Book Review: Vortex by Julie Cross

February 24, 2014 Young Adult Book Reviews 2 ★★★½

Book Review: Vortex by Julie CrossTitle: Vortex by Julie Cross
Series: Tempest #2
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin on January 15, 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: YABC
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
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Julie Cross's Vortex is the thrilling second installment of the Tempest series, in which the world hangs in the balance as a lovelorn Jackson must choose who to save.

Jackson Meyer has thrown himself into his role as an agent for Tempest, the shadowy division of the CIA that handles all time-travel-related threats. Despite his heartbreak at losing the love of his life, Jackson has proved himself to be an excellent agent. However, after an accidental run in with Holly—the girl he altered history to save—Jackson is once again reminded of what he's lost. And when Eyewall, an opposing division of the CIA, emerges, Jackson and his fellow agents not only find themselves under attack, but Jackson begins to discover that the world around him has changed and someone knows about his erased relationship with Holly, putting both their lives at risk all over again. 

I received this book for free from YABC in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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

One Line: A bit confusing and hard to keep up with, but good.

What I Loved: Jackson is a stellar male protagonist and I loved being in his head. He steps up his game since he’s joined the CIA and their team of highly-skilled young adults and you really see his character development from Tempest to Vortex. Things became a lot intense and interesting towards the end and I can’t imagine how Cross will end it all. I enjoyed the slew of new characters and seeing them all in training. They each bring something different to the table and it entertaining seeing them all work together.

Left Me Wanting More: As much as I think Cross did a fantastic job with her interpretation of time travel, it often left me confused and in a daze. Trust me, I’m not dumb or anything, but there were just so many twists and turns throughout the book, it left my head spinning a few times. As much as Cross tried to explain the significance between the worlds, it was hard to keep up with that and also with the different time frames. I kept having to flip back and forth and re-read things just to get a sense of what was going on. Maybe it’s because my imagination sucks. Granted there wasn’t as much actual time-traveling going on, it was more the characters trying to figure out what’s going on and Jackson’s memories. There also isn’t much in the way of romance in this book. Jackson still suffers from the heartbreak of letting Holly go and although you catch glimpses of her here and there, things are most definitely not the same.

Final Verdict: If you’re a time travel fan, you’ll enjoy this series and this second book is even more engaging and action-packed than the first. So many twists, turns, and secrets, you never know who to trust!

*This review was first published on YABC.*

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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