Author: Julie Cross
Published: Januay 17th 2012
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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.
I think this book (series) is better to be read when you have a full day (depending on how fast you read) to absorb all the goodness, because reading a chapter or two per night did nothing for my excitement, to be honest with you. I liked the story as a whole and there were a lot of things that took me by surprise, but did I love it to no lengths? Nope, not exactly.
"But as Adam says, I must be like this for a reason and it's up to us to find out why."
I like the world and that there are different ways to time travel—half jumps and full jumps; the jumping is genetic and whatnot; there are different timetraveling groups fighting against each other. It’s all very fascinating and I really enjoyed how the world was developed throughout the book as Jackson was learning stuff with us, not providing a whole bunch of information at once. I loved the relationship between Holly and Jackson and also adored the sibling relationship between Jackson and Courtney, one scene in particular bringing tears to my eyes. I love that the male POV is written in a very realistic way. Jackson makes guy mistakes and there’re actually very rational reasons behind the mistakes. I really, really enjoyed the narrative.
What I found to be weird was not Adam being a genius, no, but rather how he had contacts in different labs for instance. How in the world can someone—a random college kid, basically a no one—just randomly have a DNA test done in a genetics lab? W-what? How? This doesn’t make any sense. There were the few things like that usually don’t bother me, but as I mentioned before, I read a few chapters per night so my rational side ruled over the emotional parts of my brain, so I got a little nitpicky.
The book in general was pretty complicated: the whole time-lines thing and the specifics of the jumps. Also, it’s hard to guess who the bad guys are. At first, it’s not easy to tell what’s even going on, let alone point fingers at anyone. Not sure what will happen now, after that emotionally gripping ending, but so far? Me is in love with the fact that there are zero love interest for Jackson other than Holly. They gave me feels and surprise, surprise! Sex is mentioned (and done) in YA lit. *gasps* Whaaat? I know, scandalous! It was all very realistic and their relationship was totes adorbs!
As a whole, Tempest brings a good time travel story to the table and the guy POV is extremely well-written. Enjoyed most of it, but there were tiny bits and pieces that made me cringe a little. Can’t wait to continue and find out what new obstacles lay ahead of Jackson. Things are still pretty crazy after all. If you haven’t read this series yet, give it a try. Julie Cross gives a captivating and thrilling story with a lot of heart.
Overall rating: 3.5 out of 5.0