Review: Tempest by Julie Cross

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Tempest by Julie Cross

5 Stars

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 shape 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, but it is also 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.

Book Info

Tempest by Julie Cross
Series: Tempest #1
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin
Pub Date: January 17th 2012
Pages: 352
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: RomanceTime TravelYoung Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads

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.

About Julie Cross

I’m the International Bestselling author of the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, and the final installment, Timestorm. I’m also the author of the Letters to Nowhere series, a mature young adult romance set in the world of elite gymnastics, as well as several forthcoming young adult and new adult novels with publishers like Entangled, Sourcebooks, HarperCollins, Random House, and St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books.

I live in Central Illinois with my husband and three children. I’m a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA. I’m a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. Outside of my reading and writing credibility, I’m a committed–but not talented–long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

10 Responses to “Review: Tempest by Julie Cross”

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    Erin W.

    Great review! Finally a positive review! I can’t wait to read this book despite its mixed reviews. Sounds like a great book and I’m a sucker for everything to do with time travel.

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    Great review !I’m really happy that it’s a boy narrator actually I tend to enjoy those a lot lately. I’m starting this one today or tomorrow!

    Xpresso Reads

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    I won a copy of this, so I am anxiously awaiting it’s arrival!! I am thrilled that it’s from a male perspective, there simply aren’t enough books like that out there!

    I’m glad that it’s a fresh take on time-travel. I try to enter into these books cautiously, because I never know what stereotypical aspects they will hold – so this is nice to know ahead of time what I should expect.

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

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    SaraO @ TheLibrarianReads

    Ugh, I hate to say this but I just didn’t love this book! *Tear* I could handle I Am Number Four. But I think I only get to like one of these series at a time…Just couldn’t get past the writing…

    And yet, Cross got me with that ending. How can I not stick around in some fashion to see what happens next, lol. 

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    Colleen @ Les Livres

    I enjoyed this, and am looking forward to the second book!  I loved that Jackson seems so genuine; I have not met enough guys like that in my life.  

    I hope we get to hear some more about Courtney in the next one, because she’s probably a favorite character for me. 

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    I have this one on my bookshelf, but it’s been on hold for two reasons: the male narrator and the time travel aspect. I’m not really into either, but it sounds like this would be the book for me to try if I’d suck it up and take the chance. Okay. I’ll move it up the TBR list. Unfortunately, that’s not saying much because it’s yards long.

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    Kendra Jones

    Ohhh awesome review! This book is totally on my TBR list, I am such a sucker for time travel and you made it seem really appealing. Thanks!

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    I really liked this one. I thought it was awesome the way Julie Cross handled the time-traveling aspect, and while I wish the ending had been a little different, it is a nice springboard for what may come next in book two! Great thoughts, Jess! I’m glad I’m not the only one who loved it. There are definitely mixed reviews out there! 

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    I just added this to my to read list.  This sounds so unique and I love that it is from a boy’s POV and he’s 19.  That’s very rare in YA.  

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