Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Giveaway/Book Tour: Allusive Aftershock by Susan Griscom

Title: Allusive Aftershock

By: Susan Griscom

Genre: Young Adult Romance

Published by Amber Glow Books

Release date: December 18, 2012


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: Adela is a typical high school senior whose life is about to be turned upside down. She is in love with her best friend Max, who has never seen her that way. There is a series of earthquakes that threaten her life and everyone else that she loves lives. Will she be able to survive her life being rocked to her very core, or will she parish like so many others around her?

I loved this book. It has been awhile since I have read a YA book that wasn't paranormal. This book was fast paced, and intriguing. There were always obstacles they had to get across. It's so hard to write a review for this book, because I don't want to ruin any surprises! 

Character Breakdown:
Adela- She is a tomboy, who loves horses. She is always overlooked by her best friend as a love interest. She is extremely loving towards her family. Besides her Max obsession, she is a smart girl lol.

Max- He is very arrogant. He thinks he is the king of the school. I don't like him very much at all lol. 

Courtland- He is the sweet guy, who cares a lot about animals and Adela. I liked him. I thought he was pretty cool.

Read this book NOW! Then tell me what you thought lol.

Goodreads Reactions: (I know I have been bad about this, but I promise to get better) 
30.0%"He is such a jerk. I wouldnt put up with it."
5.0%"Atleast we share the same feeling about painted concrete."
4.0%"This girl isnt very smart is she...

FTC: This book was given to me by the author and Lady Amber's Reviews for an honest review.

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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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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  1. Hi Cara,
    Lovely post. Thank you so much and thank you for being a part of the tour. I truly appreciate it.

  2. Hey, great post! Thanks for sharing! xXx

  3. Loved this story! I agree with you about Max, didn't much like him for most of the book but Courtland was a sweetheart! I loved him!

    1. Yeah, in my opinion Max never did fully redeem himself.

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