A new adult romance from Entangled's Embrace imprint...
The dead have been waiting for her...
Addison Beckett tries hard to pretend she's normal, but she's far from it. Since she was six years old, she's seen the world around her unraveling, as if someone is pulling a thread from a sweater and it's all slowly coming undone. When she ignores it, it goes away, so that's what she does.
Enter her arrogant-but-hot professor Asher Green. He knows all about her special brand of crazy. In fact, he might be just as nuts as she is. Asher insists that the dead from a parallel dimension are trying to possess the living in this one. And since Addison seems to be the only one who can see these "wraiths," she just might be the key to saving the world.
Addison wants nothing to do with Asher or his secret society, The Mortal Machine. But as their animosity grows, she finds it harder and harder to ignore the chemistry between them. And when she discovers that Machine laws forbid her from touching him, she realizes that's all she wants to do.
Stop the wraiths. Break the rules. Save the world. All in a day's work.
Normal was overrated, anyway.
About the Author
Jocelyn is an office grunt by day and creator of romance and intrigue by night. Born a farmer's daughter in small town Ontario, she spent her childhood dreaming up stories that remained untold until 2010. With no formal training, she relied on the keen eyes and honest feedback of her writing group to take her from that first short story all the way to THE END of her first novel.
A two-time finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest, Jocelyn has five published novels and several shorter works. Her favorite event of the year is the Muskoka Novel Marathon where she gets a little crazy with other authors from Southern Ontario to raise money for adult literacy programs. When she isn't slinging words, you can find her shooting her bow, reading dark and gritty urban fantasy or paranormal romance, or enjoying the serenity of family life in her little house in the woods.
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A Mortal Machine Novel
By Jocelyn Adams, Tracy Montoya
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2014 Joanne Galbraith
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My dorm room wall began to unravel as if someone had found a loose thread on the fabric of reality and sped off with it. It happened a lot around me. I didn't know what might be on the other side and what it wanted. Maybe me. I wasn't about to stick around to find out.
Once upon a time I'd have bolted, but I'd trained myself out of advertising my insanity. I just had to get my stuff and leave calmly, like a normal person, so the walls could seal themselves up again as they always did. I wasn't sure how long it took, but when my nerve steadied enough for me to come back, everything would be normal again. Well, as normal as my life ever got.
A nervous laugh gurgled out of me as I gathered the chaos of books from my bed and stuffed them into my backpack. Denial was a wonderful thing, like a rain slicker to keep the deluge of crazy from soaking too deep into my skin. There was not a black hole in my wall. Nothing would come through it and eat me for breakfast. Deluding myself was also necessary, since Dad had mortgaged the cabin to send me to Waterloo University, and I didn't want to lose my ever-loving mind before graduation.
Not even my reality issues would keep me from class today, even if the devil himself spilled out of my wall. Only one thing scared me more than whatever waited out there on the dark side of the veil, and he taught my ancient civilizations class. I'd witnessed firsthand what Professor Green did to people who arrived late to his lecture. I'd rather have taken a hammer to my knuckles.
I checked my watch. Eight-fifteen a.m., leaving me fifteen minutes to hot-foot it across campus to the Arts Lecture Hall, or the AL. I'd have ten minutes to spare, which was cutting it about as close as I'd dare to.
The temperature began to drop, and my next breath frosted the air. I glanced up while hoisting my pack onto my shoulder. The fuzzing around the upper walls had crawled down at least a foot from the ceiling. I had a sudden image of some giant beast lifting the roof off, reaching in a gnarled finger, and scooping me up.
"Time to go, idiot," I said. "What are you waiting for, the apocalypse?" What if whatever was peeling back my reality opened a big enough hole to come through? Like I needed that visual right at the moment. Nope. I just had to get to the AL, and everything would be fine.
I only made it one step toward the door when something slammed into me from every direction at once, like a concussion wave of sound, only I couldn't hear anything.
That was new. A pulse grew inside me like a giant heartbeat that wasn't mine. Or was it in the room? Or from the darkness beyond the wall? I couldn't draw in air, and my legs ignored my command to run. Oh, God!
Before the full dose of panic hit me, the hush and click of a door snapped my attention back to reality. Released from whatever had turned me into a statue, I lurched forward and almost ran into my roommate, Ava. One note of my scream escaped before I shut my mouth. She stood there, black hair hanging in chocolate springs around her heart-shaped face. The sight of her startled expression made me burst out laughing, which, naturally, caused me to spew out another blizzard into the air. Not that she'd notice. Nobody ever did.
I gaped at her, trying and failing to slow my breathing.
One of Ava's dark eyebrows arched up. "God, Addison, could you get any weirder? Why are you hyperventilating again?" she asked, tracing me up and down with her dark brown eyes. She wore skin-tight yoga pants and a T-shirt straining over her perky boobs. Sweat glistened on her forehead and cleavage, probably from a workout with whatever guy she'd knocked nasties with last night.
"I'm not hyperventilating, I was just ... Gotta go." I swallowed another giggle and detoured around her, my braid sliding over my shoulder to dangle down my plaid shirt. My hair was that so-dark brown, close to black but not quite, with a few natural caramel streaks throughout. "See you later."
"I'm surprised you're still here." She went for the inner door that led from my room into hers. It mostly sucked having the only exit in our shared space in my bedroom, especially considering her busy social calendar. I'd wanted the inner room for more privacy, but one flaming-eyeballed look from her, and I'd agreed to the outer one. "Taking your life in your hands, aren't you? Professor Green is going to roast you on a spit if you go there now. And if you don't go, you're out of his class." Mouth curling up with a grin, she shrugged as if thinking that might be entertaining to see on a Friday morning. "I'd really hate to be you right now."
