Book Review: Timestorm by Julie Cross

April 15, 2014 Young Adult Book Reviews 1 ★★★

Book Review: Timestorm by Julie CrossTitle: Timestorm by Julie Cross
Series: Tempest #3
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin on January 28, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: YABC
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 368
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The battle between the Tempest division and Eyewall comes to a shocking conclusion in this final installment of the Tempest trilogy, where the need for survival stretches the boundaries of history, both past and future, and the world Jackson once knew is a place forever marked by the detrimental effects of time travel.

As Jackson recovers from his brush with death, he’s surrounded not only by the people he loves most—his dad, Courtney, and Holly—he’s also amongst a few of the original time travelers. As he learns more about their life and how this world began, it becomes apparent that they need to put a stop to Thomas and Doctor Ludwig’s experimenting at Eyewall Headquarters. What starts out as an escape plan becomes a war between time and humanity, between freewill and peace. It’s the battle Jackson was born to fight and he’s not about to back down. Not for anything. Not for anyone.

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

One Line: A great ending to a unique and complex story.

What I Loved: Cross really sold me on Jackson’s character in this last installment. I already liked him from the beginning, but just seeing him shine through in Timestorm, and being with him as he put all the puzzle pieces together was great. I’m also a major fan of Blake. He plays a key role in this book and it was cool getting to know him more and see how his part in all this played out. As far as the plot progression, it definitely picked up more so in this book than it did in Vortex, so I’m happy for that. The ending was quite a whirlwind and I really didn’t know how Cross was going to fix all the damage that time traveling caused the Earth. This book definitely riled a lot more emotions in me than I was expecting and I loved that it did that.

Left Me Wanting More: I’ll admit, parts of the story still had me confused at times (maybe I’m just not paying enough attention to the details), but that’s really just my own fault. Cross does write a compelling story. I also didn’t really care for Holly and Jackson’s relationship in this book. I was rooting for them since the beginning, but it waned a bit in Vortex and some weird things happened to them in this book that just made their relationship seem forced. Sure, in the end, the sweet factor was played up and I could see the couple I saw in the beginning, but through most of the book, the romance wasn’t there at all.

Final Verdict: Timestorm was definitely the ending I was hoping for. While I may have been lost a few times and things went just a little too outside my reach, I still respected what Cross wrote and appreciated her story. Her characters were excellent and that ending was just plain perfect.

*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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One Response to “Book Review: Timestorm by Julie Cross”

  1. Giselle

    OMg me too I love Jackson so hard and I found I got to know and love him even more in this one. I also was SO scared about how it was all going to end I was so pleasantly surprised and shocked by how my I loved the ending. It was perfect but bittersweet you know. And I would never have predicted it to end that way at all which in itself is awesome. And yeah this is a book that can become really confusing fast if you don’T pay close attention and make your mind work over all of it. Something you just gotta let some things go before you give yourself a headache haha. Like all time travel stories though. Glad you’re also a fan of this one! 🙂
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