Rating: 4.5 stars
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, 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.
Vortex by Julie Cross, how do I begin to explain this one? It was good yes. It was better than good. It was just awesome. The stakes are even higher in Vortex and it is a completely engrossing story that will captivate you until the very last page.
This book pretty much made me had all the feelings. I finished and sat there trying to wrap my head around my thoughts and everything that had happened. Vortex was that powerful. I laughed, I cried, I was shocked, and so much more. Vortex is definitely an emotional roller coaster ride.
The plot was so intense. My heart is still breaking over parts of it – I still refuse to believe some things actually happened. I loved the fact that Jackson becomes a secret agent and how that is a large majority of the plot. I am absolutely fascinated by spies and secret agents so I loved that.
I loved learning more about Jackson’s abilities in Vortex. It was neat to see more about it and the whole Tempest project. My one complaint would be that at times the whole sciencey explanation behind Jackson’s abilities got a wee bit confusing to me.
I continue to love the characters in this series. Kendrick is my new favorite character – I just adored her. Vortex brings a lot of new characters, as well as everyone’s favorite characters from Tempest.
Unpredictable and fast paced, Vortex is a book that will keep you reading late into the night. It is a book that when I had to put it down I was already plotting time where I could read some more. I cannot wait to see how Jackson’s story ends and see more from Julie Cross, a rising star in YA.