SUMMARY -Jackson Meyer was always the average, normal teenager...until a year ago, when he discovered his ability to travel through time. First it was freaky. Then it was all fun and games. And now, with the help of his supergeniusfreak friend Adam, he wants to find some answers. But when men come looking for Jackson, killing his girlfriend Holly right in front of him, he must use his extraordinary gift - and an accidental "jump" to the past - to save her and uncover a few family secrets that could mean a change...in everything.
MY THOUGHTS -I am feeling this incredibly strong urge to buy everyone a copy of this book. (Everyone as in...I don't know.) Not all would like it, but holy gracious, it was so stinkin' good I can't even help but try.
You guys, come on! Julie Cross if flipping awesome! How Did She Do It?! I loved literally everything about this book. (Ok, well, there could have been a little less language...BUT...) I loved Jackson, seeing a male perspective in first person. Holly, Adam, cool CIA stuff, time travel that isn't hokey, perfectly paced plot-line with a perfect train of thought that never breaks.
I've never understood time travel so well. I suppose I should try out my own abilities soon... ;)
Julie Cross writes like nothing I've ever seen. The brilliance of her style is her clarity, her way of describing. It allows her to show, not tell. To bring the reader into the story. I was one of those readers. I really was.
CHARACTER NOTES -Let's just put this out there now - Jackson and Adam totally remind me of the Neal/Mozzie duo from White Collar...and in all the best ways. They're not copies, either, just similar, and if I absolutely love the Neal/Mozzie duo (which I do!!), you can bet on me loving Jackson/Adam.
Jackson rocked this book to the very core. He radiates total and complete excellence - as a character in literature and as a real person. I connected with him and - guilt as charged! - totally fell in love with him. He's far from perfect, but shows tons of personal growth and strength in doing the right thing. At first I thought Holly might be too good for him, but no... He totally deserves her!
Speaking of Holly. She's way too cool! She's a dream come true for Jackson, but she's real, flaws and all. She added so much meaning to Tempest, being at the lead of Jackson's drive to search for answers.
There are so many great characters here, I wish I could name them all. Some start out bad and end good (like as in good guy/bad guy...not quality...they're all great quality characters!). Some totally tricked me and flipped the story upside down. I found I was second-guessing myself more than once on a lot of these people. They're very involving!
STORY NOTES -But that's not the only aspect of Tempest to turn things around.
This story is freaking crazy!!! Every two seconds my ideas/plans/theories about the story line were blown up in my face by some insanely incredible twist.
Tempest starts fast and ends faster. So much happens, which could have been so confusing, but I never once wondered about the theories or experiments. Everything made sense...okay, except for that one thing at the end. But even that didn't bother me too much. I know Cross will tie it in in the second and third books...I trust her that much. *please don't break my trust!*
Highlight this if you want to read - it's the biggest spoiler in the book so if you haven't read it, I don't recommend reading it!
I thought that going back in time to a different "timeline" meant you couldn't change the future? Like, he went back, saw and talked to Courtney, and yet nothing in 2009 changed. When he went back in time to avoid meeting Holly in the very beginning, it was to change the future. But it doesn't work that way. So am I missing something or is that a hole in the story?
In any case, whatever my issue was with the end...it was still breathtaking, gut wrenching, and totally heartbreaking. I definitely cried some in this book because the whole thing had a very emotional undertone...and some of the scenes...GAH! Don't get me wrong - Jackson is this a total guy and not a mushy gushy softy - but he has the perfect mix of manliness and a sensitive side, which only adds to the brilliance of Tempest. (And which only works to make me fall head over heals for him because that's like my dream guy!!)
The love story was just wonderful. It reminded me some of Everneath in the fact that it had already happened, but needs to be "relived". That was one of the factors that sold me in Everneath, and it worked again with Tempest. I love the slow progression of things between Holly and Jackson, and the fact that it was still so intense. Like, emotional (not the dramatic type) and beautiful and so stinking sweet.
SUMMING IT UP -Tempest sucked me into its timeline! ;) Yes, I'm hopelessly lost in the world of Jackson. I'm hooked. I didn't think I'd love it, but wow I was wrong! And now... Second book please come out very very soon!!!!!
For the Parents -
Quite a lot of foul language... F bombs, GD, b**ch, s**t, d**n, etc. For that alone I recommend to older ages. But on top of that there are some crude sexual remarks and, yes: college age Jackson and Holly are practically living together. A few minor details (Julie Cross is really good an implying and leaving out unneeded details), but it happens at least 4 times, and with enough detail to make me squirm at the thought of my 15 year old sister reading it.
Recommended to older teens, 17+.