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(Tempest #2)

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Julie Cross's Vortex is the thrilling second installment of the Tempest series, in which the 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, Jack
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
Jul 25, 2015 rated it liked it
I hate cliff hangers and this cliff hanger is killing me! The book was really good but I felt like it was dragging much more than the first book. Although I enjoyed this book, I found it a little bit boring at times. Throughout this book, I was put through so many negative moods because of the incidents that occurred. It was interesting but at some points it gets really boring. I wouldn't say this book is amazing but it was very enjoyable.

I liked how there were many things that I didn't see c
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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
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
This is a complicated story. It should say "try and keep up" on the inside cover.

I'm glad I own the print book as well as the audio, because I needed to go back several times to figure out what happened. But overall, it was a great read with good characters.

Matthew Brown is fantastic on audio.
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
Nov 04, 2012 rated it liked it
It was definitely a bad idea to go so long between reading book 1 and book 2. The parallel and jumping is still confusing, but even more so now because I don't remember the whens and hows and of the other Jacksons.

Even more confusing are the additional people added to the mix - people that didn't jump before and didn't know are suddenly pulling guns and taking sides. I don't like Stewart much but I do really like Kendrick and Mason. (view spoiler)

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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
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Reem Hardan
Apr 13, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2013
I have to wait a yeaaaaaaar A yeaaar!!!!!! come on people it's not faaaaair!! *sobs*
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Jacqueline's Reads
Feb 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
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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
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Beatriz Belo
Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
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.

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
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
Omg. Ahhhh!!!
Sandra "Jeanz"
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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'
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jess (Gone with the Words)
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
Read this review on my blog! --> Vortex by Julie Cross

Many of you might not know this, but I was the first to post a review on a blog or Goodreads of Tempest back in 2011. I had been lucky enough to get an ARC of Tempest at ALA and one day Julie Cross tweeted that she couldn’t wait until the first review went up on Goodreads. I stepped up and said “I’ll do it!!” It’s definitely one of my most fun blogging memories. I loved Tempest , and it a lot of the same ways, I loved Vortex to
All Things Urban Fantasy
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

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
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
*Genre* Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5-4

*Full Review Shortly*

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
Kelly Hager
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 (
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
I had a lot of issues with Tempest. I was hoping those issues would be cleared up in this one, but nope. If anything I'm even more confused now.

If we're gonna be honest, I spent 80% of my time reading this book just trying to figure out what was going on. Vortex has about every aspect that I can't wrap my head around, including but not limited to time travel, twins, and clones. I just don't get it.

There is so much in this book that I didn't get, but I did catch a few things I liked. I enjoyed th
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
I wanted to stop reading after the first book, Tempest, which I sort of liked. However, many reviewers posted rave reviews about the third, and final, book in this series. So I had to read this one to proceed to the third even though I wasn't really interested in any of this CIA/agent stuff. I'm not very impressed by this book, to say the least. The concept of time travel is very complicated and prone to lapses in logic to begin with, and logic is clearly not one of Julie Cross's strong traits, ...more
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Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin's Press). She's also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come!

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