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Tempest: A Novel

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by Julie Cross

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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


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.

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ISBN: 978-1-4299-9059-2


TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2009, 12:15 P.M.

"How far back should I go?" I asked Adam.

We kept a good distance between us and the long line of kids gathering around the polar bears.

"Thirty minutes?" Adam suggested.

"Hey, let that go!" Holly snatched the bag of candy one of the campers had swiped from a toddler's stroller and threw an exasperated look in my direction. "It'd be nice if you would actually watch your group of kids."

"Sorry, Hol." I scooped Hunter up before his kleptomaniac habits got any worse. "Hold up your hands," I told him.

He grinned a toothless smile and opened his chubby hands in front of my face. "See? Nothing."

"Let's keep it that way, all right? You don't need to take other people's stuff." I set the kid back down and gave him a shove toward the others, who were heading for the large stretch of grass reserved for campers having lunch at the zoo.

"Holly Flynn," I said, grabbing her hand and twining her fingers in mine.

She spun around to face me. "You have a soft spot for the klepto kid, don't you?"

I smiled at her and shrugged. "Maybe."

Her face relaxed and she tugged on the front of my shirt, pulling me closer before kissing my cheek. "So ... what are you doing tonight?"

"Um ... I've got plans with this really pretty blond chick." Except I couldn't remember what we had planned. "It's a ... surprise."

"You're so full of it." She laughed and shook her head. "I can't believe you forgot your promise to spend an entire evening with me reciting Shakespeare ... in French ... backwards. Then we were supposed to watch Titanic and Notting Hill."

"I must have been drunk when I said that." I glanced over Holly's shoulder before kissing her quickly on the mouth. "But I'll agree to Notting Hill."

She rolled her eyes. "We're supposed to go see that band with your friends, remember?"

A little girl from Holly's group tugged on her arm and pointed toward the bathroom. I darted around her before we could discuss my inability to make plans two weeks in advance and actually remember them two weeks later.

"Yo, Jackson, over here," Adam said, nodding toward a tree.

Time for precise and exact time-travel planning.

"Are you coming with us to see that band tonight?" I asked.

What I really wanted to know was if he remembered it.

"Um ... let's see. Spend an evening with your high school friends who, I've heard, are like a real-life version of Gossip Girl? Not to mention blowing an entire paycheck on an appetizer and a couple drinks?" He shook his head and smiled. "What do you think?"

"I see your point. How about we hang out in your and Holly's neighborhood tomorrow?"

"Sounds good."

"All right, on with it. I can't eat while smelling camel ass, so we might as well experiment now."

Adam tossed me my journal and threw a pen on top. "Write down your goal, because time travel without a goal is just —"

"Reckless," I finished for him, trying not to groan.

"The gift shop is right behind us. I've been watching for the last hour and the same girl's at the register."

"You've been checking her out, haven't you?"

Adam rolled his eyes and pushed his dark hair from his forehead. "Okay, so you set your stopwatch and then jump back thirty minutes. You go into the gift shop and do whatever it is you do so a girl remembers your name."

"It's called flirting," I said quietly so no one else would hear. Then I focused on writing my notes before Holly got back from the bathroom.

Goal: Test theory on someone who has no knowledge of the experiment.

Theory: Events and occurrences, including human interaction, while traveling into the past will NOT affect the present.

Non-geek-speak translation: I jump back thirty minutes in time, flirt with the girl in the shop, jump back to present time, walk back into the store, and see if she knows me.

She won't.

But Adam Silverman, winner of the 2009 National Science Fair and a soon-to-be MIT freshman, won't confirm this conclusion until we've tried it from Every. Single. Angle. Honestly, I don't really mind. Sometimes it's fun, and until a few months ago, nobody except me knew what I could do. Now that the number has doubled, I feel a little bit less like a freak.

And a little less lonely.

But I've never been friends with a science geek before. Although Adam's more of the bad-boy-hacking-into-government-websites kinda geek. Which is beyond cool, in my opinion.

"Do you know for sure you can jump back exactly thirty minutes?" Adam asked.

I shrugged. "Yeah, probably."

"Just make sure you note the time. I'll record the seconds you're sitting here like a vegetable," Adam said, placing a stopwatch in my hand.

"Is that really what I look like when I jump? How long do you think I'll be like that?" I asked.

"I'm guessing that a twenty-minute excursion, thirty minutes into the past, will leave you catatonic in the present for about two seconds."

"Where was I thirty minutes ago, just so I don't run into myself?"

Adam clicked his stopwatch on and off about ten times before answering me. He's so totally OCD. "You were inside, looking at the penguins."

"Okay, I'll try not to end up over there."

"We both know you can choose your location if you really concentrate, so don't give me that I-don't-know-where-I'll-end-up shit," Adam joked.

Maybe he was right, but it's hard not to think about anything but one place. Just one tiny half-second thought about any other location than the one I was aiming for, and I'd end up there instead.

"Yeah, yeah. You do it, then, if you think it's so easy."

"I wish."

I get why someone like Adam is so fascinated by what I can do, but for me, I don't exactly consider it a superpower. Just a freak-of-nature occurrence. And kind of a scary one, at that.

I glanced at my watch, 12:25 P.M., then closed my eyes and focused on thirty minutes in the past and on this exact spot, though I really, truly have no clue how I do this.

The first time I jumped was about eight months ago, during my first semester of college. I was sitting in the middle of a French poetry class. I nodded off for a few minutes and woke up to a cold breeze and a door slamming me in the face. I was standing in front of my dorm. Before I even had a chance to panic, I was right back in class again.

Then I panicked.

