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Oct 18, 2017

Tempest is a very interesting book suitable for pre-teens and teenagers. The main focus of the book is around Jackson Meyer, a 19-year-old boy who can time travel. But when he travels back in time, he can change anything, return to the present and nothing would change. He attempts to figure out the meaning behind how he got his mysterious power by travelling back in time and doing experiments with his genius friend, Adam. He runs into many interesting scenarios that could only have been thought up by the author, Julie Cross. Other time travellers, the CIA, the end of the world, and parallel dimensions are just some of the things explored by Jackson. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it incorporates genres of suspense, sci-fi, romance, and adventure. I would not recommend this book to anyone who dislikes the concept of time travel or anyone who may get confused easily by the multiple “jumps” between different realities. However, this is a great read and has a decent ending despite it being the first book in its series. I would rate this book 4/5 stars.
- @IllusiveBarrel of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 29, 2015

I enjoyed the book; couldn't put it down! (Reserving the next two in the trilogy!) Still, could do without the swearing; one can express the same thoughts, without it.

May 11, 2014

Very slow request

Apr 08, 2014

This is a book I don't think I would have looked at if it had not been on a list I looked out. I'm glad I did because it was very interesting.

Dec 16, 2013

I really enjoyed how the author portrayed Jackson's struggle to do the right thing even after he falls in love with his to be girlfriend. Fantastic book.

May 31, 2013

I loved this book! It fit my interest, I couldn't stop! I loved the idea of time travel! Now I am reading Vortex, the second book! :)

Nov 12, 2012

i hated this book

Nov 04, 2012

I really enjoyed reading this book! It was a bit confusing but still just as good

_infuse_ Oct 14, 2012

really good. liked the time travel idea and its funny wat these guys go through to fix things. i love most of all the love jackson has for holly... enough to go back in time to save her

Sep 21, 2012

i liked it, i like time travel books... the end kind of reminded me of the move The Butterfly Effect

JennyX Aug 11, 2012

This was a pretty good read. It's about time travel, and througout the story, Jackson revisits his past several times to discover the reason behind his ability to time travel. This is the first part of a triolgy, and I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that I won't go out of my way to read the rest of the trilogy. I don't recommend this book for its confusing and inconsistent plot.

Jun 30, 2012

Tempest is the first in a new trilogy by Julie Cross. It was originally published in November 2011. Jackson Meyer is a normal teenage guy who just so happens to be able to time travel. In the present he is on summer vacation from college, and working as a camp counselor with his girlfriend Holly and his friend Adam. Through experiments with Adam he realizes that this isn’t your regular time travel like on TV. When he jumps to the past he can’t change anything about the future. Nobody even remembers what happened, except for him. When two strange men show up at Holly’s dorm and shoot Holly Jackson jumps back to 2007 in a state of shock. This is unlike any jump he has ever done before because he can’t seem to get back to his present. He now must race through time to save Holly while learning about his mysterious past.

First of all I want to say that I really enjoyed this book. I read it quite quickly because it was so exciting and fun, and really kept me guessing. Since this isn’t the typical time traveling story that we all know (i.e. Jackson can’t change the future by going to the past) I was really intrigued how this was all going to play out. I love the interaction he had with his sister which was really touching. I could tell that he really cared about the people in his life (sister, Holly, Adam) because he would do anything for them.

I really need to know where the story goes from here. I was sad at the ending of the book but I know that there is more to come so the hardest thing is the wait. The sequel which is called Vortex is slated for release in January 2013. There currently isn’t a cover I will keep you guys informed as I learn more myself. If you can’t wait until 2013 check out the e-novella called ‘Tomorrow is Today’ available right now. If that isn’t enough check out the Julie Cross blog where she has entries in Holly’s diary.
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jasminewilks Jun 12, 2012

interesting and fast paced book! ill definitely be reading the next one, I love jackson and holly together! :)

Apr 29, 2012

I loved this book! I have heard that there is going to a be a sequel and I ans very excited. I recommend this book to 16+ !! :)

Apr 26, 2012

I didn't know what to expect from this book when I initially picked it up. It could've gone either way given the subject matter, but I ended up pleasantly surprised. Julie Cross displays a knack for dialogue and characterization that more than carries the book. Her innovative idea should also serve to set her apart in a genre that is overcrowded with copycats. The only downside with this story is that it is only the first part of a trilogy. Honestly...does every story need to be a trilogy!?!

stephaniehjones Mar 14, 2012

Tempest is the first of three books in the series.

Nov 12, 2011

Told from the point of view of Jackson, a 19 year old college student, he realizes he can travel through time. He starts time traveling to solve the puzzle of how he can travel through time and save his girlfriend.

I wanted to like this book more, but I kept getting confused and lost through the sequence of events. As another reviewer wrote the plot needs a few "big reveals" to keep the story moving, but this story had so many moving parts, compounded by the time travel that I kept losing the story thread. Stories that jump back and forth between past and present are hard to write well. (A non-fiction book that does this well is Catfish and Mandala.)

I also didn't think the references to sex and drinking were necessary. The book seems targeted towards the young adult/teen audiences, which makes the references to sex and drinking questionable. Other recent science fiction young adult trilogies, The Hunger Games in partictular, managed to get the romance in without with sex and drinking.

Overall, it made for ok bus reading.

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