Thursday, 22 March 2012

Review ~ Tempest- Julie Cross

 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.

The story line, the emotions of it was pretty much a roller-coaster for me! The fun one that you could ride all day and not get sick of it ever, I was crying, I was laughing, I was even kissing the book and stroking the pretty cover, so yes.. I didn’t want the book to end!

Good story line- check, cute love story- check, fast read- check, time travelling- check. So I’m not a fan of time travelling books (haven’t read one before this one) I was always too scared it would be really hard to follow it, or the plot won’t be good enough, or I’ll get confused (and believe me I get confused a lot!) 

But this book? It was easy to follow, at the beginning of most chapters it said what day- time it was and if not it was made really clear in the chapter itself. A lot of people were saying how this book was a lot like the Butterfly Effect- well let me tell you this it isn’t, there are some parts of it that are similar that’s true like the notebook Jackson and Adam kept, and going back to be with Holly ect, but that was mostly at the very beginning and very end and poor, poor holly :( 

I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with this book- not at all, but I did, from the first chapter there was always something going on, some mystery of CIA, or Jackson going back trying to put all of the pieces together hoping that everything will go alright.  

Scratch everything you know about time travelling! And I mean everything, for Jackson time travelling came naturally he didn’t need a time machine, or  a blue box which takes you to different planets and times (yes I’m a sucker for Doctor Who) or anything else that you might have seen in books or movies. And that was what I loved about this book, it was simple –you think of a time and place, concentrate and boom your there- it was clearly planned and thought out which was really refreshing but it wasn’t forced on, it was natural for Jackson, a part of him and not some special power he has. 

Not only was the idea of time travelling refreshing but so was the love story, it wasn’t exactly one of the ones where boy meets girl, boy lusts over the girl and finally they get together and live happy ever after. This book had more than one love story with 009 Holly, meeting her, becoming friends and gradually getting closer to her. And then there was the 007 Holly where he did everything possible to get closer to her, a rich kid doing a janitors job? I don’t think so, but he still did it and it was cute. I love, love loved this book, however having so many positives it’s bound to have a negative and for me it was the ending. I loved it, but I hated it as well, it’s a great cliff hanger but it was just so sad and I can’t even imagine what Jackson must have been feeling when doing what he had to do to save the only girl he loved, again it was really cute.

     Bitten! You have got to get your teeth into this one!


  1. Great review. This one is definately on my list now. Cheers!