Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Jen's Thoughts: Tempest by Julie Cross

Published: January 17, 2012
St. Martin's Griffin, 352 pages, hardcover
Source: won in contest
Series: yes
Goodreads Summary: 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.
This was one of those books I had put off initially, because there's NO WAY I will love this book as much as everyone else did, you know? So it sat and sat and sat on my shelf. I even got a little nudge from the Universe in April 2012 when I got an extra copy of it at RT. EVEN STILL, it sat and sat and sat. I tend to resist the books that the majority of the book blogging community loved. Why? I'm stupid. There's no other explanation.

Because Tempest, you rocked my face.

I should've gotten my first clue with the fact that everyone loved it. But secondly, I should've known beforehand because it's entirely from a guy's point of view. The guy's name is Jackson, and that is my absolute favorite guy name of all time. Doesn't he just sound like a suited-up non-lame TV host or a sexy lawyer or, you know, a time lord? Shazam. He is.

I finished this in one sitting. Seriously. This was such an effortless read that I feel like I opened the cover, then closed it five seconds later. Except I lived a whole lifetime in between. There was just enough action to keep me on the tip top of my toes and enough romance and heartbreak to sate even the most hopeless of romantic. (HELLO, ME. I am raising my hand high.) The dynamic between Present Jackson & Holly was a fantastic set up for the Holly and Jackson of yore (or 2 years ago, whatevs) and reading their love story from not only an established relationship point of view as well as a "just met & giving you the side eye, then looking away" standpoint made me fall for them as a couple even more. Julie Cross knows how to bring the swoons.

Not to mention the action was thrilling. I couldn't make eye love to these pages quickly enough to satisfy the thirst for more insight as to WHY, WHEN, HOW? (And also, how can I become a time travel guru?) I love conspiracies and secret THINGS...which you'll find out more about if you read the book. COME ON, READ THE BOOK.

Other Bloggers' Thoughts


  1. I bought this back in January when it came out but still not got round to reading it! Now I think I have to!!

  2. I thought Tempest was a great book. It was a really complicated plot, if you really think about it, but Julie Cross was able to write this story in a non-confusing way. It was one of my favorites this year.

  3. This was the very first audio book I listened to and I think it was a mistake because I am fairly certain I would have liked it a lot more had I read it! The audio seemed to drag on in some spots, and some of the voices drove me (and Steve, who listened to it too) crazy. I'm still interested in the next book in the series, but in print and not audio!

  4. I so wanted to like this one, but I just ... didn't. :( I'm glad you did, though! I think I'm just the odd duck out. I do really love the cover!

    Great review, Jen!

  5. Isn't it such a fun read? I really enjoyed it as well, and am looking forward to reading the sequel next year :)