Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Review: Tempest

Tempest (Tempest #1)

By: Julie Cross
Publication Date: January 17, 2012
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
Hardcover: 334 pages
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

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.

Rating: 3

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Next in the series
Vortex (Tempest #2)

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