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Friday, March 14, 2014

Book Review: Darkside Sun by Jocelyn Adams

Darkside Sun (Mortal Machine, #1) by Jocelyn Adams 
Genre: New Adult (Paranormal Romance)
Date Published: March 10, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Embrace (Entangled Publishing)

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.

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.

I just found out this book is on sale at Amazon for only 99 cents! You can't beat that! I highly recommend reading this one!

The ARC of Darkside Sun by Jocelyn Adams was kindly provided to me by the publisher for review. The opinions are my own.

Jocelyn is an office grunt by day and creator of romance and adventure by night. Born a farmer’s daughter with a vivid imagination, she spent her childhood dreaming up stories that remained untold until 2010.

With no formal training, she relied on the honest feedback of her writing group to take her from that first short story all the way to THE END of her first novel. She now has five published novels and has recently signed a 3-book deal with Entangled Publishing.

When she isn’t slinging words, you can find her shooting her bow or enjoying the serenity of family life in her little house in the woods.

To learn more about Jocelyn Adams  and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

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