Now it's fun, for the most part. Even though I still have no idea what day or time I traveled to that very first jump. As of today, my known record jump has climbed from six hours to forty-eight hours in the past. Jumping to the future has yet to work, but I'm not going to stop trying.

The familiar sensation of being pulled into two pieces took over. I held my breath and waited for it to stop. It's never pleasant, but you get used to it.


TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2009, 11:57 A.M.

When I opened my eyes again, Adam was gone, along with the rest of the kids and my coworkers. The horrible splitting sensation stopped, replaced by the light-as-air feeling I always get during a time jump. Like I could run for miles and not feel a bit of ache in my legs.

I looked around. I was lucky. Everyone was too busy looking at the animals to notice me materializing out of thin air. So far I hadn't had to explain that to anyone, thankfully.

I hit the start button on the stopwatch and glanced at the giant clock above the zoo entrance.

11:57 A.M. Pretty close. I strolled over toward the shop and walked inside. The girl at the register looked about my age, maybe a little older. She leaned on the counter, holding her face in her hands, staring at the wall.

Whenever I do these little experiments, I have to constantly remind myself of one very important fact: Hollywood gets everything wrong when it comes to time travel.


Okay, here's the weird part. The chick at the counter could punch me in the nose, maybe even break it, and when I jumped back to the present time, it would be sore or bruised, but not broken. Why it's not broken is a whole different (unanswered) question, but the point is ... I'll remember being punched.

If I broke her nose, then went back to the present, she'd be totally unhurt and wouldn't remember a thing. Of course, I was supposed to be testing that theory right now (again). Well ... except I'm not going to punch her. Either way — same outcome.

"Hey," I said to her. "Do you guys sell ... sunscreen?"

She didn't even make eye contact, just pointed to a wall to the left. I walked over and snatched four different bottles and then dumped them on the counter. "So ... are you at NYU or —"

"You know, you can buy these somewhere else for, like, half the price," she snapped.

"Thanks for the tip, but I need some now." I leaned on the counter right in front of her.

She straightened up and started ringing up my purchase. "Four bottles? Seriously?"

Okay ... so much for flirting. "Fine, I'll just get one. I guess you're not working on commission."

"You work at a day camp?" she asked disdainfully, eyeing my green staff shirt.


The girl snorted back laughter and snatched the credit card from my hand. "You really don't remember me?"

I had to pause for a second to process her words. "Um ..."

"Karen ... I sat behind you in economics all semester. Professor Larson called you unbalanced and said you needed to get a better grasp on realistic finances for college students." She rolled her eyes at me. "Is that why you have a job?"

"Nope." Totally true. I don't even get paid. I'm a volunteer, but I wasn't about to tell her that. She had obviously already made up her mind about me. "Well ... it was nice to see you again, Karen."

"Whatever," she grumbled.

I left the store quickly. Jumping back to the present didn't require the same level of focus as going into the past, mostly because I always had to come back to my present before I could jump again. Adam calls the present my "home base." He's mastered the art of dumbing it down for me to understand. And baseball analogies are my favorite. Hopefully, I wouldn't return to a bunch of strangers staring at my catatonic state.


TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2009, 12:25 P.M.

When I opened my eyes again, Adam was standing over me. "Jackson?"

"Dude, you need a breath mint," I mumbled, shoving him to the side.

"You were a zombie for one-point-eight seconds. I was almost right. Pretty soon I'll have enough data to produce exact calculations. You didn't sustain any injuries this time, did you?"


I knew exactly why he asked. Last week, I jumped a few hours back, lost my concentration, and ended up in the middle of traffic instead of inside my apartment. A huge semitruck ran right over my leg. When I jumped back to home base, I felt this sharp pain shooting up my thigh and then it was gone. A light purple bruise appeared, but otherwise my leg was perfect, even though that truck totally should have shattered my bone.

I stood up and dusted off the back of my pants. "Apparently we had a class together. But I totally pissed her off just now. Well, in the past. You know what I mean. So, if the theory is wrong and I did change something, she'll be annoyed when she sees me again."

"Let's find out." Adam waved to Holly. "Hey, Hol, we'll be right back."

I grabbed Hunter, who was inching his way off the grass and toward the pile of abandoned backpacks — looking for some loot to stash in his pockets, no doubt. "Come shopping with us, little dude."

The three of us strolled through the door as the girl at the register was dumping a box of key chains into a plastic container. I stopped and stared at her, playing dumb. "Weren't you ... in my economics class?"

Her eyes lifted and she actually smiled a little. "Yeah ... Professor Larson."

Ding, ding, two points for Jackson Meyer. She didn't remember me pissing her off. Just like I said. Nothing changed as a result of my jump thirty minutes into the past.

"Karen, right?" I said.

Her eyebrows lifted. "And you're Jackson, the French poetry major, right?"

Adam groaned and shoved past me. "Don't see anything I want in here. Let's go."

I ignored Adam and lifted Hunter up onto the counter. "English lit, too. I have a double major."

Even though my little excursions to the past didn't change anything in my home base, there were some advantages, like getting information. So, I guess, in theory, time travel to the past did change something.

It changed me.

Adam, Hunter, and I left the store and all of us stopped outside and came face-to-face with Holly. She had a handful of garbage she was dropping into a bin outside the store. I took her hand and pulled her over to a tree that we could hide behind.

"Adam's got a thing for that chick in the store. I was trying to help them hook up."

Holly laughed and I nudged her backward so she was leaning against the tree. "Did Hunter steal anything?" she mumbled, but my lips were already on hers, preventing her from speaking clearly.

