By: Julie Cross
Publication Date: January 17, 2012
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
Hardcover: 334 pages
Mini-summary: A YA time-travel novel, the first in a series, with a lot more heart than expected.
Why I read this book: This was a book selected from a 2012 Debut Author listing from Listopia on Goodreads - a place where I spend WAY too much time!
Review This one took me by surprise. It's funny that from the cover alone - which I really like - I would have thought Tempest referred to the weather phenomenon. And maybe it's the pink lettering of the title which made me think this book was told from a female's perspective. When I learned the plot centered on time travel, I hit the breaks for a minute. The first few chapters reminded me a lot of the movie, Jumpers, but overall I was glad Tempest stood on its own, even if there were some similarities.
Jackson is a wonderfully likeable and flawed protagonist. I cared about what happened to Jackson and to Holly, as Jackson's feelings for her deepen throughout his time travels. Jackson's emotional journey is what really kept me reading and the time travel adventure aspect is an added bonus.
Portions of book lulled and at times the jumping from past to present in different increments was difficult to keep up with. Thankfully, the author added dates and times to each section of the book when Jackson time traveled. I'm not sure I'm completely hooked on the premise and some of the other characters, but I certainly believe this is a well written debut and will likely check out the author's next book in the series - Vortex.
Next in the series Vortex (Tempest #2)