What is she, high? "I've still got fifteen minutes to get there."
I glanced at my watch again. It read 8:45. I'd lost half an hour. "Shit!" I launched out the door and left her yucking it up in my room. God, there were days when I wanted to slip her a sharp piece of my mind.
I supposed she did have a point about my freakishness. I spent most of my life either hyperventilating, laughing hysterically to cover a scream, or staring at the ceiling to make sure it wasn't coming apart. Not to mention I'd just blanked out for thirty minutes and couldn't breathe all of a sudden, which were odd events even for me — so no, I couldn't get any weirder. She still didn't have to say it out loud. It was no wonder I couldn't make any friends and usually spent my time alone with a book. Maybe the thing would scoop her out through the roof. Although once Professor Green got through with me, I might wish it had gone bobbing for me.
I sprinted down the hallway on the third floor of Village Two, the dorm they stuck all of us first years in. Girls on the third floor, guys on the first two. I took the stairs down a few at a time. Maybe he'd go easy if I was panting when I got there? A girl could try.
Spring sunshine smiled through the trees as I clip-clopped along Ring Road, which encircled the campus. Hints of summer warmed the early April breeze, carrying the scent of lilacs and some other white flower that lined the road like some frilly junk old folks set their tea cups on. I wasn't a gardener. If Dad had his way, and he usually did, I'd be a full-fledged chartered accountant.
If I wanted him to put me through university, I had to major in something practical. Since I had bigger aspirations than being a cashier at Walmart, I'd applied to the accounting program and resigned myself to a life of excruciating boredom.
Waterloo was the university in Ontario. If you graduated from there, you were guaranteed a job. Sitting at a desk. Staring at endless scads of spreadsheets and ledgers and crap. God, it was just so ... depressing. Still, my high school marks had been mediocre at best, so when my acceptance letter had shown up in our mailbox, I'd nearly peed my pants.
My dream job was practical to me even if Dad thought I was delusional. I wanted to be a historian, archaeologist, or museum curator. Something that put my hands on cool, old stuff as ancient as the hills and just as interesting, dripping with texture and history and scuff marks from where people long dead had held it just like I would. Okay, so not really practical unless I wanted to live in a big smelly city and probably end up in some dusty archive for the next twenty years while waiting for a decent job to open up — which I didn't, but dreams aren't always rational.
After much pleading on my part, Dad had compromised and let me take one course per year that I wanted to take. Naturally, I'd chosen Professor Green's Ancient Civilizations class. He had a reputation not only for getting nearly violent over lateness and other perceived indiscretions, but for giving fascinating lectures.
I rushed up to the glass double doors of the AL and went inside. My lungs ached. Maybe they'd burst. Maybe, just maybe, that would be a better fate than facing Professor Green. Still, I'd rather take my lumps than be banned from his lecture. I rather enjoyed watching his pants strain across his tight butt as he pointed out interesting features on his slide shows.
Panting, I came to the classroom door, holding still until my nerve calmed. It took a while. For all of the oddness my life handed to me, you'd think I'd be braver. I wasn't. A giant chicken, that's me.
I eased open the door, or tried to. A mournful wail of rusty hinges resounded through the stadium seating full of students riveted to the man standing on the platform at the bottom. I'd totally forgotten about that damn door. He'd probably forbidden the custodians to oil it so nobody could slip in unnoticed.
I stepped inside, painfully aware his hand had stopped moving the dry-erase marker over the white board. The door screeched again and clanged shut. I jumped at the sound. I'd just locked myself in with the beast and holy cow was he pissed. He never went that still unless a category five hurricane of doom blew around on his tongue, which he would soon release upon me, no doubt. I'd seen it happen enough to recognize the warning signs.
A still image of Mayan ruins shone on the screen beside him from the projector dangling from the ceiling. My heart tripped and fell. I'd been waiting all year to get to the Mayans. Why did I have to be late today of all days?
I stalked down the aisle, searching for an empty seat, anxious to hear what he had to say on the subject. Thankfully, I only had to descend a few rows. Head down, I shuffled along the aisle, trying not to play demolition derby with any knees. Most of the girls continued to stare at Green with a dreamy expression, no doubt fantasizing about how they could help him work off his anger without their clothes on. A few people offered me sympathetic gazes. Others smiled, eager for my impending doom.
I dropped into a chair, holding my pack to my chest, the top covering my face to my nose. As if that would keep him from seeing me. He saw everything, like he had eyes in the walls, in the backs of every chair. The ultimate mother-hen-turned-psychotic-cop.
Green turned slowly, his bone-straight jet-black hair glossed under the lights, giving it an almost blue sheen, like a spill of oil in the sun. He wore tan slacks perfectly creased down the legs. Shiny brown shoes polished to a blinding gleam poked out underneath. An Oxford-blue dress shirt covered his broad shoulders, buttoned all the way to his neck and ironed to within an inch of its life. I wondered if he ironed his underwear, too. And maybe his skin.
He appeared way too young and gorgeous to be a full professor, especially one who knew so much about anthropology. From a distance, I'd have put him at early twenty-something, but that had to be wrong. He glared at me with eyes so blue I imagined staring into skies from some far-off world where they had shades of blue I'd never heard of. Bright blue-green, clear as ice, and just as cold. Even though he stood below all of us, he looked at us the way a boot would stare at a herd of ants in its path. Yeah, he'd not only stomp on us all but enjoy the hell out of it, too.
