stars

*Review by Kristin*

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  1. Lalaine said...:

    Cant wait to read this book! Ive alwasy heard good things about this!

    x great review. Happy Holidays!


  1. Thanks! My reviewer was really taken with it ;)

  1. Unknown said...:

    I love the cover. So glad you enjoyed it because I definitely want to read it.

  1. It really was an amazing book! So glad I got to be on the arc tour for it. Here's a link to my review

  1. Preet said...:

    Thanks so much for letting me be a part of this tour! Here's my link:

    Preet @ AWR

  1. Hannah said...:

    Here's a link to my review:

  1. Heres the link to my review :)

  1. Here's my review!

    I'm still very excited about the second book!


  1. Anonymous said...:

    I thought it was a very entertaining book. I had never read anything like it before, so it was original and new to me. The plot flowed very nicely, although some of the time jumps got slightly confusing. I loved the language (especially the swearing, I thought it fit well with the situation of the main character) and it grabbed me quickly. It would be a great read for any teenager or older looking for a good sci-fi book. I can't wait for the sequel.

    Summary: Jackson is a nice college guy who has a girlfriend named Holly and a friend named Adam. The trick is, Jackson can also travel through time. He practices using his abilities but even after years of training he can't travel for more than a few days, or so he thought. When suited men with guns find Jackson and Holly, he accidentally jumps and becomes trapped two years in his past. Now he must figure out how to get back to his present without his secretive father finding out his powers. And what happens when there are others who have the time travelling power, too?