Tuesday, 11 October 2011

My thirteenth book review: Tempest [ARC]

Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 352
Expected Publication: January 17th 2012
Author: Julie Cross

Summary from Goodreads:
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.

My review:
Before I start my review, I want to tell the story of how I came across this book. I was browsing for upcoming YA books when I saw the cover. What a good looking cover. It's in the sky and it represents Jackson and Holly. The summary looks interesting. But it's still out NEXT YEAR?! What?! So, I ended up forgetting about this book for a while because I thought I will have to wait for it until next year. But, when I learned about NetGalley, I browsed through some upcoming books and I found Tempest! It's available in NetGalley! So, I requested this book, hoping that my request will be accepted. Probably about 1 week later, my request was accepted. I was so excited! This is actually my first ARC and it's via NetGalley. I had trouble reading it because I didn't know that I had to download Adobe Digital Editions, but anyway after struggling hard to finally be able to read this book, I am so pleased with it! Thank you to Macmillan publishing house for accepting my request.

Tempest is the story of Jackson, a time traveller with a cute girlfriend called Holly. One time, when Holly was shot to death, Jackson time travelled to 2007, but was stuck and unable to return to the present time. As he struggles to return, he finds out more about his life, his ability, the people after them and he was able to return to the present time, but many problems such as the Enemies of Time awaits him. First thing to point out is this book is from a guy's POV! I think the last time I've read a guy's POV was Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series and Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. It's good to have guy's POV. Most YA books now are girl's POV and because most YA readers are girls too, we are able to sort of guess what they think about things. Now, a guy's perspective is really unique. We never know what they think and how they look at things. I really enjoyed reading Jackson's POV and his love for Holly. I never thought a guy could think the way like Jackson! This story is filled with actions and adventures. I love the flashbacks on how Jackson fell for Holly (It's good that Julie Cross writes about it because Jackson and Holly is already together in the start of the book). Jackson is a very well-written character. His life is quite sad but his ability to time travel is really interesting! I liked Cross's idea of Time Travelling (although I'm still quite confused about it) and the chapter sometimes begin with date, year, time when Jackson time travels. Adam, his friend is also a very funny character. He's a geek and I really like that Jackson has a friend like him. Jackson also has a sister called Courtney and I felt so touched by the moments they had together because Courtney died in the age of 14. I can imagine how Jackson felt. Losing a sister so young when she hasn't even got the chance to see the world yet is such a depressing thing. 

I enjoyed the romance too. It was sweet although it wasn't really heart-tugging until the end. The ending made me feel so sympathetic towards Jackson (won't spoil anything!) and I look forward to the sequel. I can't wait to see what happens to Jackson!

Overall: Fast-paced, time-travelling, delicious, guy's POV and amazing are the words I would used to describe this book. It's a really good book which I devoured and savoured at the same time. I'm proud to say that my first ARC via NetGalley is an incredible book. Although, I would very much prefer to get the hardcopy when it's available! Thank you to Macmillan publishing house for accepting my request to read and review this book!

5 Forget-me-not flowers for Tempest!

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