I swallowed, certain everyone could hear it over the hush that had fallen. "I'm sorry," I blurted, jumping at the echo of my too-loud voice in the quiet.
He lowered his butt onto the edge of his desk and crossed his arms, the fabric of his shirt straining over his muscled chest and biceps. Menacing was the word that came to mind whenever he struck that pose. If Lucifer posed for a Calvin Klein photo spread, he'd look like that. Green had the bronzed complexion of someone from across the ocean, maybe the Middle East. A shadow of a beard always lay across his arrogant chin, and I wondered if it bothered him. The rest of him was as clean cut as a razor, but I bet he could have shaved until the cows came home, and he'd never rid himself of that shadow. Was it petty of me to find a little satisfaction that he was one stop short of perfect? Yeah, probably.
"I've changed my mind," Professor Green said at last in the tone of Thor about to unleash lightning on us. Dark, dangerous, and, I had to admit, frighteningly sexy if you liked a little danger in the bedroom. He'd be like riding a wild, prehistoric beast. If you could catch him, had the nerve to climb on, and he didn't tear your face off right away, the ride would be exhilarating, leaving you winded and flushed and hotter than Mount St. Helens' guts.
I wondered what he'd look like without that Oxford on. Um ... what? I righted myself, remembering he was about to give me a public thrashing of some sort and I shouldn't be daydreaming about my professor, no matter how hot and tempting he appeared to be.
I wanted to ask him what he'd changed his mind about, but nobody rushed the man. Two minutes went by. Three. God, why didn't he get it over with?
"Since Plaid here has decided she's more important than the rest of us, I don't feel like teaching today." He withdrew a little green tub of lip balm from his pocket and slathered it on as he often did.
I glanced down at my blue plaid shirt and back at him, frowning. I hadn't really expected him to know my name, but "Plaid"? So what if I liked to be comfortable and unflashy in my country-girl-chic ensemble? Was that a crime? He probably would have commented on my sock-monkey-socks, worn jeans, and scuffed hiking boots if he could have seen them. I was glad he couldn't.
"You will all hand in a paper on the cycles of the Mayan calendar before you leave today," he said, a trace of malignant humor in his crystal tone. "Three thousand words. Double-spaced, handwritten. Begin."
Groans rose, and one guy shouted out, "But we haven't covered that yet."
"Your problem, not mine." Green's strange blue eyes sliced me again, arms still crossed over his spiffy shirt. "If you have a problem with it, I'd suggest taking it up with Plaid after class."
When every eye in the room rolled in their sockets toward me, I froze and worked my throat like crazy to hold in the hysterical laughter that bubbled in there.
Most of the time nobody noticed me. The invisible girl, that's me. I preferred invisible. If anyone did bother to notice, it was usually because I was making a fool of myself while escaping one of my reality-unraveling episodes. Now everyone in the room just hated my guts.
Somebody shoot me.CHAPTER 2
The scritch-scratch of pencils moving on paper filled the lecture hall. The heat of everyone's anger hung in the air like smoke, thick and choking. Could a person pass out from embarrassment? Not even that would get me out of the paper I had to write on the subject we hadn't yet talked about. Good thing I'd already read everything I could find about the Mayans. By the moans and grumbling around the room, I didn't think the rest of the class had been so industrious.
My hand cramped when I started my third page, having finished with the Long Count, the first of the three Mayan calendars, and moved on to the Tzolk'in, the calendar marking religious and ceremonial events and, to me, the most fascinating. I shook my fingers out and rubbed my palm against my jeans, reading over the last paragraph.
While I grinned like a fool over my progress, a current of arctic breath ruffled the downy hairs on my nape. Subtle, but enough that I looked up.
Not again. Piss off, would you! I'd been spilling the words out just fine, but if that thing had followed me to the lecture hall, it would be nearly impossible for me to concentrate. I still hadn't even mentioned the third calendar. I needed to impress Green, and only a completed paper would do.
Darkness fuzzed along the corners of the sloped room where the ceiling met the wall. Maybe it was just a trick of the light. Or I really was losing my mind. Either way, I would not flunk out of the only class I never felt like sleeping in.
My hand and mind worked furiously to fill the rest of the page while I slipped back into glorious denial. The walls were not falling apart. Nothing was out there. Just us ants.
The temperature dive-bombed at least fifteen ticks on the centigrade scale. I imagined most of the brown of my eyes had disappeared, eclipsed by my pupils. They felt stretched, the light too harsh with my shutters open too far. Snow crystals from my breath peppered my hands, stinging with frost and coating my paper. Glancing left and right, I picked up my binder and shook the snow onto the floor — not that any of the other people in the room would see the crystals, anyway. They all slouched over their papers, blissfully unaware.
That little blip of blackness sped back and forth along the wall, unraveling more and more. At least a foot of the dark, icy nothing beyond the wall showed now. It was fast this time. My body shook with cold and the now-familiar terror walking my spine with spiked heels. Hard to deny something when it was so good at being scary.
While I considered how much of an aneurism Green would have if I high-tailed it out of the AL, something shimmered out of the endless, deep black in the front right corner of the room. It slid down the wall and then pushed away from it, sweeping out over the lowered heads of my classmates like a faint, jet-propelled cloud.
