Review: Tempest by Julie Cross

Rating: 2.5 / 5
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Romance
Release Date: January 17th, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
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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.


I’ve had this book on my to read soon list for ages. On the day that I bought it, I was kind of sure that it would take me some time before I actually read it. I didn’t expect to like it, since a lot of readers with similar tastes as me have given it so-so ratings. It was, overall, an entertaining read with couple of flaws. It was far from perfect, but I enjoyed it for the most part.

The book starts off with Jackson and his pal testing out some of their theories about his ability to jump through time. It started off really interesting, and I immediately wanted to know more about his said abilities. Cross really had a good take on the subject of time travel. In most time travel books and movies, the hero/ine usually goes back in time to change something bad that’s happening in the future. But in Tempest, doing something different in the past won’t affect the future… or so Jackson thought.

Which brings me to another point: I enjoyed the twists. Although they weren’t very original, most of the twists were fun and added to my interest in the novel. I loved learning more and more about time travel (or at lest, Cross’ idea of it) and how I think they’re possible. Now, I did say most of the twists. There were some that were really stupid and illogical, though. I kind of felt like I was watching Kim Possible: A Twist in Time while reading the book (Yeah, I know. I’m such a kid.), mostly because of the terminologies used. I’m talking about Enemies of Time. This book is directed towards young adults–Cross could’ve tried to come up with something better to call the bad guys.

Speaking of bad guys, there were times when I felt that Jackson was a crappy character. Sometimes, he would be a horrible boyfriend, a lousy friend or a bad son. Even if he and Holly did make a cute couple, their relationship felt forced during the beginning of the book. They gradually grew on me, and they were pretty likable by the end. He was a fun friend, generally, but sometimes I thought that his friends could do better. I liked Jackson’s father, and sometimes Jackson would be a little bit disrespectful. This didn’t really give him any points in my heart, but it did prove that he was a normal teenager and made his character a bit more believable.

As a romance junkie, I’ll have to discuss further about the relationship between Jackson and Holly. They were your ordinary high school couple who fought, made up and did… things. Just as Jackson’s pal said somewhere in the middle of the novel, it felt like their relationship (at first) was just casual and didn’t arouse any feels in me. The romance progressed as the story went on. I began to realize how much he really loved her, and how much she was willing to give up for him.

The gist: It was a quick, entertaining read. I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone, but I’m sure that a lot of people will like this one.

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Aimee is a sixteen year old bookworm from the Phillipines! She reads any book that catches her attention, but she mostly reads YA. She's into graphic design, writing and sleeping. You can find her at Deadly Darlings, The Book Geek, Goodreads and on Twitter.

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  1. says

    Hmmn. I love reading time travel stories but I am usually wary whenever someone recommends them to me. Many of the time travel stories that I’ve read are crap and failed to make a good argument about how their own version of time travel worked. Most importantly, I am really particular about how the author would handle the temporal paradox and whether she/he would be able to make it really interesting.

    And I loved that you mentioned Kim Possible. Don’t be too worried about revealing your addiction to cartoons. A lot of us went through that phase too. I, for one is is still addicted to cartoons and anime even at my age.

    Anyway, I think I’m gonna let this one pass even if the romance was done well. Illogical twists aren’t really my cup of tea. Hahaha.

    I am happy though that you still found enjoyment while reading this one. At least, it wasn’t a waste of time. xD

    Great review, Christie.
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    • Aimee says

      I think Cross’ version of time travel was interesting enough. I haven’t really read something like it yet, so I’m saying it’s a unique one for me.

      Lol, I don’t really watch a lot of cartoons anymore, but I am still quite addicted to anime. :)

      If you do give this a try, though, I hope you enjoy it!
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    • Aimee says

      That’s too bad, Eileen. I do have a lot of books that I borrowed/bought but never actually attempted to read. I hope to dedicate some of my summer break to get rid of some books from my growing TBR pile.

      The romance was cute though. :)

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