by A. L. Waddington


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Our minds often wander, but can our souls?

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948143004
Publisher: Scarlett Ink Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 12/06/2017
Series: EVE Series , #1
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Essence 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Essence might just be the freshest, newest take on a young adult story. I have never heard or even conceived of a story quite like this and frankly Waddinton's imagination astounds me. This story jumps between the present 2009 and a distant past. At first, I was a little befuddled by the jumps, unsure if it was a reincarnation, actual time travel or maybe even something else. I was drawn in by its complexities and fascinated by the family, friends and love that was found between the pages. My suggestion is to read Waddington's Essence and discover a love story that bridges time itself. I received this copy of Essence from A. L. Waddington in exchange for a honest review. This book is being republished January 16, 2014.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The moment I finished reading the ARC, it felt like I lost a friend. Essence is incredibly written with a great new storyline without vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures. The moments when Joeclyn is in the hospital, you can really see and understand just how much Jackson cares for her and I love that. I highly recommend this book to anyone and you would have to be crazy not to love this book as much a I do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“Time will reveal my love” is the telling inscription on a pocket watch that Jackson gives to Jocelyn in this sweet romance by A.L. Waddington in her book Essence.   This is a captivating story of young love mysteriously taking place in two time periods.  Which one is reality?  Or are they both real?  I enjoyed noting the differences and similarities between the two time periods while A.L. Waddington created the suspense about the strange connection that Jackson and Jocelyn have.  This page-turner was a pleasure to read and I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the Eve series!  I am thankful that I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found A.L. Waddington’s ARC, Essence, a very entertaining read. The story line is a great new look at the concept of time travel and how it could exist. Her leading characters are very well developed and they make you want to turn the page and see what they do next. As a fan of history the mingling of real events in history wrapped around her characters give the story a very real feeling. I can see this book series becoming an instant classic and fan favorite.
4cupsaday More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating book with a concept that is done is such a way that it is fresh and new. The story will stick with you for years to come. Its well written and wonderfully done. Its such a fun read!!! I highly recommend it. It also makes a great gift to any young reader or college student.
poohbear84 More than 1 year ago
A.l Waddington book Essence is the best moving book I had ever read. once I started reading it was hard to put it down. It is one of those books that you will enjoy and make you think " oh my god I wonder what's going to happen." I just can't wait to see what A.L Waddington comes up with next.
bookshelfm73 More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for people that love something different then vampires and wizards! Its a very well written first book of its series and i hope to read the rest. The story sucks you in and makes for great late night reading and also makes you think about whats real and whats not.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Brittney Rossie for Readers' Favorite Essence by A.L Waddington is a YA paranormal romance unlike any other that I’ve read, and is a great start to a unique series with an interesting premise. When seventeen-year-old Jocelyn meets her new neighbor, Jackson, he’s an instant hit with her friends and family, but she keeps experiencing weird symptoms whenever he’s around. She suspects he knows the cause behind her symptoms of visions of an alternate reality, nausea, and blackouts. The reader learns more about Jocelyn’s visions in the alternating chapters of the book. There we follow a girl named Jocelyn in the late 19th century with a Jackson of her own who we also come to suspect knows more than he is letting on. I really enjoy alternate dimension paranormals. What I love particularly about the way Waddington created these dimensions is that there are really two stories in one book with the same characters, and the paranormal world she has created allows them to be set on a path toward collision. That really takes some talent! I was drawn into the 1878 reality simply by the quality of the story line there. The 2009 reality was intriguing because I felt my questions about what was happening to Jocelyn with her symptoms would be answered there. Waddington has done an amazing job creating two realities, two timelines, and built a creative way to connect them along with some really interesting obstacles for the heroine to overcome. This book was also a breath of fresh air in that it was clean and still such an entertaining and fascinating story with wonderful romantic tension. It reads like it could be a movie or a TV series. I look forward to jumping into book 2, Enlightened, to continue the saga!
