Monday, December 19, 2011

Books I Love - Tempest (Plus a GIVEAWAY!)

Tempest by Julie Cross
Publish Date: January 2012

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.

I was so excited when I won an ARC of TEMPEST. I'm a sucker for sci-fi stuff and time travel is soooo cool (any other Dr. Who fans out there?). Anyway...the beginning sucked me in right away. The story starts out in 2009, and Jackson already knows he has the ability to travel in time. In fact, he's been conducting experiments with his best friend, Adam, in hopes of figuring out why he has that ability and what exactly he can do with it. One thing they already know is that jumping to the past doesn't affect the present. Jackson's girlfriend, Holly, doesn't know that he is a time traveler, which causes problems because she knows Jackson is hiding something. While Jackson is trying to make up with Holly, some mysterious men break into her dorm room. They fatally shoot Holly, which causes Jackson to panic and jump back to 2007. Once there, he finds that he can't get back to 2009.

That's where the story really takes off. Jackson is forced to assume the identity of his seventeen-year-old self so he can figure out why he's stuck in the past, and in the process discovers secrets about his father and himself. I loved the fact that Jackson learned to become a more mature and responsible person as a result of having to pretend to be seventeen. In the beginning, he was likable, but definitely a bit on the selfish side. That gradually changed as Jackson discovered the truth about his origins and learned the extent of his abilities. And the end....all I can say is you might need some tissue. I don't usually cry when I read books. I might become teary-eyed, but I actually found myself crying several times while reading TEMPEST. Yes, it's that good.

So if you like books filled with action, romance, mystery, and great character development, you'll definitely love TEMPEST! And since I love this book so much, I'm going to give one of you my ARC. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me what you would like to do if you could travel to the past. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on Thursday, December 29th. Winner will be announced on December 30th. You can earn extra entries for doing any of the following:

+1: blog follower
+1 for each: tweet/facebook about the giveaway 
+3: blog about the giveaway

Please tally up your points and include your email address so I can get in touch with you if you win. International entries are welcome. Good luck and thanks for entering!


  1. Yay for international, you rock! If I could go back in town, I'd tell myself to get off my butt and get to writing earlier... and possibly take a quick trip back to next week to tell myself to eat those mangoes before they go all mushy.

    I'm already a follower, and here's my tweet:!/AmieKaufman/status/148684746547933184

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  3. Oh good Lord it actually just took me three tries to get the tweet right. Here's the final version:!/AmieKaufman/status/148696527882289152

  4. Yay for doing this international!

    What would I do if I could go back in time?
    Visit Ancient Egypt.
    God, I love Egypt. One of my first manuscripts (= really bad writing lol) was about a girl who time-traveled to Ancient Egypt ;)

    I'm an old blog follower.
    I tweeted:!/Juliana_Haygert/statuses/148727274332618753
    And I facebooked: (don't know if you'll be able to see. tell me if you don't)
    I'll post a blog about the giveaway this morning yet:

  5. It looks like a great book. I'll have to go check it out.

  6. I love books about time traveling as well, this looks like a good read. I'm a follower and although I have twitter, I'm completely inept at it, it's my New Years Resolution to figure it out.

    Have a great Christmas.

  7. Man. Good question. It varies depending on my mood. So right now...I'd like to go back to Regency England and pick up a guy to bring back ;)

    +1 old follower,
    +1 tweet:!/ASingleBell/status/149525482159882241

    sooo 3 total :)