Review: Vortex – Julie Cross

Cover of Vortex by Julie Cross

Title: Vortex (Tempest #2)
Author: Julie Cross
Publication date: January 3, 2013
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780230757165
Length: 434 pages
Genre: Science Fiction
Age group: Young Adult
Source: Publisher
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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, all that changes when Holly— the girl he altered history to save — re-enters his life. And when Eyewall, an opposing division of the CIA, emerges, Jackson and his fellow agents find themselves under attack and on the run. Jackson must decide between saving the love of his life and the entire world…

My thoughts

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 since I’ve read that book, I spent the first 50 pages trying to figure out what the heck is going on. I didn’t have time to re-read the previous book but in a hindsight, I should have. So here’s tip number one for you: if you haven’t read the first book yet, do so. It’s not one of those series that can be read in any order. I did read Tempest but I was still confused at first. Which leads us to tip number two: if you’ve read the first book but you don’t remember everything (names of the EOTs and minor characters, or how this whole half-jump/complete jump theory works) then make sure to take the time to read it again because you’ll have no idea what’s going on in Vortex. I did manage to get into the story and loved everything about it but still, once I have a bit more time I’ll need to sit down and read both books again.

In terms of the plot, I think there’s less time travelling in this book than what we had in Tempest. The main focus is rather on the fight between the EOTs, Eyewall, and Tempest and the characters themselves, which I didn’t mind at all. While I wasn’t a big fan of Jackson in book #1, I absolutely loved him in Vortex. Also, there are quite a few new characters – like Lily Kendrick, Jackson’s CIA partner – as well as some people we’ve already met, like Stewart (who must be one of my favourite YA characters ever) and Jackson’s dad. Although I really missed Adam, who only plays a minor role in this book, and his conversations with Jackson but the intricate and fast-paced plot and the new characters definitely make up for it. The only character I still don’t get or managed to get used to is Holly – I still think she acts like a spoilt brat and I don’t know what Jackson saw in her.

And as for the ending: Holy Mother of God. Talk about a cliffhanger! I’ve seriously no idea what’s coming next but I’m fairly sure it’s going to be amazing. If you like young adult fiction and you’re looking for an unpredictable and cleverly-written book, look no further. But be prepared, you’ll be hooked. And don’t say I didn’t warn you! ;)


I could hear my heart pounding, even over the volume of the helicopter. Judging distance and memorizing images of our surroundings were skills I’d learned to use to my advantage during the past two and a half months of Tempest training. But today they had taken away my sight. And by “they,” I mean Chief Marshall.
After an hour of their obvious diversions and turning the helicopter in circles to confuse us, I was seriously ready for a time jump … somewhere calm and on the ground.”

5 star rating
*Many thanks to Macmillan Children’s Books for sending me a copy of this book*

16 Responses to “Review: Vortex – Julie Cross”

  1. Katja says:

    I love time travel adventures and I haven’t read Tempest, so I’m glad to have a new series to discover! Great review, Vicky.
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  2. Vicky H says:

    I really want to try this series, I love time-travel stories! Sounds very interesting and quite complicated, which is good for a time-travel novel I think :-)
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    • Vicky says:

      Agreed! And at least you won’t have to wait an entire year for the sequel (like me :D) so you probably won’t be as confused as I was at first. Hope you enjoy it!

  3. Ahh cliffhanger endings scare me a little. ;) I’m glad you liked this, Vicky! I’ll have to pick up the first book sooner rather than later, it seems. Great review!
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    • Vicky says:

      Ah, I know, same here. :) And I hate the fact that we have to wait ages for the third book and I’ll probably be just as confused as I was when I started reading Vortex but… I don’t even care. I think JC did a great job with this one – it wasn’t an annoying kinda cliffhanger, it actually works. :)

  4. Melissa says:

    This is the review I’ve been waiting for from you:) I loved Tempest…and this one sounds just as awesome! I really need to pick it up soon!!
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  5. Ahah!!! I’m so excited for this one. I got the audio and it’s next on my list. And … ahh I also won’t have time to reread Tempest so I know I will be confused in the beginning! Thanks for the warning :))
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  6. Molli says:

    I am planning on reading this one this month, though from the sound of it, I may end up re-reading Tempest – which would be fine with me. I’ve read SO much since then that I’m afraid my memory of it isn’t the freshest. JACKSON, though. I love Jackson, flaws and all. I’m glad you were able to like him a bit more in this one, Vicky! Also, the new characters sound REALLY interesting. And YAY for more of Jackson’s dad, although BOO for less of Adam. Adam is awesome!

    Really looking forward to reading this after your awesome review!
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    • Vicky says:

      I was in the same boat as you are now so I’d definitely recommend re-reading it :) I love Jackson too! I didn’t really like him at the very beginning of Tempest but I do like him now. (Holly… well, not so much) And I KNOW, right?! I love Adam and Jackson’s dad. They’re both awesome!

  7. I did not read book one, and now you have me wanting to read them both. Jackson sounds interesting as does the storyline. Thanks for an awesome review and adding to my tbr pile!
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  8. I absolutely love the cover! I’ve got first book Tempest and I seriously need to read them! I’ve got the same thing as you at the moment as I’m reading Dare You To and its been a long time since reading the first book and it always annoying when you forget about the characters! Cliff Hanger seriously annoy me books, when you have to with another year for the next book to arrive! Lovely review Vicky!
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  9. I had a similar reaction to Tempest, where it took a while for me to really enjoy the story. But Vortex did just grab me in immediately and I really enjoyed it! Glad you did too!

    And BAAAH the ending!!!
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