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Out of 5-stars, I give this one 10!!! BRILLIANT! This book encompasses everything I love to read. There's an amazing love story, forbidden love and so much angst it's chokingly real. There's mystery, suspense and a fantastic dose of paranormal sci-fi as a base behind it all. Once I started, I couldn't stop. The writing is FANTASTIC! . As the story progresses everything falls into place and every character has his/her/its role. It's beautiful and heartbreaking. The ending is a semi cliffhanger and left me breathless with my heart aching. I am left with a tremendous compulsion to continue on to the next book that is IMPOSSIBLE to ignore. Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
Title: Darkside Sun - Mortal Machine Trilogy Book 1 Author: Jocelyn Adams Publisher: Entangled Embrace Published: 3-10-2014 E-Book ASIN: B00IHCC5JC Pages: 291 Genre: Romance Tags: Contemporary Fiction, Series, Fantasy Sensual Level: very low Overall Rating: excellent Reviewed For: Entangled Romance Reviewer: DelAnne There is place that is just beyond our senses. Not to mention a group of people that are all that stand between us and beings that will gladly take your soul and destroy you, laughing the entire time. Now imagine you are taken from your life and told that you are a part of the group of people that protect the world and have to give up everyone and everything you ever loved. What would you do? This is eighteen year old Addison's world. Since she was six she has seen things no one else has, but even that was nothing compared what she now must deal with. Darkside Sun took me completely by surprise. I expected to enjoy it, but I didn't expect that I would become so involved that everything else would fall to the wayside until I finished. Starting in Chapter one with a "Now that is interesting, maybe Addison is crazy." to "What an egotistical bully." when Jocelyn Adams introduced Asher. After that it became, there are left overs in the fridge and you know how to work the microwave until the last page was turned and I was screaming at Ms. Addison wondering where the rest of the story was. Then I remembered that this was only the first in the trilogy and was relieved. I may have to wait but maybe I will get lucky and it will be soon. Something like the next month or two? Maybe Ms. Adams, PLEASE. I absolutely fell in love with this story and am waiting with baited breath for the next segment. I found it so absorbing that I become a watcher in the Machine learning each character personally until I could tell them apart just from the sound of their footsteps. I watched as Addison matured into a strong woman as she learned more about herself, powers and where she belongs at the Machine. Archer shows himself to be so much more than we first perceive. As for the answers Addison seeks you will be blown away at the unveiling. I had my heart set on one character being the villainous vile being needing extermination and was shocked at how wrong I was. A story that will keep you guessing till the end. What more could ask for?
An interesting read! I received a review copy in exchange for unbiased review. I think Darkside Sun is a little unique because it is a book about wraiths and parallel world. That was something that I seldom come across in books. The premise of the book piqued my interest and plus there's this 'arrogant-but-hot' professor in the blurb sounds really promising. I just had to read this book and am really glad I got the chance to review the book. Addison has been seeing her surrounding unravel around her since six, but she didn't want people to think that she's crazy so she kept that secret to herself. She dealt with the mysterious unravelings by simply ignoring them, until one day something really strange and frightening happened in one of her lectures. I like Addison's voice in Darkside Sun and how the author portrayed her--strong, loyal but not without her faults. Asher Green is a character I hate and like at the same time. He's this outrageous professor who couldn't take tardiness. I didn't really like how he pushed Addison around. However, his character grew on me as the story progresses and especially after parts of his past were revealed. Darkside Sun is an easy to read book. Although it is difficult to understand the world-building at the beginning, with all the rift jargons etc, it gets better once the author explained it throughout the book and it made me appreciate Darkside Sun even more. Even thought the conflict in Darkside Sun is settled, but there's definitely more to come, evident in the ending! Can't wait to read book 2!
I just can't even get over how I feel right now. That end just shattered my heart like it shattered the characters. This book was absolutely amazing. Darkside Sun has easily become one of my favorite Entangled books and added to my top NA reads. With its amazing concept, a beyond delicious main boy, a snarky lead girl, tons of action, and a heart-shattering ending I wouldn't put it down for anything. Addison makes me love her as soon as we meet her. I love how she's independent and adores her father. You can tell she's smart and strong. Then when she starts to get into the world of the Mortal Machine, her strength only intensifies. I loved watching her snarky comments and ass-kicking moments. My heart broke for her in a lot of moments as well and I'm desperately awaiting future books to see what will happen with her. Oh, and her eyes... yeah, I am jealous and want them! On the other side, Asher Green. Holy mother goodness of delicious hotness. I can't even deal with how much I like Asher. He gets under your skin every moment, whether he's being a jerk, staring intensely, or acting sexy as hell. Regardless of his hard exterior and rough past, you can see a heart inside Asher and I think that's what kills me the most about him. I am dying for a happily ever after for Asher, and I better get it... just saying. ;) When I say be ready for a wave of emotions with this book, I mean it with every fiber. This book will make you laugh, sit on the edge of you seat, fist-pump, swoon, and yes even break your heart. The concepts I adored. The settings and world building I adored. The whole gang of characters guess what... I adored them, too. I couldn't love this book more if I tried and I am dying for the next book in the series because it needs to stitch back my heart after that ending. Darkside Sun builds and builds and holds your every attention and then it tears you apart at the seams. Truly a stunner of a book.
