Saturday, October 29, 2011

Review: Tempest

Tempest by Julie Cross

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*NOTE* - I received an ARC of this through "First Reads" as well as NetGalley

Synopsis: It's 2009 and Jackson is a regular 19 year old college student. He has a girlfriend, Holly, and a job, oh, and he can time travel. No Biggie! He and his pal Adam test the limits and track the results...the furthest back Jackson has ever gone is a couple of days.

That is until the day that these weird people show up in Holly's dorm room and she gets shot in the process...that's when Jackson travels back to 2007 and can't seem to get back to 2009 and help Holly.

When the same people who shot Holly in 2009 start showing up in 2007, Jackson doesn't know what to do or who to trust.

Review: This was an incredibly complex story! But I never felt lost, which was amazing considering just how much is going on throughout the book. The story doesn't sit still for a second once Holly is shot and that happens within the first 25 pages or so.

Different timelines allow for new questions and even more opportunities to wonder who, exactly, everyone is as well as their affiliation. We were able to "witness" the back story through Jackson who was observing those key moments as his 19 year old self, which I think makes for a really authentic experience for the reader.

Jackson was absolutely "swoon-worthy" because of all the soul searching he does and what he learns about himself...he confronts his demons/fears head-on and comes out the other side all the better. I loved the change in how he related to Holly after he witnessed certain events.

Julie Cross you wrote one heck of a book! I hate that I have to wait to see what happens next.

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