10 January 2012

Book Review: Tempest (Tempest #1)

Tempest (Tempest #1) by Julie Cross

Format: Paperback (arc)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publishes: January 2012
Pages: 352
Main Characters: Jackson, Holly and Adam
Date Started: 7th January 2012
Date Finished: 10th January 2012
Rating Given: ***

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-traveller.  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 was so looking forward to reading this book I just had to get my hands on it as soon as possible which was one of the reasons why I tried to get an arc copy which I was successful in however, I found I was disappointed in the book.

This book reminded me of The Time Traveller's Wife but for YA and like The Time Traveller's wife there was a lot of jumping around from different times so it got very confusing but with Tempest I couldn't stop being confused as sometimes you never knew what time Jackson was in.

It was a slow start and it took me a long time to actually get into the book. The moment when I thought I like this book was right towards the end as there was so much going on but in a good way it was action packed (although I did get lost a bit) and I was wondering what on earth was going to happen next.

There was other parts that was good before the end but not enough to make me want to read the next books but the way in which it ended had me gripped and it was such a cliffhanger I am looking forward to seeing how this will play itself out. On the other hand though I am also very nervous to continue with it.

I didn't really like Jackson to start with as I found he was a bit of a jerk but the more you get to know the reasons behind the way he acts he really starts to grow on me. What he does at the end makes me really like him because it was such a selfless act that the beginning Jackson I don't think would do.

Not sure what to make of Holly as there was a couple of different versions of her and they was a lot different to one another.

I liked Adam's character he was smart and very trusting and a nice guy.

The other characters including Jackson's Dad I just don't know about as there has been so many lies I just don't know what to think of them but I have a feeling his Dad will grow on me as he was starting to towards the end.

Overall a good set up story that really draws you in towards the end.