Darkside Sun (Mortal Machine, #1)

Darkside Sun5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

OMG, this book is totally amazing.  It grabbed me on the first page and did not let go until the last.

Addison’s pretty sure she’s crazy.  Since she was six, she been watching her world literally unravel while everyone else goes calmly about their own business.  Professor Asher Green may be the one person who can help her.  He knows what is causing the rift Addy sees and who is trying to squeeze through it.  Asher says he can teach her how to mend the fabric of their dimension for good.  But can she trust him? His explanations border on unbelievable. His allies are untrustworthy, and at least one of them has set his sights on Addy and all she holds dear.

This book has it all: action, suspense, betrayal, and some pretty intense sexual tension.  Addy and Asher burn up the pages with their volatile chemistry.  Both characters are fabulous.  Addy is strong, smart, and sassy (even to her professor).  Asher is beautiful, broody, and bad boy enough to win my heart.  Their friends (especially Remy and Sophia) are hard to figure out but easy to love.  Ms. Adams creates a complex world around these characters with mysterious alternate dimensions and villains with hazy motivations.  I guessed who the bad guy was pretty early on, but the plot gave me enough other mysteries to keep me up late reading.  The end of the book is a heart breaker, but don’t worry.  There’s plenty of hope for Asher and Addy as well as a world being made safe by a kick-ass heroine (who likes to hug).

Plot: 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

The story was amazing.  It took me a couple of chapters to figure out how this new world worked, but the temporary confusion was totally worth it.  A third of the way in, I was totally adjusted to the alternate dimensions and still intrigued enough to be surprised by the plot twists. I loved trying to guess who was in cahoots with the villain.

Writing: 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Darkside Sun moves at a break neck pace.  Still, Adams inserts quiet (or not so quiet) moments for Addy to be with her family and friends just when I need to catch my breath. Bottom line, I loved the writing

Characters: 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

I fell in love with Addison and Asher on first read. They are complex and smart.  The supporting characters are mysterious and interesting.  If nothing else, read this book to meet these characters.

First of all, Marcus is the bad guy. Second, Addison is the “architect” or heart of the Mortal Machine. She and Asher are meant to be together and totally fall in love. Against Addison’s will, Asher removes all her memories of their love. He thinks it will protect her from other bad guys and protect the Mortal Machine