Tempest – By Julie Cross

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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. 

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Meh, I didn’t expect much from this book, and it still disappointed me.

Tempest could have been a fine story, if not for it’s main character. Jackson is an awful human being, he’s completely stuck in his own world and is the worst boyfriend to Holly. So that made reading the book really hard, because I didn’t want Jackson to get Holly back. He didn’t deserve her and she certainly could do better than him.

If you ignore the main character you have a story that’s fine. It’s nothing new or amazing. It follows a pretty cliche path and it’s very predictable.  The theory of the book’s time travel was actually interesting, until they introduced the bad guys. Who are actually called The Enemies of Time, which was probably the laziest name someone could come up with.

In the end Jackson tried to redeem himself somewhat. He made things up to his sister, and tried to make things right in general.  His story with Holly ends on him making a ”sacrifice”.  It didn’t seem to mean as much as it could, but maybe that’s just because I hated him.   I gave this book 1 star on Goodreads.

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