When I first saw the promotion for this book in an email from Entangled Publishing, I almost dismissed it. The cover screams Twilight, in my opinion - pretty skinny girl with dark hair with an equally attractive man who's pale, almost in a vampirish way, positioned above a title that would have been perfect for a sequel to Breaking Dawn. However, I chose to obey the old adage admonishing us to never judge a book by its cover, and read the description accompanying the cover. The premise, I found, was nothing like Twilight, and actually sounded quite original and intriguing. Plus, it had the added bonus of the student-and-hot-teacher trope, which I've actually never read but I was interested in being introduced to. So, I decided to sign up for the review copy and now here I am, posting my review a tad bit later than I intended (but still within a week of the book's release) - sorry Entangled! I think I'll go ahead and start with what I didn't like. For starters, I think that the book would have greatly benefited from being written in third person limited rather than first person. I understand that Jocelyn Adams wanted us to get inside Addison's head, but frankly, Addison annoyed me to no end. Her narration struck me as immature and whiny, and her attempts at sarcasm and wit just did not work at all. I believe that conveying the story in third person would have diluted Addison's personality a bit and maybe I would have liked her more - because, truthfully, she's not a completely unlikable character. She's got spunk and I always appreciate that. I think it's just a matter of spending too much time in her head. It definitely got old. Also, there was a lot of info-dumping. Adams has created a world that's very different from any that I've read about thus far and it makes sense that she needed to find a way to convey how things worked to her reader efficiently, so she could get on to the actual meat of the story. Unfortunately, this did result in rushed storytelling and info dumping, which left me feeling very overwhelmed and confused. I was also uncertain about Asher and Addison's relationship. It was so weird. I think that Adams was going for the whole "there's a fine line between love and hate thing," but the indecision about how each character felt for the other was frustrating. I think it's safe to say that for the vast majority of the book, they hated each other. This hatred would be punctuated with moments of mutual attraction that would result in Addison thinking, "Hmm, maybe something could happen with this guy?" and then Asher would do something to upset her and they'd go right back to hating each other. Truthfully, there really wasn't much attraction between them aside from physical attraction - Asher and Addison had very little in common and they were constantly putting each other down. Towards the end of the book, when we got more information on Asher's history, the attraction did start to make a bit more sense, but I'd still say that for the majority of the book, they only were semi-interested into each other because they felt physically drawn to each other. And while sexual tension is great for fueling emotional drama, it's not really what stable, healthy relationships are built from. As I mentioned, I really liked the premise of Adams' story. It took me most of the book to realize this, but it's actually a take on angels vs. demons that has successfully excluded religion from the plot. I'm not anti-religion (I'm actually pretty active in practicing my faith), but most romance novels that I've read that take on the angels and demons issue completely fail to mention God, and, frankly, if God's absent, what's the point of angels and demons? Well, Adams circumvents this issue by renaming the supernatural entities. The demons are known as wraiths and they don't really resemble demons - when Addison sees one, she describes it as half-man, half-bug. But like demons, wraiths possess humans and then, instead of trying to corrupt their souls and take them to hell as a demon would, they try to use that human's body to create as much destruction and pain in the lives of other humans as they possibly can - which actually isn't too far from what a demon would do. Wraiths are combatted by guardians - they have other titles and ranks within their organization, but collectively they're called guardians and their goal is to kill these wraiths and prevent them from attacking humans. Instead of living in heaven and hell, wraiths and guardians exist in alternate dimensions. The guardians' domain does not resemble Heaven, but instead is essentially a stark, gray barracks. When Addison is recruited by the guardians, she finds that they actually are having some pretty serious internal issues and it basically falls to her to fix them. It took me so long to realize that this was the actual premise of the book because there was so much info-dumping. But once I figured it out, I was like "OMG that is SO cool." The story itself was compelling enough to motivate me to read it quickly, even with its flaws. I honestly had such a struggle to put it down, and I only did that when necessary (examples: sleep, church, etc.). I definitely want to read future books because the ending was a fantastic cliff hanger. It was completely unlike the ending of any other romance novel that I have ever read. If you're looking for a different take on supernatural romance, I think that you should consider giving Darkside Sun a try. It is imperfect and there were definitely parts of it that I was not fond of, but I couldn't put it down and I thought that it was very original. I'm eagerly anticipating the next book in the series!
Entangled Embrace Publishing found a gem when they signed Jocelyn Adams to their lineup of authors. I've been a fan of Ms. Adams for some time now. It all started with THE GLASS MAN and my addiction to her writing grew from there. After reading all of her works, I have to say DARKSIDE SUN is her best novel by far! Wow, what a ride. I bought this e-book the day it came out and completed it in 24 hours. I simply could not put it down. Ms. Adams' writing style had me hooked from Page 1. I've never read anyone like her. She has a unique way with words. She has a tone, pizzazz and umph that follows her throughout her books. When you pick up a Jocelyn Adams book, you know it, and it's refreshing because you know you can expect well-written, thought-provoking prose that will grip you from beginning to end. Her two main characters in DARKSIDE SUN had me wrapped around their little fingers from the moment I met them. Addison has been dealing with a terrifying paranormal activity for twelve years, since she was 6 years old. Now that she is older and in college, the activities are increasing. The reader becomes Addison. We experience everything with her as it happens to her, including seeing her hot professor, Asher Green, for the first time. OMGosh, my heart be still. Talk about a yummylicious heart throb you love to hate to love. Even when he's being a douchebag, you, like Addison, can't help but be majorly attracted to him. There is so much tantalizing heat between these two that will make all the women readers out there swoon, yet Ms. Adams treats the sexual tension with respect and dignity, giving only enough away to keep us wishing for more. In between all that hotness, however, is a vulnerability in both Addison and Asher. They are incredibly flawed in so many ways, yet Ms. Adams geniously intertwines their strengths and vulnerabilities, neither outweighing the other. Brilliant. The plot had me engrossed from the beginning. Ms. Adams has a unique way to weave the reader in and out of this creepy, wraith-filled world, taking them through the mulitiple layers and dimensions she created for this paranormal masterpiece. It was a non-stop journey for 302 pages and the last paragraph is a doozie. It left me spell-bound and breathless. I wanted more. I always do from this author. DARKSIDE SUN didn't disappoint. I give this novel 5 stars for originality, complexity, gravitational pull, sexual tension and just downright honest to goodness solid writing. The story flowed so well I forgot I was reading. It will be interesting to see how Ms. Adams tops this novel. My only complaint with DARKSIDE SUN is in its cover. It does not convey the intensity of this story or the powerful paranormality of it. This is no fault of the author's. If I was not a fan of Ms. Adams, I don't think I would have picked this one up because the cover is so plain, unenticing. Entangled Publishing, please consider a more intense cover with the next book in the series, one that reflects the fierceness, the magnitude that is DARKSIDE SUN and its heroine, Addison. Speaking of which, there is a 'next', right? I rub my hands together in anticipation.