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
This was almost like two stories in one. Both equally entertaining. We see two versions of Jocelyn. They are both very similar, but different... if that makes sense. I thought it was interesting, because it makes you think about how living in a different time period could effect who you are. Jackson is pretty interesting too and super swoon-worthy no matter what time he's in. With that being said, this isn't your typical mushy gushy boy next door love story. While romance does play a significant part in the plot, there's also some mystery and intrigue as well. The time travelling aspect was different than what I was expecting which I really enjoyed. I'm excited about this series, and I can't wait to see what happens next! Essence by A.L. Waddington was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
So what happens when a new guy moves in across the street that everyone seems to like but makes you physically ill whenever he is near? That is the quandary presented to Jocelyn when Jackson moves in. This book is excellent. It brings a whole new idea to the idea of time travel and with that, a whole new set of problems. It was really interesting to read through both modern-day and past Jocelyn - in fact, I really can't say which part was my favourite. I really wanted modern-day Jocelyn to figure things out if only so that she and Jackson could be together. I loved the fact that although they found each other attractive, they couldn't act on it. A brilliant twist that kept my interest throughout the story. This book actually steps up a gear when Jackson gives past Jocelyn a watch and then she starts to have visions about modern-day Jocelyn, instead of just the other way around. Absolutely brilliant. If you want a YA Paranormal Modern Day Historical book that will make you sigh and laugh out loud, as well as wince whenever Jocelyn takes a tumble, then this is definitely the book for you. Onto book two, Enlightened, now and I'm really looking forward to it!
sportzmomof5 More than 1 year ago
A great YA novel that offers a great start to a series!!! I love this book and the authors unique style. I was drawn in from the first page, by not only the characters but the amazing storyline. You are so enraptured you feel part of the story.
LuLuPA More than 1 year ago
No ordinary time travel story. 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.
Cat2002116 More than 1 year ago
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review). (This review may contain spoilers). I found this book to be quite an interesting read. It was nice to see a first person POV stick with the same first person and not change perspectives repeatedly. The blurb of this book was really intriguing, partly because it was similar to an idea I had when I was much younger but never got around to doing anything with. I felt that the author handled the two different timelines particularly well and it was good to see the parallels between the two different storylines, as well as how different the times were. I thought it was an interesting idea how Jocelyn kept getting sick and dizzy when she was close to Jackson. It was much better than the love at first sight/first conversation trope that seems so prevalent in young adult fiction. It was also good to see certain behaviour picked up on and commented on, such as the whole thing with the watch and its inscription. I liked a lot of the supporting characters as well, but I did find myself getting confused between the groups of friends at times. It was nice that the different times were in alternating chapters, though, and not two in one time, three in the other... etc. I did think that the book was fairly well-written, but I also noticed quite a few errors, particularly when 'lair' was used instead of 'liar'. I also didn't like Jocelyn too much in the nineteenth century... at least before everything happened with Olivia. I could understand why she felt the way she did, but something about her character then kind of rubbed me the wrong way. I did feel there were a few moments where the language came across as a bit too modern in the nineteenth century storyline, but on the whole, I didn't get too confused between the two different plot lines. By the end of the book, I had some questions answered, but a lot more that weren't. I do have the second book on my Kindle and I will be reading it in the next couple of days. The idea is fairly unique and the characters are interesting and well-rounded.
lovestoreadnovels More than 1 year ago
This book was so good! I knew I was going to love it but the beginning was a little slow. I really started to fall for this book once we start to realize whats going on. If you like books that deals with time travel and romance you're going to love it. I wish I could go more into it but I hate to add spoilers to my review. You basically go from the 1800's to 2009. You jump between two eras and have to guess what going on. Then BAM in the end you find out some CRAZY stuff! I cant wait to move on to book two! I MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!!!!  Book was sent to me by the author for an honest review. My opinions are my own and 100% honest.