"Not that I know of." I kissed her again and felt something wet land right on my cheek. Both of us pulled apart and looked upward just as the sky opened up and rain came down in huge sheets.

"Damn! I thought it was supposed to be nice all day," Holly said.

We left our tree and made a run for the grassy area where Adam and the other staff were already lining up the kids.

A few of the little ones screamed as a loud clap of thunder rumbled through the zoo. "Are we getting on the bus?" I asked Adam.

"Yeah," he shouted over the sudden storm.

All the kids started running in jagged lines, pulling backpacks over their heads. Holly and Adam ran up to the front of the line and I hung back to push along the stragglers as we jogged to the exit.

Luckily, the bus was parked right in front of the entrance. By that time, my clothes and tennis shoes were completely drenched. Just as I lifted the last kid onto the bus steps, I saw a red-haired girl, about ten or eleven, standing outside, alone. Her back was to me and all I could see was the hair and the blue jeans and the long-sleeve shirt. Water dripped off the end of her long braid.

My heart pounded all the way to my ears as theories spun through my head.

It couldn't be her.

But what if it was?

I moved toward the girl and heard Holly shout through the rain, "Jackson, where are you going?"

"That girl's not with us," Adam said. "Come on. Let's go!"

My steps got longer and faster until I finally reached her. I tapped her shoulder and the girl turned around instantly. Her eyes widened for a second and then her expression smoothed into a smile. If it was somehow her, would she even recognize me?

The rain pounded against the pavement and a bolt of lightning lit up the now-dark sky.

"Jackson!" Holly shouted again.

My heart sank back down. The little girl's eyes were blue. Not green. It was both a relief and an utter disappointment. "Um ... sorry. I thought you were someone else."

I turned around and ran back toward the bus. Dozens of little heads were watching me through the windows. I trudged up the steps and shook the rain from my hair. All the eyes had moved from the windows to me, standing in the aisle. Holly's gaze locked with mine for a second, but I stepped right around her and slid into the seat next to Adam.

I felt a twinge of guilt when Holly took an empty spot, alone, without asking any questions. And I knew she wanted to. The way everyone was staring, it must have been quite a scene.

"What was with the kid you were chasing?" Adam asked.

I had to look away from him. "Nothing ... she just looks like someone. False alarm. No big deal."

Adam leaned his head closer and spoke again after a minute of silence. "She looks like Courtney, right?"

I sighed but finally conceded by nodding. "It's stupid. I know."

"It's not stupid. It happens to people all the time." He drew in a quick breath before whispering, "Wait ... you don't think ... hmm ... it's an interesting theory, but way too many logistical problems."

"Just forget it," I said, before he could drill me with questions. "Please."

There was no way around it. My twin sister was dead. Four years later and it still haunted me. She still haunted me. Mostly because I missed her so much.

When we were filing up to get off the bus, Holly waited for me and stepped in my path. "You okay?"

I stared at her eyes, which were full of concern, then shrugged. "Yeah, why?"

Her face fell and she turned her back on me. "Nothing ... never mind."

Okay, so I totally sucked at the personal, boyfriend shit. Holly never came right out and said that, but I knew she was thinking it.

I took her soaking-wet backpack off her shoulder and threw it over mine. "So ... you want to come over ... maybe dry off before we go out anywhere?"


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Julie Cross lives in central Illinois with her husband and three children. Tempest is her first novel.

JULIE CROSS lives in central Illinois with her husband and three children. She never wrote fiction before May of 2009, but since then, hasn't gone a day without writing. She is the author of The Tempest Trilogy.

