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Vortex (Tempest #2)

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Julie Cross'sVortex isthe thrilling second installment of the Tempest series,in whichthe world hangs in the balance as a lovelorn Jackson must choose who to save

Jackson Meyer has thrown himself into his role as an agent for Tempest, the shadowy division of the CIA that handles all time-travel-related threats. Despite his heartbreak at losing the love of his life, Jackson h
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2012)
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This review contains no spoilers of either Vortex or Tempest

As much as I get fascinated by time travel--especially when it's created as well as in this series--it can get extremely complicated. Like Tempest, this novel is not to be read with a wandering mind, or you will find yourself in the middle of a complex story with no idea where you are--or when. For this reason, it may not be for everyone, but if you enjoy reads that are as intelligent as they are fun, then this series is for you!

When we
Vicky (Books, Biscuits, and Tea)
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Having read Tempest, the first book in the series, last year, I was really looking forward to reading the second installment and I’m glad to say Julie Cross didn’t disappoint. While I had some issues with the characters at the beginning of the first book, Vortex just grabbed me at the first chapter and made me keep on reading right until the end.

The story pretty much picks up where Tempest ended and since it’s been about a year sinc
Elisha Ruzgal
Okay, I do believe this, even if you try and go back to the past and live there to prevent things from happening, fate will still have their way with things and let them happen. Although it will happen differently, it will STILL happen.

So what I'm saying is, even if Jackson tries to go back to that day (and make it his home base) and decides not to cross paths with Holly, I believe that someday, they will meet and he would drag her into his mess anyway.

Although most questions that popped up in t
This review does not contain any spoilers for Tempest

Based on the 2013 sequels I've read so far (really only Through the Ever Night and Vortex), 2013 seems to be the year of sequels that outshine their predecessors in practically every way imaginable. Vortex, the second installment in Julie Cross' Tempest trilogy, took all my preconceived expectations and expanded upon them, exceeding each and every one of my expectations by tenfold.

Where Tempest moved at a somewhat slow pace, letting the myste
Molli Moran
Vortex opens where Tempest left off, but I can only compare Vortex to whatever your county fair's wildest, most unpredictable ride is. (Mine, for reference, was called the Himalaya, and it was equal parts fun and terrifying.) Vortex is not a slow novel, and it is not a mild novel. Vortex is one twist and turn after another, thrilling emotional highs and devastating lows that brought real tears to my eyes.

Once again we follow Jackson as he ventures deeper into the world of Tempest, the CIA branc
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Vortex is an excellent book for people like me who occasionally suffer from book ADD. It is an attention-grabber that will pull you in with its prologue and refuse to let go. Cross has no trouble securing reader interest and I’m pretty sure she just grins wickedly when we beg for more. And make no mistake, I am begging. More, please!

In Vortex, Jackson struggles to reorganize his life and find a way to live without two people who mean the most to him. He begins training with the Tempest unit of
The Bibliophile
Jan 30, 2012 The Bibliophile marked it as to-read
Do we really have to wait until 2013 for this book?
It's way to long!
Take pity on us, pretty please...

Originally Posted at: Confessions of an Opinionated Book Geek

At the end of “Tempest,” I was heartbroken for Jackson, but I was proud of him. He sacrificed his happiness and his normal life to protect the girl he loves. Vortex is the aftermath of that sacrifice. For me, “Vortex” is devastating. Jackson’s life is in shambles. He trusts no one and has no one to confide in. In his new life as an agent of the CIA division called Tempest, he is demeaned and treated like a joke. He gets no respect and
Reem Hardan
Apr 13, 2012 Reem Hardan marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2013
I have to wait a yeaaaaaaar A yeaaar!!!!!! come one people it's not faaaaair!! *sobs*
After erasing the time he spent with Holly and his friend Adam, Jackson Meyer has joined Tempest, a secret division of the CIA that deals with the so-called Enemies of the Time, a group of people jumping from one timeline to another, changing our world’s future. Jackson takes to training like slipping on a well worn shoe but it soon becomes apparent the big sacrifice he made regarding Holly was in vain. While dealing with his assignments by the CIA and deaths and disappearances of those closest ...more
Seen at Scott Reads It
Tempest is one of those books that arrived on the market with alot of hype and publicity. The movie rights were snatched by Summit Entertainment, the studio that made Twilight and Ender's Game. Reviews raved about Tempest saying how fantastic it was and how they couldn't wait for the sequel. I enjoyed Tempest but I wasn't obsessed with the book like most reviewers are. I was a bit reluctant to read Vortex, the sequel to Tempest.

