Essence

The EVE Series, Book 1

Young Adult - Romance
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 12/06/2015
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

Author Biography

A.L. Waddington completed her undergraduate studies at University of Texas Dallas and Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis with a BS in Psychology. She has a slight addiction to coffee and gummy bears and is an avid reader and researcher. Angela and her husband, Ty have a son, two daughters, a puppy and an oversized cat. They reside in Indiana.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Brittney Rossie for Readers' Favorite

Essence by A.L Waddington is a YA paranormal romance unlike any other that I’ve read, and is a great start to a unique series with an interesting premise. When seventeen-year-old Jocelyn meets her new neighbor, Jackson, he’s an instant hit with her friends and family, but she keeps experiencing weird symptoms whenever he’s around. She suspects he knows the cause behind her symptoms of visions of an alternate reality, nausea, and blackouts. The reader learns more about Jocelyn’s visions in the alternating chapters of the book. There we follow a girl named Jocelyn in the late 19th century with a Jackson of her own who we also come to suspect knows more than he is letting on.

I really enjoy alternate dimension paranormals. What I love particularly about the way Waddington created these dimensions is that there are really two stories in one book with the same characters, and the paranormal world she has created allows them to be set on a path toward collision. That really takes some talent! I was drawn into the 1878 reality simply by the quality of the story line there. The 2009 reality was intriguing because I felt my questions about what was happening to Jocelyn with her symptoms would be answered there.

Waddington has done an amazing job creating two realities, two timelines, and built a creative way to connect them along with some really interesting obstacles for the heroine to overcome. This book was also a breath of fresh air in that it was clean and still such an entertaining and fascinating story with wonderful romantic tension. It reads like it could be a movie or a TV series. I look forward to jumping into book 2, Enlightened, to continue the saga!