Salute Your Shorts: Tomorrow is Today by Julie Cross

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March 6, 2012 by Heidi

Salute Your Shorts by Bunbury in the Stacks

Hi friends!  I’ve decided that since I love to talk about short stories and novellas, I’m going to make it my own little feature, complete with this awesome banner my bf made me (with a nod to the show of my childhood of course).  If you’d like to participate when talking about shorts you’ve come across, you’re more than welcome!  Just grab the pic above, and shoot me a link in the comments and I’ll do a round-up.  I plan to do at least two Salute Your Shorts posts a month, but you’re welcome to post as often or on whatever day you’d like.

Book cover of Tomorrow is Today by Julie Cross
Title: Tomorrow is Today [Amazon|GoodReads]
Author: Julie Cross  [Website|Twitter|Facebook]
Standing: Tempest #.5
Genre: Young Adult, Sci Fi
Published: December 6th, 2011 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Format: Kindle edition.  
Source: Tomorrow is Today is available free for Kindle.
Sometimes I love shorts because they give me that extra little peek into the lives of characters I adore.  And then there’s those times when I love short stories because they save me from committing to a full-length novel I won’t enjoy.  That, for me, was Tomorrow is Today.Jackson and his recent friends Adam and Holly are training to be camp counsellors for the summer.  He’s just finished his freshman year at NYU, while Adam and Holly have just graduated from high school in Jersey.  Adam is helping Jackson document and perform scientific experiments to explore his time travel abilities, while Jackson is busy lusting after Holly.  Jackson and Adam are hoping to find out more information about why he has the abilities he does, and also what the limits are.  

When I heard of Tempest, I was super excited.  I’m a massive time travel geek and absolutely could not wait to check it out in YA form.  But given the preview I was provided through the short story, Tomorrow is Today, I’ve determined it’s not going to be the story I was hoping for.  I was looking for it to have a good male point of view, be action packed, and a cool take on time travel.  I wanted more sci fi, and less romance.  It seems like it’s going to be fairly romance-centric, I didn’t like Julie Cross’s writing of Jackson (yes, some authors can write wonderfully from the perspective of the opposite sex, I do not feel like this was happening here), and the time travel aspect seemed iffy.  I found myself peeved by the dialog, and Jackson seemed like a bit of a douche. So I’m sorry to say I will not be joining the crowds of people who have adored Tempest as I had to force myself through the 60 or so pages of this short.  I do think that a lot of people will really enjoy this book, many of you have, but it’s just not going to do it for me.

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6 comments »

  1. Allison says:

    I just wanted to say: SALUTE YOUR SHORTS! I loved that tv show.

  2. Heidi says:

    I know, right?! It was probably the driving force behind my wanting so badly to go to summer camp as a kid.

  3. Alyssa says:

    SALUTE YOUR SHORTS IS THE BEST SHOW EVERRR 90S KID FOR LIIIIFEEEE!!!! Also this is a great idea, I don't read shorts a lot though so perhaps I should start? Also, teach me how to make a banner so I can start my Seasoned Saturday (or something) meme!! :]

  4. Heidi says:

    Yes it is!!! My boyfriend drew it for me using GIMP! GIMP is an open source version of Photo Shop, so you can download it and play around with it for free.

  5. Jasmine Rose says:

    I enjoyed Tempest so I made my husband read it, and he also mentioned that he wasn't a fan of the dialogue. I'm starting to think I'm not very picky about what I read since I never notice things like dialogue 😛 I had no idea this novella even existed. Thanks for highlighting it even if you didn't enjoy it :]

  6. Heidi says:

    I know a lot of people liked Tempest, I was hoping I would too! You should pick this book up, it's free! It'd give you some back story about Jackson and Holly.

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