I thought that Julie Cross was really quite successful in her portrayal of time travel. I have read a few books that involved time travel and most ofI thought that Julie Cross was really quite successful in her portrayal of time travel. I have read a few books that involved time travel and most of the time the semantics and science of it really gets in the way of the story. I thought the explanation of Jackson's abilities was clever and fresh.
I really enjoyed the main character Jackson. I thought it was nice to have a male lead which seems rather unusual these days in young adult novels. It was also refreshing that Jackson wasn't super duper love sick and emo over his girlfriend. His relationship was real and actually a joy to read about.
Tempest is the first in a trilogy, but I would say that this could be ok as a standalone novel. As much as I did enjoy it, I'm not chomping at the bit going crazy to read the next one because there was an annoying cliffhanger. I can leisurely await the next in the series and see what Jackson finds out about his past and future....more
This book is written with the dual narratives of Simon and Zoe. Zoe is constantly alone because her father is always visiting her terminally ill motheThis book is written with the dual narratives of Simon and Zoe. Zoe is constantly alone because her father is always visiting her terminally ill mother in the hospital. Not only is Zoe frightened to see her mother in such a state, it seems that both her mother and father has shut her out during this difficult time. She feels ashamed that she is complaining about not having anyone around her while her mother is wasting away in the hospital. Simon is also very much alone. He is a 300 year old vampire who is desperate to make a connection with someone or something in this life. His only reason for living is tracking down the evil vampire who made him and getting his revenge. On a dark night when Zoe feels stifled by her loneliness inside her house, she goes for a walk and meets Simon for the first time. Without a word, their eyes lock and curiosity stirs inside each of them. But can their love endure what lies ahead for both Simon and Zoe?
Since this story was originally published in 1999, I feel that it must have been a major influence and precursor to the YA vampire/werewolf books of today. Even though I like Simon's back story and character when he is by himself, where Zoe is concerned, he is just another stalker-ish, love sick puppy. I didn't feel like it suited him very well. What is even more weird is that when Zoe finds out that this boy she first saw sparkling in the moonlight (sounds oddly familiar) has been stalking her outside her window, she invites him in her house with barely a question! She doesn't seem frightened at all by him or his tale of vampires. She was quick to accept Simon's story and to even let him drink from her because she was so mesmerized by him. Because of this, I felt there was a real disconnect between their characters and they didn't gel well together. Aside from the fact that they were both extremely lonely and faced with death, I didn't get a real sense of who they were together.
The story is extremely fast, almost too much so at some points. That is too be expected, I suppose, since the actual story is less than 200 pages. There was just no time to get to know the characters because of this. I did feel that the plot where Christopher was involved was really interesting and I wanted more of that. This just wasn't my taste at all, but I am betting fans of Twilight and Shiver would enjoy it.
The beginning of this book was one of the most confusing I have ever read.
Apparently, this girl, London, can "remember" the future. After she lives eThe beginning of this book was one of the most confusing I have ever read.
Apparently, this girl, London, can "remember" the future. After she lives each day, she forgets the events of that day at 4:33 am. She is able to function by writing herself notes to remind herself of important past events that she has to read about every morning when she wakes up.
The part that bugged me the most was that her problem was referred to as "remembering" or having memories of the future, instead of something like future telling or seeing the future. So London would always say something like "I know, because I remembered it" referring to something that doesn't happen. It just sounds weird and is very confusing at the beginning because the author just kind of dives into her live with no explanations or set-ups.
I did enjoy the 50 First Dates scenario that took place between London and Luke. She wouldn't remember him except from her notes everyday, yet when she sees him she instantly falls in love again. It is kind of cute, but mostly ridiculous. The second-half took a fairly dark turn when she has "memories" of someone dying and she can't seem to figure it out who and how and she attempts tracking down her father and her grandmother that she saw in her memory, but doesn't have any recollection of from her past.
You, later, do find out a potential reason for London's condition but it is sort of just thrown in there and then forgotten about. I had high hopes for the premise but I don't feel like it was executed well, but that's how I feel about most YA novels these days.
This is the first book I've read by Meg Cabot, and it will most likely be my last. The writing was so convoluted that, within practically every paragrThis is the first book I've read by Meg Cabot, and it will most likely be my last. The writing was so convoluted that, within practically every paragraph, she has to throw in more thoughts and ideas that left me confused about what actually relevant to the story line. The basic premise is a retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth, which is the only redeeming quality this book has.
The story itself is about a girl named Pierce (a horrible name for a girl!) that had technically died when she was fifteen. During that time when her heart stopped, she has a near-death experience in which she finds herself in a place reminiscent of the Greek underworld. While there, she meets the overseer (named John......really?) whom she has seen once before at a cemetery when she was seven. He immediately falls in love with her and wants her to be "his", so he whisks her away to his boudoir. Pierce still hasn't come to grips with the fact that she is dead and now this guy wants to spend eternity with her. He even gives her a very alluring diamond necklace that is supposed to protect her. But she isn't sure who it is she needs to be protected from. Is it John, or something out there even more sinister? She decides she must escape from him, so she blinds him with the proffered cup of tea and runs out the open door. At that moment she is brought back to life at the hospital. She believes it was all a dream, but Pierce is still clinging to the diamond necklace around her neck, reminding her or her experience.
I almost wish this is where the book ended, because I was immediately drawn into the story at this point which is usually a good sign. However, the author goes on in a completely different direction. We learn more about John and their relationship (which shouldn't even exist considering they have spent a grand total of about 2 hours with each other of the years), and vapid high schoolers with no personality or ability to be a likable peripheral character.