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- Book 1 of 4 in The Tempest Trilogy
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Praise for TEMPEST:
"Once I started TEMPEST, I couldn't put it down. Once I finished TEMPEST, I was dying for the next installment. Julie Cross takes readers on an unforgettable trip through time in this inventive, suspenseful and romantic tale. A thrilling debut from a fantastic new voice." —Courtney Summers, Award-Winning author of CRACKED UP TO BE and SOME GIRLS ARE
"A good thriller moves forward at high speed, but only a superlative thriller can take you on a breathtaking journey through the fourth dimension. Julie Cross’s ingenious story is vividly imagined and splendidly rendered, hitting just the right notes with liberal doses of suspense, intrigue, and romance. Throw in a pitch-perfect cast of engaging characters, and you’ve got a blockbuster young adult debut that will keep readers glued to the pages." —Sophie Littlefield, Award-Winning author of BANISHED
- Publication date : January 17, 2012
- File size : 507 KB
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- Print length : 350 pages
- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin (January 17, 2012)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- ASIN : B0051O9MJ0
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- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,185,188 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But that's about where the similarity ends. Although don't get me wrong, Tempest is a great book. It's one of the best YA's I've read in the last year or so, on par with Before I Fall. The beginning is slightly awkward although the 1st person past voice is good. The author's "I'm a time traveling teen intro" felt slightly forced, but as soon as he's attacked by mysterious secret agent dudes and forced back from 2009 to 2007 (maybe 10% in) the book rocks along and I read the whole thing in a single sitting. Overall it nicely balances an interesting new scenario, likable characters, a compelling romance, a good mystery, and a touch of pathos. Good stuff.
Tempest borrows lightly from the brilliant The Time Traveler's Wife too, and while it has a novel take on time travel it's really more of an action mystery, and most importantly a romance. Untimed on the other hand, which is even heavier on the action, and has a romance (less emphasized), really focuses on the history part of time travel. I visit four centuries, all heavily researched, and explore the big impact individual people can have on the broad sweep of history. Tempest sticks mostly to the personal. The things that change in this novel are all of an intimate nature, having to do with the protagonist and his family. Namely the author is a woman and its all about the relationships: Jackson and his girlfriend, his father, his best friend, and his sister. Not that this is bad, as these relationships are really well done, its just different. The time travel action is confined mostly to a couple years back and is rarely intricate, avoiding most overlap and paradox. All the material stuff occurs between 2007 and 2009 with only a few touristic visits to the decade prior. It's mostly all in New York city.
This leaves a lot of time to focus on the Jackson / Holly romance. We see it in three modes: as it existed before the novel opens, as he recreates it two years earlier from scratch in alternate 2007, and as he upgrades it on his return. As I said, this is a nicely done romance and really the core of the novel. Both characters felt natural to me, their passion genuine, young, and hopeful. Two major elements interjected a top fight bittersweet note: the problematic nature of a time traveler / normal romance and Jackson's relationship with his dead twin sister (which because of time travel, lingers on, just a bit).
The mystery element was also good. The book succeeds in NOT revealing exactly what is really going on with the time travelers and even which of two (or even possibly three) factions is actually in the right. This is something I also tried to do in Untimed, and works pretty well here, even if the whole "secret agent" thing and nomenclature of "Enemies of Time" is a bit cheesy. Essentially Cross pulls it off. But the villains are nowhere near as cool as my Tick-Tocks
And I totally wanted to keep reading. But because of the pacing of the traditional publishing system we have to wait a year for the sequel!
Andy Gavin, author of The Darkening Dream
Jackson’s girlfriend, Holly has been shot. It’s 2009. Jackson can time travel and has been for a while now. He travels back to 2007 just after Holly was shot. He can’t change the past just by changing one event in time. He can talk to the people all he wants, but when he time jumps again, they will completely forget he ever existed or the conversation they had. Having trouble getting back to 2009 to save Holly, he is now stuck in 2007 and has no idea how to get back. There he finds secrets he has been trying to figure out his entire life. The fact that his dad isn’t who he has believed him to be his entire life.
At times I was getting a little bored with how the story was going. It seemed that really all he did for a big portion of the book was just time travel but get nothing accomplished. It wasn’t until about 3/4th’s (or so) that the story really started to pick up.
I definitely really enjoyed how he was able to time travel but not affect how the future will go. No matter what he did, the future wouldn’t change. Well at least not that I think so.
