Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Review: Tempest by Julie Cross

♔ Details

Title: Tempest - Tempest #1
Author: Julie Cross
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release date: 17 January 2012

♔ Summary

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.

♔ Review

I've read mixed opinions about Tempest, but I had a really good time while reading it.

Jackson Meyer is not a normal boy. He has the ability to time travel, although just to the past and, contrary to what everyone would think, whatever he does in the past doesn't affect the present. His friend Adam is the only one who knows about his secret and together they experiment with his abilities making and discarding hypothesis. But one day two misterious men try to take him by force and end up shooting his girlfriend Holly. He immediately jumps to the past, but this time it's different; he's stuck in the past and he cannot go back to the present.

It was very nice reading a story from the point of view of a boy instead of a girl. Part of this was because this time I wasn't searching the "perfect prince" which the girl ends up with. I became addicted to the storyline since the very beginning, and I liked it way more than I thought I would. I find the topic of time traveling fascinating, so I enjoyed reading the author's version of it.

Another strong point of the book for me was that Jackson had a twin sister. Even when it was certainly sad because she died in the past, fortunately the jumps to the past gave me the opportunity to get to know her. And his father? At first I didn't like him at all, but he later grew on me...

I had a great time reading Tempest, not tiring at all, and I can't wait to read the next book!

♔ Rating



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