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shayrp76 More than 1 year ago
via Libray Thing Jackson doesn't really take his time traveling ability seriously until the day that the girl he's in love with is shot. After jumping back in time to avoid the same fate, he has to find a way to get back and save her. Along the way secrets about his ability and family break to the surface answering some questions but also creating more confusion. Only one thing matters though, even if it means making sacrifices, keeping Holly safe. There is a great story about family contained in this novel. It looks dysfunctional on the outside but at its core it's functional. That really took me by surprise. Time travel stories can get so weighed down with science and technicalities that there isn't room for any humanity. The relationships were vivid to me. The love story is well done and not overwhelming, which is perfect for me. As far as the time travel goes; it is easy to read. I didn't find myself lost, confused or backtracking at all. Even though it isn't fast paced or action packed, the pages turned effortlessly. I will be waiting anxiously for the next book in the trilogy and I definitely recommend this one.
Bookshelf_Confessions More than 1 year ago
I’ve always been a paranormal romance fan, but I think with Tempest, I might be changing gears into sci-fi..:D Ms. Cross did a wonderful job of weaving a time-travel concept which is both engaging and thrilling, living in the present, while discovering the past to save the future, it’s an awesome experience, jumping from time to time, a well-written book…straight to the point, and I didn’t lost myself nor confused the dates..:D .. A real-page turner, I finished this one, just in one sitting.:D I loved reading Jackson’s journals about his adventure, everytime it turns up, I read it hungrily, but it only appeared a few in the book… it is especially new for me since the point of view is written in a male’s perspective, but I enjoyed it thoroughly, what’s going on in Jackson’s head is real and The characters too, have their own personality, which makes Tempest more endearing, each of them is unique, I love Jackson, the nerd Adam, Jackson’s dad, Emily (I have my theory who she really is lol), Holly ,everyone, even Courtney. It seems I too, don’t really know who is the good guys, and which one to avoid… What I loved about this book is the ideas/plot isn’t that overwhelming to the readers, some sci-fi books would make my mind ache but with Tempest, I easily grasped the storyline and the characters, I even formulate my own theories with them. A lot of things are going on in the book, but I really loved each of it, I was not bored even in a second, as the book unwinds, new mysteries unfold, new questions arise, which makes the readers, wish for more… if you’re not into sci-fi, don’t worry, it’s not the only thing that defines Tempest, this is a fast-paced, action-oriented, young adult (new adult) novel that would easily grip you from the very first page…pack with romance, time-travel, mystery, action and suspense..what more can I ask for? The second book! A cliff-hanger, I can’t wait for the sequel, which sadly will be released on 2013… almost a year of waiting (sigh)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For a first novel, this book is an awsome fast passed story. The action, comedy and romance makes it unbelievable. The ending breaks my heart!
dee8506 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.
ReenaJacobs More than 1 year ago
When I first started Tempest, I have to admit… I didn’t buy the story line. A guy who time travels with his mind but not his body? I’m think the boy’s having seizures and is delusional. I kept expecting the author to give me a “gotcha, this is all a dream” scene. In fact, I have notes up to the 13th chapter like “I still think he’s delusional.” haha But you know what? I couldn’t put the book down. The read was so unique, I never knew what to expect. And as complicated as I expected time travel to be, Tempest was written in a way that explained everything in simple and realistic terms. Goodbye Paradoxes; Hello Tempest. This book had more than a few heartfelt moments. At the same times, it was chalked full of humor to lighten the mood. And it certainly didn’t hurt to have such a likable character like Jackson. Though at times, I thought he was beyond mature for his 19 years. His mentality on issues such as dating and sex made me think of men pushing thirty and over. None of the boys I dated in my early teens and twenties were anything like that. It made Jackson sweet in many ways… and very dreamy. Take notes, boys. Girls will be reading this book and expecting more from you, because Jackson really steps up the game. My summary? Think Back to the Future, MiB, The Time Traveler’s Wife, and Doctor Who, roll it all into one and you’ve got Tempest. If you don’t believe me, read it for yourself. I loved it and can’t wait for the next installment. ***Tempest by Julie Cross was an EXCELLENT read. 5/5 stars and one of my favorites for 2011. Way to make it under the 2011 deadline. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.
pagese More than 1 year ago
This book was definitely an interesting read for me. It's always a change of pace when there are elements of the story that work, and then others that don't. In the end, I decided to let it go and just enjoy it. I think what kept this story going for me was the simple fact that I liked Jackson. He enjoyed the fact that he's a rich kid, but does everything to contradict that stereotype. I found it interesting that hid his ability to time travel from his father. I wondered if the events hadn't unfolded the way they did if he would have every told him. I loved that he is so loyal to his friends that when he's transported back to 2007, he purposely seeks them out. He knows that he's going to need them now more than ever. For the most part, I enjoyed the time travel storyline. I thought it was interesting that he could only do little jumps at first. I also found it intriguing that he couldn't change an events and that any people he had contact with would not remember it in the future. I was also intrigued when he seemed to change "permanent" time periods. But, honestly the story lost me when they tried to explain what all that meant. I couldn't determine if it was a parallel universe or timeline or what. I didn't understand what the government really wanted with Jackson or what the "bad" guys wanted. But, I found that I could just overlook all that. I think I was over thinking it and the more I did, the more holes I could poke in the idea. I ended up just letting my misgivings go. In the end, I really just enjoyed the story and the idea of time travel. I liked the idea of being stuck in a time you've already lived. I'm sure I will read the next one!
Nebraska_36 More than 1 year ago
Can't wait till the 2nd book comes out!!!
Larya More than 1 year ago
