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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 day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is ...

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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 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429990592
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/17/2012
  • Series: Tempest Trilogy Series , #1
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 122,560
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 370 KB

Meet the Author


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


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CHAPTER ONE
 

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.

 
Copyright © 2011 by Julie Cross

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

    Wow!

    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.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2012

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    Awesome!

    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)

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

    Highly Recommended!!!!

    I loved this book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    BEST BOOK EVER

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    2011 Favorite Read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

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    Review - Tempest

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2012

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    Can't wait till the 2nd book comes out!!!

    Can't wait till the 2nd book comes out!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    awesome

    I read this book in two days i t the best book i ever read about time traleling you should read it jackson n holly sound likee the best couple but i thimk it would be wierd to see your girlfriend younger and not with together with you like she is now soooooo...... you should read it okay!!!!!!!!!!!¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2012

    I loved this book!

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2012

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    Don¿t miss the newest novel about time travel written in perfect action movie blockbuster style with Jackson Meyer playing a fabulous role!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    great book!

    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.

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  • Posted February 24, 2012

    You don't want to miss this one!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2012

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    Great Read - Loved It!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Hhhh

    Cool

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2012

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    Recommended for older YA readers that like time travel, mysteries, romance

    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!

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  • Posted February 3, 2012

    So much more than time travel

    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!

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  • Posted January 28, 2012

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    An Enjoyable Read!

    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.

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  • Posted January 27, 2012

    Live To Read

    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.

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  • Posted January 9, 2012

    Loved this Book!

    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

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  • Posted November 8, 2011

    Page Turner!

    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.

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