Tempest by Julie Cross

I actually started this book quite a while ago and have only just got around to finishing it, mostly because I think it is one of those books that I was enjoying when I was actually reading it, but when I put it down there was no real urge to pick it back up, which is unfortunate.

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. 

I really enjoyed some of the time travel aspects of this and Jackson’s friend Adam was brilliant throughout. I thought Adam was a really well-developed character and stood out a lot for me in the book, providing a lot of the humour and working out some of the mystery elements.

Jackson however was a different story. I really didn’t believe the relationship he had with Holly; he seemed quite possessive and controlling in some parts and although this could be seen as protective, it did start to irritate me after a while. I feel like I didn’t really know that much about Holly so didn’t feel as though I could care about her as much as I should have and the relationship in general just took over from the more interesting time-travel elements.

The writing style was quick and easy to read and although I put this down for a while, when I actually did pick it up, I found that I got through it quite quickly.

Overall, this was a great concept and although I liked a lot of the story, I think there could have been some concepts improved upon so I don’t think that I will be picking up the next book in the series, at least not any time soon.


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