Being able to jump back in time but unable to change past events wouldn't frustrate me at all. NOT. I would constantly be trying to figure out what the heck is the purpose of my `gift'. This is my first impression of Jackson. He has this power. He doesn't understand it, and he is frustrated by it. Wow does that change fast! In one night, Jackson is thrown into a world of chaos where nothing is as it seems. Unanswered questions, shocking discoveries, and desperate searches all add up to one final conclusion. When a situation is this precarious, Jackson has to find the right person to trust. Tempest is like drinking a cold glass of water after being in the desert for a month. Refreshing, fulfilling, and in dire need of a warning label saying: "Don't consume too quickly -- slow down and savor it". Seriously. This book is just that good. About a month ago, I began hearing amazing things about Tempest and was instantly intrigued. Then, about a week later... BOOM... Tempest started popping up everywhere. And I do mean EVERYWHERE. So many people singing praises for Tempest confirm my initial reaction: this book is made of awesome. The praises and the premise aren't the only great things about Tempest; the characters and the details Cross adds to the story are a huge reason that I like it. I am not a guy. That said, I think Cross does a fantastic job of getting inside a guy's mind, and a teen at that! Jackson isn't perfect. He makes mistakes, he ticks people off, and he says the wrong things. I LOVE that he doesn't know exactly what to say to Holly or what he says that makes her mad. A lot of guys just don't have a clue what they do that irks me: I have to explain, and so does Holly. I really like the way Holly's character is written. She comes to life, and her reactions all strike me as genuine. There is a big change from High School Holly to post High School Holly. She becomes more restrained as she grows older, and these changes are obvious. Hopefully, I'll get a closer look at Holly in book two! Adam is the other crucial character that I really feel connected too. Adam is, without a doubt, the brains of the operation. He is that kid who sits in the back of science class who everyone just KNOWS will discover the cure for cancer. Adam is quirky and fun but still faithful and a wonderful friend to both Jackson and Holly. To sum up this long review, let me just say: I LOVED THIS BOOK TO PIECES! The Cover: This cover is so detailed. Now really, could it be more fitting? I never tried to imagine what a time travel book cover would look like because most authors wouldn't try it. All those other authors are crying because they didn't think of this first. I love how the girl is reaching up while I can see she is falling back down away from him. I also like how he is grasping for her hand and seems intent on catching her before she slips to far away. This cover is fantastic! 5 out of 5 stars: I Loved It!! For more of my reviews go to epiloguereview at blogspot
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
Jackson and Holly are one of my favourite YA couples of all time, because from the first page on they felt like close friends to me. It’s convenient that they are already a couple and lovely to see how good they know and how familiar they are with each other. I’ve always been a fan of witnessing the first meetings, the chase and the start of epic relationships. And even though Holly and Jackson are already a couple, you still get the chance to see how their love developed in the first... and second place. What’s special about Jackson is that he’s a time traveller. He is a confident, sweet and clever guy and I love that the story is told from his perspective. There should be more male narrators like Jackson! It’s not only that TEMPEST is written in 1st person point of view, but also that the action sets in almost immediately. I felt sucked in by TEMPEST, the characters, relationships, language and events- to summarize everything. And the action never slowed down so that I felt constantly engaged. You can imagine it must be hard to keep your time travel ability hidden from public and even your family and girlfriend. Then from one second to the other everything changes when Holly is shot and Jackson stuck in the year 2007. He can’t get back to the present and has to meet his best friend Adam and his girlfriend Holly for the first time again. It’s a stunning and at the same time frightening fate that Jackson is confronted with. The role of his family, father, mother and sister is really mysterious and I was more than eager to decipher their intentions and roles in the whole time travel system. Jackson’s friend Adam covers the position every intelligent time travel mystery adventure needs. He is the brain. Adam supports Jackson with his knowledge and researches the whole process of time travelling with small experiments involving Jackson. Kind of diary entries support the scientific character of Jackson’s and Adam’s time travel experiment. I sensed a greater conspiracy throughout the entire read and was surprised to see who and what powers are behind all that! With Jackson jumping through time without having a fixed spot, the special events become even more important. Jackson visits places and persons of his past and things get more complicated with each jump. Julie Cross invented a lot of complex strings of time, action and thought. There’s a lot to explore in TEMPEST! THE VERDICT Time travel has always been a topic that fascinated me and I already read other books about it like THE TIME TRAVELLER’S WIFE and RUBY RED. TEMPEST could be named my recent favourite in YA time travel attempts!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great book. I loved it a lot. What I liked about it was that it was difrent then other paronormal romance books. It wasn't as dark as most, I found jackson, the main charicter to be very likeable. I think what I really liked about his charicter was that in other book they tend to make the guy perfect, no flaws, just dreamy. Jacksons acts just like a normal 19 year old boy who just discoverd he could time travel.
FuzzyCoffeeBooks More than 1 year ago
What I Liked: 1) Jackson. Oh, I fell for this guy hard. He's kind of cocky, but then there are times when he gets really sweet, and my heart just melts for him. Actually, he reminds me of an old boyfriend whom I hated for a while, but now think of with fond memories. If I have a "type" (which my friends would scream that yes, I do), Jackson would definitely fit. 2) Jumping to different times in his life. It was so interesting to be traveling around with Jackson and seeing him at different points in his life. Do you ever think about stuff you did, and what you'd say to yourself if you could go back in time and see you doing it? Wow, that was a confusing sentence to even write. Anyway, I loved hearing Jackson's reactions to things he'd done and experienced in the past. It felt like, as a reader, I got to know him so much better. How many books do you get to experience their past with them like that? This was a great and unique character and plot development technique. 3) Unexpected emotions. Okay, when I think about time-travel, I never really think about it being...I don't know. Anything other than kind of science-fiction-y and a little silly. Or scary. One of the two. But there were some incredibly emotional scenes in this book, several of which even brought me to tears. I thought they were very well written, and really tugged at my heartstrings. And if you've read it, I'm sure you know what scenes I'm talking about. 4) The narrator. You heard me. I actually experienced this book as an audiobook before I read the physical copy. Matthew Brown, the narrator of Tempest, perfectly captured Jackson's cockiness and his soft side, and he gets major props for changing the timbre of his voice when reading for different characters. Or even when differentiating between Jackson's moods. I loved it. This is going to be one of those ABs that I will listen to over and over again! What I Didn't Like: There was nothing about the audiobook that I didn't like. And I really loved reading the book with Matthew Brown's voice in my head as Jackson. Overall thoughts: Read Tempest. Don't be turned off by the fact that the story is about time-travel. It's not, space-agey time travel. This book made me excited about reading. I mean, I'm always excited to read, but I was feeling like I was in a rut, missing out on that spark that you feel when you fall in love with a book (remember that Valentine's Day post? It was inspired by Tempest!). Tempest was what I needed. *gushes* I LOVED IT! Also, my sister is mad at me because I got too excited when I was telling her about the book, and accidentally told her the ending. :-0 IT'S JUST SO GOOD!
