Tempest (Tempest, #1)Title : Tempest (Tempest # 1)
Author : Julie Cross
Rating : 5 Stars!

Hardcover, 1st Edition, 352 pages
Published January 17th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published November 3rd 2011)
ISBN : 0312568894 (ISBN13: 9780312568894)

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.

Source : Goodreads

“But seriously, does he think
“Crazy Time Traveler” will be stamped on the outside of the folder?”

I've always wanted to read Tempest but because of some uncertain reasons in which time is included, I haven't got a chance to start it. Well fortunately, at this time and year I had the time to read Tempest.

Tempest is not just an ordinary time-travel storytelling novel that I expected. It's entirely different and unique which makes it very unpredictable for me. And I totally loved it mainly. 

Jackson Meyer is an average teenage rich boy who suddenly realized that he can time travel in short span of time. He can go back to the time which was thirty minutes or an hour ago. No one knows how it all started, as well as Jackson. His friend Adam creates a theory if his time jumps from the past could somehow alternate the present events. Their theories at first were vague and unclear, but when Jackson's girlfriend, Holly was shot, it instantly changed Jackson's perception of being a time-traveller.

As Jackson unveils the secrets of his true identity, it all comes down in a high price. Worse than that, it's already happening and he must changed it before the world will lead into disaster.

Julie Cross' perception of time-travel is very enjoyable and addicting to read. I adored how he created Jackson as an average rebel type teenager into a full grown man that is destined to alternate the events to prevent the chaos that will happen to the future.

As from the beginning of the story, I adored the curiousity of Adam and Jackson to test how time-travel can affect the events of other people. Their innocence drives them into unexpected course of their lives. I specially loved Adam's never-ending theories and probabilities within this book, he always got another idea then it follows with a brilliant upcoming idea which makes it very enjoyable to read. It's like I was also learning more and more about time-travel from the point of view of an ordinary teenager. Well a very intelligent teenager. 

Jackson and Holly, God I loved these two characters. Jackson becomes entirely different when he's with Holly. It's like her-world-is-my-world type of thing. He is strongly dedicated to protect Holly at all cost. Mind you, it's not just a typical kind of man-protects-girl thing. He also embraces responsibility, friendship, and loyalty to her. I loved the way Julie Cross created a male protagonist that's so strong-willed and determined to save the world and at the same time the girl he loves.

Last but not the least, the male protagonist, Jackson Meyer. I was astonished with his love to Courtney. His sister. Not all books that I've read never made me feel so attached of a brother-and-sister love. I felt very close to Jackson everytime he shares his story when Courtney was alive. I felt his pain when she died. That's the most heart-warming part of this book. Tempest can show its readers how a brother can show an unconditional love to his sister even when the person is gone.

The mind-wrekking part of reading Tempest is the EOT(Enemies of Time) and the different revelations regarding the Tempus gene. I was encircled in different world and time as I was reading it. I devoured going into different time and year not knowing how the characters would act and move from the story. 

You want to know what's the another greatest part of reading Tempest; it's the twirling sensation you'll feel once you were included on time-traveling. Tempest can gripped its readers, float and land down the readers into different time and year facing unpredictable and enticing events of the characters. It also has the ability to float you until you meet the second book.