MKB Review: Tempest by Julie Cross

Title: Tempest (hardback) (Tempest #1)
Author: Julie Cross
Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Release Date: January 5th 2012
Pages: 412 

Read it in: 1 month — only read it for three days across the month
Source: Publisher

You can buy/pre-order it on amazon.

Synopsis: Goodreads:

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.

My Review:

Okay, so I read this book basically whenever I was on the train back from my boyfriends (three times since I received the book), so all in all it took me 3 hours ish to read it. Not bad going for someone who is having a really tough and stressful time right now! 

Anyway. Having finished the book today on the train back from Andy’s, I can happily say, I loved it. I will admit there were some parts that I felt were dragging on but for the most part it was chocca block with stuff going on! Mostly regarding our main character Jackson and his father – who isn’t his father, but is at the same time – kinda confusing. 

Jackson is a time-travelling 19 year old college student. But, to quote him, wipe all you knew about time travelling out of your mind, as it will simply confuse you! His way of time travelling is different to that of Doctor Who for example. He doesn’t have a TARDIS and he can’t travel outside his own life span. He can perform half jumps – where his future isn’t affected by what he does – and he can perform full jumps – where his ‘home base’ changes and his future does too. 

It’s not THAT confusing, but it does have it’s moments. 

It’s a very enjoyable read and I would definitely suggest it to anyone who would like to simply pick up a book to read. However, at times it did pull me into it – so don’t have anything important to do when you pick it up – it most likely won’t get done. 

I am happy to reward Julie Cross’ novel Tempest with:

Rating: 5/5 

It was great! Enjoyable! And excited! A full win!


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