Vortex is in all aspects a better book tha
Jacqueline's Reads
1 Star

Did I read the same book as everyone else? Was this written by the same author as Tempest?

Seriously what the F did I just read?!

I have never been as disappointed with a sequel as I have been with Vortex. I enjoyed Tempest a lot and I even recommend it to a few people, but after reading Vortex, I just want to throw-up.

What happened?!

First off, the blurb is so misleading, Holly doesn’t even come into the picture until 25% and then doesn’t really have a voice until 50% into the book. I think
Sophie Riggsby
Review posted on Mundie Moms on 2/24/2013 with signed paperback giveaway

I adored the first book in this series, Tempest, and usually the second book in a series drives me a little nuts because let's face it, especially in a timeslip plot, the couple have to be separated. And we know this is going to be the case just from the ending of Tempest, but what I didn't expect in Vortex was the heart-thumping plot line that Julie delivered which distracted me from the will-they-ever-be-together-again ji
It's been a while since I read the first book in the series, Tempest which I really liked, so when I began this I was a little lost. The author didn't sum up what happened in the first book at all which would have helped. Also, I was surprised by the language used in this book. I don't remember the other book having a lot of swearing, but like I said its been a while since I read it so I could be wrong. This book gets pretty heavy with the mythology of time-travel which I often found convoluted ...more
Martina ♥ Bookaholic
Meine Gedanken zum Buch:
Lange habe ich auf die Fortsetzung zum ersten Teil gewartet, da man als Leser doch sehr in der Luft hängen gelassen wurden. Nun bin ich mit dem zweiten Teil fertig und bin unschlüssig, was ich davon halten soll. Außerdem fühle ich mich wieder genauso mitten drinnen einfach hängen gelassen - wie zuvor.

Aber beginnen wir am besten mit dem Anfang, der mir leider gar nicht gefallen hat, da wir eine komplett neue Geschichte präsentiert bekommen haben. Nicht nur das, waren auch
All Things Urban Fantasy
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Good sequels can serve a lot of purposes, especially in trilogies. They can shake up characters, introduce new information that disrupts everything we thought we knew, and hurl storylines into a new and potentially devastating directions. Julie Cross’s Tempest trilogy debuted with an amazingly sharp protagonist who very nearly destroyed the world–not to mention his own–through his ability to travel through time. It’s a hard act to follow, but VORTEX is
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Sandra "Jeanz"
So where to start? I was generously sent this hardback book by Macmillan Childrens in exchange for my honest review.
So I'll start with my first impressions. Well I love the cover, it fits extremely well with the paperback of Tempest. The colours and design on the cover certainly draw your eye to it, so I would certainly notice it on a bookshelf. As you know I like a good byline, and on this hardback it says "There Will Be No Calm Before The Storm" and it really fits this books well. It'
Reeka (BoundbyWords)
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But..but WHY!? What..just happened!? UGH. I did not enjoy this book. I'm not exactly sure if I'm capable of pointing out all of the ways Vortex took a turn for the worst. But I shall try..

We left Jackson right after he made one of the hardest decisions of his time-traveling life: he went back in time to a few months before him and Holly ever met. He based his reasoning on love, on wanting to keep Holly safe-it was his most selfless act to date. In Vortex , we learn that Jack
Das Cover:
Das Cover ist diesmal nicht in einem Lilaton, wie sein Vorgänger ‘Sturz in die Zeit’, sondern es ist in einem schönen Orange gestaltet. Wir sehen Jackson, der seinen rechten Arm und seinen rechten Fuß in der Luft hält. Mit dem linken Fuß und der linken Hand stützt er sich ab. Im Hintergrund sehen wir New York, Jacksons Heimatstadt. Gesprengt wird das Ganze von mehreren Feldbrocken, die auf den Betrachter zufliegen. An sich ein schönes Cover, das zur Geschichte passt. Ohne das Cover ist
Vortex begins almost where Tempest ended, so on that note, if you haven't read Tempest, this review will contain spoilers for you.

