Review: TEMPEST by Julie Cross

Tempest (Tempest #1)
Julie Cross
352 pages

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: January 17th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LIKED

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.

   Time traveling seems to be the next big thing. And while Tempest is the first book I’ve read on that subject, I can say I’m already hooked on the whole idea.

   There’s quite a lot to expect with Julie Cross’s anticipated debut. A nineteen year old protagonist and some tinkling in the CIA is just a small sampling of what’s hidden between its enchanting cover. And Tempest certainly packs a punch.

  Tempest boasts a six-figure marketing campaign (along the lines of what HarperCollins has done for Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me). But I can’t say the two have much alike. Tempest has a unqiue storyline and an interesting plot. However, I wouldn’t call the writing style epic, and there were instances that made me wrinkle my nose at the amateurity, but all-in-all, it was enjoyable and had a seamless flow that kept me moving. While I’m not very good at categorizing books under certain genres, I’d say Tempest is science fiction – a genre that always gets me excited. But we all know that writing science fiction is challenging – you have to balance the sci and fi in perfectly. In Tempest, the whole time travelling how-to just gets a little overwhelming, and I had the tendency to skip a few long, windly paragraphs.

   But once I got to the action, its action non-stop, confusion (the good kind) throughout, and edge-of-your-seat suspense between every word.

   Be warned, the ending is a cliffhanger that will leave you hanging. Though for me, I wasn’t hanging for long, it just didn’t have that unforgettable factor I always crave for.

   My thoughts for this one were thrown all over the place. Sometimes, I just felt like skipping through, sometimes I wanted to enunciate every word again in my head. Overall, I have to say this: Jackson Meyer has one heck-of-a-story to narrate. Read it.

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    November 24, 2011

    Oooh, so glad I saw this review. I haave a copy but keep putting it down because I struggle with the writing style, so I may try and get back into it for the story! Great review :)

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    November 24, 2011

    This sounds not so bad. I'M wary on the time traveling part i'm one to question that alot “well if he went back then this and this can't happen right?” haha. But I'm kind of curious how Julie pulls it off. Thanks for the review and the cliffhanger warning!!

    Xpresso Reads

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    Enchanted by Books

    November 24, 2011

    Hi Hafsah!
    Very honest review. I adore the cover and I've never read anything about time travel but I am very intrigued by the concept. I have been dying to read this book and it sounds very good! Great review!

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    November 24, 2011

    Thanks for the review! I have this lying around and I'm not too sure about it, but it sounds pretty good! I love time travel anyway :) Great review!

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    November 24, 2011

    Sounds awesome! (hey, wanna let me borrow it? ) haha, jk (not really), you just get so many swoon worthy books!

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    Lauren M

    November 24, 2011

    I actually liked Tempest a lot! But to each her own. :) I agree that Jackson's story was a heck of an adventure! I'm SO EXCITED for book two. That cliffhanger was killer!
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Hafsah!

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    November 25, 2011

    Honest review. Can't wait to read this book and see what all the hype is about. Hope I'm not disappointed since I love time travel stories.

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    Molly Gibson-Mee

    November 25, 2011

    Great review! I was a bit iffy on the time traveling part but I'm willing to give it a go!


    Reading is my cup of tea

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    Marjie Pride

    November 27, 2011

    I read this a few months ago .. and I too also really liked it! I love the time travel concept!

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    Arianne Cruz

    November 27, 2011

    thanks for the review… not sure i'm interested in the book yet, but i might change my mind :)

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    Christina Kit.

    January 20, 2012

    I love it when the narrator captivates you!

    Great review:)

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    January 27, 2012

    Wonderful review! I've heard pretty positive things about this one. I can't wait to get my hands on it!

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    Gina @ My Precious

    January 27, 2012

    What? You say I'm going to read to the end and find a cliff hanger?? Oh big colossal bummer! I'm 89% through right now and was hoping for resolution. I like the book myself, but I'd describe the pacing as peaks and valleys. Sometimes the action was so fast paced, other times I felt it drag. I did not know this book was so heavily marketed. What I do know is, like you, I adore that eye catching cover.

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    Maji Bookshelf

    February 12, 2012

    Great review!! I, as well, havent ever read a book that includes time travel, and hopefully tempest will be my first!! And im not sure how i feel about sci-fi, but ill give it a try! And i love cliffhangers! ehehe

    Farah @Majibookshelf

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    February 15, 2012

    People has been talking about this since the ARC is available. While tilme travel is really not my thing, I guess I ought to give it a try:)
    Great review!=D

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    February 27, 2012

    I just started this one but I can see what you mean. At some points I am enthralled and at others I am uninterested.

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    Kassandra Fuentes

    September 25, 2012

    Thanks for the great review!

    I won an ARC for this book on goodreads. It was a little slow for me at the beginning, but like you said “once the action starts it is non-stop.” I really can't wait to read the second book in this series :D!

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    January 19, 2013

    I struggled with this one. It was so hard to stay focused. I don't know…I'll give the sequel a try.