Thursday, December 29, 2011

Review: Tempest by Julie Cross

Tempest (Tempest #1)
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.
Cover: I LOVE THIS COVER! The main reason I wanted to read this book so badly was because of the AMAZING  cover!
Note: Younger Readers cautioned as the main character is in college so there are some scenes which may not be suitable for younger readers but they are not described in detail.

Links: Amazon,BN,Bookdepository,Flipkart
Release Date: January 17,2012
Source: Netgalley(Thank you St. Martin's Griffin)
My Thoughts:
I'm sorry guys this is one book I CANNOT rate! I'm still hungover this book and cannot get myself to start reading anything else .
Let me just say that WOW what a book! I ALMOST cried when it ended.
The year is 2009...
The main character Jackson is a 19 year old guy who's in college.He seems to be just an average guy but he's not! He can time travel.He doesn't know why and how, but he just knows he can do it.He's trying his best to figure out as much as he can about his ability with the help of his friend, Adam.Just when he's able to figure out some things about his ability... some weird people find him and Holly(his girlfriend) gets shot.The shock of seeing her shot  is almost too much for Jackson and he ends up jumping time-travelling back to 2007.
Jackson was quite a complicated character.I had a hard time figuring him out.You never knew for sure whether he was in love with Holly or not.One thing that was  clear  was the fact that he felt guilty about a lot of things and his guilt is what made him such a humane character.
Even though this book should be categorized as science fiction there were times when I thought I was reading  contemporary fiction as this book deals with so many real problems and real emotions and situations.
Also there's no love triangle.(I thought I should mention that as a LOT of people hate those)
What I liked:
The story is told from Jackson's Point of View.
Usually the story is told from the girls point of view and I liked the fact that I could get into the head of a guy and actually see his motivations .I loved the things he wrote in his journal.They made me smile.
Time Travel
I love reading books that deal with time travel .
This book was very unpredictable. I tried very hard to predict what would happen but..... after the tenth chapter I just gave up . Believe me, when you start reading this book you want your brain to stop working and just go along for the ride.
The scenes in which he tried to woe Holly
I loved these scenes.I also liked the fact that he didn't try to rush things with her even when he wanted to.
Even though this is the first book in a series you don't feel like you HAVE to read the next book now. I want to but I don't have to.The ending was.... let's just say *dynamic* .It was also the reason I almost cried.

What I didn't like:

The fact that it was a little hard to follow
Usually the notes I take while reading a novel take up half a page but they took up 4 pages with this one.Usually books that deal with time travel are confusing so it wasn't  a major peeve.
Couldn't connect with the characters
It took me a long time to actually care for some of the characters . I realized that I started caring for most of the characters when 
a)They were dying 
b) They almost died.

Motivation behind one particular decision
*MINOR spoiler*
Why didn't Jackson just tell Holly that he was a time traveller in the beginning? Why did he try to cover it up? If he could tell Adam then I really didn't get why he couldn't  tell Holly too.
*Minor spoiler ends*

Overall,I couldn't put this book down  and even though  sometimes I wasn't really satisfied and/or happy with where the story was going ,when I finished the book  I was sad ..... and wanted to read more!This book is different. I will be reading the sequel because I want to find out what happens next.

EXTRA: This book is written by a 2012 debut author !


  1. Ooh I ='m reading this soon and really looking forward to it. I especially like that there is no love triangle but not because I don't like them, just because it's nice to have a change once in a while.

    Xpresso Reads

  2. AHHHH! MUST READ! I can't wait for this one, I love that Jackson is college-aged, there aren't too many YA books out there with characters in that age group. Also, yay male protagonist and no love triangle! Those two things alone are enough to make me want to read this one. Awesome review!

  3. Thanks for your honest thoughts. I'm pretty curious about this one. I like that the character is a college aged student, even if he DOES go back in time...and guy p.o.v's are a fave of mine because they are kind of rare. :)


  4. Gahh! I really want to read this one now! I honestly loved the idea of time travel in this novel and I'm glad that this was such a great book!
    Great review!!

    Guen @ Ezine of a Random Girl

  5. I got an ARC of this in the past week and I can't wait to read it! I'm excited that the main character is a guy!

  6. Great review. I have this to review and have to get to it. I hope that I don't find the characters hard to connect with though, as that is usually a bit of a problem for me.
    -FABR Steph@FiveAlarmBookReviews

  7. this looks wonderful, new follower thanks to a little owl ;) Stop and ck out my reviews anytime

  8. I love, love the cover. I think it is beautiful. I haven't read the book yet, but it is definitely on my TBR list. I think my hesitation with Tempest is due to my not having much luck with time travel stories in the past. I have heard good things about this one, and on a regular basis as well, so I think I might pull the trigger and see if I can fall in love with a time traveler. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. I have not read time travel related books. But a little bit wary to pick this up since it is confusing at some parts, i assumed~ anyway great review

  10. not really keen on this book tempest....
    but thx u for the review..i love spoiler :)

  11. i have it in my sight...... still haven't read it yet though.... and time travel is so cool.... and as you mentioned it is definitely refreshing to hear this from the pov of a boy when we usually get girls... thanks for this great review

    Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex


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