Reviewed By: Blaire Daniels
Release Date: 17/01/2012
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.
REVIEW: Time-travelling hot, sexy boy who goes back to save his girlfriend- say what? That was my reaction when I first came across this book and I really hoped, when I first started reading it, that it would live up to its potential. And for me, it definitely did!
I don't think I've read a lot of YA books in the point of view of the boy, which seems really strange now that I think about it. But what I loved about Jackson as the hero is the fact that most of the time he acted like a teenager and he messed up- and I mean he messed up a lot. But it was great to read and the book is filled with action and movements but there are some really nice moments when it slows down and we get to see the relationship with Holly and Jackson.
Holly and Jackson's relationship was really nice and enjoyable but I don't know about Holly as a character. She is great, but she never makes it out of her role as 'the girlfriend', she doesn't seem to be anything else beyond that, which can't of frustrated me because I wanted her to step up and be a man! Yeah.... but on a better note, Jackson's powers made up for absolutely everything- did I mention that he could time-travel?
The one thing that I found really strange and which is never answered in the books is: why is set in 2009? Maybe it's just me, but I thought that would be significant or something but it kind-of felt like 2009 was literally 2012, if you understand what I am saying... No? *Ahem* Then lets just move along.
Overall, I really enjoyed the fact that it was different to a lot of other YA books out there at the moment. Ignoring the cliched moments in the book (which it definitely had), it has a great set of characters, heart-pounding action and my absolute favourite, paranormal. So I am definitely going to be waiting for the next book by Ms. Julie Cross.