Julie Cross – Tempest (Tempest #1) | Review

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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I don’t see why people don’t like this book. Seriously. I have no idea. I really enjoyed it, if I had time, I’d probably read it in one sitting. It was really good! I had totally different expactations and I was pleasantly surprised. The plotline was interesting, action-packed, intense and I just kept turning pages because I had to find out what happens next. Okay, the characters were maybe a bit dull, but I managed to connect with them anyway and I actually liked them. I didn’t even try to figure out what will happen at the end because I knew it I would probably fail. I was completely ready for this book to surprise me. And it did. Writing style was very simple and easy to read, I flew through this book. Okay, sometimes stuff happened too fast and I found myself a bit confused and sometimes I had a feeling like I was reading about one scene and the second later something else was happening and we just jumped right into that. But I don’t find that necessarily a bad thing, because, as I said, this book was really fast paced and a lot of stuff happened in these four hundred pages. Seriously, A LOT. Also, while I was reading this book, it kind of reminded me of The Catcher in the Rye. I know, the plot is totally different and the main characters are different, but the feel and the atmosphere are kind of the same. And I liked it. I don’t think I have ever read a time travel book before (okay, there were some books where characters went back in time, but there was no book where time travel was the main plot) so this was pretty new for me. It was very refreshing to read something new and different. Another thing, isn’t this cover nice? Yes, these people do make it a bit cheesy, but I really like the background.
I would definitely recommend this book and I will definitely continue with this trilogy, I just don’t know when, since I have so many book to read, but I will, once!

SPOILER PART – if you haven’t read the book yet, I recommend not to read any further, go and read the book and then come back.

As I already said, I love the idea of time travel and I’ve never read a book about that before. In my opinion, the whole time travel thing was done very well, everything was expalined from scientific side. I wish this all was true, I’d love to be able to go back in time. I liked the idea of jumps and half-jumps and the effect they had on Jackson and the rest of the world. Also, all these experiments Jackson and Adam did were pretty cool and they made a lot of sence, which was a big plus.

I found myself really liking Jackson. He was amazing protagonist and I found it easy to connect with him. I loved how he was ready to do anything for Holl, the girl he loved and it was very nice to see how she made him feel, both 007 and 009 Holly. He was funny and I loved that about him a lot. Also, I love his relationship with his sister, but he totally won my heart when we got to read the letter he wrote to her. It was just so beautiful! He’s a really interesting character, but I liked him the most because he was not perfect. He did some stupid things throughout the book and he was reckless and impulsive almost all the time. Also he was very lost, especially at the beginning when time traveling still confused him a lot. But he definitely managed to get under my skin and I liked him. Very much.
I didn’t really manage to connect with Holly. I have to admit, I liked 007 Holly more that 009 Holly because I found 009 Holly pretty boring. Maybe it’s because the book is written from Jackson’s POV, and maybe not, but I think she was portrayed too perfect and without any flaws. 007 Holly was much more interesting to read about and I liked the younger version of Holly, especially when Jackson was hitting on her, but 009 Holly was there only as a love interest and she was not her own character, in my opinion. But still, I liked her relationship with Jackson.
Adam was awesome sidekick character and I love him. The way he was trying to help Jackson as much as he could, any version of him, actually, just proved how good friend he is (or maybe even how crazy he is, but that’s not the point). What impressed me the most about him (except his ingeniousness with codes) was the fact that 007 Adam who never met Jackson before was ready to help him and accepted Jackson’s story from the beginning. That was just awesome.
Jackson’s dad, Kevin, was a very confusing character. I hated him the one moment and loved the other. I never knew should I trust him or not, but closer we got to the end, more I trusted him. And I’m glad he didn’t disappoint me at the end. I actually felt very sorry for him when I found out his story.
I’m not very sure should I even talk about Courtney as a character as well, since she was dead throughout the whole book, but I consider her the character in the book just like any other because I believe she played a vary important role in this book. I love her and Jackson’s relationship and their talks when he went back in time were so nice but also so sad at the same time. I loved it how she believed his story immediately and she even tried to help him (she bought him a coat!). I was expecting her to miraculously be alive and just to show up from nowhere, but that never happened, unfortunately, It’s really weird that I got so connected to her, but I did.Also, it was not cool when we got the scene where she died!
These Enemies of Time people are pretty cool and I actually liked them. They are really badass! But I didn’t like Tempest people (except Kevin) at all and I constantly felt like they are hiding something big. I still feel that way. I do not trust them.
I am curious about that Emily girl. It seems like she will play an important role in the next book, but I have no idea how.

Can we just talk about that ending for a moment? First, I want to say how much I like the last sentence. I think it’s so amazing and it’s a perfect ending of a book. So good! But everything else that happened before that last sentence just sucks. Okay, I kind of like it, but it sucks anyway. I definitely wasn’t expecting Jackson to go back in time and change the day when he and Holly met! That is so not okay. I hate it! Authors, stop sinking my ships! Still, I do think it’s a good conclusion and I think he did the right thing by letting her go so she can be safe, but that doesn’t mean that I have to like it, right? Because I don’t!


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