AUTHOR: Julie Cross
DATE FINISHED: March 19
BLURB: 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 has proved himself to be an excellent agent. However, after an accidental run in with Holly―the girl he altered history to save―Jackson is once again reminded of what he's lost. And when Eyewall, an opposing division of the CIA, emerges, Jackson and his fellow agents not only find themselves under attack, but Jackson begins to discover that the world around him has changed and someone knows about his erased relationship with Holly, putting both their lives at risk all over again.
REVIEW: A hot, hot, hot mess. Now, I love a complex plot, but this is so poorly organized and written, it's next to impossible to follow what is going on with all the different time travel stuff the author kept throwing out. Half of the reviews, even the positive ones, say the same thing, and frankly, I probably should've given up and not bothered finishing it.
But this is the second book in a trilogy, and it's very hard for me to give up in the middle of things. I'm not saying the first book was good. It was fairly mediocre, in fact, and I waffled on whether or not to even continue. I wish I hadn't, but oh well. I'll be in it, just to see where it all ends, because unsurprisingly, this ended on a cliffhanger.
And people ask me why I don't like YA. It's not that I don't like it. Hell, The Hunger Games trilogy are the only books in the past five years I've bothered to re-read. But I find most YA trite and badly written, packed with shallow emotions and simplistic authorial voices. Most of them don't know how to handle plot, and characterizations are typically flat. I don't pick up any book by a new author without reading multiple reviews, but with YA, I've learned to be even pickier. I wasn't nearly picky enough in this author's case.
SQUARE: Children’s or Young Adult