Review: Tempest by Julie Cross

Title: Tempest
Series: Tempest Series #1
Author: Julie Cross
Pages: 352
Published: 01.17.12
Acquired: Library
Goodreads Rating: 3.73
My Rating: 4.5

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

I had been wanting to read this series for a while now. I had checked out the first 2 books from the library on a couple different occasions, but never got around to reading them. But when we were blessed to find out that we would be able to host Julie Cross for a FFBC event, and would be receiving TIMESTORM for review, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to marathon the series. 

The one thing that I don't usually like when books do flash back scenes is the inability to follow along with the timeline. I was happy to say that I did not have that problem with this book. And there is a quite a bit of time travel in this book, both going into the past and into the future. 

The book starts off with the main character Jackson just finding out about this ability to time jump. He is still unsure about how it able to do this, but with the help of his brainiac best friend Adam are running experiments to try to figure it all out. Up until this point, Jackson has been able to go back into time, but he has not been able to remain there for longer than a few minutes. All this changes, when one day 2 men break into his girlfriend Holly's apartment in an attempt to kidnap Jackson to test him to see if he actually does have the powers they think he does. When they are unable to successfully acquire him, they have to take drastic measures to see what Jackson is capable of and they shoot and kill Holly.

Unable to handle the heartbreak Jackson does what they call a "COMPLETE JUMP" and moves his home base back into the future. Now that he is back into the future, he determined to find a way to save Holly. He finds and locates Adam and had to convince him that he is from the future and ask for his help. As he starts hunting for answers, secrets start unraveling before him. Jackson no longer knows who he can trust but he will get to the bottom of things. 

There were a lot of things about this book that I really enjoyed. First off what I liked most about this book was the BROMANCE between Jackson and Adam. They are so different in so many ways. Despite his time traveling abilities, Jackson is the typical rich guy, who has always had everything handed to him. Adam on the other hand is a genius but what would be considered some what of a nerd. Usually these two guys would not have a reason to be friends, but someone their friendship works, and they both have each others backs. 

The next thing I really enjoyed about this book was the the suspense and action. Just when you think you had something figured out Julie Cross would reveal another tid bit of info that would completely throw you a curve ball. The action was great, but was at times a little slow and repetitive. Hence what made me give it a 4 star rating. But the action that was there was enough to keep me reading and wanting to know would happen next. 

The love story is what surprised me. The relationship with Holly and Jackson, is so troubled and filled with so much angst and turmoil. There were some beautiful scenes and some parts that made you reaching for one tissue after another. The story ends with a heartbreaking note and one that made me immediately grab for book 2!


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