The cover and title of Darkside Sun are just awesome! I have to admit that they totally set me up with high expectations. The book started rather slow and I wasn't sure if I would like it. After about a third of the book, my mama instincts kicked in and I rooted for Addison all the way. Looking forward to see what the next book has in store. I received this book to review, the opinions shared here are mine.
Addison Beckett tries hard to pretend she’s normal, but she’s far from it. Since she was six years old, she’s seen the world around her unraveling, as if someone is pulling a thread from a sweater and it’s all slowly coming undone. When she ignores it, it goes away, so that’s what she does. Enter her arrogant-but-hot professor Asher Green. He knows all about her special brand of crazy. In fact, he might be just as nuts as she is. Asher insists that the dead from a parallel dimension are trying to possess the living in this one. And since Addison seems to be the only one who can see these “wraiths,” she just might be the key to saving the world. Addison wants nothing to do with Asher or his secret society, The Mortal Machine. But as their animosity grows, she finds it harder and harder to ignore the chemistry between them. And when she discovers that Machine laws forbid her from touching him, she realizes that’s all she wants to do. Stop the wraiths. Break the rules. Save the world. All in a day’s work. Normal was overrated, anyway. Review: WOW! was that a Great book!! I am going to try to be as vague as possible with this review as to not give away one moment of this awesome story's plot twists and turns. Even though I am going to be vague, in no way should it deter anyone from reading this book!! I know I am going on about this, but I have to say I am not a big fan of New Adult and tend to not pay much attention to them, but I am glad I did with this one. Honestly, the characters are so well written, I tended to forget they were so young. I thought the concept was fresh and not something I had seen a dozen times before. The Author takes the time to build a world that is attention getting and keeps you wanting to learn more about the world and its characters. I had so many emotions reading this book, I cannot begin to describe everything, lets just say this story is well rounded. The mystery of who the traitor is, is so well done that I could not figure out who it was. The story is jammed packed with action, especially when we find out who the traitor really is, but the mystery does not end there with not knowing, who or where Addison's mother is and what part of the Mortal Machine means to her life from here on out. I have to say I was crying and mad at the end of the book at a certain person. Have I been vague enough...lol. It really is an awesome book and well work reading. If you love paranormal books, like I like them, then this book is for you! Take the time and get to know Addison, Asher and learn about the Mortal Machine. I am glad I took a chance on reading this book! And cannot wait to see what happens in the next book. 5 Stars
Darkside Sun is the first book in the Mortal Machine series by Jocelyn Adams. This novel was stuffed to the brim with everything I like to find in a story, and I simply couldn't get enough of it. The premise and paranormal aspects were unique. I can't say I've ever read anything like it, and I loved that. I ate up the originality! The characters were so real. Even though I mentally argued with both Addison and Asher several times, I grew to really love them. The mental arguments added to the charm of this book. Addison wants nothing more than to be normal, unfortunately that's far from what she is. Her character growth through this story was pretty dramatic. In the beginning, I wanted to slap her around, but when it was all said and done, she really impressed me. I loved to hate Asher. Oh my goodness! He could have me drooling one moment and wanting to kick him in the boy parts the next moment. He was fierce and passionate about his purpose or what he thinks his purpose is. He has a definite force all his own that you can feel through the pages. He is the King of hot and cold. What is it about love/hate relationships that make me weak in the knees? I don't know, but this one was like a drug. It gave you tastes. It got you all good and teased. Then yanked it away. Again and again. Each time more intense than the last. I'm excited beyond words about this series. Holy cow! That ending? Will I be able to wait until the sequel for more? Not likely. With its unique look at the paranormal, Darkside Sun brings us something different, not only in the New Adult genre, but to fiction as a whole. This story has me by the heart. The ARC of Darkside Sun by Jocelyn Adams was kindly provided to me by the publisher for review. The opinions are my own.
