Saturday, March 8, 2014

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

Title: Darkside Sun
Series: Mortal Machine, #1
Author: Jocelyn Adams
Category: Paranormal/ Romance/ Fantasy 
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Publication Date: March 10, 2014
*eARC received from NetGalley/Entangled in exchange for an honest review* 
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.

My Thoughts:
I’m going to be totally honest. I had my doubts about this one. I was back and forth if I should read this one when I was offered the chance. And you know what, I’m so flipping happy I took that chance! I love New Adult books, and it’s so hard to find New Adult reads that deal with the more paranormal world. So this one was right up my alley!

First of all, Darkside Sun deals with some amazing elements. It deals with the dead, wraiths, ancient civilizations, parallel worlds, and a hidden society of people who fight against the dead. As I said, right up my alley!  The world is complex and deals with a lot of elements, but I really enjoyed getting wrapped up in those elements!
I got the sense that maybe I'd been doomed from the start, and nobody and nothing would have gotten me off the crazy train.
I really liked the main character Addison. At first, she comes off as a dorky, shy unconfident mess. For a long time she has been dealing with these strange events. Events like random darks holes that materialize out of nowhere that bring about a biting cold and scary creatures.  Her life has never been normal and she always thought she wasn’t the most stable person. That made me really feel for her. I instantly started rooting for her and wanted to see where her story would go.

What I loved about Addison is this girl’s determination. When she gets thrown into this freaky world she acts like, to me, how I normal person would act. Yes, she accepted everything quite easily, but she’s been dealing with the paranormal since she was a little girl. So that made all the supernatural elements believable and her reactions believable as well.  And she definitely developed so much throughout the book. By the end, she wasn’t that unconfident girl anymore; she was really strong and ready to fight.

Now, Asher Green really came off as this big freaking ass! And just, wow, I really wanted to hit him. But like Addison, my emotions for this character were conflicting. I enjoyed him, hell, I really loved his character (he be sexy man). But how he acted throughout most of the book pissed me off. However, when I learned about his past, his demons, and his fears, I did understand his character better. That made me realize he wasn’t that bad of a guy, just has some issues. And like Addison he did develop a bit in the story, though not as much as her. And what he did at the end, well, it made me cry. I cannot wait to see where his character will go.
Nothing about him seemed human. Beautiful, but not human. Sociopath? Assassin for the gods? Jesus?
The pacing does start out a bit fast and Addison is instantly thrown into the more paranormal world right away. But that didn’t feel forced or unnatural, as I mentioned before. I do wish Asher’s character got a bit more development, but I understand him a lot better now.  The world the author created is really complex and deals with so many aspects, and though a lot was thrown at me, it didn’t leave me too confused.  I did figure out a few plot twists, but that didn’t take away my joy of reading the book.  I actually read this one in one day. Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down. And I loved that this book didn’t focus all its attention on romance, it focused more on the world and the plot of the series.

All in all, I adored Darkside Sun. It was filled with action, a really interesting paranormal twist, a sweet romance I can’t wait to see bloom, and a cast of interesting characters. And the ending left me craving for the next book! I definitely recommend this one to those who love New Adult paranormal reads. 


  1. Ahhhh new adult paranormal! I love that and I love that we are starting to see it more and more. This sounds like such a great read and I know that I will really enjoy it because you did. Lovely review Magen!

  2. Great review, Magen! There should be more new adult paranormal out there, since I love paranormal books:) This one sounds great. I will check it out.

  3. "he be sexy man", lol, I love it. But Idk if I can put up with another jerk of a guy. I've read too many of them and it gets old, fast. I don't think I've read much NA PNR though, at least nothing worth remembering, but this one sounds cool. Might have to check it out. Great review!

    1. Yeah, it does get old fast! Totally agree with that

  4. I agree Magan! We need more New Adult paranormal stories! I'm glad that you took a chance on this story, and it paid off! Addison sounds like a great character. I love it when a characters shows determination, and grows in a story. Too bad Asher's character didn't have enough development. The world building, the plot, and all the various paranormal beings in this story sound great!!! Loved your review!!!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape


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