Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The New Adult Project: "Tempest" by Julie Cross (+Audiobook Clip)


Goodreads 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.

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.


This book has only been out for a few weeks, and like Hushed, it's a new release I'm happy to recommend. Well, mostly.

If I had to describe Tempest in one sentence, I would call it a great story that is badly written. The prose is amateur, in some cases even bad. Not only that, but the dialogue doesn't always feel natural, and over-exposition and info-dumps abound.

But despite this, I really enjoyed this book. The fast pace and the constant barrage of questions kept me reading--and not reluctantly so. But more importantly, I loved the characters. Adam was awesome, and I loved Jackson's relationship with his deceased sister, Courtney.

And Holly? She's probably one of the best love interests I've seen in, like, ever.

I never love the love interest. They're usually boring (Ethan from The Adoration of Jenna Fox), or too pure-hearted (Evan from Hushed), or simply jerks (Mwita from Who Fears Death.) Even if the love interest is likable and the relationship believable, romance is usually something I tolerate in books.

But Holly was awesome. She's funny, and quirky, and flawed (there are a few hints about her insecurity). Normally I hate date scenes, but Holly made them fun. I understood exactly why she was so important to Jackson, and I cared about their relationship.

I'm still not quite sure how I feel about Jackson. I like him enough, but Cross seems to make him too powerful. (Was it really necessary to include the photographic memory part? It wasn't even necessary for the plot. Not to mention learning advanced combat techniques in less than five minutes.)

I was also a little annoyed by Cross' portrayal of Holly's roommate. The man-hating-lesbian stereotype is not only anti-feminist, but also untrue. (Lesbians don't date women because they think all men are pigs. They date women because they like women.)

So yes, this book has a lot of flaws, but I had a lot of fun reading it, and I happily await the sequel.

***

ETA:

Esther Bochner from Macmillan Audio recently sent me a clip from the audiobook version of Tempest. Check it out here:


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