Saturday, January 28, 2012

Tempest by Julie Cross

Genre:  Paranormal Fantasy

Description (taken from 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.

Enter Jackson's world where you've got the girl and the friend who's helping you deal with your time-traveling abilities.  Let me stop and mention that it was very refreshing to read from a guy's point of view. Seeing his girlfriend from his eyes and the small quirky things she did that he loved to see made me really love the romance in this book.

Now back to time travel.  The idea of time travel is so friggin intense and difficult to wrap your head around that you really have no idea of where you're going if you don't know the beginning and the end.  That's why we let the authors write these books, and I just read them for the ride.  Sure, there were some very disorienting moments where I had to question when on earth Jackson was.  But Jackson was questioning that as well, so I suppose I was meant to be a little disoriented.

And you want to know the funny part?  The day that everything happens in this book (you'll know what I'm talking about when you read it) is the day I married my husband (I kid you not).  So, yes I remember exactly what I did that day.  And throughout Jackson's story on this day, I was thinking about how I was getting my hair done, getting dressed, shoving cake in my husband's face, etc.  Personal side note from the story that you probably don't care about...

Bottom line, I was very intrigued with this story.  There were so many spots where you wonder what's going on.  And I believe enough mystery was added to make you want to read more.  And the romance?  I loved it (and this is coming from a not-so-super-romantic person).  Am I anxiously awaiting the next book in this series?  Oh yeah!

A special shout out goes to Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy for letting me participate in this ARC tour. If you are interested in participating in one of her tours, check out her ARC Tour page.

Challenges:  Debut Author Challenge

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful review! I've seen such mixed reviews of this book that I'm just going to have to go and check it out myself!

    Nicola @ A Pocket Full of Books


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