Em: Tempest by Julie Cross – BOOK REVIEW

Tempest by Julie CrossTempest by Julie Cross
Release Date: January 17th, 2012
St. Martin’s Griffin, 352 Pages
Sub-genre: Science Fiction
Source: ARC via ALA 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Tempest #1

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.

Tempest was the second time-travel book I have ever read…Hourglass by Myra McEntire was the first. They were both very different from each other, so I’ll list what I absolutely LOVED about Tempest!

1. The characters: all of them tugged at my heart…especially Holly & Jackson…and then Jackson’s twin sister Courtney…Oh man. I seriously cried a couple times throughout the book. [This is a good thing!]

2. The setting: The where AND when! Hellloooo New York City and New Jersey. I thought that going back and forth would be confusing, but Cross did a terrific job with letting you know when Jackson was (009 vs. 007 Holly–brilliant)

3. Conspiracies involving time-terrorists and super-covert government agencies–extra exciting!

4. Sacrifice. Like I said–my heart hurt for our male protag and the love of his life. I felt like this book was very well set up and allowed for good pacing and great supporting characters that spiced everything up. From secretive, scary Dad’s, to Enemies of Time, super nerd best friends, and beautiful blondes that steal a young time-traveler’s heart.

I highly recommend this book if you’re trying to get into the time-traveling sub-genre, looking for a heart-wrenching/warming romance, adventure, suspense, mystery, OR if you just love this sub-genre. I would caution anyone who is easily offended by explicit language [I am definitely NOT one of those people. ha!]. I loved this book and I look forward to seeing your thoughts about it, as well.

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