Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Book Review: Essence by A. L. Waddington

19279000Title: Essence (The Eve series, #1)

Author: A. L. Waddington
Paperback: 308 pages
Published: January 15, 2014
Publisher: Booktrope Publishing

from Goodreads:
Jocelyn Timmons does not believe she is anything special — just an ordinary high school senior, living an ordinary life full of school-work, volleyball and friends. She’s about to find out how wrong she is.

Jackson Chandler moved in to the house across the street. His dark wavy hair, green eyes and charismatic personality draws everyone to him. Everyone, but Jocelyn.

Whenever Jackson gets near Jocelyn she feels ill and dizzy. When he touches her, she blacks out and has visions of another life, in another time. As the odd hallucinations evolve and become clearer, she feels a strong pull towards the people she sees there. Frightened, she watches her once stable life begin to crumble around her and she begins to question her own sanity.

Could it be possible that these episodes are actually her own memories of a life she is living somehow, somewhere, some-when? Maybe this is time-travel or some other paranormal mysticism? Our minds often wander, but can our souls?

Alleluialu's Review
I was asked by the author to review this book and I am glad I agreed. I am a fan of time travel, but this is no ordinary time travel. I don't want to give anything away, but the concept explored in this story is new and interesting. Jocelyn is a normal teenager, in her words "nothing special". Then she meets Jackson who moves in across the street and she is transported back to another time. It's as if she is dreaming, but it is very real, and Jackson is there, too. As you read this story, and if you are a time travel fan, you are simultaneously reading and trying to figure out how the time travel occurs and why. You have to wait until very near the end to get any answers, but of course not all of them. 

I enjoyed reading this book and I am interested to read the others in the series. I don't understand the relevance of what happened to Olivia in the past has on the story, but that may be explored in future volumes. It seemed as though Jocelyn and Jackson were spending a lot of time dealing with that issue rather than expanding their story. The other criticism I have (and I am not an author, just a reader) is that the ending was very abrupt. It just stopped. Yes, it left me wondering what would happen next, but it didn't lead me anywhere. Luckily, there were a few pages of the next in the series offered right after the ending, so I could bridge that way. 

I think teens and young adults will enjoy this series because it will be relevant to them. It is refreshing that the main characters are not vampires or witches or werewolves, they are just humans that have inherited a very special gift. To find out what Jocelyn will do with her gift, we have to wait for the next in the series.

I have given this book 4 Notes - A Concerto. I really liked the book - you should go find it and read it. You can get your copy at Amazon here OR Barnes & Noble here

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