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Monday, April 7, 2014

Book Review: Darkside Sun (Mortal Machine, #1) by Jocelyn Adams

Darkside Sun (Mortal Machine, #1)
By: Jocelyn Adams

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.

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Darkside Sun begins with Addison, a young 18-year-old college student, in her dorm room watching the walls unravel loosing the darkness, losing time, and in a panic about being late for class with an enigmatic and terror inspiring hotty professor. I have to admit that the beginning of this book made me nervous. The constant anxiety Addison experiences was very skillfully reflected in the writing and can in my opinion be attributed to the well executed world building and fleshing out of the characters by the author. This is a whole new world where nightmare wraiths are attempting to escape and take over the world and the secret society in place to keep these creatures contained is not working as it should. 

Addison has magic that is now coming to maturity and she must quickly learn to be part of the world of warriors against the darkness and as a first installment, The Mortal Machine promises to be a very intriguing and fun series. The world building was well done and the characters were relatable, although I did have to keep reminding myself that Addison is so young that a great deal of her reaction to situations, primarily at the beginning of the book, were believable. At times the story is heartbreaking and brutal, but once Addison gets her gumption there is no stopping her and the baddies better watch out. 

There are surprises and mysteries that are unraveled and I definitely recommend this read to urban fantasy fans, as well as strongly suggest you not let the anxiety in the beginning of the read dissuade you from continuing the book to the very end, which left this reader eager to find out what happens next in this series.

5 Sheep


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Jocelyn Adams lives in the Muskoka region of Ontario with her high school sweetheart and young daughter. She writes dark, romantic fantasy, is a wife, mother, blogger, carbaholic, and a former IT geek.


  1. This one really does not call my name. Student and professor is just one of my do-not-push-buttons. It also sounds more YA/NA than I like.

    1. I know what you mean. That is a tired troupe and one for YA