by Julie Cross (blog, twitter, facebook)
Book I in a series
Genre: YA – Time Travel
Publication: January 17th 2012 by St. Martin’s Griffin
copy received from publisher
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synopsis from goodreads
The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.
That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.
Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.
But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler. Recruit… or kill him.
Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.
Awesome!!!! I really love the style and the story!
This story is told from a Boys POV, which is always something I like since most YA stories are told from a Girls POV, and Jacksons Voice was great – genuine, believable and he’s just a guy easy to relate to!
Jackson can time travel and is trying to figure our the limits with his geeky best friend. He also has an adorably girl friend who doesn’t know anything about his abilities… However, one day when strangers come and shoot his girlfriend he finally jumps back in time much farther than ever before. 2 years back in time – and he can’t go back home!
There he is – alone, stuck in the past, so he’s trying to figure out why those people wanted to shoot him!
Fantastic Cast of Characters – Perfect Male Hero with awesome friends and a lovely girl!
As I said before, I LOVED Jackson a lot! I always enjoy reading stories told from boys and this here is clearly no exception. Although Jackson is loaded, he’s taking a job just to be close to his friends from the future. Geeky best friend and his love Holy which made him even more lovable!
I enjoyed both secondary characters a lot – specially his genius of a best friend who helps him figuring out his abilities, which is both fun and geeky adorable!!!
Sweet, Sweet Romance… *swoon*
The romance part was sweet! The way Jackson adores Holly was just .. well adorable – and it speaks for their love that she again falls in love with him – even 2 years earlier and how hard Jackson tries to be the perfect boy for Holly.
But apart from the intriguing storyline there were also lots of emotions involved, which is even harder to deliver from a Boys POV than from a Girl. Still, the author managed to deliver this perfectly and I was touched so very often by Jacksons emotions, especially involving his sister and Holly!
While I loved most parts of the books, the revelations towards the end could have been better and truth to be told, the direction the story took was slightly disappointing. I can’t even put a finger on the exact reason, it was just how I felt towards the end.
However, the very end – with Jackson making a very hard decision – was emotionally raw, selfless and heartbreaking! So I end up with 4 stars for a story with a strong and genuine male main character and a intriguing story line.
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