Dealing with the paranormal can make anyone crazy! Right from the start we are thrown into this crazy reality where humans aren't as safe as they believe they are. Wraiths, creatures that come from an alternate dimension have been breaking into our world and attempting to overtake us for centuries and the only ones who can stop it are diminishing in numbers. The paranormal aspects were very well done and had me hooked. I couldn't put the book down and was thoroughly engrossed in this world. The author did a great job of giving us bits of information at decent intervals throughout the book. It was so much fun to discover the mysteries of this world right along with Addison. Addison was a fun, sometimes sarcastic, and a very relateable character. Shes been dealing with this paranormal stuff from a very young age, but that doesn't make it any less freaky. You would think she would be relieved when she finds out the truth about what shes been seeing, but instead it opens up a whole new can of worms. I really admired her strength and tenacity throughout this book. She had so much dumped on her, but she could roll with the punches and always kept a cool head. Well except where Asher was concerned. She really grew a lot throughout the book and I grew to love her and can't wait to see where she goes next. Asher could really get on your nerves. He was irritating,arrogant, and just plain grouchy. However as the story progressed we did get to see a bit of his background and kind of understand where he was coming from. He was still arrogant, but it takes time to teach an old dog new tricks. By far he was definitely one of the most interesting characters and I can't wait to see where the story takes him next. For an exciting new tale in the new adult industry check out Darkness Rising!
A captivating paranormal/sci-fi read with an original concept! Addison has seen rifts opening up parallel dimensions since she was six years old. She thought she was going crazy! All she wanted to be was normal. It took me a couple of chapters to truly engage in this story. I'm so glad I did! Addison came across as so real. She was understandably confused by everything that was happening. No one would sit down and tell her what was going on. But... she was also determined, very devoted to her father, and strong-willed. She evolved into a kick-ass heroine. Asher Green, her smokin' hot professor and sensai, didn't help her confusion. He would change from rude, to dictator-like, to loving, to an ignoramus I just wanted to knock out. He had his own huge issues and had become robot-like with his emotions. I wish he had been more supportive to Addison but hopefully, he'll come off better in the sequel. The world of shifting multiple dimensions with threatening deadly creatures was scary and captivating. There's a bit of romance, but this is not primarily a romance. There is a surprising cliff-hanger at the end - but it's NOT a cliffhanger that would keep me from reading the story until the next book came out if I'd known about it. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel to see where the author takes this. 4 "Oh My" Stars!
4.5 stars. A great paranormal new adult read! I’m going to be totally honest. I had my doubts about this one. I was back and forth if I should read this one when I was offered the chance. And you know what, I’m so flipping happy I took that chance! I love New Adult books, and it’s so hard to find New Adult reads that deal with the more paranormal world. So this one was right up my alley! First of all, Darkside Sun deals with some amazing elements. It deals with the dead, wraiths, ancient civilizations, parallel worlds, and a hidden society of people who fight against the dead. As I said, right up my alley! The world is complex and deals with a lot of elements, but I really enjoyed getting wrapped up in those elements! I really liked the main character Addison. At first, she comes off as a dorky, shy unconfident mess. For a long time she has been dealing with these strange events. Events like random darks holes that materialize out of nowhere that bring about a biting cold and scary creatures. Her life has never been normal and she always thought she wasn’t the most stable person. That made me really feel for her. I instantly started rooting for her and wanted to see where her story would go. What I loved about Addison is this girl’s determination. When she gets thrown into this freaky world she acts like, to me, how I normal person would act. Yes, she accepted everything quite easily, but she’s been dealing with the paranormal since she was a little girl. So that made all the supernatural elements believable and her reactions believable as well. And she definitely developed so much throughout the book. By the end, she wasn’t that unconfident girl anymore; she was really strong and ready to fight. Now, Asher Green really came off as this big freaking ass! And just, wow, I really wanted to hit him. But like Addison, my emotions for this character were conflicting. I enjoyed him, hell, I really loved his character (he be sexy man). But how he acted throughout most of the book pissed me off. However, when I learned about his past, his demons, and his fears, I did understand his character better. That made me realize he wasn’t that bad of a guy, just has some issues. And like Addison he did develop a bit in the story, though not as much as her. And what he did at the end, well, it made me cry. I cannot wait to see where his character will go. The pacing does start out a bit fast and Addison is instantly thrown into the more paranormal world right away. But that didn’t feel forced or unnatural, as I mentioned before. I do wish Asher’s character got a bit more development, but I understand him a lot better now. The world the author created is really complex and deals with so many aspects, and though a lot was thrown at me, it didn’t leave me too confused. I did figure out a few plot twists, but that didn’t take away my joy of reading the book. I actually read this one in one day. Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down. And I loved that this book didn’t focus all its attention on romance, it focused more on the world and the plot of the series. All in all, I adored Darkside Sun. It was filled with action, a really interesting paranormal twist, a sweet romance I can’t wait to see bloom, and a cast of interesting characters. And the ending left me craving for the next book! I definitely recommend this one to those who love New Adult paranormal reads. *eARC received from NetGalley/Entangled in exchange for an honest review*
I enjoyed having something to read to fill the time and Darkside Sun was an easy breezy light read, but it was just to mediocre for me. The story idea behind the book was intriguing ,but I just felt that the author missed the mark. It was a little to literal in the religious overtones and the "romantic" part of the story was half assed and just plan cheese ball, and the supernatural part of the story that was the most appealing to me was more of a place holder idea so the twilight like romance could take place. It is completely unrealistic to think that as a person you would be helpless to these "urges" come over you and no matter how badly you were treated by a person your emotions would only get stronger because of "bond" that you couldn't fight. I just felt this book was a throw away, it never developed and ended on such a predictable cliff hanger that the over all feel was just eh. I found myself looking forward to the book ending because I never connected with the story and the characters and just wanted the book to end.
