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 on 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.
Vortex by Julie Cross
Series: Tempest #2
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin
Pub Date: January 15th 2013
Format: Hardcover | Source: Publisher
Genres: Time Travel, Young Adult
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Julie Cross’s Vortex is the thrilling second installment of the Tempestseries, 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.
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.”