Tempest (Tempest #1)
Publication Date: January 17, 2012
Publisher: ST. Martin's Griffin
Tempest is the first book in the Tempest trilogy by Julie Cross. 19 year old Jackson Meyer has the ability to travel back in time. He's not sure why is able to time-travel, he just knows that he can. After his girlfriend, Holly is shot and presumably killed Jackson jumps back in time. Jackson soon finds out that he is stuck. Unable to get back to his own time he sets out to find a way to save Holly from being killed in the future. But the people that shot Holly are looking for him and the find him in the past. As he goes about trying to change the future, Jackson learns a few things about himself along the way. What Jackson discovers about himself has drastic effects not only for him but for those around him.
One of the reasons I really enjoyed this book was that I was able to see Jackson develop throughout the novel. At first he seems to be your typical 19 year old guy. He has a girlfriend but isn't ready for anything serious. But as the story progresses he begins to grow up and realize what is important to him. I also liked finding out why Jackson was able to time travel. He deals with learning that everything he knew about his past isn't exactly true in a mature way. He does fall to pieces he gathers all the pieces about himself and tries to figure out how this will help him save Holly.
I did have a couple issues with Tempest. At times I was slightly confused by the specifics of Jackson's time traveling. Once I understood it, it was easier to grasp what it meant for him to use his abilities. The other issue I had was with the ending. It wasn't bad by any means it just had me saying, Seriously! He just did what? And I have to wait forever to find out how this decision effects him.
Tempest was a fast paced read with twists and turns that had me wondering what would happen next. It kept me entertained from beginning to end. I loved that this book was set in our world but there were people with the ability to time travel living among us. I say if you like time traveling get yourself a copy of Tempest when it comes out in January.
I think the cover is quite compelling. It had me asking myself several questions. Why is she falling? And will he be able to save her?