Today I am reviewing the YA time travel romance ‘Tempest’ by Julie Cross. It is the fourth book I’ve read for the YA+MG Time Travel Reading Challenge I’m participating in.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Jackson Meyer is hiding a secret. He can time-travel. But he doesn’t know how he does it, how to control it or what it means. When Jackson, and his girlfriend Holly, find themselves in fatal danger, Jackson panics and catapults himself two years into his past, further than he’s ever managed before, and this time he can’t find a way back to the future. All the rules of time-travel he’s experienced so far have been broken and Jackson has no choice but to pretend to be his younger self whilst he figures out a solution. Jackson is tearing himself apart with guilt and frustration, wondering if Holly survived. He’s also become the target of an unknown enemy force and it seems even his dad is lying to him. Jackson is racing against time to save the girl he loves, but to do that he must first discover the truth about his family and himself.
3.5 out of 5 stars.
This book took awhile to get into. I didn’t connect with Jackson straight away and his time travelling had me confused because it wasn’t obeying “normal” laws, but there is an explanation for that and once that was cleared up I could enjoy it more.
Jackson gets stuck in 2007 after something terrible happens to his girlfriend, Holly. He tries to get back to 2009 to try and save her, but he keeps jumping backwards and can’t seem to get back (or forward) to her no matter how hard he tries.
In the past he learns a lot about himself – including that the people closest to him are not who he thought they were. He also can’t seem to keep away from Holly, and I really liked the moments between Jackson and 007 Holly. I wasn’t that invested with this pair at first, but the more I got to see them together the more I grew to like them and by the end I was all for Jackson and Holly.
The tempo does increase toward the end and there is plenty of action to keep you invested in the rest of the story. I didn’t like the decision Jackson made at the end. I thought it was selfish and stupid and not his to make. That’s all I’m going to say about that because I don’t want to go into spoiler territory.
I found the minor characters in Tempest helped hold up the story – Adam, Jackson’s sister and interestingly enough, Jackson’s dad. It made it much deeper than it would be without them. Also, I think this leans more toward NA than YA. Not just because of the age of the character, 19 and in collage, but there are some scenes involving sexual situations that I felt were more in depth than you usually see in YA, although nothing too graphic. Because of this, I would suggest Tempest suitable for upper teens and above.
Overall I liked this book and I will be reading Vortex, book 2 in the trilogy.
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