Review: Essence by A.L. Waddington

Posted May 5, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 2 Comments

Review: Essence by A.L. Waddington


by A.L. Waddington
Series: The EVE Series #1
Published on January 15th 2014
by Booktrope Publishing
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Xpresso Book Tours

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?

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


DNF at 42%

I’m sorry, I can’t go on with this anymore. I just really don’t like it and I have to force myself to read and if I continue doing that I’m going to push myself right back into a reading slump.

The first thing that bothered me was that the author cut to a new scene rather in the middle of something. She’s explaining how Jocelyn and her friends grew up and how Jenna and Kyle (her friends) got together and then suddenly in the middle of that she cuts it off and jumps to the scene where Jocelyn is showering. Really weird. Can just be me but I like background info. Helps me get invested in the story.

There’s a second storyline, it switches off every chapter. One is set in 2009, the other in 1878. I really didn’t care for the one in 1878. I really didn’t. Not just because I’m not a big fan of historical fiction, but for other reasons. It feels like the author didn’t do much research on that time period, which is a must in that genre. Whether it’s just a small part of the book or the whole book, it has to be correct in my eyes. Here the people use modern words and terms and there’s even a high school that’s way too modern for that time. That throws me off and annoys me because it makes it even harder for me to get into the story, which is already not easy because it’s historical. So after two or three of those chapters, I just skimmed them. I didn’t care for them.

Third is the writing, which I think is close to the first two points. Especially the conversations. They feel so… acted. Weird, I know, but they didn’t feel natural at all. The story is pretty predictable too. I still want to know what’s happening with Jocelyn, but I had a good guess and by now I honestly don’t really care. The characters aren’t really interesting. I didn’t like how Jenna wants to push Jocelyn into having a boyfriend because that’s so important and blahblah. They feel like stereotypes and not in a good way.

Last but not least is the romance. If I can call it that. So Jocelyn meets Jackson, sort off. She get sick when he’s around the first few chapters and even passes out when he touches her. Then on the night of homecoming or something Jocelyn stays home and he comes by and they talk. The next day they’re best friends and in love and everything. Jocelyn wants him to hold her and stuff. Just a few chapters ago she was bitching at her friends because they wanted to hook her up with him and she kept saying she didn’t even know him well enough to even like him. And now she’s in love. Yeah.

This is the most I’ve talked about a book I didn’t finish but I had a lot to say so there. It’s not for me, I don’t like it at all, but I seem like the only person so far so just check it out. Perhaps you like it too. Or not. If not, we can rant about it together. Hurray.


About A.L. Waddington

A.L. Waddington completed her undergraduate studies at University of Texas Dallas and Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis with a BS in Psychology. Angela and her husband, Ty, have a son, two daughters, a puppy, and an oversized cat. They reside in Indiana.

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