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Tempest: A Novel por Julie Cross
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Tempest: A Novel (edição 2012)

por Julie Cross

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After his girlfriend Holly is fatally shot during a violent struggle, nineteen-year-old Jackson uses his supernatural abilities and travels back in time two years, where he falls in love with Holly all over again, learns that his father is a spy, and discovers powerful enemies of time who will stop at nothing to recruit him for their own purposes.… (mais)
Título:Tempest: A Novel
Autores:Julie Cross
Informação:St. Martin's Griffin (2012), Edition: Book Club (BCE/BOMC), Hardcover, 352 pages
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My Early Reviewer review disappeared when I accidentally unclicked 'your library'. Here's what I could find from my thread in 2012:

YA sci-fi. Jackson can travel through time. His girlfriend Holly gets shot and he tries to go back in time to stop it, only to get stuck in the past. Add in some murders, CIA, jumping off buildings, etc.

I'm a really lazy reader and trying to figure out the time jumps kind of gave me a headache, but I'll see if the library has the sequel when it comes out. 3/5 ( )
  alsvidur | Aug 9, 2021 |
This book had been on my radar for some time, since I knew it was all about time-travel. Here is the summary:

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.

I love time travel and alternate universe ideas, so I was very eager to read this. It is the first in a trilogy, which doesn’t surprise me because a lot of the YA books I’ve read this year have been part of a series.

As for the story itself, I liked it. First of all, the way time travel works in this book was great – as Jackson put it, forget everything you know about time travel. He can do what is called a ‘half jump’ back in time, where his home base remains the same, no matter when/where he jumps back, and he returns to home base after every jump. Whatever he does in his jump doesn’t affect time in his present, home base time. Until, however, he sees his girlfriend Holly get shot and jumps two years back in time, unable to return to his home base.

Besides Jackson and Holly, the other main characters in this book are Adam, their friend who knows about Jackson’s time travel abilities and has been helping him do some experiments, and Jackson’s dad. There are also flashbacks where we learn about Jackson’s dead twin sister, Courtney. All of these characters were interesting and I wish I could have learned more about them in this book, particularly Adam (I liked his humour and his geekiness) – but I suppose I’ll have to read the rest of the series to get to know the characters better.

The end of the book starts to explore a larger story than just Jackson’s predicament – a group of time travellers known as the Enemies of Time, who may or may not want to mess with the future. Obviously this is going to be dealt with much more in the second book, but I learned just enough about them in this book to pique my interest, and that combined with the somewhat ambiguous ending ensures that I will be looking for the sequel next year.

While the story took some mind-bendy journeys through time and possibly alternate timelines, if you can keep up with it all, it’s pretty fun. The copy I borrowed from the library was over 300 pages, and it did drag at times, but I still recommend this book if you like YA and sci-fi! ( )
  kimmypingwing | Jul 7, 2020 |
Quite a few dramatic cliches, some obvious YA romance fluff thrown in too, but I stayed for the time travel. Jumping in a sorta trial mode that doesn't change the past is a fun idea. ( )
  brandonlee | Jun 11, 2020 |
Did you know I have a rubric for rating stories? Yes, I am just that much of a fusspot. Using a rubric helps me break down the different aspects of a story to keep my ratings consistent across genres and writing-styles.

I tell you this because my rubric rates this debut novel from Julie Cross as 3.4 stars. However, I am bumping it up to 4 stars for one reason: time FREAKING travel.

Can you imagine how much planning must've gone into this monster? Not only does the plot involve "simply" jumping back and forth down a linear stretch of time, there are also tangent timelines and parallel dimensions to contend with. Piled on top of that is the fact that there are multiple time travelers involved--EVIL time travelers! Oh, and one of them is Jackson's clone (or something)! Cripes! So for the mechanics alone, this author needs props. Unless Julie Cross is a total pants writer (and I don't see how that could possibly be true here) I'm sure her notes on this story, not to mention the sequels, could fill Jackson's entire penthouse apartment.

It's easy to see why Summit Entertainment snapped up the movie rights to this one. The story is fast-paced and eventful, and has a lot of those action scenes filled with kung-fu and gun-grabbing that look so impressive on film.

