March 15, 2012

Title: Inescapable
Author: Amy A. Bartol
Series: The Premonition Series
Published: August 8, 2011
Publisher: Create Space
Pages: 392

My name is Evie Claremont and this was to be the making of me–my freshman year of college. I had been hoping that once I had arrived on Crestwood’s campus, the nightmare that I’ve been having would go away. It hasn’t.

I may be an inexperienced seventeen-year-old, but I’m grounded…sane. Since meeting sophomore Reed Wellington, however, nothing makes any sense. Whenever he is near, I feel an attraction to him–a magnetic kind of force pulling me towards him. I know what you’re thinking…that sounds fairly awesome. Yeah, it would–if he liked me, but Reed acts as if I’m the worst thing that’s ever happened to Crestwood…or him. But, get this, for some reason every time I turn around he’s there, barging into my life.

What is the secret he is keeping from me? I’m hoping that it is anything but what I expect: that he is not exactly normal…and neither am I. So maybe Crestwood won’t be the making of me, but it could be the breaking of me. I have been left to wonder if the dark future my dream is foretelling is…inescapable.

Celeste’s review: Indie gem! That. Is. All. I was up into the wee hours of the night reading Inescapable. Anyone that knows my favorite genre of books to read knows it is angels, so already I was excited to read this before I even got to the first page. The novel opens with Evie starting college, which she hopes will be a fresh start to end the very vivid nightmares she has been having.  On her first day at Crestwood she crosses paths with gorgeous, but cold Reed Wellington. He seems to hate her for no reason, and she fears him, but at the same time she feels a pull towards him, and wants to jump into his arms and love him for reasons she can’t explain.

The romance was off the charts for me. The chemistry was electric and I may have been fanning myself several times as Ms. Bartol described how dark and brooding and gorgeous and chiseled Reed was, with dark hair that sometimes fell in his green eyes…ahem, ok, back to the review. Reed clearly knew things but would not share them with Evie. All the reader knows is what Evie knows, as the story is told in the first person (my favorite). Evie soon starts to make a few other friends to help distract her though: Alfred (Freddie), Russel, Buns and Brownie, and even Zee later on. I really liked all the secondary characters, they were all different and made me laugh.

Reed finally starts to warm up to Evie and the romance is intense…..but with all the danger Evie seems to be in, plus a soul mate “situation” the romance is over as fast as it began. The almost love triangle never happens though, to my relief, but the heartbreak is awful. Reed could be so cold and emotionless. I might have cried along with Evie. I was almost wanting the “bad guys” to attack Evie so there would be a reaction out of Reed.

There were some fabulous moments of humor too. I loved the total honesty that all the guys had about Evie’s beauty, it was done in a way that would make your heart flutter and at the same time giggle too. Oooh, and when she wore the dress to the formal…. even Reed couldn’t help touching her a little bit. True YA slow burning love at its best.

I was SHOCKED at how the story started to end and for that this books gets 5 stars. Ok, well, just for the angsty romance I was giving it 5 stars but this absolutley solidified it for me. I love when I am totally surprised. I had a different theory that I thought the author was hinting towards, but I was wrong and I LOVE IT.

Should you read this? YES!!! The book ends in a nice place where things tie up, but I’m so glad the second one is already out, Intuition, because I’m starting it tonight. Book 3, Indebted is due out this spring, and Book 4 sometime summer 2012.

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