The Headmaster's Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene
Published by Thomas Dunne Books on February 25th 2014
Genres: Adult Fiction
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An immensely talented writer whose work has been described as “incandescent” (Kirkus) and “poetic” (Booklist), Thomas Christopher Greene pens a haunting and deeply affecting portrait of one couple at their best and worst.
Inspired by a personal loss, Greene explores the way that tragedy and time assail one man’s memories of his life and loves. Like his father before him, Arthur Winthrop is the Headmaster of Vermont’s elite Lancaster School. It is the place he feels has given him his life, but is also the site of his undoing as events spiral out of his control. Found wandering naked in Central Park, he begins to tell his story to the police, but his memories collide into one another, and the true nature of things, a narrative of love, of marriage, of family and of a tragedy Arthur does not know how to address emerges. Luminous and atmospheric, bringing to life the tight-knit enclave of a quintessential New England boarding school, the novel is part mystery, part love story and an exploration of the ties of place and family. Beautifully written and compulsively readable, The Headmaster’s Wife stands as a moving elegy to the power of love as an antidote to grief.
At the beginning of The Headmaster’s Wife, I was instantly hooked by the engrossing writing and the situation we find Arthur, the Headmaster, in. He then begins recanting the story of how exactly he ended up where he is. At least, we’re led to believed that’s the story.
The story is broken up into three parts of which the first is all narrated by the Headmaster. I will warn you now that it might put you off, but I promise it will all be clear in the end. The twists this story takes are all so well done. The writing continues being engrossing throughout the whole book. This story about love, loss, death, and grief was so compelling. Once I sat down to read it, I did not put it down and finished it in one day.
Fans of adult literature with some mystery should definitely give this book a chance. It would also make a great book club read. I look forward to reading more of Thomas Christopher Greene’s books if they’re all written this well.
Vortex by Julie Cross
Series: Tempest #2
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on January 15th 2013
Genres: Time Travel, Young Adult
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Julie Cross's Vortex is the thrilling second installment of the Tempest series, in which the world hangs in the balance as a lovelorn Jackson must choose who to save.
Jackson Meyer has thrown himself into his role as an agent for Tempest, the shadowy division of the CIA that handles all time-travel-related threats. Despite his heartbreak at losing the love of his life, Jackson has proved himself to be an excellent agent. However, after an accidental run in with Holly—the girl he altered history to save—Jackson is once again reminded of what he's lost. And when Eyewall, an opposing division of the CIA, emerges, Jackson and his fellow agents not only find themselves under attack, but Jackson begins to discover that the world around him has changed and someone knows about his erased relationship with Holly, putting both their lives at risk all over again.
Many of you might not know this, but I was the first to post a review on a blog or Goodreads of Tempest back in 2011. I had been lucky enough to get an ARC of Tempest at ALA and one day Julie Cross tweeted that she couldn’t wait until the first review went up on Goodreads. I stepped up and said “I’ll do it!!” It’s definitely one of my most fun blogging memories. I loved Tempest, and it a lot of the same ways, I loved Vortex too.
Though Vortex was a 4 Star rating for me (ahem, thanks Julie for noticing it went down one star from Tempest! LOL), I didn’t lose any love for the story or characters. I think it was just middle book syndrome; a lot of training and such. I still loved the main characters and even came to love some new ones. There’s no denying that Julie Cross has a great, current voice and that her characters ring so true. I still loved all the intricacies of this world Cross has created. I know some have had a hard time following along with the particulars of the time travel in this series, but it’s actually never been a problem for me. I can, for the most part and to the best of my ability, picture the timelines.
We get a heck of a lot more information in Vortex, and if you had a hard time keeping up in Tempest, you might find yourself drowning in this one. Maybe not so much in the beginning, but oh man, once the timelines thing comes up, you better be paying attention. For me it’s a really fun thing trying to keep it all straight. Vortex will also keep you guessing as to who is one what side and even what side is the right good or bad one. It’s crazy!
There’s no denying that there isn’t a series out there like Tempest, and for that alone you should totally give this a shot. It’s full of suspense and action and a totally hot Jackson. Gosh, I still love that guy! I do want to plead for one particular character though: Adam. Ms. Julie Cross!! WHY?! I very much look forward to the next installment in this crazy ride.
What Some Friends Had to Say About It…
Sophie @ Mundie Moms – “If you’re in the mood for intrigue, time travel and a character who is on a journey of self-discovery that leads him into more questions than answers, pick up the Tempest series.”