I loved Jackson and Holly’s relationship. Jackson and Holly met in 2009 and started dating. While time traveling in 2007 it was funny to see their reactions to each other. Holly having no clue who Jackson is or who he will be 2 years down the road. Jackson knowing Holly but can’t do anything about it.
I definitely do want to continue on with the trilogy, just probably won’t be anytime soon.
On October 30, 2009, two men barge into Holly's dorm and she is shot, Jackson tries to time jump but he somehow ends up going back all the way to September 9, 2007. No matter what or how many times he tries to jump back (or forward actually) he can't. Instead, each time he jumps he goes back more years and always ends up returning to September 9, 2007. He decides to make the most out of his situation and sets out to find Holly and Adam and to figure out what his dad is up to. He gets a job as a handyman at the same place Holly used to teach gymnastics. But can he get Holly to fall for him in 2007? And can he change something in the past to prevent Holly from being shot? And can he change his home base back to 2009, or is he stuck in 2007?
Most of the book is spent with Jackson in 2007 and several years in the past. The different timelines were not confusing and works very well with the story. He ends up being able to talk to his twin sister (who died) several times in the past. We also get to see Jackson appreciate Holly more and as he tries to win her over again. The friendship between Jackson and Adam was awesome and there was plenty of great secondary characters.
Tempest is the second book I read about time travel and I liked this one a lot better. Part of it is because from the beginning of the book the author writes "forget everything you know about time travel..." It didn't get too technical or scientific. The ending was sad but great and shows how much Jackson has grown as a character throughout the book. Plus the book cover is awesome! Tempest was a really fantastic read with plenty of action and surprises to keep you hooked! Can't wait to read the next book in the Tempest Trilogy.
Check out the Tempest e-book novella Tomorrow is Today to hold you up until the next book. It takes place before Tempest and it's free on Amazon.
5 out of 5 stars!
My favorite non-spoiler Tempest quotes:
-There's too many dates to remember, too many times. Do I even exist anywhere? Am I actually someone if I don't have a home base?
-"Idiot! You coulda been killed."
Only in New York City could someone materialize out of thin air and get no more than the usual angry driver reactions.
-Widespread panic may occur upon mentioning John and Kate will split up, thus ending the show John & Kate Plus 8.
-I rubbed the blurriness out of my eyes and sat up from the bench I had passed out on in the cell. My jail cell. Because I'm a badass criminal. Or a really irresponsible time traveler who fails to collect proper and authentic documentation.
-"Do you mean 007 Holly or the other one?"
"Yeah, it sounds much cooler than 2007 Holly."
-Was it possible to cheat on Holly with Holly? Was she too young to be kissing someone my age? Would it be the same as kissing my Holly?
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Tempest was a brilliant story for several reasons.
I really enjoyed reading a YA paranormal romance novel from a male POV as I can't recall any other, at least what I have read recently, which do just that. It made for a refreshingly different read.
The books is really strong in the way it builds up the relationships around Jackson. I loved the ones between Jackson and Holly, Jackson and his twin sister Courtney and the one between Jackson and his best friend Alex. I loved them all in different ways and thought they were all both touching and poignant for a variety of reasons.
As this book isn't out for ages I won't tell you too much about the plot or give you any spoilers but I will say that I loved the world and reasonings and why-fors built up around Jackson and his time travelling abilities. I am really looking forward to seeing where the story goes next especially after the heart wrenching ending which has left me desperate for more.
An awesome book which is going to be huge when it is released in 2012 and one I will be recommending thoroughly to others.
This is the story of Jackson, who seems to be an ordinary teenage boy of 19, but in reality, he is far from ordinary. He can jump back in time. He has one friend who knows his secret, Adam Silverman. Adam is the scientific type and convinces Jackson to keep a diary of his jumps. The reader reads the story as if from the journal kept by Jackson.
One night, some people burst in on Holly and Jackson, and the unthinkable happens. Jackson, in his anger and grief, accidentally jumps backwards in time by two years (further than he had jumped before), and finds himself having to live his life as his 17 year old self, with no way of getting back to the future.
I love Jackson as a character, but it is the bittersweet love story between Jackson and Holly that captured my heart. I really felt Jackson's anguish at not being able to get back to his correct time and prevent the tragedy that had occurred. I will be on the look out for more of Julie Cross's books in the future.
It was quite well written & has a good story-line.