Saturday, 15 August 2015

Review : Allusive Aftershock by Susan Griscom


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?

Review :

First things first. I absolutely ADORE the cover. Its simply beautiful. I couldn't wait for the story to reach to the scene which the cover page depicts. It definitely wasn't what I expected but I loved it nevertheless. The cover awesumness apart all I wanna say is that you HAVE to go for this book but be prepared for some heartbreaking moments which the characters will have to endure. 

The book begins with an earthquake which to be honest would have scared the hell out of me. I loved Adela's character because she was so kind hearted, and worried about everyone around her before worrying about herself. When a big quake hits killing thousands of people while our characters are at school, its when their real journey of survival begins. She realizes that her best friend Max is not the great friend she thought. In fact, he is a jackass who looks out more for himself then Adela. Until she calls him on it. She's always believed herself in love with him, but he proves his true nature to her in due time. When they find Courtland Reese burned and barely conscious, in front of his burned down house, she and Max work together to get him to the safety of Max's family's wine cellar. Max is heartbroken at the state of his house, and the loss of his parents, but does man up with Adela to get Court in the cellar. In the meantime, Adela starts taking care of Courts burns, much to the complaint of Max who doesn't think it's needed.  

COURTLAND REESE. Such a beautiful soul. He works mainly with animals, but because of this gift, he's made fun of. Kids in school call him a freak. Adela however isin't too sure about him. Although in due course she realises how wrong everybody actually is and how nice a person Court actually is. 
In the end, Adela suffers some heartbreak, but with the love and support of Court, she's able to get through it.  

I loved this book. I had to know what happened with Court and Adela, and if she found her family and horse. Max, in the end, didn't turn out so bad after all. He proved to be a pretty good friend to both of them.

Ratings : 4/5 Stars