Tempest by Julie Cross
Releases: January 17, 2012
Where I got my copy: Publisher
"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."
Tempest is an emotional thrill ride. This book contains one of the best premises I have come across to date. It's original and fresh, and Cross's writing is just beautiful.
Jackson can "jump" through time, though his powers seem to render him only the permission to jump back in the past. Normally, Jackson "jumps" and it's as though he splits in two--one half staying in the present while another part of him travels into a past time.
When Jackson's girlfriend and love, Holly, is shot, out of distress, Jackson jumps into the past, hoping to prevent this from happening. Only he does something he's never done before; he fully jumps--putting himself in the past, literally, without means to get himself back to his "current" time. It seems to Jackson that's he's stuck in the past.
After numeral failed attempts, Jackson puts himself a few years back in time, and meets Holly, again, trying to live in this "time", while still trying to maintain his secret of
being from the present. Everything seems okay...until the "Enemies of Time"--the two guys who shot Holly--show back up. Then, Jackson, and Holly, are thrown back into the paths of danger.
That's about all of the premise I can give away--and hell, that seems like too much!
Normally, I dislike male-POVs because I can't relate. This book, though, is written in such a way that even girls (like me) can relate. It seemed I could feel Jackson's distress when he jumped after Holly got shot--I felt everything he did, and I'm sad to say that I felt the ending the most vicariously.
Okay, that's all you get to know about the ending: that it's one of the most emotionally-charged endings I've read. I loved it, but I'm dying for the next book!
I also hope that the movie (that the book is preempted for), lives up to the book. If not, I'll be really disappointed. No one should change this brilliance.
And since I'm such a cover-slut, well, I must mention the obvious; this cover is gorgeous. I love it.
Can't wait for the other books! Wonderful. 4/5 stars.