Review-Tempest by Julie Cross

Title: Tempest
Author: Julie Cross
Publication Date: January 17, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Source: Sara at Through the Looking Glass from Publisher for blog tour.

From Goodreads

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.

My Thoughts:

Positive:

Characters: I really love all of the characters in the novel. I felt like Cross was able to do a lot of background building and character building with the way that she has things set up. One of the best things that Cross orchestrates to build depth within the characters is by successfully using the time jumping. I loved the inclusion, through flashbacks and time jumps, of Jackson’s sister. That gave so much depth to Jackson that I’m not sure could have been created any other way. It made the reader much more sympathetic with Jackson and allowed the reader to open their hearts to him, by showing his soft side. We learn a lot about Jackson’s friends through the comparison to their 2007 selfs and that was a point that I really enjoyed. One of my favorite character journey’s was that of Jackson’s father. You will have to read the book to see what I’m talking about, but I think everyone will learn to love this guy.

Plot: Overall I really like the plot of this story. Time traveler guy gets stuck in 2007 no matter how many times he tries to get back to 2009. Is he really stuck though? Jackson always has a home base that he moves back to and somehow, someway, his home based has changed. Does that mean that 2007 is really his time now? That’s a question that is answered in Tempest and explained wonderfully.

Action: While there wasn’t a whole lot of action in the story I really enjoyed the bits where Jackson has to fight for what he believes in. There were several instances where the tension and apprehension about what was about to happen had me on the edge of my seat.

Negative:

Pace: There were huge chunks of the book where I sat there thinking “Is anything ever going to happen?” Don’t get me wrong, when things did happen it was great, but the waiting game was killing me. There were a few moments in the book where I got so excited thinking to myself “Oh my gosh! She can go amazing places with this!” only to discover that she wasn’t going there at all….she wasn’t going much of anywhere.

Overall:

I did enjoy this book, but I would suggest to anyone reading that you need to actually get through the book. Some people may just want to put it down when it gets slow, but there are several moments that will redeem the book. Just keep reading.