By Julie Cross
Jan. 17, 2012
St. Martin’s Griffin, 352 pages
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.
— Amazon.com description
Oh, hello, now HERE is the time-travel book I’ve been waiting for. Can I please have the time-travel gene so I can pop into the future and sneak a peek at the sequel? Cause that would be splendid right about now.
What I loved about this book was how complex the story became as Jackson jumped around in his story’s timeline. There’s action and intrigue and romance, and my mind was racing to keep up with it all.
And let’s talk about the romance. Have you seen this movie trailer?* It’s sort of like that. Jackson’s still in love with Holly but technically Holly hasn’t met him yet! Oh, the drama!
Tempest is a total page-turner, and exactly where I’d like to see the paranormal romance genre going in YA fiction. Less demon fighters and vampires, more supernatural mind freaks!
Bonus points: Julie Cross is from my college hometown. What up, Chambana!
* I can’t wait to see this movie. It’s going to be the best sobfest since The Notebook.