It's always great to meet an author who is super sweet and gracious. Even better when the book she's written is kick-butt. Like...
TEMPEST by Julie Cross (St. Martin's Griffin, January 3, 2012)
I knew Julie from online, so I made a point of going by her signing at ALA for my own autographed copy of TEMPEST. What is TEMPEST? I had no clue, but I read it after ALA and loved it.
It's kind of like a TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE for teens except instead of the focus being on the romance, it's really on the main character (a guy), Jackson, searching for the truth about what he is, why he is able to time travel, and who he can trust (is his dad really in the CIA?). Julie kept the plot spinning until the very end. I had no clue who was trustworthy and who was out to get Jackson. Although TEMPEST is finished off nicely, Julie left it open for the planned trilogy.
If you're a fan of time travel, this book is definitely for you!
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 of book: From publisher at ALA