Book Review: Tempest by Julie Cross

April 30, 2012 Young Adult Book Reviews 2 ★★★★

Book Review: Tempest by Julie CrossTitle: Tempest by Julie Cross
Series: Tempest #1
Published by: Macmillan Childrens Books on January 5, 2012
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Bought
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 413
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Jackson Meyer is hiding a secret. He can time-travel. But he doesn't know how he does it, how to control it or what it means. When Jackson, and his girlfriend Holly, find themselves in danger, Jackson panics and catapults himself two years into his past, further than he's ever managed before, and this time he can't find a way back to the future.

Also in this series: Vortex, Timestorm
Also by this author: Vortex, Fifty First Times (A New Adult Anthology), Timestorm, Whatever Life Throws at You

The cover caught my attention. The premise is what drew me in. Add that fact that it was told from a male’s POV, I had to check it out. I find it’s often difficult to write a good time-traveling book since the issue can be a bit confusing, story lines have to be kept severely in check, and you have to figure out what rules you want to play by. Cross does her own take on time-travel, effectively takes all that we know about it and adds her own little twists. The whole plot was different and intriguing.

At first, it took me a good halfway through before I became engrossed in the book. The beginning didn’t help much with figuring out the origins of Jackson’s ability, which I understand, but there were just so many questions, twists and turns, and frustrating moments that I think Cross could’ve saved us from. I understand the author trying to build up to the “big reveal”, but I felt like she could’ve done it sooner. There were a couple times I was wondering where this was actually going.

Eventually, though, things started falling into place, making more sense, and SOME questions were answered. It wasn’t until Jackson’s enemies really came looking for him and both sides of this crazy war butted heads that really caught my attention. There’s a moment where it’s so crazy and such a whirlwind, you really don’t know who is good or evil or what’s going to happen. I do love the idea of jumping through time, catching glimpses of the past, and seeing what changes, if anything. The past holds a very important piece of Jackson’s history that he holds dear to his heart.

Jackson and Holly relationship is a cute one, and though not an epic love story, it still plays a pivotal role and you’ll definitely root for them. I loved learning about their past, how they met and fell in love, and about the kinds of people they were before they met.

Overall, it wasn’t the page-turner I originally thought it would be, but still a decent read. I’ll be sure to grab the sequel and see where Cross takes this.

About Julie Cross

I’m the International Bestselling author of the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, and the final installment, Timestorm. I’m also the author of the Letters to Nowhere series, a mature young adult romance set in the world of elite gymnastics, as well as several forthcoming young adult and new adult novels with publishers like Entangled, Sourcebooks, HarperCollins, Random House, and St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books.

I live in Central Illinois with my husband and three children. I’m a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA. I’m a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. Outside of my reading and writing credibility, I’m a committed–but not talented–long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Tempest by Julie Cross”

    • Vivian

      Yea, I won this one in a giveaway too! It’s def worth your time, but you can always wait until Book 2 comes out and read em together! 🙂

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