Timestorm Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway(US/Can)

Timestorm (Tempest #3)

by Julie Cross

368 pages

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Release Date: January 28th 2014

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure, Paranormal

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Synopsis:

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.

I was a little bit hesitant to read this book – I loved the series so much and when I would read this, that world would end. Cross gave such a good end to the series in Timestorm. The first half of the book had Jackson and the group trapped in the year 3200 with no way out. They begin to learn about the past (or in this case, the future) of the scientific progress that led to the manifestation of Tempest gene and the repercussions of that, through one of the original time-travelers, Blake. Jackson and Holly are still part-enemies-part-something and the chemistry between them is alive as ever. We also have Courtney for real here, and get to see hers and Jackson’s adorable sibling love. Though slow-paced in the start, things get amped up halfway through the book, when they realize all those time jumps by the travelers across the two alternate universes has caused major problems in the present world. I wouldn’t mention the ending because that would be too much of a spoiler. 😉 I did, however, feel that the end of Eyewall was done rather easily – considering they appear only towards the end of the book. I get that there were other dire circumstances, but what exactly were they up-to in the meanwhile?

The writing was spectacular as ever – with Jackson such a great protagonist to view through. His personal decisions are always based on protecting the ones he loves, and because of this he once again fights against being in love with Holly because for her, he is a stranger. The other interesting story is that of Blake, who had such a beautiful and bittersweet story. He squashed the idea that the full time travelers were made of hard logic and incapable of full human emotions. Holly is marvelous, in any version but of course, her world A version was bad-ass. The plot had a lot of things going on, with the reveal about the formation of Eyewall and Tempest. The action, in this book, was lacking though – after the first two books, this one seemed a bit of a disappointment in that department. It was a great book but fell short from Vortex-level awesomeness. 3.5 stars

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.
I have low tolerance for insta-love, flowery sex scenes, or mushy declarations of feelings. Not a fan of possessive/controlling male characters who get the girl in the end. When I recommend books, I always ask about favorite current reads and cater to each person’s taste.
I believe every book plays an important role whether I love it or hate, it’s having an effect on society. It’s changing, shaping, and molding the future of publishing. Regardless of my feelings about a book, I value the author’s time and effort put into creating their work. I only rate books available for purchase (or soon-to-be available) and consider those books as published works and their creators as professionals in their field therefore I treat them as professionals, giving my honest opinion on the work itself and not the person producing it.
If I rate a book and don’t provide any written review and you’d like to hear my thoughts, feel free to comment on the review and if I can, I’ll explain my reasoning behind the rating. I don’t mind authors commenting on any review I post – negative or positive. Also happy to email to discuss Juliecrossauthor (at) gmail (dot) com please alert me if I misled readers or given false information (accidentally of course) and I’ll correct the situation as soon as possible.
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 Giveaway rules:
  1. The contest is open to residents of US and Canada only.
  2. There will be TWO winners.
  3. Each day there will be available a #QOD (question of the day) in each participant blog. You can earn more points by answering the answers.
  4. For those who don’t know how this works, the winners will be those who have participated the most. Meaning, the winners will be those who have more points. No Rafflecopter luck this time, Book Addicts. This is all on you now! If there’s a draw, then the odds will decide and this time the Rafflecopter luck would be a major factor deciding if you win or not.
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If you could make full time-jumps (that means you can change events) in only one direction – past or future, which would you choose and why?

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4 thoughts on “Timestorm Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway(US/Can)

  1. I would have not gone to hang out with my friends Sunday night. Cuz now I’m totally sick and gross and I’m pretty sure it was their fault that I’m this way… o.O
    **Rachelle**

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