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 ...more
I liked how there were many things that I didn't see co ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
Once again we follow Jackson as he ventures deeper into the world of Tempest, the CIA branc ...more
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 ...more
Even more confusing are the additional people added to the mix - people that didn't jump before and didn't know before.....now are suddenly pulling guns and taking sides. I don't like Stewart much but I do really like Kendrick and Mason. (view spoiler)[ but I know I really miss the Or ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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....more
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 Ja ...more
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' ...more
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 too.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
Jackson is still determined to stay away from Holly for her own good ( ...more
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 ...more
I CAN'T WAIT A YEAR! THIS ISN'T RIGHT SHEESH.
Jackson and Holly and Dr Melvin and Adam and Emily and Kendrick and Stewart and Kevin and MY BABIES!
I'll have to read both books again several times so that I fully understand the new theories made for time-travel but I still love them.
Julie lives in Central Illinois with her h ...more
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Maybe half my soul is buried, deep under the ground, and I'll never get it back.
I'm cold when it isn't. I hear storms that aren't there. There's space in me I can't fill.
Empty. Cold. Storms. And then I smell the carpet, hear deep breaths that aren't mine.
When I open my eyes, she's still gone.”