Sorry for being absent for the last couple of days! Went to the beach and had some fun ^_^ Anyway, back to this review. Another delayed during-my-hiatus review on this particularly buzzed about book. I've heard so many amazing things about it and couldn't wait to read it. Without further ado, my (rather short...) review for "Tempest"!
Title: Tempest (Tempest #1)
Author: Julie Cross
Publication: 2012, St. Martin's Griffin
Summary: 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
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....read more.
Review: "Tempest" is a fast-paced thriller, a guaranteed thirst-quenching and entertaining rollercoaster of a read. The plot is pretty unique and well-twisted with several good surprises and confusions tucked into odd corners. One of the better aspects of this first novel would be the strong and engaging cast of characters, ranging from the heroic Jackson to the witty Adam to the well-developed character of Jackson's father (who I ended up liking a lot, actually.)
Nicely shaped characters spring to life in the adventure of "Tempest". Overall, this book boasts great stamina in a constantly forward motion of plot that proves to be juicy and addicting. The end was surprisingly mature, as it is an unfulfilled conclusion for the relationship of Holly and Jackson, however it was extremely wise and after traveling with these characters, as a reader, you'll feel that you understand the decisions they made at the end.
"Tempest" is a tempestuous ride (haha!), but I felt that as much as the journey was enjoyable and unrelenting, it did not hold enough adhesiveness on making its booming impact stay on the reader afterwards. Thus gave the impression of a quick-paced story that soon slips out of your mind after you turn the last page.
Ratings: ✰✰✰ 3.5 Tempestous Hoots
Final Notes: This was interesting for me, because it has been a while since I read a book that didn't stay in my mind nearly at all after I finished it. Perhaps it was just me, but as much as Jackson was fantastic throughout the book, I just found it really easy to lose him and his world afterwards, not like one of those books that have you moaning over it a week after you finish. Still, a pretty entertaining debut novel.
Thanks for reading!
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