However, I'm sorry to say that the romance between Jackson and Holly totally fell flat for me, which is extra bad because Jackson's love for Holly is what drove the plot forward. But I was able to put that quibble aside and just accept their love for the sake of the story. (This did not stop me from totally skimming the pages of their flirty, lovey-dovey banter. "lol I'm gonna paint you and ruin your clothes!" "Okay! LATEX PAINT FIGHT ON THE CARPET! Teehee." Gag.) But don't mind me. As a girl who is bitterly single, I am biased against this on principle. But it didn't help that Jackson constantly reminds the reader that he and Holly have nothing in common except that faithful pink milkshake.

An aside: I dropped my iced coffee on a guy once. He almost made me pay for his ruined shirt. Sigh.

Thankfully the romance is not the only thing going on in this story. There's also the whole thing about RECESSIVE GENES THAT ALLOW A PERSON TO TIME TRAVEL OMFG! Don't tell me it's not scientifically possible! I don't care!

All that said, I look forward to the sequel. ( )
  aquaorbis | Nov 1, 2017 |
Tempest is what I wanted [book:Jumper|47970] to be.

Jackson Meyer is a likable protagonist with extraordinary abilities. Shortly after his eighteenth birthday, he learned he could time travel. At first, it was a couple hours, and he only submitted a projection of himself. Then, suddenly, it is two years and Jackson is living in the past. The problem is, his abilities have taught him some strange things about his family, and he isn't sure who he can trust. And for good reason - someone just shot his girlfriend.

Trusting a friend from the future and trying to thwart the CIA and other time travelers alike, Jackson is placed in a precarious position. He must make important decisions about his future, his family, his love life, and he must pick a side.

Tempest has a lot going on all at once and sometimes, it's difficult to keep track.

On one end, we have Holly. I believe the author really wanted Holly to be the center of everything. As far as I'm concerned, she's a pretty mediocre girl. I understand why Jackson likes her - they're very compatible. For the reader? She's a bit boring and flat. Jackson spends a lot of time trying to win her love and protect her, and that was SO TEDIOUS compared to time travel.

Then we have Courtney. Jackson's twin sister died of brain cancer when she was 14, and Jackson has many regrets. He misses her dearly. EVERY TIME Courtney shows up in this story, things get interesting. I believe she's much smarter and knows a lot more than this first book lets on. Even at the end, we don't get a lot of answers about Courtney and she is my primary reason for going to book two - I really liked this character and thought there could be a lot more story around her and Jackson and their abilities.

Then we have the whole CIA/EOT plotline. This is the high-action angle of the story, but it's written in such a way that it always feels like it's INTERRUPTING the love story, which is an issue for me? The book isn't marketed as strictly a KISSING BOOK so the plot and subplot shouldn't be all switched? That said, the CIA plot felt weak and I didn't like it anyway. Mostly people appeared and try to shoot other people, then everyone threw their hands in the air and asked questions or laughed evilly. Then. Jackson jumps, because we're done with that! YUP.

Overall, I couldn't put it down.

For whatever this story lacks in cohesion and focus, it makes up for in curiosity. The time jumps happened just as soon as things were starting to get interesting, so you'd have to read more, faster, so you could find out what happened. Characters have a habit of disappearing as well. There was several pages where Jackson & Co. were getting shot at on a boat? And the whole time, all I could think was, "OKAY. BUT WHERE IS ADAM. IS HE DEAD. TELL ME THINGS!!!?!" ... (You do eventually find out about Adam.)

This book will swallow you up. Some of the scenes are really beautifully written. I'm glad I read it.

For more reviews & other bookish delights, visit The Literary Phoenix. ( )
  Morteana | Sep 8, 2017 |
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After his girlfriend Holly is fatally shot during a violent struggle, nineteen-year-old Jackson uses his supernatural abilities and travels back in time two years, where he falls in love with Holly all over again, learns that his father is a spy, and discovers powerful enemies of time who will stop at nothing to recruit him for their own purposes.

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