REVIEW Tempest by Julie Cross

by Julie Cross
St. Martin's Griffin
January 17, 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.

Okay, the time travel in this book is a little hard to explain. Somewhere, in the back of my mind, it makes perfect sense, but I'm having a lot of problems trying to put it into words. Basically, the way Jackson travels through time is paradox-proof. He can go back in time to a day in his own life (not forward, he's tried, and not any further back than before he was born) but he can't change anything. He can experience that day however he wants, and mess with things to his hearts content, but when he jumps back to his "home base" time--the time he is the age he is, if that makes sense--everything he did in the past un-does itself as though he'd never been there at all.

*deep breath* Okay, so there's that.

Jackson, oh how I loved Jackson. He's such a boy! (I LOVE teen boy POVs) He's this bad-boy rich-kid that has recently discovered he can travel through time. He's just starting to figure out his new power when suddenly he's cornered by a strange group of people and they shoot his girlfriend Holly.

Without meaning to, Jackson panics and jumps back in time, but this time it's different. He's stuck there, two years before his girlfriend was shot and left for dead. Now he has to figure out how to get back and save her.

I loved learning about Jacksons power as he was learning about it himself. His attempts to fit in in the past alternated between nerve-wracking and hilarious, and the story was filled with twists and turns I couldn't have expected.

My brain is still reeling a little from it--time travel will do that to you--but I LOVED it.

And the ending...*flail*

I need book two now.

Happy Reading Everyone!



  1. Que blog maravilhoso, muito bom mesmo, adorei essa postagem!!!
    Já estou seguindo e se puder seguir o meu também, agradeceria muito!!!

  2. Wow! Seems like I have something to look forwards to. What a neat way of timetravelling-seems like you don't have to worry about totally screwing up. Until, of course, the big incident happens. Must read soon.

    1. You absolutely must! I loved the new take on timetravel. It's paradox-proof!

  3. I totally fell in love with Jackson and yes I love that he is such a boy. Sometimes not the best boyfriend, forgetful, sex on the brain. He was perfect lol. I found the time travel really cool, especially the half jumps where Jackson can't mess anything up in the future no matter what he does in the past. The major jump into 2007 was so crazy, in a good way. My favorite jumps were when he visited Courtney. There were also a few scenes where I did cry. I so need the next book, total torture to end the book like that and then have to wait of so long. Seriously loved Tempest and I hope it will be made into a movie(Logan Lerman as Jackson).


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