Tempest – Julie Cross

Saturday, 11 April 2009

My name is Jackson and I can travel through time. Now, wait, it’s not as exciting as you might think. I can’t go back in time and kill Hitler. I can’t go to the future and tell you who wins the World Series in 2038. So far, the most I’ve ever jumped is about six hours in the past. Some superhero, right?”

Jackson can time travel, but so far he’s only managed to go around 6 hours in the past. That is until two strangers turn up in his girlfriend, Holly’s, dorm room. There’s a struggle, Holly gets shot and Jackson finds himself in 2007, two years in the past. This isn;t like his normal jumps through time, for one its further than he’s ever been and two, he’s stuck; he can’t jump into the future, only into the past, and he always returns to 2007.
Jackson has to settle into life in 2007, putting together the clues about who the guys are who shot Holly, and what his Dad is up to. Is there anyway he can work it all out and get back to Holly and save her life?

You know that phrase, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’? yeah, That phrase should be drilled into me for the rest of time because this book, this book right here, is an amazing read and I didn’t want to read it because of that cover! Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with the cover, but I assumed it was an angel book and I didnt even give the blurb a chance for a while. Then I read the blurb and though “It should good but there’s still something about it that doesn’t sit right”… then I read the book.
Let’s just say I was seriously wrong when I thought I wouldn’t like this book, its a fun filled action packed romance which includes time travel, spies and bad guys. I don’t want to give too much away but seriously, it’s immense! I battled with the first 30 pages, then the shooting happened, and I was hooked. There’s not a second where the story dips in this book and I am glad of that. I found myself sitting down to read two or three pages and suddenly I’d read nearly a hundred! I couldn’t put it down and I’m amazed I managed to leave it in my bag whilst I was at work! The story line is full of twists and turns, some of which I saw coming but only because you were working everything out as Jackson did and he’s a pretty smart guy!
I loved the characters, there are too many to go into detail with but both Hollys and both Adams are awesome, (I say that because you meet them in 2007 and 2009!) I loved how the book showed them as slightly different and not just the same but younger… I know how much I changed between 16/17 and 18/19 and I know others did too. I also liked Jackson’s dad but only occasionally, at other times I thought he was an arse, but he’s a dad and they usually are occasionally! Haha. Jackson was a really interesting character and he’s very much a troubled young soul. I don’t blame him for acting the way he did and he’s such a romantic that I nearly cried just from his actions! I don’t know how I’d handle losing people in my life but he was so brave and so caring that it was incredible to read the story through him.
Another thing I really liked about the characters is that they were older. I feel that there’s a bit of a gap in the market of YA for books set in college, its usually high school and around 15-16 age characters so I really like that Jackson and Holly were both 19 in Jacksons “present time” and Jackson stayed 19 throughout. I liked this age for the characters a lot, especially for how deep the romance was for them.
I seriously don’t know what I thought this book would be like but I’m so glad that it surprised me so much and that I did give it a chance. I love it when books you think you won’t like turn out amazing and I was very pleased with the ending too. I knew the book was the first in a series before I started reading and whilst it didn’t end on a cliff-hanger, it did make me yearn for more as soon as I shut the pages.
I would recommend tempest to anyone who enjoys romances with a twist of the unknown, to anyone who loves a good time travel tale and to people who want fast paced, action packed reads. 
Tempest was published by Macmillan Children’s Books in January 2012. My copy was sent to me as part of UK Book Tours.


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