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Friday, December 9, 2011

Book & Audio Review: Tempest by 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.

Publisher:  Macmillan Audio
Reader:  Matthew E. Brown
Buy the audio here!

Have I mentioned how much I love audiobooks?  I can't tell you how glad I am that I started listening to them and realized how much they would improve my life.  Right now, reading is slow for me, with all the running around holiday shopping, cleaning, wrapping gifts, decorating, and on and on.... I'm not left with a lot of time to read.  However, it's the PERFECT time for me to listen to audiobooks.  And this was a good one!  I have to admit, I haven't been the biggest fan of Matthew E. Brown.  He read The Fox Inheritance, and didn't wow me.  But, I think that may have had more to do with the book than the reader, because I found him growing on me in Tempest.  I really have no complaints about his reading.  He's articulate, and his voices for the characters are well done.  There's not a huge variance in the way he reads one character to the next, but it's a big enough difference to always know who's talking.  If you're looking for another great audiobook, I'd definitely recommend picking this one up!  When the sequel comes out, I'll be looking for it on audio as well.

Wondering if you'll like the reader?  Check out this audio clip! 

Tempest #1
Author: Julie Cross
Reading Level: YA
Release Date: January 17th 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Buy the Book: Amazon 

Right off the bat, I want to make it perfectly clear that I liked this book.  I had some issues with it, and I'm always afraid that when I talk about them, people will think I didn't like it, or that the bad outweighed the good, which is certainly not the case here.   I really enjoy books about time travel, but haven't been able to read one yet that doesn't leave me thinking, at some point, "That doesn't quite make sense."  My mind just won't stop while reading them, connecting dots, and seeing how things line up, and cause and effect, etc. etc.  That's not to say that I couldn't follow the story.  I actually enjoyed all the jumping around from present to past and back again, and I especially liked how Julie set up the time travel aspect.  It was different than anything I had read before.  So, when I find things that don't end up lining up for me, I just have to say, "Let it go, it's just a story.  Don't get wrapped up in logistics, and just enjoy it!"  So, that's my advice to you.  If you are a time-travel authority, you may have a hard time with this story (and most others), but if you're just looking to dive into an exciting adventure, I think you'll really like this book.

The other thing I think most will be wondering about is the romance.  This was another thing that wasn't quite as gratifying for me as it could have been.  Jackson was likeable, Holly was likeable, but neither of them was especially compelling, and their relationship lacked the romantic tension that I love.  (Which just goes to show that it isn't sex that makes a romance awesome.) However, their relationship was sweet, and watching how Jackson's feelings, or recognition of his feelings, developed over the span of the story was great.  One thing I really liked about the relationship was how in one time period, Jackson and Holly had an established relationship, but in another time, he was trying to win her all over again.  I loved watching him struggle with "007 Holly" thinking that she'd be the same as "009 Holly" and failing miserably.  Which, of course, just made his feelings for her stronger.  Overall, I would say that if you're looking for a compelling love story, or intense romance, you may be disappointed, but that their relationship still adds a lot to the story.

Tempest was an exciting adventure, full of secrets, lies, and mysteries.  I found the story to be captivating and thought-provoking.  Time travel has always been fascinating to me, and I love the way Julie Cross put her own spin on the rules of time travel, and I especially liked the mysterious pieces (the red-headed girl!!) that she dropped here and there.  I feel like the book was wrapped up well, giving us a sense of closure, but leaving the door wide open for the next books in the series.  I'm excited to see where this story goes from here!

Book Doppelgangers:  Hourglass by Myra McEntire, I Am Number Four by Pitacus Lore


Sexual Content: Heavy
Profanity: Very Heavy
Violence: Moderate
Other Notables:  Underage Drinking
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  1. I liked this one as well but I did have some of the same issues that you did. I thought the time traveling was good but it left me confused a few times. Julie does put her own spin on it but at times I got lost in all the twists and turns.
    The ending left me screaming that he could not do that so I'm hoping that things get cleared up in the second book.

    Thanks for the great review. :)

  2. Sounds like a winner. Thanks for the awesome review.

  3. I want to read (or hear lol) this book! I love the cover too. :)


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