This book has so many elements to it. Addison goes from college girl to dealing with the paranormal world in ways I have never read about. For most of her life that she remembers she has dealt with seeing things. Things that couldn't possibly be from this world. She has done a good job of ignoring them until her college class. Where she gracefully dive bombs the class! From this point on her life will never be the same. She is about to enter a world full of hardcore people, wraiths, parallel worlds, and huge life changing decisions. Can Addison become the person she is destined to be? Is she really like these people? Addison kind of has a guide through this new world. Asher. Her fake teacher. He is the most hot and cold person I have ever read about. He is nice and sexy sometimes then he is cold and mean the next. He never tells her exactly what's going on but, expects her to trust him. Addison is pretty snarky and I loved that. She called Asher out on his crap a lot which I don't blame her for. She has entered this whole new world and needs to know what's going on. We do get the answers just not right away. Things at The Machine are not as they seem. There is a mole amungst their ranks who is trying to destroy them. They have all these rules that no one really understands. They just follow them blindly. Addison see's right through it. With some help of course. Will Addison be able to save The Machine and risk everything she used to have? This stroy is so jam packed full of information and twists and turns. It was an amazing paranormal ride. A very well thought out story with great characters. I can't wait to see what is going to happen next.
The blurb of the book interested me a lot since it's very different from other PNR books I've read so far. This is the first book I've read by author Jocelyn Adams and it's the first book of a trilogy with the next book - Midnight Dawn - being published in September 2014. It took me a little while to get into the book in the beginning. This was mainly due to the fact that you get thrown into the story right away and I found it a tad difficult to get a feel for Addison - the main character in the book - and what exactly 'it' was that was happening to her. It felt a little bit ADDish, since it felt very rushed, hyperactive and jumpy. But once everything was a little clearer I was mostly hooked. Addison - the heroine - is a timid girl who remains mostly unseen by everyone around her. She has always been drawn to old things and has seen the world literally unravel around her. For a large part, I really liked Addison. The only thing that bothered me a little bit about her, was the inconsisentency with her character. She is described throughout the book as a timid little rabbit who has to grow some balls and man up. But I didn't really see that in her. Yes, she grows into her powers and gets more secure, but she never let them walk all over her to begin with - so that didn't make much sense to me. Enter the hot arrogant professor - Asher Green. I wondered if I would like him, since he really was an a-hole in the beginning. But he's interesting enough and eases up on her a little eventually. He's very closed off and a mystery to Addison - who he not so lovingly calls 'plaid'. Asher is an interesting character and I'm excited to read more about him in the next book. He's arrogant, cruel, mean, hot, sexy, sweet when he absolutely has to be and swoon worthy. The book also envolves several secondary characters - some of which get more 'screen time' than others. I really liked Sophia and Remy. They were sweet and funny and a great asset to the story. Sophia is a very colorful, honest and good friend to Addison and I created Remy in my mind as a big, sweet and funny huge teddy bear. I wasn't a fan of some of the others, such as Kat - whom I hated. But I'm pretty sure you're supposed to hate her for now. I think the writing itself was a lot better in the second half of the book. The beginning was very rushed and jumpy and also a tad too descriptive for my taste.But the writing gradually improved and by the last 40% my rating went up from a 3.5 to 4 stars out of 5. Overall, I ended up really enjoying this book and I really liked the original take on the genre. It managed to suprised me at certain points and the ending - which is absolutely devastating - left me wanting more. I'm sad that it's a cliffhanger and that I have to wait several months to find out how the story continues. I am planning to read the next book in the series and I'm curious to see where Jocelyn Adams will take this adventure, as it seems like it's only beginning. I'd recommend this book to readers who enjoy NA/PNR and are looking for a fresh take on the genre. * ARC kindly provided by Entangled Publishing, LLC/Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
Darkside Sun presents us a world where other realities exist and a secret society fights a threat from another dimension. Addison is introduced to The Mortal Machine to discover that she has a special role and the easy task of saving the world. With a lot of action, a bit of romance and more bruises than a normal person could handle, we see Addison embracing her destiny and her role in this society. Fast and easy to follow the story is refreshing. Despite it might seem difficult to follow the world is explained step by step allowing the reader and the character to comprehend a complex and intriguing structure to support the story. The author creates a solid, believable and fantastic plot without overwhelm us with information. The Shift and how they move in it was one of those things that could have gone wrong but it didn’t. Addison is one of those characters you learn to love. She is self-critic, strong, loyal and honest. Her humanity is really authentic and it’s amazing to see her worry and devotion to those she loves and for what she thinks is right. However, she also has flaws and moments of weakness, which makes her more real. Whenever her hormones get in the way, she is the first to point the irony of the situation. And then we have Asher, the sexy, mysterious professor. The supposed to be guide and mentor has a strong temper and acts like he has no decent bone in his body. They fight a mutual attraction for most of the book mainly because this rule of no touching. There are fireworks every time they have a close encounter and they share an intense relationship. He is cruel at her for moments and she does her best trying to stay sane in this love-hate situation. Another great character is Sophia, who is a sweet, shy but really brave woman, a great rock for Addison and a loyal companion. Also we have Marcus, Kat and others, each one with a defined role in the story. The story mixes a lot of different cultures and their mythology creating a unique setting. The author describes perfectly the clothing, the architecture of places and the accents. All of this creates a complete and richer world. I have to mention the way feelings are portrayed because is so easy to get immerse in the moment and feel what they are feeling. There are heart breaking moments and also others that angry me because of someone behavior. When a story touches you that way it means it’s a good one. Overall, Darkside Sun is a paranormal NA story with an original premise, an excellent writing style, a fast and constant rhythm, great characters and a lot of adrenaline. Just so you know, I can’t wait to read book two. *** I received an ecopy from the publisher in exchange of an honest review. ***