Author: Julie Cross
Release: January 17th, 2012
Synopsis:(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.
Tempest is a book that I had been admiring on people’s blogs for a while now and even before picking it up there were a couple things that excited me about it. First, it is in a male POV; how often as readers do we get a YA book in a male POV? I can answer that for you, not often enough! Second, it’s a time travel book and I very seldom read any books of this topic, but give my admiration to the authors who can because I think time travel can be a really confusing topic if not done right.
One of the things about Tempest that I enjoyed was the way the story unfolded. You don’t go into the story knowing much about Jackson but through his travels through time you learn so many things about his life and then as you continue reading, those things become sort of twisted around. It makes for the book to be continuously interesting and it didn’t have very many slow places or dull moments.
I found Tempest to be a very enjoyable read. I loved the characters and even found myself a little envious of Holly and Jackson’s relationship at times. I felt connected to the story and was brought along on a crazy rollercoaster of emotions while reading this. It’s a fun book that is worth your time but not unforgettable.
Purchase or Check Out?: Purchase
Would I read it again?: Maybe