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Review: Tempest by Julie Cross

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Tempest by Julie Cross
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Series: Tempest #1
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: January 17, 2012
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Challenge: 2012 Debut Author
Buy It: Powell's
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.

Time traveling in a whole new way!

I’m not a huge time traveling fan but this was not the norm. The idea of having a secret agent dad and all this crazy stuff is just well, crazy.

When Jackson time travels, his actions won't change the future. He also always comes back to 2009. When his girlfriend, Holly, gets shot, adrenaline kicks in and he finds himself in a whole different year, and this time he can’t go back.

My favorite part throughout this whole book was Jackson’s development. He becomes this person who is willing to make sacrifices for the people he loves with no regrets. Gosh, this guy!

What happens is he starts finding out that he’s not the only one who can time travel. And the line between the good and bad guys becomes sketchy.

Jackson goes through these crazy travels trying to understand which side he belongs with. Tempest, a group of CIA agents, or what the CIA call EOT, Enemies of Time. While he’s trying to figure out what’s happening we also see this very soft side of Jackson. I have to admit that I teared up a bit whenever he was with his twin sister in different times. It really showed how much he cared even though he never showed it.

So who is this Holly? Well she’s someone that put Jackson back on track with life. She’s the one that he loves more than anything and would do anything to protect her. Holly is a big influence in Jacksons life. These two are really something special.

Overall: I never thought I would love a sci-fi. There was this perfect balance between action, romance, and science.

For those of you who love audiobooks, here's a clip of what's to come for Tempest.



  1. Wonderful Review and right to the point, I especially loved this part:
    "My favorite part throughout this whole book was Jackson’s development. He becomes this person who is willing to make sacrifices for the people he loves with no regrets. Gosh, this guy! "

    I really loved Jackson and his voice!

  2. I'm nearly finished. The writing is pretty simple, I love Jackson's voice, but trying to wrap my arms around all the time travel stuff is mind boggling.


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