BookStacksOnDeck More than 1 year ago
Wow, this was a great read! The story is about Jackson and his newly-learned ability to time travel. At first he's only able to travel back in the very recent past for a few minutes at a time. He keeps a journal and experiments with his friend Adam, but finds that it has no effect on the present and no one he comes in contact with during the time travel ever remembers it. One morning after staying over at his girlfriend, Holly's house, a couple guys in suits barge in, mention something about Jackson's dad and end up shooting Holly. In the panic of it all, Jackson somehow travels back to 2 years prior and he gets stuck. He tries desperately to get back to the present time, but finds himself popping in and out of years even further back in time. During all of the craziness, he realizes how much he really cares for Holly and learns some interesting things about his family. I loved the mystery surrounding his father and the interaction he got to experience with his twin sister that had died years ago. Another thing - isn't the book cover totally rad? Definitely reading the next one in the series!
Buried-in-Books More than 1 year ago
This is one of those stories that you have to let sink in. Almost every time travel novel I've read has been like that. Especially when they go back and forth at different times. Not just one jump, but several. It does get confusing, the how and the when and what it all means and it gets tiring like I was the one doing the jumping. So after I finished Tempest, I set it aside for a few days. Now, I'm ready to review it. First, I really didn't get a chance to connect to Holly, the girlfriend. I just didn't have enough time with her to really feel a connection. I felt like Jackson was just going through the motions with her to get what he wanted. Not necessarily sex, but companionship. I think there was something real between them, I think she filled a need for him, but I'm not sure I can put a name on it. I didn't really warm up to Jackson right away. I felt for him in his situation, but he didn't quite reach that place inside of me, not until much further in the book. Not until he needed to do something he hadn't done in the past and he did and God, was I tearing up trying not to cry. Once I do I'm done for. I can't seem to keep the grit out of my eyes. But that's when I hopped on the Jackson train. It was the most unselfish thing he'd done, and from then on he thought with his head. He learns all kinds of crazy stuff about his family, things he never knew that really blow his mind. His dad isn't who he thought he was at all. People are trying to kill him or at the very least chase him and catch him. And this is all two years in the past where he's trying to keep Holly safe. It's a very fast paced novel and like I said all the time jumps and attempts to learn things about himself really keep you on your toes. The novel is 334 pages long, but could have been much longer. It was entertaining, but it didn't kill me at the end to close the last page despite the ending. There's closure of a sort, but I know we've only touched the surface. And Jackson with his best friend Adam have much to discover about his abilities and their effects on the world. This novel begins with the characters in college so there is sex involved, probably a few swear words, not enough that I noticed. So use your best judgement. Definitely for the older YA reader. Also do not forget there is a lead in story, a prequel called Tomorrow is Today. So read those before the story! I'll definitely want to read the next in the series for several reasons, because of Emily, who you will find out about and to see what he does about Holly. I'm a big Jackson fan at the end here. He did something I could never do!
BookPortrait More than 1 year ago
Does that teaser have you hooked? It should! I have to admit that I'm always a little hesitant to read sci-fi books. I had generally steered clear of them until I read Ender's Game, and that opened the door, showing me that the story of sci-fi books can be so good that you forget there's any science involved while you're reading. Tempest fits into this same category. Jackson Meyer is just like any other college guy...except he can travel through time. He's never been able to go to the future, and even his jumps to the past aren't that exciting - just a few days back, and nothing is different when he returns. Then he makes the jump that changes everything. After watching his girlfriend, Holly, get shot, he makes his biggest jump yet: back to 2007. And no matter what he does, he can't seem to get back to 2009. However, while he's in 2007 and making other jumps, he stumbles onto some surprising news - his life and he himself aren't what he always believed. Things far stranger and much larger than just his ability to travel through time begin to come to light, and Jackson must figure out how to protect himself and those he loves. But can he do it in time? With time travel, mystery, and a sweet romance, Tempest delivers one non-stop ride. Even though the book started out slowly, once Jackson started unraveling the mystery of who and what he was, the action picked up and almost raced to the end. I really appreciated the new spin on time travel in this book and the fact that everything involved the past (and not the distant past) rather than the future. I also enjoyed Jackson's point of view and the direct style of writing. It really brought things to life in both the past and the present scenes. As for the characters, in addition to Jackson, I especially enjoyed Adam. His ability to think outside the box was definitely refreshing. I am also very curious about Emily and will look forward to seeing more of her in the future. I will say that at times this book was a bit confusing. Even though the time jumps were laid out quite well, occasionally I had to reread a bit to make sure all of my facts were straight. In addition, I found it slightly difficult to relate to Holly. But as with the other characters, I am eager to see what the next book will bring for her. If science fiction isn't for you, don't let that stop you from reading Tempest, because there is so much more than time travel in this book. Julie Cross has created a fascinating story in her debut novel, and I can't wait to read more!
thereaderbee More than 1 year ago
