Friday, March 14, 2014

Essence by A.L. Waddington Review

Title: Essence
Author: A.L. Waddington
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Series: Eve, book one
Star Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: I had really high hopes for Essence, especially seeing how users on Goodreads rated it, but honestly this book just wasn't for me.

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Jocelyn Timmons has always considered herself a normal girl, if a little antisocial. When the mysterious, sexy Jackson Chandler moves in next door, she finds herself losing her mind--somehow in another place, another time. She's certain she knows Jackson, but she doesn't know why or even how. Despite all this, she is irresistibly drawn to him, and in this attraction lies secrets long buried.

What I enjoyed:
-I liked the concept of this novel--it was really distinct and different, and it was exciting
-The romance between Jocelyn and Jackson was nice, sweet, slowly becoming more passionate as the novel moved along
-Jocelyn's family in the present day

What could've been better:
-Jocelyn, to me, wasn't a relatable protagonist, especially her 1878 carnation--she seemed shallow and selfish, and I didn't get a lot of depth from her, and it made the book very hard to get through
-It felt as though the romance and attraction between Jackson and Jocelyn sprung up from nowhere, and I would've liked their relationship to go a little slower
-The 1878 parts of the novel didn't seem that relatable to me either--it felt as though the language in that time period was more modern that it should've been
-The concept of the time-traveling didn't make much sense to me; it was confusing and kind of hard to follow, and I really feel that it could've been explained better

I really wanted to love Essence, but it just didn't work for me, unfortunately. Next on deck: Bound by Prophecy by Melissa Wright!

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