Review: Vortex by Julie Cross

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Vortex (Tempest #2) by Julie Cross Gone with the Words Review

4 Stars

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.

Book Info

Vortex by Julie Cross
Series: Tempest #2
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin
Pub Date: January 15th 2013
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover | Source: Publisher
Genres: Time TravelYoung Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads

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.

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

5 Responses to “Review: Vortex by Julie Cross”

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    I loved Tempest! I am glad that Vortex is great also! Glad you enjoyed this and I look forward to reading it as well :) Great review!

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    April Books & Wine

    I really enjoyed Tempest and definitely will need to read this one soon — glad to hear it’s good, but also kind of sorry about the middle book syndrome.

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    *eyes my copy of Vortex longingly* I SO need to get on with reading it.

    True story: You are the reason I read Tempest. I saw your review, and it was the first I’d heard about the book. When I got the e-galley (one of my first, if I remember correctly) I read it in one day, and CRIED my little eyes out. I thiiiink I may wait and re-read Tempest before I read Vortex.

    JESS. WHAT IS THIS WITH THE PLEADING FOR ADAM?! *whines* *hugs Adam close*

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    Laura Ashlee

    Aw, this was recently put on the hold shelf at the library for me. Alas, I had to give it back because I have too much to read for class. I can’t wait for May to get here. I will be all over this book.

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    Christina (BookTasty)

    I was completely surprised at how much I liked Tempest! Honestly, I’m usually not interested in time travel stories and was a little hesitant at first, but then whoa! It was a good read! I haven’t gotten around to reading Vortex yet, but maybe I’ll have to soon. :)

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