Skaiste More than 1 year ago
First thing what attracted my attention was the cover of the book. It's beautiful and it caught my eye. It intrigued me to know what story is in here. When I started to read it I found it's not the story that would catch you with the first sentence and take you in to the world full of tension, dangers, adventures or something like that. It's not the one keeping you on the edge of the seat and hurrying you to turn pages. It's more subtle. It's nice, warm and sweet. It reminds me of eating chocolate or sipping a cup of tea. Story went slowly, but it kept me coming back to read further. And there were moments of fun and moments of tension in it. There was sense of danger waiting somewhere near too. I found main character Jocelyn interesting. She reminds a bit about myself in the school or maybe about that kind of myself I would have liked to be. Her thoughts about relationships seems so mature for me. I was curious to read her story, to know more about her and Jackson.  There were some interesting and new things in here. One interesting part was about nausea and dizziness when meeting a guy. That's something new. It kept me guessing what does that mean. As the story went further, more details came in to the view, story got more and more complicated, but the mystery remained and kept me wondering what's behind all that, what's Jackson's role in it, is there something dangerous in here. The idea about the EVE is something new too. I think to be one would be hilarious and scary at the same time.  This story gave me few ideas to think about. I like it when I find such things in books I read. One thing is about our actions meaning more than we think. It's nice to see what sometimes things people do become of much greater importance than they initially thought it to be. Another one is an opportunity to compare life in different times. I thought I know history well enough but in here I got to know it from new perspective. I haven't thought what it would have been like to live then. While reading this story I got to see this from various points of view. It gives some thoughts how much things have changed, how different are things considered normal now and then. And it's quite powerful to see this. It makes me to get better how it might have been to live then and to get better what it means to live nowadays.   I could not believe what it's already over when I reached the end of the book. I want more, I want to know what's next, I'm curious to know more about EVE, I'm wondering what choices Jocelyn would make in the future. I'm excited to read book two in the series. I have received this book free from the David Estes Fans and YA Book Lovers Unite! group and the author in exchange for a honest review.
RunZoe More than 1 year ago
This book has a very interesting concept that had me curious from the start.  I was really excited to read something a bit different from the usual YA paranormal romance.  I’m generally not a huge fan of period pieces and expected the 1878 story to bore me, but I found myself really interested in how people lived back then.  Unfortunately, although the book hooked me in the beginning, I felt it became slow as the story progressed.  I had a difficult time figuring out where it was going and be warned, you don’t find out until the very end of the book.  This book did contain a number of typos and punctuation errors, which took me out of the story and kept me from giving it more stars. On another note, whoever designed the cover did a wonderful job.   I received a copy of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review
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BonnyBonBon More than 1 year ago
Firstly id like to thank A.L. Waddington for giving me this book in exchange for a honest review School, Family and Friends is all Jocelyn has ever been focused on for most of her life. Boys - psh they never really held her attention like they did for her friends. That is until a mysterious and handsome boy moves into the house across the street, who seems to have his sights set on her and she has a definite attraction to him. The only problem: If he even gets remotely close to her, she feels ill and worse than that, if they touch in anyway she blacks out. If that wasn't enough, then the fact that every time she does black out she wakes up in a strange place and time that feels somehow familiar. What is it about Jackson that makes her feel this way? Why does she feel like this strange place and time is also home? and how do you know if your losing your mind because surely you cant have memories of a life from 1878 when your a 17 year old girl in 2009. Loved this book, there really isn't anything else I can say but I loved every aspect. I may be biased because I love historical romance which this had in it as well as a good mystery which I am also a fan of. This is probably one of my more shorter reviews because I am really itching to go read the sequel! Highly recommend
Nicole216 More than 1 year ago
