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The Compulsive Reader: Tempest by Julie Cross

Monday, January 9, 2012

Tempest by Julie Cross

Jackson Meyer has a rather unique ability—he can jump back in time. He can never go back very far, and nothing in the past ever changes as a result of his traveling. That all changes the day that his girlfriend Holly is shot and Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, only to find himself stuck in a time period in which Holly doesn't even know him. Desperate to get back to the future to save her, he delves into his past to figure out just what he's capable of and who is after him.

Julie Cross's debut novel will grab you from the very first page. Jackson's narration is quick and witty, and he's very engaging. His easy-going nature makes him likable and experiments in time travel are fascinating, but the story really gets going when Holly is shot in 2009 and Jackson finds himself stuck in 2007. He is forced to examine the consequences of his every jump in time and dig into his family's secrets. What he discovers—trained guards shadowing him throughout his childhood, genetic testing, and a struggle between two forces that spans an inestimable number of years—will shock him, and put him in danger. At the same time, Jackson strives to get close to 007 Holly in an attempt to prevent her death in 2009, and he struggles with the guilt he feels for being a part of her life and putting her in so much danger. Cross does an excellent job at building their relationship in both time periods and creating little differences between 007 Holly and 009 Holly. This thrilling book has lots of action, mind-bending plot twists, and high stakes. The ending may be hard to swallow for some readers, but thankfully we still have two more books to look forward to in what's sure to be an outstanding trilogy.

Cover Comments: I am love with this cover! It's done by the same person who did the Hush, Hush cover, and it's so striking. I like the way the two figure are falling and trying to reach out to each other. Love it!

This one will be out January 17th, 2012!

ARC provided by author's agent.

7 comments:

sugarpeach said...

I like the cover, too. I wonder how the designer did that...

The Compulsive Reader said...

I read that the Hush, Hush cover was done with a trampoline, I bet it was the same for this one.

Andrea @ Cozy Up said...

I love the cover for this one, it's a great design, I didn't know it was the same person who did the Hush Hush cover! I'm really interested in reading this book. I love the idea of time travel (Time Traveler's Wife is one of my favourite books). Great review!

Leah said...

The more reviews I read about this book, the more I want to read it! It sounds fantastic!

Bookworm1858 said...

I'm really excited about a male protagonist-I like reading one of those on occasion :) The cover is definitely one of the things that drew me in!

ryanandmindy said...

i don't know if you blogged about it a few months back but i've been excited about it ever since. the cover. the description. it's gonna be a good one!

Gina @ My Precious said...

I've just started this book. I like the male voice. What a great review, makes me really want to finish it to see what's going on.