It’s 2009, and Jackson Meyer is a 19 year old college student. Jackson also has a special ability; he can travel back in time. But this is nothing like time travel you’ve heard about. When Jackson jumps back in time, he doesn’t have the ability to change something in the future. It’s all fun and games until one night, two strangers appear and kill Jackson’s girlfriend, Holly. In a state of panic, Jackson jumps back in time, and where he gets in 2007. With help from his friend Adam, he must figure out a way to get back to 2009 to save Holly. Jackson was a very interesting main character. To be honest, when I first started the book, I didn’t really think I was going to like him at all. However, as the story went on, I ended up liking him more and more. He is one of those characters that starts off as kind of a jerk, but then something bad happens, and he realized the error of his ways. I definitely enjoyed watching him grow throughout the book. I really enjoyed Jackson’s girlfriend; Holly, and his best friend; Adam. I thought they were really interesting characters to read about as well, and I really enjoyed all of their interactions together. Jackson’s dad was an interesting character as well; he was very mysterious, and it took me a while to figure him out. I’m glad we got more of his story as the book went along, and I hope we get to see more of him in the next book. Time travel books are hit and miss with me. I enjoyed that the time traveling in this book was different, because Jackson couldn’t change the outcome of the future. That’s the first thing I think of when I think of time travel, being able to change the future. So I enjoyed that aspect of the book. Overall, I thought this was a really interesting read. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline, and I am really looking forward to the next book in this series.
Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
After reading this novel, my standards for all future boyfriends was raised tenfold. Jackson is a time traveler. He discovered his ability when he was eighteen, a college freshman. Eight months have passed since then and he has let Adam, an MIT student and close friend, in on his secret. With Adam’s help, Jackson is able to slowly extend his travels to the past. The time he expends working on his ability, though, is cutting into the time he spends with his girlfriend,Holly. Jackson sometimes stands Holly up or leaves her waiting for him during their dates. They are still a strong couple and truly love each other. Then one day, a man shoots Holly, killing her and results in Jackson hurling himself two years into the past. This jump to the past is different than his other trips; Jackson is trapped without a way to return to Holly and the present. In the past, Jackson must face memories that haunt him and learn about his ability if he wants to be able to save Holly. Jackson is probably one of the best male characters I have ever read about. He’s smart, valiant, and has a good heart. Cross created the ideal boyfriend when she wrote Tempest. Jackson strives to protect the people he cares about above all else. He is a good friend and a hard worker. Holly is funny, smart, and brave; she is a good match for Jackson. When attacked, Holly does not wait for Jackson to protect her, she tries to protect Jackson. Julie Cross has a great style that’s fun to read. She created every character to have a personality and depth. None of the characters Cross fashioned are static, they all have dimensions. This book seems meant for a teen and young adult audience. College students and High School aged readers will love this novel. Tempest earns five out of five stars, it’s a great read I will not soon forget.
Lenmeo More than 1 year ago
Dear Julie Cross, I received an ARC copy of your book Tempest from Goodreads First Reads and just finished it and I want to tell you how much I loved everything about it. Your book is different from others that I have read recently and I loved that about it. Tempest's time travel theme is fresh and exciting. It is full of action and suspense and emotion and I loved every minute of it. I loved Jackson and Holly and Adam and Kevin and Dr. Melvin and Miss Stewart and Courtney and every one of the characters in all of the different branches of time and how incredibly different yet the exactly the same that each one was. I loved how each year and each timeline gave a new and different perspective into the lives of each of the characters in a way that was easy for me to follow. I loved how you made the past seem as though it was the present and not a flashback. I also loved how each half-jump had it's own different story to tell. It reminded me a lot of the choose your own path stories from when I was younger, but you took that idea and made it better. You gave me all of the paths. I loved how with every jump into the past, Jackson grew more and more compassionate and learned to use that compassion not only to better himself, but also those around him. I loved how he drew strength from even the most difficult of situations and gathered it all together to continue forward toward a better future. I loved how you made me laugh and cry on the same page over and over again throughout the book. I loved Jackson and I loved this book. It is not easy to read an ending like the one in Tempest and not be torn to bits. I both loved and hated you at the exact same time, but ultimately loved you for sharing your book. I cannot wait for this book to go on sale, because the completed copy has a special place just waiting for it on my "only the best can go here" bookshelf. Now if you could please just hurry up and publish the final 2 installments of the Tempest series, I would love you forever! Truly, Lenmeo
sewolf0310 More than 1 year ago
Forget everything you ever read about time travel. It¿s a story not only of time travel, but also good versus evil. A young man discovers he has the ability to travel back in time. No one ever told him, especially his father, who was not much of a father figure once his sister died of cancer. In addition, who would ever think their father was in the CIA, or some other organization, that does experiments and knows all about the ability to travel through time. Luckily his best friend keeps all his research, but what if you get stuck in the past? And what would happen with your girlfriend? Can¿t wait for the next installment in the trilogy.
Peirced_Phoenix More than 1 year ago
Via LibraryThing This was a Great book. It was easy to get wrapped up in the story and held you at the edge of your seat. From the first page to the last, it was suspenseful and kept you wondering "Whats going to happen Next?". I am so thankful for the opportunity to review this book and cant wait until the next two are available. I will definitely be getting them. I highly recommend this book to anyone.
MichelleMadow More than 1 year ago
Have you ever read a book that's so amazing, and you love it so much, that you know even the best review can't give the book the justice it deserves? Tempest was a book like that for me. I was drawn to Tempest when I saw the "broken flux capacitors" reference in the summary. Back to the Future is my favorite movie ever, so I knew Tempest was going to be a book for me! And I was right. Just like the summary of the book says, the time travel in Tempest doesn't require a DeLorean, flux capacitor, or plutonium. (Or a Mr. Fusion once Doc updates the car in the future.) Julie Cross has created a whole new version of time travel, and I absolutely loved it! She brings alternate time lines into the mix, which adds a cool spin on things. It also made me think and theorize, which I loved. (Time-travel/alternate time-line/parallel universe topics always make me excited. I'm cool like that ;) Jackson was a fantastic main character. He's a 19 year old guy, which we don't see much of as protagonists in YA fiction, so it was nice to read about someone different. He only recently learned he can time travel, but nothing he does affects his time line, so he has fun with it. What I liked best about him was how much he loved and cared for the people in his life, even if he wasn't big on showing it all the time. His actions said everything. His girlfriend Holly was great as well. We got to see her in both 2009 and 2007, and I liked seeing the two different Holly's. It was obvious