Sunday, February 23, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Timestorm (Tempest #3) by Julie Cross

Title: Timestorm (Tempest #3)
Author: Julie Cross
Genre: Young Adult Time Travel/Sci-fi
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: January 28/2014
Adquired: e-ARC provided by publisher
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The breathtaking conclusion to the time-travel trilogy that is “both tender and electric” (Publishers Weekly)

The battle between the Tempest division and Eyewall comes to a shocking conclusion in this final installment of the Tempest trilogy, where the need for survival stretches the boundaries of history, both past and future, and the world Jackson once knew is a place forever marked by the detrimental effects of time travel.

As Jackson recovers from his brush with death, he’s surrounded not only by the people he loves most—his dad, Courtney, and Holly—he’s also amongst a few of the original time travelers. As he learns more about their life and how this world began, it becomes apparent that they need to put a stop to Thomas and Doctor Ludwig’s experimenting at Eyewall Headquarters. What starts out as an escape plan becomes a war between time and humanity, between freewill and peace. It’s the battle Jackson was born to fight and he’s not about to back down. Not for anything. Not for anyone.


Well, this is definitely a first, me liking the third book in a series the best. Because I did, and I do. Timestorm was EVERYTHING the first two books lacked, and then some. Two words come to mind when describing this book: BACK.STORY. That's it, that's all, and it was fantastically done. Tempest had me applauding Julie Cross's ability to own a time-travelling book, and explaining the intricate layout in an understandable way. But then..Vortex went and threw ALL of out of the window-it felt rushed, and completely unrealistic ( unrealistic as you can get with time-travel theory). But Timestorm brought it all together, it tied every loose end that was lingering in my brain-I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

I'll be honest, I read Vortex SO long ago, I forgot exactly where and how it left us hanging, but I didn't need to worry for long. Timestorm started out slowly, and bringing back points, characters, and theories from the second book to the cloudy forefront of my mind. Then, when I was in that comfortable niche of familiarity, Julie Cross unleashed the magic: she regaled us with a history lesson..or..uh..a future lesson, about how the tempest gene came to be; how the theory of time-travel has, and will, change the world.

Characters that I had began to dislike to in second book, found their way back into my good graces, namely Holly. I loved that Julie Cross watched her potential plot holes, and filled them with content that now, more or less, flows through all three books. Her world building was on par, and completely entranced me: her depictions of a future that I can't even BEGIN to imagine were fascinating, and very well thought out. There were times when the time-travel explanations became confusing, but that is to be expected with multiple timelines, and multiple versions of the same character in one place.

AND THAT ENDING...oh my WORD. I can't..I just can't.

I will definitely be rereading this entire series at once, just to get a full feel, and scope, of the world that Julie Cross has created with the Tempest series. A series that is definitely going down as one of the better set of time-travel books out there. 
Recommended for Fans of: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Untimed by Andy Gavin, Time Travel.


I'm the author of the YA sci-fi trilogy, the Tempest series (St. Martin's Press). I'm also the author of the YA contemporary novel, Letters To Nowhere.
But even more importantly than the above, I'm a fan of books and an avid reader/reviewer. Keep in mind, however, that a review is just one person's opinion, one perspective. My goal is to show as much bias in my reviews as possible because this makes it easier for you to decide if your perspective is similar to mine or different. Everyone's tastes are different. I like books with emotion and believability. I don't mind edgy and heavy themes. I also like humor and quirk. I like weird characters in odd situations.
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Thank-you to the girls from The Fantastic Flying Book Club for hosting this tour, and to St. Martin's Griffin for sending me an e-ARC copy to review!

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1 comment:

  1. Omg I didn't know this was out already..EEEKs time files :P You are excited in your review and I love cliffhanger endings <3


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