Sunday, March 9, 2014
Review: Darkside Sun
Darkside Sun by Jocelyn Adams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Wow -- this was a really fantastic read! It started out a little hesitant and slow but the last half of the book had me completely hooked!
We dive right into the action with Addy, a girl who has been able to see rifts opening all her life, while nobody else around her could. She has wisely kept quiet about them until her sexy teacher catches her running away from one of the creatures from the rift. Asher is your typical stuffy teacher, with the added bonus of being Addy's dream guy. Turns out, with much bullying and alpha behavior, Asher ends up finally teaching Addy about the world she should have known about all her life. There is an intricate world of people trained to protect the world from wraiths, and together they are called the Mortal Machine.
This story was really unique and inventive. There was a good combination of romance, action, mystery, and sizzling chemistry. Addy starts the story as a bit of a timid woman. She's pretty sheltered (except, you know, from the rifts), but she's driven. It's her drive that really shaped her in this book. When confronted by the annoyingly vague Asher, she finally finds the motivation to stand up to him. Yes, there are *tons* of misunderstandings, but that slows down after the halfway mark and the book really changes. It goes from being about Addy being taught and led to Addy *leading*, which I really loved.
Fair warning -- there is a cliffhanger. There's no easy HEA for this couple (or the Mortal Machine), but it was a really excellent setup for the next installment. This book really surprised me in an excellent way and I'm left wishing the next book was available right now!
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