Allusive Aftershock

Allusive Aftershock

by Susan Griscom

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Overview

Allusive Aftershock by Susan Griscom

A young adult novel about destruction, friendship, betrayal, and love.

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615737898
Publisher: Amber Glow Books
Publication date: 12/17/2012
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

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Allusive Aftershock 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to expect, but I found that I truly enjoyed this story. The plot and characters were very well built and put together. The author really showed life in the face of a tragedy. She showed the nature of people, such as some of the townsfolk, and how they changed in response to everything. Some for the better, and others... not so much. Allusive Aftershock by Susan Griscom was provided to me for review. The opinions are my own.
KellyTheRed More than 1 year ago
This is one of those rare books that I wish I could give 6 stars to. The characters are so real, the setting, even the animals that I was worried about the horses when... (Oops. no spoilers!) The author jumps from one character's viewpoint to another's, but in a clear, easy to keep track way that is perfect for a story like this. There is so much suspense, each event coming after another with just a moment to catch your breath before the next. I had to read the beginning of the book in short segments because of so many things going on in my life but it was quickly evident this book can't be read like that. I ended up staying away half the night because I couldn't bear to put it down again. Although it is written about a trio of high school students, this book is far from juvenile. It is intense, with the death and destruction you would expect from a major earthquake. But it is without any scenes that would be inappropriate for teen readers. If you only read one book this summer, make Allusive Aftershock that book.
amdase More than 1 year ago
WOW !!!! Susan Griscom has done it again she has captivated me with her storytelling. I loved this book and most know Contemporary Romance is not my thing but I loved this one. This was Susan Griscom AKA (Regan Walsh) first journey into a new genre and the transition was amazing. I loved the characters okay I will be honest there was one character that just seemed to rub me the wrong way, but kinda redeems himself a little. Those that have read this amazing book I am sure you can guess whom I am speaking of. Those that have not this is a Spoiler Free Zone So Go Grab A Copy and find out whom I am speaking of. I loved all the emotions that came along with this story I cried and I laughed. The setting was so surreal you see all kinds of books that have devastation in them with some being far fetched but not this one this one deals with a devastation  that hits home for so many people. Mrs Griscom will grab your attention right from the very first page and will not let you go. 
ldd6853 More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4.5 stars This is the first book that I have read by this author, but it won't be the last. I really enjoyed the story and the author had me hooked pretty quickly. I found myself rooting for the characters while also feeling their heartbreak.. I definitely recommend this one. :) 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is AMAZING! I absolutely fell in love with the main characters right away. The way the characters interact is incredibly believable and not everyone is quite what they seem. The writing is very well put together and everything is portrayed in a way that made me feel as if I was right there in the thick of it! Being that this takes place very close to where I live, I can easily relate to the fear of this happening at any time! When Adela (don’t worry, no spoilers!) thinks she might have lost her family and realizes she has to be strong just to survive, it made me feel very proud of her the way she stepped up! My only hope is that I could be half what she is. Well, that and another book coming out soon! I LOVE this author! Thank you Susan!
LITERALADDICTION_MLO More than 1 year ago
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson: I will openly admit that while I adore Susan's writing, I was a little bit leery to read this one, but the minute I flipped the last page, all I could say was "Awww". In all seriousness though, I don't read non-para, especially not non-para YA (I actually just read my very first romantic suspense 2 weeks ago!) and even with that said, I really enjoyed this book - no teen angst or the traditional love triangles of a traditional YA, just people dealing with real world tragedy and emotions. The characters are relatable, likeable, and solidly developed, the world is real, extensively built, and shockingly vivid in its telling. I love the way that Susan writes and I am happy that I took a chance on her YA debut. LITERAL ADDICTION gives Allusive Aftershock 4 Skulls and would definitely recommend it for YA fans far and wide. It's a beautiful story!!
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Terri_Kinckner More than 1 year ago
I won this book in a contest and it was the first of Susan Griscom's books I read.  I ended up buying all of her books as soon as I finished this one! This book was amazing! Faced with a catastrophic series of earthquakes, Adela, her best friend Max, and classmate Courtland are left alone and struggling for survival. Courtland was a bit of an outcast, being able to understand the needs of animals better than the average person. Adela has spent her entire childhood swooning over Max, who only saw her as a friend, and Max has spent the last eight years hating Courtland after an incident that happened between these two when they were best friends. The circumstances these young adults found themselves in were horrific, and were so well described that I often felt like I was right there with them through the earthquakes and subsequent aftershocks. Susan was able to bring these three young people to life for me, and I found myself rooting for them, mourning their losses, and reveling in their triumphs. I also love a book where the characters evolve into who they were meant to be. This is absolutely the case with this book! They certainly learned a lot about life and a lot about themselves! This book had all the elements required to make a great, fast-paced read: love, hate, catastrophe, fear, and humor. I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone, young or old! There are some parts of the book that I thought might get too adult, but were actually not. In fact, I would be very comfortable having my own teenagers read this book, because of the excellent message it sends!   
ChroniclesofaBOOKADDICT More than 1 year ago
Such a sweet book! This is the first book I have read from author Susan Griscom and it will not be the last. I immediately loved the character of Courtland Reese. First of all I just love his name and nickname "Court," very original. He is the one everyone calls a "freak" at school just because he has a way with animals. I think that gift is quite awesome and it's not all in your face, it is kind of a subtle gift. Some YA/paranormal books have in your face abilities, but it was nice that this was an ability that wasn't the entire center of the book. He is such a sweetheart throughout the whole book. He lost his mom when he was just a boy and his father was just out of it since, but he didn't really have much anger, any for that matter because he understood how much they loved each other. Max who was his best friends when they were kids, always called Court a freak and was just mean to him all the time, yet Court never lashed out at him or any of the other kids at school. Just goes to show how strong a character he really is. I was just kind of in awe with Adela (another lovely name), because even though she never really talked to Court and always hung out with Max, she never called him a "freak" and was never mean to him. However, I was just a bit pissed that she seemed to be so in love with Max and he was just about the most obnoxious guy ever! But they were best friends, and one will put up with a lot for their best friend when they don't really see what others see, or are blinded by love like she was, or thought she was. Max, just got on my everlasting nerves. I really just wanted for Court to give him a good beating and knock some sense into him. Max was holding this grudge about something that happened between him and Court when they were kids and it was because of this small incident that Max spread the rumors about Court being a freak. Teenagers can be so cruel. As fare as Max and Adela, I was just amazed that Max never had any feelings for Adela like she had for him. I'm glad though; Adela and Courtland are perfect for each other. I have actually never read a book where an earthquake was the cause of the obstacles and tragedy. It was refreshing because it is something pretty realistic and many people can identify with that type of natural disaster. The hunting for food, having to make water last, searching for shelter, escaping fires started from lighting, dealing with burns, people acting crazy and such are all extremely realistic. The world that Susan Griscom creates and describes is great! I really enjoyed reading this book and I definitely would recommend this to anyone that loves YA reads. The only reason I gave it a four instead of five is because the epilogue was just a little trite for me. Other than that I loved loved loved the book.