Friday, March 9, 2012

Temptest by Julie Cross

 Source:  Won the audiobook from Once Upon a Prologue (11 hours)

My Summary:

Jackson has a secret.  One that he's only shared with the science geek, Adam.  But someone else knows, maybe a few someone elses.  And when his perfect life gets thrown into the past, literally, Jackson has to decide who to trust and who to believe.  The worst possible thing has happened in the future and he has to figure out how to prevent it from happening again AND how to get back to where he belongs.  While he knows what he wants, he has to learn to make the right choice.  Is it possible that they are the same thing?   

Note:  This book is really for older teens.  It would be a good one for the new category of New Adult instead of YA.

My Thought:

4 stars - a great read

Since I listened to this book, let me say something about the narrator first.   Matthew Brown reads the story.  He does a great job with Jackson and I love most of the character voices he does.  He gets my highest praise - he added to the story by reading it.

So if you're thinking this is some kind of back to the future kind of story, forget that because it's not.  As a matter of fact, forget everything you know about time travel books because this one doesn't follow those rules at all.  What it does do is build new lore to go with an common idea making a fabulous story.

I love Jackson and I really enjoyed reading from his POV.  He thinks totally male.  He has such a sweet spot for Holly - it's just so cute.  I got to watch as he went from the male crush to something more.  He grows through the experience and so does his feelings.  The choices he is forced to make are hard for a nineteen year old but he proved to be up to the task.  I can't wait to find out what happens next for Jackson.  I do like Holly but she just wasn't my favorite in this story.  Adams is so much fun - loved that science geek stereotype for sure.  And sometimes he would say something and I would just laugh right out loud.

The story was awesome.  I really liked that it wasn't some stereotype of time travel.  And it had me wondering and guessing all the time.  I thought something was one way only to realize it was nothing like what I thought.  Never saw the ending coming at all.  Speaking of the ending, it made me sad but there was a little hope there too.  Jackson came a long way in this story and the ending proves that.

Make sure you make TIME for Tempest soon.  It's a great great.



  1. I just finished this audio book a few days ago and I really liked it too! Still need to do my review. :D

  2. Awesome review! I am in the process of listening to it right now. I love it so far. When I got it I started listening to it in the car and oops... bad language. Thankfully my daughter didn't pick up on it, but now I can't listen to it in the car lol! I do agree it's a more mature book though. I am hoping to finish it soon. I might be better off just reading my copy of it, but I really like the audio.

  3. Great review! I'm super curious about this one. I love finding books from males perspective and while I'm not that familiar with time travel, I've always found it real fascinating. I also love how you say it had you guessing and wondering all the time, since I love that in a book! And you've made me real curious about the ending. o:

  4. I'm looking forward to reading this book as I have yet to have much success with time travel books. I'm hopeful because you mentioned that it brings something different to the table. I actually think that I might try to get my hands on a copy of the audio book, it sounds like the narrator is fantastic! :)

  5. I listened to this one earlier this year and really enjoyed it too. :) Although I did think the narrator's Scottish accent wavered a bit.