Series: The EVE Series #1
Publisher: Booktrope Publishing on April 21, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Source: Review Request
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The barrier between Jocelyn Timmons consciousness continues to dissolve as she better understands the two lives she lives and enormity of her newly discovered inherited gift of EVE (Essence Voyager Era) which allows her to fall asleep on one plane of existence and awaken on another as her soul travels nightly.
Present-day Jocelyn uncovers the vast wonderment of the Victorian era but soon learns that life then was not as grand for women as she has read in the classics. Still, she finds comfort in the support of family and friends; a bolstering contrast to her overly hectic, career-oriented family in the twenty-first century. Her love for Jackson Chandler strengthens across time and becomes the light she so desperately needs as the world she has always known no longer makes sense. Yet, the closer she is drawn to Jackson by their mutual ability, the more strain develops amongst those she loves in 2009.
On the other side of Jocelyn’s consciousness in 1878, she remains ignorant of EVE. Her life is crumbling around her, yet she finds herself anxiously awaiting the images that invade her dreams. Jocelyn longs to be the woman she portrays in that world yet her jealousy is unbearable. Miscommunication, betrayal and hidden agendas make trust near impossible. The clearer the visions become the more she questions motives of her closest confidants and foregoes revealing the images that plague her perception. As her life seems to unravel, Jocelyn’s two worlds collide, and she is enlightened as the pieces start to fall into place. But is she strong enough to survive the truth? Is Jackson really her destiny? And can their love transcend time? Find out in Essence’s highly anticipated sequel, Enlightened, Book 2, EVE series.
At A Glance
Wow, this one fell short, but I kind of want to read book 3 still.
There is something about this series that keeps me coming back. The concept is obviously really interesting. It’s about time travel, but the way Waddington goes about it is so unique.
The first book, Essence, caught me off guard because I didn’t even know why I liked it but I did. And even though I had more problems with Enlightened, I still enjoyed it for some reason. Even when I thought I should stop reading, I always found myself picking it back up. It’s like an addiction.
I loved learning about the history of 1878 as Jocelyn did. The discoveries in this book were pretty interesting when it comes to how they affected the couple in both worlds. The drama in Enlightened was definitely abundant. A lot of bitter feelings come out as Jocelyn and Jackson’s friends and family react to them getting married so young in 2009. I also liked watching the two Jocelyns start to merge as she started to retain memories from both worlds.
The majority of this book was BORING. The plot was almost non-existent. We just followed the day in the life of Jocelyn and her immaturity. Pretty much nothing happens of significance.
The ‘big fight’ near the end was so ridicules I couldn’t even stand it. Jocelyn needs to grow the fuck up. I can’t believe she took something small and blew it out of proportion like that. Why did Jackson even want her back after that?
This book felt forced in a lot of ways. Jocelyn and Jackson in 2009 decide to get married since they are getting married in 1878. You know, it’s just easier. *rolls eyes* But Jocelyn is only 18 years old. It just didn’t seem right, especially since they only knew each other for about a month. I would be pissed too if I was her family.
Though Jackson and Jocelyn become closer, I found them quite often on separate pages. I think they wanted different things but they never build up the courage to talk about it.
No sex, pretty clean.
I know, it’s crazy, but even with a 2.5 star rating, I still kind of want to try out book 3. I don’t know why. This series does something to me and now I am hooked. No really recommended unless you loved the first book.
“I knew I could never find that happy medium that the Chandlers found. One life is difficult enough without contemplating the idea of entertaining two. I know I am not strong enough for that.”
“Are they really real? Could there really be a place where women are free to decide the course of their own lives? Where I could be free from the bonds that hold me to this provincial world?”