Kate @ Ex Libris – “The ending of this installment was both romantic and heart-stopping. It was quite a cliffhanger and January of 2014 seems very far away right now!”
Yara @ Once Upon a Twilight – “Julie once again nails it and her writing style flourishes even more in Vortex.”
Tempest by Julie Cross
Series: Tempest #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on January 17th 2012
Genres: Romance, Time Travel, Young Adult
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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.
To celebrate the release of this awesome book, I decided to repost my review of it. I originally posted this back July 11, 2011, and was actually the first review for this book according to Julie Cross! So here it goes again….
When I began reading, I didn’t realize just how much time traveling, or jumping, Jackson would be doing. I was worried that I would be confused or get lost by him going back and forth so often, but it was not the case at all. The book flows brilliantly with no hiccups in its pacing.
As you may have noticed, this book is narrated by a boy. That’s right! We don’t have nearly enough YA books narrated by boys. Jackson Meyer starts off as your typical nineteen-year-old guy, special abilities aside. Impulsive, fun, charming, afraid of commitment despite his strong feelings for his girlfriend…normal teen guy stuff. What makes him special–again, special abilities aside–is that he’s also loving, tender, and loyal. I loved that he loves music. There were some pretty awesome song mentions in this book that included some of my personal favorites! All these things made him such a real character. But as things begin to unravel in his life, he realizes that he has to be better, become more, if he wants to keep Holly safe, because his fears might just be the death of her. Ok, I must confess…I fell completely head-over-heels in love with Jackson. He had me laughing and swooning, which really is the best combo. Every girl wants a guy that is funny but can also sweep you off your feet. Well, at least this girl does. :) He also had some really heartbreaking moments in the book. I found myself with tears in my eyes at some of those.
We got to know Holly, Jackson’s girlfriend, in a unique way. We meet her as present day, 009 Holly, but we get to know her better as a seventeen-year-old, 007 Holly, when Jackson jumps back two years. She is sweet, fun, and impulsive. Her future self is also sweet and fun, but a little more reserved. I loved that while Jackson was in the past, he treated younger Holly with more care because of her age. Despite having already been with her in the future, he doesn’t want to take advantage of her now, no matter how much he wants her. I found that very admirable! I thought sex was treated very responsibly in this book, and at the same time, it also showed us all the love and emotions that can go along with it. Overall, their relationship was very romantic and I really loved their chemistry.
Jackson’s friend and partner in crime, Adam, was also a great source of laughter. Yes, he’s a science geek, but his dead-pan humor and rational personality give him a cool edge. Jackson’s dad, Kevin, was someone who always tugged at my heart. He’s fierce but has this huge heart, and I always believed in him. Remember those heartbreaking moments I mentioned before? A few involved Kevin and also Jackson’s twin sister, Courtney. I don’t want to get into Courtney too much in this review, because I feel that so much of that shapes Jackson after he gets stuck two years in the past. As far as the bad guys in the story go, it was very intriguing. I found myself on the fence pretty much until the end of the book.
The end of the book. *sigh* Oh, it was so sad! I know Jackson is doing the right thing, and I agree with it, but it is still heartbreaking! It’s really good, though, don’t get me wrong! Just sad…
Like Jackson says in this book, “Erase everything you’ve ever heard about time travel, because it will just confuse you.” This was a completely new take on time-traveling. Not only is Tempest incredibly unique, it is so smart and beyond heartfelt. There’s also nail-biting action and intrigue page after page! I just couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! I can’t wait to see what else Julie Cross has in store for us in the rest of this series. I do know that it will be amazing, just like Tempest. I have zero doubts about that.
I am so excited to be giving away this book! It’s definitely one of my favorite reads of 2011 so far! (Read my review HERE.)
I’m even more excited that one of my favorite bloggers has won it!
I finished TEMPEST by Julie Cross this weekend and absolutely LOVED it!! I wanted to give you both a Teaser and an Tune for it. Julie actually told me about the song, and how well it fit Tempest and Jackson. I completely agree with her!! It’s just prefect! I chose this teaser to give you an example of why I loved Jackson Meyer so much. Read more about him in my review of Tempest, where I’m also giving away an ARC of the book! GO HERE!
I sang the first line of the song into the phone.
“I can’t believe you know that song.”
“I can play it on guitar.”
“Seriously, I can. I’ll show you sometime.”
Okay, so I cheated a little with the song thing, but I couldn’t help it if I knew her favorite song and if I had already learned to play it on the guitar to impress 009 Holly.
Tempest by Julie Cross
Publication Date: January 3rd 2012
by St. Martin’s Griffin
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