Title: Allusive Aftershock
Author: Susan Griscom
Release Date: December 18th 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Review Copy: Author in exchange for honest review
Courtland Reese is the guy everyone hates and makes fun of because … well, he is weird. He communicates with animals. Strange or interesting, seventeen-year-old Adela Castielle can’t quite figure out, but when he saves her from being trampled by her own horse, she begins to understand him a little better and wants to learn more about him.
But, Max–her best friend/dream guy/someday-to-be-her-husband-only-he-doesn’t-know-it-yet–hates Courtland with a passion. Adela wants to know why, except neither boy is talking.
When Max leaves her stranded in his parents’ wine cave with his worst enemy, Courtland, after what the experts are calling a “megathrust” earthquake, Adela starts to question her loyalty to Max as steamy kisses in a dark damp cellar only fuel her emotions with more conflict.
But does she really have time to worry about that when fire, destruction and mayhem surround her?
Also, I'm starting to realize how much I miss YA books. There was just the right amount of kissing that made it a perfect read.
There is a very famous cover model couple is on this cover, which let's face it, is partly why I wanted to read it. But I'm happy to say I didn't automatically associate them with the characters. I visualized very different looking people.
I liked Adela and Courtland, which are very interesting names. Also the uniqueness of the names plays a key role in the book. In the fact of when they're alone, you don't think about any other character. These two are very realistic characters that one can relate to. Their connection with each other is so very strong that you can forget that their relationship flourishes over a very short period of time. Also, the feeling you may die partly has to do with it.
Can I just say I think that Adela didn't like Courtland by association? I mean in the beginning, she didn't like him, but that was more so for the fact that he was caring for her horse after the earthquake. I mean who would want some stranger trying to calm down their horse after a natural disaster? I sure as hell wouldn't. It was a lot of talk from Max that made her "hate" Courtland.
A lot of this story takes place in Max's family wine cellar. In most cases, when a stories main setting is a small place it can make the story drag. But here it doesn't. Mostly has to do with the fact on WHY they're in it in the first place. An earthcrack just happened. (Man, you gotta love little kids and how they say things.) You're surviving for your life on short supplies, bad injuries and worries of where family members are. Therefore, many locations doesn't seem fitting in this case.
Oh Max, you overprotective douche. I really didn't care for you in the beginning. Only at the end did I think, "Eh, you're okay."
With main goal for Adela was to make sure her horse, siblings and parents were okay. I don't think she planned on getting a boyfriend in the mix, or almost lose her best friend. But the outcome was splendid.
Overall, it's a wonderful read. I personally found the synopsis slightly misleading. But don't let that deter you.
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Susan Griscom daydreams often. And sometimes her daydreams interfere with her daydreams not to mention real life. Because, let’s face it, her character’s lives are so much more exciting. Sometimes it’s young adult or new adult or just plain old mainstream fiction and sometimes it’s paranormal romance, where her playing field delves into a different milieu than the usual vampires and werewolves. Some day she might write about fangs and fur, but for now she prefers sticking to strong heroes and heroines confronted with extraordinary forces of nature, powers and abilities beyond the norm, mixed with some steamy romance to get the blood boiling.
Susan lives in the Sierra Foothills in Northern California with her very romantic husband, her small yippy dog, Riley, and her humongous black cat, Saké. Her family consists of his and hers; four wonderful sons and one beautiful daughter, and seven grand angels.
Susan loves when a story takes hold and pulls her into the fantasy, that’s magic.
You can visit Susan at http://susangriscom.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She loves hearing from her fans. Goodreads - Facebook - Twitter
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