June 3, 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 ... nd 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.

It's not a Tempest that's responsible for Jackson's talent to travel through time by mere thought. But I don't want to give away too much in that regard. Julie Cross's novel about a student who suddenly finds himself on the run through time (!) after his girlfriend got shot by some mysterious men, puts a whole new twist to time travel adventures.
Not sure whether I'm the only one, but I thought this would be a paranormal read, and then I found myself in the middle of some kind of spy-novel which was definitely not what I expected, or hoped for. There's just too much of a James Bond undertone for my taste. All the potentially promising threads and intriguing clues that would have made this a great science fiction book, were touched upon only briefly and didn't really lead anywhere either (then again this is the first book in a trilogy).
Oddly enough (also quite unexpectedly considering my expectations) it proved to be quite a suspenseful page-turner for me. Yet I wish the author would have taken the interaction between Jackson and his sister as an example of how to build up the other characters. And someone should change the misleading blurb as well.
As to the readership for this novel, I recommend it to a mature YA audience.
In short: Don't let the cover fool you, this book is not as paranormal as it looks. Love spy novels with a twist? This might be for you then.

3/5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pan MacMillan. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


  1. I'm looking forward on reading this book. Great review!

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  2. I love books that do interesting thigns with Time Travel, so might read this at some point. Good review, thanks!