from meeting both of them how two years -- especially between 17 and 19 -- can change a person. And Adam was awesome. He's the Doc Brown of the group. I imagine Doc's teenage self, if he was a teenager in 2009, would have been very similar to Adam! I also loved Jackson's twin Courtney, although I don't want to say much about her for fear of spoiling the book if you haven't read it yet. I'm hoping we get to learn more about her throughout the series, because I have a feeling there's more to her story than what we learned in Tempest. And then there was the ending. Wow. I don't want to give away spoilers, but the end will tug at your heart so much. I'm just glad I know this is going to be a trilogy, because if that was really the end, I would get seriously sad. There are also so many questions (and theories!) I want answers to, so I can't wait to read the rest of this series. Oh yeah, Tempest has also been optioned to become a movie! The book read very cinematically, so I can't wait to see it on the big screen. Thank you, Julie Cross, for writing such an excellent novel! I wish I could time travel into the future so I could read the rest of the trilogy without having to wait.
AimeeKay More than 1 year ago
Take away the fact that he can travel into the past and Jackson is your typical young adult male. Sweet, charming, average intelligence and well kinda just going with the flow of young adult life. He knows he loves his girlfriend Holly, but sometimes has issues showing it, and opening up to her completely. Not just about his recently discovered time traveling abilities, but even things much more mundane.Things like how he is still affected by the loss of his twin sister, or how distant his father is. Much like your typical male, check that person, ('cause girls we are guilty of it too!) he doesn't even realize quite what Holly means to him until she takes a bullet meant for him. Even when he has the opportunity to start over and make things right with a younger Holly in the year 2007, he still keeps trying to go back to 'his' Holly. I REALLY liked this book. Cross did a wonderful job with her main character. You can see Jackson emotionally mature as the story progresses. It was also interesting to see the differences in 007 Holly and 009 Holly. The younger version still in high school, not having been molded by her future life experiences. This book isn't JUST a love story though. It is also has it's mysteries. How did Jackson get to be this way? Is his father a heartless CEO or a ruthless CIA agent? Who is the redheaded girl, who looks almost identical to Jackson's long dead twin sister? Just to name a few. Some questions are neatly answered, some only leading to more questions and others still a mystery. Yes it is the beginning of a trilogy, so I expected some of the questions to remain unanswered. However Cross did it in such a way that it made me more intrigued to read the next novel, and not annoyed. Some of the explanations of the time travel were a bit confusing. She did use Jackson's voice to help dumb down some of the more technical explanations. But still there were some that I had to reread or just shrug my shoulders and hope it would be explained differently later in the novel, or hopefully later in the series. Again, I REALLY liked this book. Even with some of the more technical aspects of time travel and how Jackson's brain works, I was drawn in. This is strong start to her series, and I can't wait to read more. It's being released a little late to be used as a Christmas present, but might I suggest you pre-order it for yourself? That way after all the craziness of the holidays is over, you have something to look forward to as a treat to yourself. *****In compliance with FTC guidelines, I'm disclosing that I received this book for free through GoodReads First Reads. **** (I recommend everybody should go check out all the awesome first read giveaways they have!)
Jackson Cordes More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. This book is a must read. The summary of its terrible but the true book is amazing
Mindy_Lou More than 1 year ago
I won this book in a giveaway.. I was so excited to start the book.. It was a little outside of my reading realm.. I thought the book was good but I would not say it gave me that OMG factor.. It is a 1st in the series and I must admit I do not have the overwhelming want to go after book 2.. I mean the book was not bad it was well written and there was parts you would biting your nails wondering what would happen next but as a OVERALL aspect it just wasn't a book that left me wanting more.. I do not think the end went as you thought it would.. You kind of figure out what is going to happen but it just feels like there should be a little something more..
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LittlePiecesofImagination More than 1 year ago
I think this book (series) is better to be read when you have a full day (depending on how fast you read) to absorb all the goodness, because reading a chapter or two per night did nothing for my excitement, to be honest with you. I liked the story as a whole and there were a lot of things that took me by surprise, but did I love it to no lengths? Nope, not exactly. "But as Adam says, I must be like this for a reason and it's up to us to find out why." I like the world and that there are different ways to time travel—half jumps and full jumps; the jumping is genetic and whatnot; there are different timetraveling groups fighting against each other. It’s all very fascinating and I really enjoyed how the world was developed throughout the book as Jackson was learning stuff with us, not providing a whole bunch of information at once. I loved the relationship between Holly and Jackson and also adored the sibling relationship between Jackson and Courtney, one scene in particular bringing tears to my eyes. I love that the male POV is written in a very realistic way. Jackson makes guy mistakes and there’re actually very rational reasons behind the mistakes. I really, really enjoyed the narrative.  What I found to be weird was not Adam being a genius, no, but rather how he had contacts in different labs for instance. How in the world can someone—a random college kid, basically a no one—just randomly have a DNA test done in a genetics lab? W-what? How? This doesn’t make any sense. There were the few things like that usually don’t bother me, but as I mentioned before, I read a few chapters per night so my rational side ruled over the emotional parts of my brain, so I got a little nitpicky.  The book in general was pretty complicated: the whole time-lines thing and the specifics of the jumps. Also, it’s hard to guess who the bad guys are. At first, it’s not easy to tell what’s even going on, let alone point fingers at anyone. Not sure what will happen now, after that emotionally gripping ending, but so far? Me is in love with the fact that there are zero love interest for Jackson other than Holly. They gave me feels and surprise, surprise! Sex is mentioned (and done) in YA lit. *gasps* Whaaat? I know, scandalous! It was all very realistic and their relationship was totes adorbs!  As a whole, Tempest brings a good time travel story to the table and the guy POV is extremely well-written. Enjoyed most of it, but there were tiny bits and pieces that made me cringe a little. Can’t wait to continue and find out what new obstacles lay ahead of Jackson. Things are still pretty crazy after all. If you haven’t read this series yet, give it a try. Julie Cross gives a captivating and thrilling story with a lot of heart.  Overall rating: 3.5 out of 5.0