Published December 18th 2012
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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?
About the Author
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.
Allusive Aftershock has a lot to offer the reader. There is all the appeal of a dystopian novel without the world having actually come to an end, a steamy romance that blossoms between the most unlikely of characters, and misguided love that, as always, results in a complicated love triangle - with a little hate thrown in there for good measure.
I found the novel really interesting simply on the earthquake aspect alone. Where I live, we don't get earthquakes, being the the middle of a tectonic plate. The closest that I have come to experiencing one is some tiny little aftershocks which pretty much equated to someones stomach rumbling, something you really have to focus on to notice. I think that the earthquake theme was what drew me to the book originally, and it most definitely did not disappoint.
I loved the diversity of the character personalities and how, even though they were vastly different, they still managed to get along in their own kind of dysfunctional way. I really found it difficult to like Max as a person - a majority of the book he is a mega douche and I kept thinking to myself, Really, Adela? This is the guy that you like? But on the other hand, I could understand how she had come to that conclusion, however, it didn't mean that I had to like it or wonder if she'd had she head checked. Then there is Courtland. If I put aside the very strange name, he is, by far, my favourite character. Even though life has dealt him a crappy hand, he is still has one of the kindest soul. He was a joy to read about and definitely on of the main reasons that once I picked up this book, I couldn't put it down.
Griscom has written a heartwarming story of love and survival that you won't be able to stop reading once you start. I would definitely recommend this book.
4 out of 5