Review: Essence by A. L. Waddington
Author: A. L. Waddington
Series: The Eve Series
Publisher: Booktrope Publishing
Publication Date: January 15th 2014
Pages: 308 pages
ISBN #: 1620152053
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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?
First off, I want to start off this review by thanking the amazing author and CLP Blog Tours for letting me be part of the tour for the third book in this series. Secondly, I want to say that at first when I started reading Essence, I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but like ended up being the wrong word for how I feel about this book. I love this book!
It took me a bit of time to get used to how it flips back and forth between the main characters life in 1878 and the present, but after awhile I found myself dying to find out what was going to happen in her past life or what was going on in her present one. I fell in love with the characters easily, which isn't something that happens often for me when I'm reading. I really love the story and how both of the main characters life's interloped together. Each of the characters are very well developed and you can feel them come to life through the pages of the story.
I love the concept of time travel and this new take on it really had me glued to the pages and I really hated it every time I had to put this book down. A. L. Waddington had a way with storytelling and really drew me in with her great characters and her fantastic plot. Once I finished this book, I couldn't wait to read the next and was very happy that I had it to start right away.
I would have to give Essence by A. L. Waddington an Ali's Bookshelf...
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