Review: Allusive Aftershock – Susan Griscom
Adela Castielle’s life is going just the way she wants it to. She’s got a loving family, an awesome best friend, friend’s she can count, and a horse she’s quite proud of. There’s nothing more she can ask for. Yet all that changes within the blink of an eye.
An earthquake has rumbled through her county, upsetting the quiet balance that once surrounded her. The animals on the farm are now skittish, and her family begins to wonder if the quake portends to something else. Adela can only hope that the quake will not occur again, but she knows that with Mother Nature, anything is likely. Never-the-less, she and her family are determined to get back to how things were before the quake occurred.
When another jolt disrupts her class, Adela soon realizes that the earthquake might be alluding to something else. Granted, she’s not quite sure as to what it might mean, nor does she have the time to think about it. Some of her classmates are either dead or missing, and she no longer knows as to what’s happened to her beloved family. To her surprise, Max has survived the unexpected earthquake, and is determined in helping her to get home so that they can find out if their families survived the rumble’s aftermath.
Facing death and destruction, they soon come upon Courtland and several others along the way. They, too, need a helping hand, something they’re willing to give freely. Separated along the way, Adela finds herself alone in Courtland’s hands. Mother Nature’s fury soon cuts them off from the world outside, and they must learn to co-exist until the moment someone can come to help them out of their current predicament. The more time she spends with Courtland, the more she comes to understand him. While she’s grateful for his support, she can’t quite forget about the fact that her family is out there. Somehow, some way, they need to find a way out. Only then, will they truly know the extent of the destruction and mayhem that now surrounds their every step.
Allusive Aftershock is one of those books that will tug on your heartstrings from the very moment you begin reading. This is the first time I’ve read a book that depicts a natural disaster in such a way that you find yourself wanting to dive-in head-first into the world the author has created in order to give the characters another helping hand. The feelings and emotions Susan has injected into every aspect of the story come across quite clearly, and you begin to feel each character’s pain and heartache as they do their best to survive the cruel and unforgiving world they’ve now been thrust into. This is definitely a book I’ll be sitting down to read time and again. I’ve enjoyed it immensely.
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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.
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