Saturday, January 19, 2013

Blog Tour Stop: Allusive Aftershock by Susan Griscom: Review and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Allusive Aftershock blog tour.  Hope everyone is enjoying the tour so far!!!  My stop includes my review of Allusive Aftershock.

Title: Allusive Aftershock

By: Susan Griscom

Genre: Young Adult Romance

Published by Amber Glow Books

Release date: December 18, 2012
Rating: 4/5 stars


What happens when a major earthquake changes life as you know it and the boy you thought you hated ends up saving you? Three times!
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?

My Review

Spoiler Alert!!!!

This book took me by surprise.  I was immediately captivated from the very first page.I haven't read a book about characters facing earthquakes so it was a nice change for me.  I was very glad to take that journey with them.  It seemed Susan put a lot of research in the story.  I learned a little about earthquakes while reading this and I love that!!!  The story was beautifully written and well thought out.  I felt as if I was right there with the characters facing everything they faced.  It felt so real.  I also loved how Susan switched up the POVs in this story.  It was nice to see what Courtland was thinking as well as Adela.

A week after the first earthquake, life goes back to normal.  They all go back to school and work.  First day back to school, a huge earthquake hit.  The school was completely damaged.  Courtland saved Adela's life.  Max pulls her away from him and starts leading them home.  When Max and Adela get to her house, Adela can't find any of her family so they decide to head to Max's home.  On the way, they find Courtland hurt pretty badly.  They pull him to Max's house, and realize Max's family dead.  They take shelter in Max's cellar with a few days worth of food and water.  When it starts running low, Max leaves to search for more.  He never comes back.  Courtland and Adela start connecting to each other during their time together.  When they decide to leave, another aftershock hits and caves them in.  After three days of trying to get out, Cooper shows up and digs them out.  Courtland and Adela begin their journey again.  They start looking for her family and a shelter.  Along their way, they find Max almost dead.  Will the three of them work together and find shelter?  Will Adela find her family if they are still alive?

I loved every character in this story.  There wasn't a character I didn't like.  Adela was was very strong and loyal.  She always thought she loved Max until she started spending time with Courtland.  She got the butterflies with Coutland and was surprised.  I loved watching their relationship grow and build into something new.  Courtland was a sweetheart.  After losing his dog, Shiloh, and his father, he vowed not to lose Adela either.  He has always loved her.  Max hates Courtland over something that happened when they were kids. He was Adela's best friend.  He never saw her as anything more.  When he sees that Adela and Courtland are close, he becomes protective of her.  Max sees that they truly love each other and the friendship between him and Courtland changes for the better.  They become friends again.  I loved that.

The only criticism I have about this book is that the ending was a little rushed to me.  When Adela, Max and Courtland was at the museum, iI saw I only had a few pages left.  I immediately thought there was going to be a book two since it didn't feel as if it was going to end in just a few pages.  But it did.  I just wish their was a little more to the ending even though it made me cry.

This was a great book!!!  I really did enjoy it.  The world-building was well crafted and the story was well developed.  Allusive Aftershock is a book I will definitely reread.  Great job Susan!!!

               (I received this book from the author in exchange for a honest review.)


As Courtland stood, the legs of his chair scraped along the floor and the back of his knees pushed it out of the way of his tall frame. His dark green hoodie hung loose and unzipped, his jeans sat low on his waist. His hair was slicked back away from his face, different from the normal way it usually fell over his forehead, giving him the appearance of an ancient Native American warrior. If I wasn’t already in love with Max and Court hadn’t been so mean to me the other day, I might actually think he was hot, the way he walked up to get the book without saying a word, his gait easy but cautious as he sauntered past Max’s desk. One never knew what Max might do and Courtland had been the brunt of his antics more than once.

“Stop by the library on your way back and pick up a couple of the books they have on earthquake preparedness. There should be a good selection on the subject. Ask Mrs. Snow to help you; she’ll steer you in the right direction.”
Courtland strolled out of the room while Mr. Montgomery continued his talk about earthquakes.
Sometimes I felt sorry for Courtland, the way some of the kids made fun of his keen intuition with animals. This morning, I was still too mad at him to care much about that, though. My mind wandered back to Big Blue. I really wanted to ride him—maybe today would be a good time to do it. If Max rode with me, Courtland might stay clear. I scribbled a quick note in my binder, ripped the page out, folded it into a little square and handed it to Max while Mr. Montgomery wrote something on the board. He read it and folded it back up before sticking it under his history book. After flashing a smile at me, he nodded.
I sat doodling on the paper in front of me, making little swirling designs I thought might look good on a book cover, half listening to Mr. Montgomery when I felt a brush of material glide over my arm. I looked up to see Courtland as he strolled past me, back from his trip to the office.
 All of a sudden, my desk jolted 

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A note from Susan:
I daydream often and sometimes my daydreams interrupt my daydreams. So I write to remember them. If I didn't write, I think my mind would explode from an overload of fantasy and weirdness. To the annoyance of my friends and family, my characters sometimes become a part of my world. During my childhood, I would frequently get in trouble in school for daydreaming. Eventually, my vivid imagination paid off and I had the privilege of writing and co-directing my sixth-grade class play—a dreadful disaster, though not from my writing, of course, I must blame it on the acting.

I love writing about characters living in small quaint towns and tend to lean toward the unusual and spooky.

My paranormal playing field delves into a different milieu, abandoning vampires and werewolves, but not discounting them. Someday I might like to write a novel about vamps and those furry creatures. But for now I like the bizarre mixed with romance. A strong hero or heroine confronted with extraordinary forces of nature, powers and capabilities gets my blood running hot.

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