Thursday, March 19, 2015

Flashback Review | Tempest by Julie Cross

Flashback Review | Tempest by Julie Cross" class="ubb-image alignleft">Tempest by Julie Cross
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on January 17, 2012
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

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.



Let me first start off by saying that…I CAN’T BELIEVE I NEVER REVIEWED THIS BOOK!! I first read it back in January 2012 and immediately found myself wrapped up in the life of Jackson Meyer. After reading Tempest for the first time, I found myself anxiously awaiting more from author, Julie Cross, and can say that I’ve read just about everything she has written since then. Anyways, since reading this book way back when, I’ve finished the trilogy and reviewed the other two books, but somehow failed to review this one. Okay, okay…so this book came out a year before I started blogging…but still.

I recently re-read the book as part of the Tempest Challenge, a month long binge reading experience of the Tempest Trilogy. I am currently working on re-reading book two, Vortex. However, I wanted to take the moment to share my thoughts on Tempest, especially after having read it again.

My thoughts were similar, if not stronger, after finishing this book for a second time. I once again fell into the story and began the journey with Jackson Meyer all over again. Is it possible for a fictional character to get more attractive in my head the second time around? Well, it happened. Jackson Meyer is still one of my top fictional boyfriends and will more than likely stay towards the top of the list.

Let’s be honest, time travel novels can be tricky & have to be done just right in order to capture a reader’s attention. Fortunately, Julie Cross does just that with Tempest (and the following two books in the trilogy). She masters it in fact and pieces it together in a way that answers questions and also stirs the potion of curiosity in the readers’ mind. Each year, whether in the past, present, or future, piece together so beautifully. I only wish I knew just how Julie did it!? I can’t imagine writing a novel with multiple, interwoven timelines.

From the characters, to the settings, and contrast between the timelines, everything is spot on and makes the book one hell of a read. Having read it twice now, I can honestly say that it is one book (series) that I will continue to go back to and read all over again.

It’s just that good!

Five out of five stars


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