Author: Jocelyn Adams
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Pub. Date: March 10, 2014
The dead have been waiting for her…
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.
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.
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I always struggle to write a review without giving too much away. I’ll do my best.
Since she was a kid, Addison Beckett has questioned (and lived with) the idea she might be a little insane. After all, she experiences unexplained lapses in time, often watching the corner of rooms unravel like a thread pulled from a sweater. Addison keeps her visions to herself until she meets up with handsome, but brooding, Professor Asher Green. Apparently, she hasn’t cornered the market on crazy, because after an ‘incident’ in class, Asher admits he knows all about the world she sees on the other side of our reality—and the danger that lies beyond.
Unable to pretend her visions are a figment of her imagination anymore, Asher introduces her to his secret society, The Mortal Machine. Strong-armed by Asher into induction, she learns about alternate realities and layers of consciousness called the Shift, followed by warrior hierarchy, self-defense, and the importance of discovering her role in the Machine. Though frankly confusing at first, I caught on to these explanations after a while and loved the concepts. I enjoyed all the different personalities of the supporting characters Addy meets along the way. The premise of the Machine, and the threat of another world bleeding into ours (at our peril), is intriguing. It’s an intricate plot line that I imagine will bloom into a trilogy or more to explore. And that’s a good thing.
Adams keeps the pace moving well throughout the story. She has a distinctive voice that I enjoyed, and her heroine is likable and smart. There’s a lot of heat and great tension between the hero and heroine. My one balk, I suppose, is that the heroine has an overwhelming, and fairly inexplicable draw toward the hero from the get-go, despite the fact he was as nasty as possible to her much of the time.
My favorite part was watching Addison come into her own power and dig into the mysteries surrounding the Machine and its creator. Awesomeness.
While the end wasn’t a surprise, the very end was! How’s that for cryptic? The final scene is fantastic and, YES! scream worthy. Loved that. I highly recommend this read and look forward with great anticipation to the next book.
I hope you’re writing, Ms. Adams. Hurry, hurry!