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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Vortex by Julie Cross

Do y'all remember me just raving about Julie Cross's debut, Tempest last year? If you don't, you can refresh your memory by reading my review here. Well, I fell head over heels for main character Jackson - and since I first experienced this one as an audiobook, it really brought him to life. I was so anxious for more Jackson that I was crossing days off my calendar until Vortex was released.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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 I Liked: 1) Jackson. Jackson, Jackson, Jackson. He competes for number one on my bookboyfriend list with Ethan Wate from the Beautiful Creatures series. In Vortex, we see a different Jackson than we did in the first. After everything he's been through, he's shut down emotionally. So we got to see a different side of him in this one. 2) I loved learning more about Tempest, and their role in the CIA. I feel like we were left with so many questions about it at the end of Tempest, and I was glad that Miz Cross chose to explore that more in this new book. Now that Jackson has officially joined, we are privy to the inside scoop! 3) There were some new characters brought into the story, since Jackson has joined Tempest, we get to meet his new teammates, as well as get to know some familiar faces a little better. I was particularly interested to see Jenny Stewart again (not a surprise, since she was introduced as Tempest Agent in Tempest), and how different her personality was, and how it changed as the book progressed. The secondary characters are just as interesting in Vortex as they were in Tempest. 4) Holly. Shock of all shocks with this one. The way this all went down (vague terminology to avoid spoilers) was a huge surprise to me. I didn't even imagine it going in that direction. You get to know Holly pretty well in the first book, but you get a whole different side of her in Vortex (sensing a theme here?) - because of the changes Jackson has made to his timeline. 5) The emotion. I didn't think it was possible for Vortex to be more heart-wrenching than Tempest, but it was. There are certain parts that had me in tears. And with the ending, and everything that Jackson has learned about time travel, it makes me wonder where in the world we are going to be when the next book comes out.

What I Didn't Like: I loved it!

Overall Thoughts: I cannot get enough of this series. I love Jackson. I love how much he cares about me Holly. His sense of humor is awesome. The plot is action packed and so creative that I am literally pulled in from page one. I didn't know if it was possible to be better than I thought Tempest was, but Julie Cross has managed to do it with Vortex. If you haven't started this series with it's original and creative thoughts on time travel, add it to the top of your TBR list. Now begins the long wait for the next book!

My Rating: 5 shots


  1. I can't wait to read this one! It's actually waiting for me at the library. I will eventually get it, but I will hold off in case they decide to change the covers again. Lol!! I should be reading this soon though!! Great review!


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