Cross, Julie Tempest, 418 pgs. Thomas Dunne Books (St. Martin’s Press), 2012. Language – PG-13 (151 swears, 9 “f”), Sexual Content – PG13; Violence – PG-13;
Jackson Meyer has a secret—he can jump backwards in time. It’s not as exciting as it sounds, though, because he can’t do anything that changes either the past or the future when he goes back to his own time. But that all changes when his girlfriend’s life is threatened and, out of instincts he didn’t know he had, Jackson accidently traps himself in 2007. What he thought was a fun pastime turns into a frantic search for answers as Jackson wonders who he can trust and what he should do if he can never go home.
Jackson’s story kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. The suspense, the heartache, and the discoveries kept me engaged in this book from the first chapter. Cross did not just make up the time-travelling rules as she went along; her book was more enjoyable because I, as the reader, could fall into her world and not stumble over inconsistencies of that new reality. However, I did not appreciate the vulgar language. There are plenty of books out there that are just as enjoyable as Tempest to read without subjecting oneself to the unnecessary swearing found in this book.
HS – OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen