FFBC: TImestorm by Julie Cross- Review

Timestorm (Tempest #3)
by Julie Cross
368 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: January 28th 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure, Paranormal
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The breathtaking conclusion to the time-travel trilogy that is “both tender and electric” (Publishers Weekly)
The battle between the Tempest division and Eyewall comes to a shocking conclusion in this final installment of the Tempest trilogy, where the need for survival stretches the boundaries of history, both past and future, and the world Jackson once knew is a place forever marked by the detrimental effects of time travel.
As Jackson recovers from his brush with death, he’s surrounded not only by the people he loves most—his dad, Courtney, and Holly—he’s also amongst a few of the original time travelers. As he learns more about their life and how this world began, it becomes apparent that they need to put a stop to Thomas and Doctor Ludwig’s experimenting at Eyewall Headquarters. What starts out as an escape plan becomes a war between time and humanity, between freewill and peace. It’s the battle Jackson was born to fight and he’s not about to back down. Not for anything. Not for anyone.

My Review:

We left off in book 2 Vortex with Jackson, Holly, Jackson's father, Emily, Courtney and a few other Tempest and Eyewall agents all plummeting to the future to escape the Eyeball attack. The only problem is not due to an electromagnetic force set by Eyewall, they are stuck there. During this length of stay they get to get more acquainted with Eyeball agent Blake and realize that is actually not an enemy and that he too wants to stop the future world destruction along with them. He cuts out his memory chip and allows Jackson and Holly to hear about how he became an agent and all of his experiences. They were able to learn some insight and a couple of big discoveries are made. 

During the time here we get to see some development between some of the characters, but there was no real action YET! First off we see Holly finding herself attracted to Jackson, but Jackson is resistant at first because he doesn't know if the Holly in this timeline actually likes him , but if Holly is recalling feelings from other timelines. As much as he misses the emotional and physical intimacy between them, he wants to make sure he is not forcing anything on Holly. Another relationship that we get to see bloom is the one between Jackson and his sister Courtney. Unfortunately the tumor that eventually kills her is now starting to develop again and it is absolutely heart breaking having to watch Jackson face losing his sister again. 

Towards the middle of the book is when action really takes off. One by one some unexpected characters start showing up, some that were believed to be dead, and some whose allegiance we are unsure of. A plan is put in place to not only get them back to the year they belong, but to prevent to future destruction of the world. But in order for Jackson to help accomplish this, be must do the unthinkable. He needs to be able to put aside his feelings for all of his loved ones and put the mission first. Even though are successful and are able to get back to their correct timeline, things are still not as they seem. Due to the second time plane Jackson unknowingly created a new virus has spread that all will cause all of this love ones to die in less than a year. Jackson must do everything in his power to stop this virus and it may be more than he is ready for.

All in all I really enjoyed this entire series. The plot was great, the action packed, but the best part of this series: The characters! So many wonderufl characters that continue to grow and develop through out the entire series. And just as you think you  have them figured out, they surprise you. You will keep guessing on which characters are on the good team and which are ones that do not have the best intentions. Julie Cross has created a world in which one moment your heart is racing due to the intense action, and the next your heart is broken due to a n emotional turn in the story. This is definetly one of those series that I will recommend to all! 

I believe that this quote not only sums up Jackson's story in TIMESTORM really well,
but it always sums up the entire TEMPEST Triolgy!

"I'm just beginning to realize that my life resemebles a very difficult
game of chess. Keep the piece, sacrifice this one. Move this way and twenty moves from now...checkmate."

I'm the author of the YA sci-fi trilogy, the Tempest series (St. Martin's Press). I'm also the author of the YA contemporary novel, Letters To Nowhere. 

But even more importantly than the above, I'm a fan of books and an avid reader/reviewer. Keep in mind, however, that a review is just one person's opinion, one perspective. My goal is to show as much bias in my reviews as possible because this makes it easier for you to decide if your perspective is similar to mine or different. Everyone's tastes are different. I like books with emotion and believability. I don't mind edgy and heavy themes. I also like humor and quirk. I like weird characters in odd situations. 

I have low tolerance for insta-love, flowery sex scenes, or mushy declarations of feelings. Not a fan of possessive/controlling male characters who get the girl in the end. When I recommend books, I always ask about favorite current reads and cater to each person's taste. 

I believe every book plays an important role whether I love it or hate, it's having an effect on society. It's changing, shaping, and molding the future of publishing. Regardless of my feelings about a book, I value the author's time and effort put into creating their work. I only rate books available for purchase (or soon-to-be available) and consider those books as published works and their creators as professionals in their field therefore I treat them as professionals, giving my honest opinion on the work itself and not the person producing it.

If I rate a book and don't provide any written review and you'd like to hear my thoughts, feel free to comment on the review and if I can, I'll explain my reasoning behind the rating. I don't mind authors commenting on any review I post - negative or positive. Also happy to email to discuss Juliecrossauthor (at) gmail (dot) com please alert me if I misled readers or given false information (accidentally of course) and I'll correct the situation as soon as possible.

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