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*Review* Tempest – Julie Cross and Giveaway

 Tempest

Julie Cross

352 pages

ISBN: 9780312568894

Read 3-22-12

Source: LibraryThing

Format: ARC Paperback

 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.

Time traveling books aren’t ones I normally read, but this one sounded pretty interesting, so when I saw it on LibraryThing‘s Early Reviewers list, I just had to request it, and luckily I won it!  Time traveling in this book is different than the time traveling in a lot of things you see; it actually talks about separate timelines and such.  The cover grabbed me when I saw it also.  The storm in the background with the lightening fit really well with the title, and it ties into the book, too.

At first, it kind of took me a little while to get into the book.  I’m not really sure why, but it could have been because I wasn’t used to reading this type of book. But as I read it, it became more and more intense, and I flew threw it once I was really hooked.  The book is a constant struggle for Jackson, and his character becomes so different after everything he goes through, so there is a lot of character development.  I really liked his computer nerd friend, Adam, for some reason.  He’s a good friend to Jackson and is fascinated by science stuff.  Holly I wasn’t too crazy about at first because she just didn’t click for me, but that changed as well.  There was also a really good emotional scene, but I was surprised by the lack of emotion in some spots.

**SMALL SPOILER ALERT**  I don’t know how CIA stuff is usually done in books, but my only real complain is that the CIA stuff in this novel just didn’t seem as believable as it could have been.  It may be just me on that one, but somethings just seemed to simple.  Like agents giving up secrets way too easy. **END OF ALERT**

All in all though, I enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to find out what happens next, especially after the ending.  I like the way it ended and am anxious to see what’s next.

Intense once it gets going,  good emotions, enjoyable characters, could have been a bit more believable with certain areas.

Now for the giveaway!!  If you would like to win Tempest you can fill out the giveaway form here.  The giveaway is international and ends next Friday (March 30th) at Midnight.  The winner will be chosen via Random.org and as always, being a follower is not required, but you do earn extra entries if you follow me!  Good luck to everybody who enters!

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*Review* Hourglass – Myra McEntire

 

Hourglass

Myra McEntire

397 pages

ISBN: 9781606841440

Read (8-28-11)

     In Hourglass, Emerson Cole has had a very rough life; she lost her parents and now lives with her brother, went to a boarding school, and had even been placed into a mental health ward.  The reason for the commitment into a mental health facility?  She sees people who aren’t really there.  They are people who looked like they have walked straight off the set of Gone with the Wind, soldiers, and a horse drawn carriage.  Her brother restores older building, and since Emerson lives with her brother in one of these restores places and goes to functions for the restorations, seeing these apparitions has become more and more frequent.  Trying to find yet another form of help, Emerson’s brother hires a man from a group called the Hourglass.  Finding information on the group proves difficult for Emerson and she wonders if this new guy really can help her and if she should trust him.
     Honestly, I did not enjoy the first half of this book as much as the second half.  I felt like the main character was a bit too freaked out by the phantoms she saw, and in my opinion, if you have been seeing apparitions for 4 years, you’d be pretty desensitized to them and not still majorly freaking out.  This was the only reason I wasn’t very crazy about Emerson at first, because she over reacted about things so often (this made her seem kind of immature), but aside from that I liked Emerson.
     I liked the book enough to want to read the next installment, but I think it had more potential than what it held.  The whole concept was very interesting and I liked the twists that the author threw in towards the end. 
     As for the romance part of it, once again I liked the second half, but not the first half.  There was no real build up of a relationship, her love interest automatically liked her and acted like he had known her for a long time, so I felt no real development between the two of them, however, I did like their closeness in the second half of the book after they had time to know one another.
     All in all, it was enjoyable and I look forward to the next installment.  It turned into a different story than I originally thought it was going to be, and it’s good to see something different.  People who enjoy young adult science fiction may enjoy this, just look out for a semi-rough start.

Interesting, good plot, rough beginning, good ending.   3.5 stars.

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*Review* Timeless – Alexandra Monir

 

Timeless

Alexandra Monir

280 pages

ISBN 9780385738385

Read 5-20-11

     In Timeless, Michele Windsor has a wonderful life with her mother until a car accident takes her mother from her and she is thrown into a life with the rich Windsor family she never met.  Her mother’s parents take her in and she has a giant life change in this new upper class society she never thought she would experience.  Michele comes to possess a key that matches one from a dream she had and finds herself hurled into the past after reading a diary she found.  Not only does she meet other Windsor’s from the past, but also a boy she can’t help feeling a magnetism toward.
     I was very excited about a romantic story between two people from very different times; surprisingly, not as much of the story was focused on this aspect like I had hoped.  Most of the book is centered around her trips to the past and helping her long gone relatives, so I would have liked to have seen more of the love story.  I enjoyed the author’s descriptions of old New York when Michele was in the past; she does a great job in her imagery. 
     Monir is a first time novelist, and she is a song writer; I like how she wove some lyrics and musical elements into the story since I am a music person myself (I was in band all throughout school).  She does well with the relationships between characters and breaking down their emotional barriers.  The sequel will be released sometime next year and I can’t wait to see how the love story aspect plays out and to see how the rest of the mysteries unfold.

Not a lot in the love department, lovely descriptions, mysterious.   3.5 stars

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