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Review: TEMPEST by Julie Cross

Posted by on November 24, 2011
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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  1. 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 :)

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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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