Having to leave Holly in a way that may as well equal death, Jackson begins training with Tempest. He also tries to figure out just what his time travel limits are; half and full jumps. Jackson also realizes that the protection he provided to Holly by jumping back and changing history, didn't exactly work out the way he has hoped it would. Someone knows about Holly an
Tim Martin
Wow, I don’t even know where to begin with this. Time travel is sooooooo hard! There seems to be two general types of time travel stories. In what I am arbitrarily calling the first type, time travel is just a way to get to a new world, be it a post apocalyptic future, World War II Europe, or the Mesozoic. Time travel just serves as a portal or gateway to the new adventure setting. Though the idea of the protagonists coming from the future (or much more rarely, the past) is a factor, there is no ...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5-4

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Holy freaking cliffhanger Batman! Seriously, I knew something hinky was going to happen, but not like that! I also didn't see the whole Adam thing happening either. I'm confused over the Holly fiasco but I shall endeavor to get over myself since there's a lot more story to tell. I mean, there is another book in this series right? We're not going to suddenly find ourselves without a resolution due to the publisher yanking the next book out
After reading, falling in love, and having my heart crushed in the first book, Tempest, I had enormous expectations from Julie Cross, and her writing in this second installment, Vortex. The thing that really sticks out about this series is the writing style and the world created within it. Its not hard to get lost in the story, the different types of jumps, the different worlds, and which year he might be in, but if you keep up with everything, it will be very rewarding! With such a captivating ...more
I absolutely loved Tempest and so I was really looking forward to Vortex and it was even better than I expected. I really love time travel stories and this series is one of the best that I've found. Julie Cross is a great author and she has created an amazing world that I love to get lost in. It had been a while since I had read Tempest but it all came back to me as soon as I began reading Vortex. I loved being reunited with all these great characters that I absolutely adore. Jackson is still a ...more
Hm. I'm really torn on how to rate this. On one hand, I enjoyed it almost as much as Tempest. On the other, I feel like the plot and the logic were incredibly muddled and I'm not entirely convinced it made sense.

My sticking point through all of this is the logic of time travel. I've said before that there are countless different approaches to the subject, and as long as you explain the rules, any and all of them can make sense. In Tempest, Cross outlined what seemed to be this universe's rules.

Kelly Hager
I loved Vortex just as much as I did Tempest. In this book, we learned a lot more about both Tempest (the good guys) and Eyewall (who, so far as we know are the less-than-good guys), as well as about time travel in general. And we learn that a lot of what we thought we knew isn't actually true. (But it makes sense; it doesn't feel like Julie Cross just started making stuff up in order to have enough material for a third book.)

Jackson is still determined to stay away from Holly for her own good (
Emm Roy
and trigger warning for victims of sexual assault.


What should you do if you dislike a woman?
According to this book, sexually assault her to put her in her place.
And after that, she'll want to kiss you some more!

Ugh, nope. This is disgusting, and it makes me sad that a woman wrote it.

The story starts off slowly, and honestly not much happens for most of the book. This book is guilty of using The Chosen One trope. Also, one of the characters, Mason, serves more as a plot device (and
I love this book. I love learning more about Jackson's abilities. I love all that goes down in Vortex.

Those who had questions about the time travel in Tempest, like: the half-jumps and the full-jumps. Your questions are in fact answered. I love that Julie made time travel unique; you really need an open mind when you go into these books about time travel. What you already know doesn't apply here.

Be prepared to do nothing when you start this book. I finished it at 2 AM and promptly emailed Julie
Jackson se rozhodl opustit svou Holly a Adama, aby je uchránil před Nepřáteli času. V jeho přítomnosti by Holly totiž neustále hrozilo nebezpečí.
Jackson se přidává k organizaci, jež si říká Bouře a začíná výcvik na agenta CIA. Občas to není snadné, protože ostatní agenti, obzvláště Jenni Stewartová ho nemají příliš v lásce. Nakonec se Jackson celkem sblíží se svou parťačkou Lily Kendrickovou. Agenti bouře na své nováčky však nejsou zrovna nejhodnější. Testují je ve všech možných situacích. Doko
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