Review: Tempest by Julie Cross

Borrowed from my library.
Published January 17, 2012
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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.

I wasn't too sure about how I was going to like this book, it just seemed a lot different from any other young adult books I've been enjoying lately. I thought the time travel concept was going to be pretty confusing and that the entire story was just going to be attempting to get the reader to understand it. I was so, so wrong though, Julie Cross did an amazing job at taking you through all of the information that surrounds time travel in a very simple way, so it's super easy to understand!

Jackson is a nineteen year old who has the ability to time travel, which right there alone is flipping amazing! I loved how the story was told from his point of view, it felt so real and he's definitely one of my all time favorite male protagonists! The only other person that knows about his unique talent is his girlfriend's brother, Adam, who is a total science nerd and has theories of his own about Jackson's abilities. I really loved that throughout the book Jackson was able to learn so much more about what he can truly do and how he grew more into an adult after each journey back in time.

I loved all of the action in this book and how you can trust no one! The entire time I was thinking "but Jackson, can you really trust your Dad and what about the Enemies of Time!?" It was interesting to see the story unfold by gathering up information from all the different time's in Jackson's past and putting the pieces together at the end to get a pretty kick ass puzzle. I mean there was a lot left unanswered, but just the right about that left me dying to get my hands on the sequel.

It was really awesome how I was able to go back in time with Jackson, it wasn't like a normal flashback because even though it was taking place in the past, it was happening in the now! (Okay that's a little confusing but in the book, I promise, it's not!) I also loved all of the characters in the book and the relationships they had with one another. Holly and Jackson were just so cute together no matter what year it was and I loved how they grew as a couple throughout the story.

I absolutely loved the ending! The events leading up to it helped me fully understand time traveling in this story and I really admired the choices that Jackson made. I was seriously was blown away! Just so much happens throughout this book that every bit of it is amazing!

Also, on a side note, I'm in absolute LOVE with the cover! At first I just thought it was nice, but after reading the book and how it goes with the story was so awesome! It's gorgeous!

Amazing Quote:
"Nothing went exactly right. And yet it was perfect."

Characters: 5/5
Creativity: 5/5
Voice: 5/5
Plot: 4/5
Impact: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

Tempest is a one of a kind book in the young adult genre about a boy with the unique ability to time travel who is trying to figure out the type of person he wants to become. This book is filled with all the right amounts of action, romance and friendship to make any reader completely fall in love with Jackson's story. As soon as I read the first page I was sucked into Jackson's intensely incredible story, Tempest demands to be read! I loved it!

P.S. Do we like the block quote or no? Should I just stick with the italics for the summary of the book? 


  1. I'm glad you loved this one !!! I was honestl not considering reading it but now I am :) !! Thanks for the great review Katie !!

  2. Great review. I think I should try this one.

    I love the block quote :)

  3. Hey Elodie! I was totally the same way then I got this craving for a book about time travel and omg I'm so glad I read this one! You must let me know what you think of it when you get around to reading it! :)

    Hi Juju! Aw thank you! Yes, you definitely should! It's just so original and flat out awesome! Yay thank you! :)

  4. Oooh, I never even knew what Tempest was about but it sounds so exciting! I like books with time traveling, and having something happen simultaneously in the past and the present sounds confusing... but awesome! PS: I like the block quote :)

  5. I like the block quote, especially if the background will be customized to match the color.

    As for the book itself, I wasn't a big fan. I didn't really click with Jackson and while I understand the rules of his time travel ability, they're more limiting than the way I like to imagine time travel so that's a bummer for me ;)

  6. Great review - I wasn't overly keen on this (hated the ending!) but glad you liked it.

    Definitely think the block quote looks cool, by the way!

  7. I like the block quote. I have this on audio and can't wait to get to it!