** I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review ** This book is unique in it's concept. (At least for me it is the first time I am reading a concept like this). And it was really refreshing to read something you haven't read a thousand times over. The chapters alternate between 2009 and 1878. In both times we have persons named Jocelyn and Jackson. In 2009 Jackson moves in the same neighborhood as Jocelyn and becomes friends with her friends fast. Jocelyn also would like to become friends with him, but there are strange things happening to her, whenever she comes near him. She gets lightheaded and feels nauseous near him, and when he happens to touch her, she faints immediately.  In 1878 Jocelyn and Jackson are engaged. They are to be married in about two months, and Jocelyn wishes, that the time would pass a little bit faster.  So of course, as a reader, I was speculating the whole book, whether there is a connection between both Jocelyns and Jacksons, and if there is, what kind of connection would it be? It made so much fun to speculate :D Every few chapters I had another idea/theory, and of course I never really came near to the real solution or rather what was really happening lol I also enjoyed to read about the Jocelyn in 1878. I don't know if it was just me, but I had the feeling, that much more was happening in these chapters of the story.  But even though I enjoyed reading it, sometimes I just couldn't understand how people reacted in certain situations. maybe it's because I am not familiar with how people behave in 1878? Sometimes I had the feeling, that they just had to react a little bit unrealistically so that the story could unfold. But maybe I just feel this way, because I would never react in such a manner, who knows? ^^; Unfortunately the book ended a little bit abruptly. But I can understand, why the author decided to end book one at this moment, and put everything after in a second book.  Now I am really curious about what will happen to all the characters, and thus I am really looking forward to the second book in this series!
WonderWmn More than 1 year ago
I was immediately intrigued in the storyline from the book blurb. I love time-travel books and stories where the character(s) have also lived in another era and retain some or all of the memory of it. This book really puts a whole new twist in that genre. The author brings us from a prior era to the current one and back and I could quickly fill in some of the pieces but the why wasn't given until near the end of this book. Going from one era to another was good, but the first couple transitions could have been a bit smoother instead of just dropping it in like it was. Plus the way that Jocelyn feels when she's around Jackson got old, quickly. It was a bit creepy on his part to keep coming around and you would have thought that she would have had enough of the nauseating episodes and just been done with him altogether. Plus all the other effects; throwing up, busting an eye socket, etc, it would have made me steer clear of him for good. Don't read more into this than there is, there is NO physical violence, Jocelyn just gets some really strange sickly episodes when Jackson is close or touching her. I have to say that I enjoyed the 1878 episodes more than the 2009 ones. I loved the story, the interaction of the characters, the feel of that era, the innocent love and the way society felt on some issues at that time. It is truly a different time period and the world has changed in so many ways since than. The author painted the picture well with her descriptions, wording and scenery set ups. Even though I really enjoyed this book, I felt that the reasoning behind everything was too rushed at the end. As the reader, I was given so much information on the two parallel lives, but than just a few pages that really gave you the depth on what was happening. This is a great YA read and I recommend it to anyone who likes a taste of time travel in a reincarnation way. There is paranormal elements and I really don't want to give too much away because I don't want to ruin it for you. I look forward to reading the next book in the EVE series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great read! Essence is a great story that keeps your mind thinking and ready for more. The love story is exciting and you wonder what will happen next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing from cover to cover, the love story between Jocelyn and Jackson surpasses every love story out there. This book kept me wanting more page after page. A.L. Waddington has a way of grabbing her reader and taking them inside the story and always leaving them wanting more. I am really excited about the second book in this series, I can hardly wait to see where Jocelyn and Jackson take us next.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Essence, the first book in the EVE series, is simply amazing! It has a unique take on time travel and there's no sci-fi involved. Funny, though, as it's the only way time travel could be possible without breaking many of our fundamental laws of science. The book, at heart, is mainly a young adult romance novel. However, I'm 42 and enjoyed the book very much. I got an advanced reading copy of the book and can't wait for it to be published so I can read it again, with all the finishing touches added in. Oh, and the ending, my, my.... it makes you want to rush out and buy the next book, Enlightened, in the series. Luckily, we don't have to wait long as April is only 3 months away.