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Friday, February 24, 2012

Tempest by Julie Cross

I was a little hesitant at first, when it came to Tempest. I added it to my Debut Author Challenge list because it sounded interesting, but I'd never really gotten into time travel books, so I wasn't sure how well I'd get into it.
Here is the summary from 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.

Boy was I wrong! I was immediately struck by Jackson and how well I wanted to know him as I read this book!

What I Liked: 1) Jackson. Oh, I fell for this guy hard. He's kind of cocky, but then there are times when he gets really sweet, and my heart just melts for him. Actually, he reminds me of an old boyfriend whom I hated for a while, but now think of with fond memories. If I have a "type" (which my friends would scream that yes, I do), Jackson would definitely fit. 2) Jumping to different times in his life. It was so interesting to be traveling around with Jackson and seeing him at different points in his life. Do you ever think about stuff you did, and what you'd say to yourself if you could go back in time and see you doing it? Wow, that was a confusing sentence to even write. Anyway, I loved hearing Jackson's reactions to things he'd done and experienced in the past. It felt like, as a reader, I got to know him so much better. How many books do you get to experience their past with them like that? This was a great and unique character and plot development technique. 3) Unexpected emotions. Okay, when I think about time-travel, I never really think about it being...I don't know. Anything other than kind of science-fiction-y and a little silly. Or scary. One of the two. But there were some incredibly emotional scenes in this book, several of which even brought me to tears. I thought they were very well written, and really tugged at my heartstrings. And if you've read it, I'm sure you know what scenes I'm talking about. 4) The narrator. You heard me. I actually experienced this book as an audiobook before I read the physical copy. Matthew Brown, the narrator of Tempest, perfectly captured Jackson's cockiness and his soft side, and he gets major props for changing the timbre of his voice when reading for different characters. Or even when differentiating between Jackson's moods. I loved it. This is going to be one of those ABs that I will listen to over and over again!

What I Didn't Like: There was nothing about the audiobook that I didn't like. And I really loved reading the book with Matthew Brown's voice in my head as Jackson.

Overall thoughts: Read Tempest. Don't be turned off by the fact that the story is about time-travel. It's not, space-agey time travel. This book made me excited about reading. I mean, I'm always excited to read, but I was feeling like I was in a rut, missing out on that spark that you feel when you fall in love with a book (remember that Valentine's Day post? It was inspired by Tempest!). Tempest was what I needed. *gushes* I LOVED IT!

Also, my sister is mad at me because I got too excited when I was telling her about the book, and accidentally told her the ending. :-0

Overall Rating: 5 shots

This book was read as a part of my Debut Author Challenge 2012!


  1. I have both the audio and physical copies of this book too. I am hoping to get to it soon one way or another. I started to listen to the audio, but I have too many books going at one time so I have to hold off. Great review. I am definitely looking forward to it.

  2. Glad you enjoyed this better than I did. I was just probably not in the mood when I picked this book up, Jack was such a great character. Great review!


  3. thanks for the awesome revew i am so excited about this book! ive only heard positive things

  4. I loved this book!! SO happy you loved it too. Jackson definitely stole my heart...and that ending!! *TEARS*

  5. Ahh awesome! I'm glad you tried it even though you weren't sure about it and then happened to love it. I love when that happens! :-D

  6. Amy - Ha ha, I know how that goes. I can only listen to one audiobook at a time. Usually if I have several books going at once, it'll be one audio, one ebook, and one physical copy. Hope you get to it soon! It's worth it!

    Lalaine - Oh, I'm sure we all have our tastes! Jack just was my kinda guy, ya know? Maybe someday you'll read it again and love it! Who knows!

    Melissa - Can't wait for you to get a chance to read it! It's fantastic!

    Jess - I know!! Gosh, and not only the ending, but that one other part that I'm not going to mention, ya know!? *sob* I just wanted to hug him!

    Amber - Same here. It makes the book all the more special when it goes above and beyond all expectations!

    Thanks for stopping by, ladies!! :)


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