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Product Details

  • Series: Tempest (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (January 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780312568900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312568900
  • ASIN: 0312568908
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“It will be difficult waiting another year for the next installment of Jackson Meyer and his time travels. But like me, fans will wait anxiously and hope that Cross continues to treat us to the roller coaster ride that is life with the time traveling, teenage CIA agent - Jackson Meyer.”

“Fans of Cross’s debut novel, Tempest, will love returning to the time-jumping adventures of Jackson Meyer. In this trilogy second, the exciting story picks up almost where it left off, so newcomers may be a bit lost at first. Expect a thrill a minute as Jackson discovers he’s even more special than he initially thought.”
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Praise for Tempest:
“Readers will want to time travel to early 2013 to read book No. 2 in this fast-paced and inventive series.” —Los Angeles Times

“One of my favorite books of 2012.” —EW.com

"A surprising emotional punch that leaves you wanting to leap into the future to devour the upcoming sequel." —Entertainment Weekly

"The characters are . . . complex and distinct, they will work their way into readers’ hearts and stay with them long after the book is finished.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"It’s a story packed with moments both tender and electric—Cross’s zippy writing and fresh plot are an exhilarating combination." —Publishers Weekly

About the Author

JULIE CROSS lives in central Illinois with her husband and three children. She never considered writing professionally until May of 2009. Since then, she hasn’t gone a day without writing. Tempest was her first novel.

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Julie Cross is the International Bestselling author of the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, and the final installment, Timestorm (St. Martin's Press). She's also the author of Letters to Nowhere (8/13), a mature young adult romance set in the world of elite gymnastics, as well as several forthcoming young adult and new adult novels with publishers like Entangled, Sourcebooks, HarperCollins, and St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books.

Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She's a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA. She's a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. Outside of her reading and writing credibility's, Julie Cross is a committed--but not talented--long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict. You can find her online via twitter, her personal website, email, facebook, Goodreads, or co-moderating the YAwriters section of reddit.

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Jackson is one of my all time favorite male character points of view.
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The ending was thrilling, the plot deep and romantic, filled with action, adventure, and twists and turns that kept you on your feet.
I would highly recommend both of her books in this series, can hardly wait for the next one to come out.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BookGeek on January 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"Tempest" and "Votex" are parts of the same story, but they are different books. In "Tempest," Jackson is lost. He has no idea who he is or what he is capable of. Most of all he has seen the girl he loves get murdered and he will do anything to prevent those events from happening. "Tempest" is raw with emotion. It is filled with confusion and self-discovery. "Vortex" is a whole new world, literally. Jackson goes from a confused boy to a focused young man. He is alone, undervalued and resented, but Jackson keeps trucking. He is determined to learn more about his abilities and the enemies of time. He was unprepared to face his enemies before and he will do anything to prevent having to see someone he loves die, again.

The first few chapters of this book were difficult for me to get into. The reason being that I love Jackson so much I wanted him to be ok and he is not. The second reason is that there is a lack of emotional connection in the first third of this installment that was very prevalent in "Tempest." Jackson is cut off emotionally, he is traumatized, suspicious and on constant guard. He has a very good reason to be this way. I stuck with it and was so relieved and engaged at the first sign of life returning to this character.

There are moments in "Vortex," that left me SHOCKED. I am not often surprised. There are reveals about a main character that I just did not see coming. I didn't see it coming and I am not sure what it will mean for Jackson, but it is such an interesting twist.

The one failing of this book is the end. The end is not bad; it just gets a bit confusing. Characters pop up and I am not sure how they can possibly be there. Jackson's enemies and his role in the universe get more complicated and a lot vaster than he expected.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Reading Nurse on February 23, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
After finishing TEMPEST, I was very eager to start this book. At the end of TEMPEST, Jackson has to make a very bold move in which he feels is best to protect Holly and Adam. With how the story line was moving, I was some what worried that we wouldn't be seeing as much of Holly and Adam in this book as we did in Tempest. But Julie Cross found a great way to incorporate them in the storyline.

After making some difficult personal sacrifices, Jackson decides to take a more active role in the CIA group Tempest, which his father is apart of. Tempest is an organization that was founded in an attempt to learn more about time traveling and to stop a rival group whom they believe are up to know good and could possibly be the cause of world destruction. Jackson starts his training for the CIA and gets closer to other members of the group. Towards the end of the book we are blown away by new discoveries regarding the Tempest gene and the story behind it.

Even though there were TONS of unanswered questions to add on top of unanswered questions there were several aspects of this story that kept my attention and made me actually like this second book in the series.

First off we get to see Jackson develop this beautiful relationship with this Father. He finally starts realizing that he can trust his father and despite everything he once believed his father only ever had his best interest in heart. We also get to see some scenes between Jackson and his surrogate mother that is very sad but heart warming at the same time.

There plot twist in this book that I absolutely did not see coming, but one that was so clever and brilliant that I applaud Julie Cross for taking. Someone who Jackson thought he knew and trusted will end up betraying him make an attempt to capture him.

With still so many unanswered questions and plots to discover and problems to resolve I am ready for book 3 :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vicky @ Books, Biscuits, and Tea on March 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Having read Tempest, the first book in the series, last year, I was really looking forward to reading the second installment and I'm glad to say Julie Cross didn't disappoint. While I had some issues with the characters at the beginning of the first book, Vortex just grabbed me at the first chapter and made me keep on reading right until the end.

The story pretty much picks up where Tempest ended and since it's been about a year since I've read that book, I spent the first 50 pages trying to figure out what the heck is going on. I didn't have time to re-read the previous book but in a hindsight, I should have. So here's tip number one for you: if you haven't read the first book yet, do so. It's not one of those series that can be read in any order. I did read Tempest but I was still confused at first. Which leads us to tip number two: if you've read the first book but you don't remember everything (names of the EOTs and minor characters, or how this whole half-jump/complete jump theory works) then make sure to take the time to read it again because you'll have no idea what's going on in Vortex. I did manage to get into the story and loved everything about it but still, once I have a bit more time I'll need to sit down and read both books again.

In terms of the plot, I think there's less time travelling in this book than what we had in Tempest. The main focus is rather on the fight between the EOTs, Eyewall, and Tempest and the characters themselves, which I didn't mind at all. While I wasn't a big fan of Jackson in book #1, I absolutely loved him in Vortex. Also, there are quite a few new characters - like Lily Kendrick, Jackson's CIA partner - as well as some people we've already met, like Stewart (who must be one of my favourite YA characters ever) and Jackson's dad.
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