Monday, March 26, 2012

Audio Book Review: Tempest by Julie Cross

  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • Publication date: 1/17/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Source: Won from Wendy @ A Cupcake and a Latte provided by Macmillan Audio


Overview

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 Thoughts


This book was just amazing!! I loved listening to it. The reader did a great job with the different characters, and it was easy to tell who was talking when. Julie Cross did a great job at making the characters easy to connect with and the story completely intriguing. I love the idea of time travel, and it is really hard to do it where it makes sense. I think this was done really well, and I didn't find myself confused at all. I also love the the MC is a male. We are seeing it more in YA, but it's still not that common. I have really started to enjoy them. 


Jackson was very easy to connect with. I don't know if it was because listening to it makes it easier to hear emotion or if I would have connected just as easily actually reading the book, but either way, I really felt what he was feeling throughout the book. I thought that he definitely acted his age too, and I loved the growth that he had. He makes plenty of mistakes, but it makes him seem more real that way. He really starts to grasp what things are important and what's not, and knows he needs to see the bigger picture.


The secondary characters are just as amazing too. I loved getting to know each and every one of them. Adam is smart and a great friend. He is very trusting and is overall just a great guy. I really feel bad for him with some of the things he has to go through, but he remains loyal no matter what. Holly is sweet and funny. You can totally see why Jackson likes her. It's really neat to see how different the past Holly is from the present Holly too. It's amazing the difference those two years make. I mean she's still the same person, but how she acts and thinks is different. 


I loved how Jackson starts to realize how deep his feelings are for Holly and how he matures. There are a lot of twists and turns and plenty of action in this story. I found myself lost in the story and would completely just tune out the world around me while listening to this book. I would actually dream about it when I would go to sleep. It is still in my head. This is one of those books that really makes you think and stays with you long after finishing it. It's not all just action and time travel though. I loved the romance and the friendships too. This book had me tense for the majority of the story, and had me crying at others. I won't deny it, I cried a few times while listening to it. And OMG the way it ends *sob*...I need the next one. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

16 comments:

  1. Great review Amy! I was wondering about this audiobook since I had that giveaway. I haven't listened to many (2) but they're really something else you get to really hear the emotions like you said. I really enjoyed the book. Jackson is a great character and I'm really enjoying male characters lately they're original and just not as... angsty!? haha. Anyways, glad you liked it!!

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    1. This audio book is one of my faves that I have listened to. I don't listen to them very often either. I have the actual book too, and I want to go back and read it when I get a chance.

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  2. I haven't listened to the audio but the book itself was incredible! It was one of those that I couldn't stop reading until I was done. And I agree about the male POV! I cannot wait until the movie comes out!!!

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    1. The audio book was fantastic!! The reader did an awesome job. I hope they do a good job with the movie and don't make it cheesy.

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  3. I love audiobooks. The narrator of the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost is amazing. I have Tempest and can't wait to read it. Now I wish I had the audiobook too. Great review, sweetie!

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    1. Thanks hon!! I have been wanting to read the Night Huntress series. I have heard it's great.

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  4. I am also a huge fan of audiobooks. I have an adorable dog that needs walking so I listen to books while we're wandering around -- if I have a good one I can't wait to get out and find out what happens. I know a lot of people who listened to all the Harry Potter books while in the car.

    Time travel books aren't my absolute favorite but I did think that Tempest was fun.

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    1. I enjoy time travel books, but sometimes they can seem confusing or just don't really make sense. I thought Tempest was pretty good about explaining things. Obviously we still have questions, but it was just the first book.

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  5. I love this review! I have seen this book around for a while but was never really interested in reading it until I read what you had to say. I love the idea of a time travel story that is not just about the possibility of accidentally changing the future. I also don't think I realized that the main character was male which I am always on the look out for. I have a 13 year old son and I like to have books that he can read now or when he is a little older and the male main character is something that he really likes.

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    1. Jackson is a very likeable character. This book is definitely more for an older group though. There is quite a bit of profanity in it. It's definitely a book that will appeal to teenage boys though I think.

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  6. Right? I LOVED Tempest. I thought it was just a ton of fun! Like you said, Jackson was such a great narrator. And I loved Past Holly, too. I can't wait for book two!
    Lauren

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    1. I know!! I am very curious to see what will happen in book two!

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  7. The plot sounds very intense! Thanks for sharing your review with us :)

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    1. It's very good and keeps you on the edge of your seat!

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  8. Audiobooks can be really fun when you get the right narrator. :) I had more mixed feelings about this book, but I did like the overall concept. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Amy! That cliffie at the end was a doozy.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. I think maybe if I had actually read it, it would have been a little different for me, but the narrator was fantastic and I felt he really made me part of the story. I was worried that I would be confused by all the time jumps, but I was able to keep with it pretty well. It's too bad you didn't like it quite as much. That ending broke me!! I can't wait for book two.

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