Dec 8, 2011

Blog Tour Review - Tempest by Julie Cross (+Giveaway Link & Teaser)


I am happy to be a part of the Tempest blog tour put together by Books Complete Me & Once Upon a Twilight! I was darn lucky to get a signed copy of Tempest at ALA this summer and meet author Julie Cross. Everyone has been buzzing about this book ever since. So, here is my review, a teaser from the book, and a chance to win 1 of 5 signed copies!

Tempest by Julie Cross
January 17, 2012 from St. Martin Griffin

Synopsis:
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.


Review:
For nineteen-year old Jackson, time travel doesn't seem to have many benefits. He can't go into the future and get winning Lotto numbers. He can't see who will win the next World Series. Why? Poor Jackson can only go into the past. And at first, only a few minutes into the past. Not very exciting, huh? Jackson and his friend Adam (a total genius) have been calculating what his (in)abilities all mean. After a terrifying break-in where his girlfriend Holly is murdered, he jumps two years back to 2007...and he can't seem to get back.

Tempest takes on a new spin to time travel. There are different ways to travel and different places to go, branches almost. It is all sophisticated, but not too complicated. Cross uses analogies to help us wrap our brain around the idea of going back in time and being unable to change anything. She does an excellent job at keeping explanations simple yet putting her own stamp on it all. She also helps us keep track of 2007 Jackson and 2009 Jackson by changing up the look of the page. Usually Jackson will make a journal entry about the date, but the pages themselves have stripes on the side letting the reader know a change in year/time was made. Again, no confusion for me. I appreciate the time and effort made to keep the reader in the right place.

There are a lot of characters in this book. Each one has a unique voice and most go through some sort of transformation. We are led to believe one thing about Jackson's father, then everything changes. Is he just a dad who works a lot, or something more....dangerous? Same goes for a few others. I have to admit that not all seemed necessary, but I am thinking some of these people will show up in the future (pun intended). I hope so! I really enjoyed the honest portrayal of Jackson. Cross didn't shy away from the physical relationship between Jackson and Holly. They are 19 and like it or not, most older teens in a long-term relationship have relations. Nothing too explicit, but very believable and authentic. I would have liked to know Holly a bit better. Everything is very clear with Jackson considering it is his point of view. I hope we learn more about Holly and her past or even what that ______ was doing in the ______! Bombshell towards the end alert! I feel like that was glossed over and not talked about again, but it is a perfect set-up for book two.

Cross definitely knows where this story is going and her vision is coming in loud and clear! I can't wait to follow Jackson and Holly on their wild ride - they could literally end up anywhere. Highly recommended for 14+

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Teaser:
December 24, 1996
The last thing I saw was Chief Marshall's face up close as he examined mine. I don't know what freaked me out more...the look in his eyes or the greedy smile that was snaking onto his face as I jumped out of 1996.

Tempest is also available on audio! I am a huge fan of audio books so look for a giveaway in the very near future. For now, check out audio clip below:


Click HERE to enter to win 1 or 5 signed copies!!! Be sure to click I Read Banned Books. You must leave a comment on THIS post in order to be eligible. You can do this same process for every stop on the tour! Good luck!

41 comments:

  1. This book sounds amazing! I can't wait to read it! :)

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  2. Thanks for the chance to win this book, I've heard a lot about it, it sounds great. My fingers are crossed! (=

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  3. Thanks so much for doing the TEMPEST blog tour! Loved the review! And we met at ALA? Seriously? That's so awesome!

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  4. I'm so excited for this book. You make it sound so good! I can't wait to read it!

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  5. This books sounds so so good and I can't wait to read it!! Thanks so much for the giveaway! :D

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  6. This is one I've been looking forward to since it first showed up in the work computers. Can't wait!
    Cheers~
    Dot
    requiemofrain (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  7. Sounds like an incredible read - and I love the cover. :)

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  8. You have to be joking right?! Two blanks?! Why not just fill them in! GRR! You teaser.
    Thanks for the review. :D
    Tayte

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  9. I can't wait to get my hands on this book! It sounds too good! ^_^

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  10. i've been looking forward to Tempest! :)

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  11. I really enjoyed Tempest! Jackson is such a fantastic character and you are totally right about how the time changes were not confusing at all! That definitely helped my enjoyment of this book!

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  12. This book sounds amaaaazing! Thanks so much for the chance to win Tempest!

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  13. I'm really looking forward to this one.
    Does anyone know if this is the Tempest that resulted in Hush Hush#3 name change to Silence?

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  14. I have had my eye on this for weeks. I am really looking forward to reading this one. :)

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  15. Tempest will definitely be amazing! I just know it!

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  16. Love love loved this book! It was so amazing!

    What I hate about books, with people who have super powers, is that they never embrace them! Their always feeling sorry for themselves, and feeling that they never fit in. But dude, these super powers are AWESOME!

    That's one thing I really liked about Jackson, he wasn't embarrassed or tried to ignore his ability to time travel!

    Anyways, great review!

    Lisa
    www.turningpages94.blogspot.com

    P.S. New Follower(;

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  17. Great Review! I've heard tons about this book and totally can't wait to read it :D

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  18. I've been seeing this one make its rounds on the blogosphere and it definitely keeps sounding better and better. I love time travel stories, and even better when it's something the character can't help (like in Time Traveler's wife) which adds a whole lot more tension to the plot. Really can't wait to read this one.

    Thanks for the giveaway op!


    Smiles!
    Lori

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  19. Amazing! I'm really looking forward to reading Tempest. :)

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  20. Thanks so much for the chance to win this book! I love the cover!

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  21. hope it's international, this book sounds awesome!

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  22. Thank you so much for this giveaway! I've been dying to read Tempest, and I appreciate the opportunity to win. Happy holidays!

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  23. Sounds great! I'll have to add it to my reading list.

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  24. Love your blog, I just started my own..."grandma reads YA" with a YA author in the family. I also loved "Tempest".

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  25. Can't wait to read it. Hope it finds its way to my library shelf! :)

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  26. Thanks for the review!! I have never tried an audio book...

    GFC Michele LUker

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  27. I loved this book! I somehow managed to get a review copy, and it's absolutely incredible! I'm obsessed. I love time travel books. And I'll bet it's fantastic on audio. I'm going through an obsession with audiobooks.
    Grace

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  28. I love, love, love time travel. Be it the Time Travelers Wife,
    the best book ever, or the Man Who Folded Himself, the first time
    traveler book I recall reading, I love them all. Can not wait to read this one!

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  29. This book sounds so awesome! The only time travel thing I've read or seen is The Butterfly Effect starring Ashton Kutcher!

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  30. Awesome post! I'm a huge fan of time travel and cannot wait to get my hands on TEMPEST :D

    Diana

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  31. I loved reading Tempest and posted a view back in Oct., but would LOVE a signed copy sooooo very much! I read an older ARC version off of Netgalley and so only had it for a short amount of time. *keeps fingers crossed*
    Happy New Year!
    ~Jaclyn~
    www.jaclynsmusings.com

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  32. Very Intriguing review and teaser! I have got to read Tempest!

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  33. This sounds absolutely amazing! Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

    -Melissa

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  34. great review! i LOVED Tempest. fantastic. :) thanks for the giveaway!

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  35. Thank you very much great review look forward to reading this one!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  36. Great review. The idea of putting stripes down the side of the page is very cool -- that way you don't have to "pull" out of the story to try and figure out "where" Jackson is.

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  37. I want to read this so badly now, especially after learning about it from other tour stops too!

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