Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Inescapable (Premonition series) by Amy. A. Bartol

"My name is Evie Claremont and this was to be the making of me–my freshman year of college. I’d been hoping that once I’d 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. I look for rational explanations to even the strangest circumstances. Since meeting sophomore Reed Wellington, however, nothing makes any sense. Whenever he’s 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 be…if he liked me, but Reed acts as if I’m the worst thing that has 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 that he’s keeping from me? I’m hoping that it’s anything but what I suspect: that he’s 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’ve been left to wonder if the dark future my dream is foretelling is…inescapable."

(Blurb from Amazon) 

Gorgeous, right? Impressed at my conquest?
This book was really ground breaking for me. Though it had minor faults, I absolutely adored it. (Don't know if it's a favourite, I'm kinda indecisive). The cover was designed beautifully (though I still think the topic of angels can alow a bit more creativity) and it's definitely above average on the eye-catching scale. However, it is only a poor prelude to what is actually contained in the book.

At first, when I found this book on my kindle shopping site, I KNEW it was special. I actually downloaded it before I finished reading the sample--which is a first for me, usually I read the sample then put it on a waiting list that rarely gets glanced at. The story is basically about angels (at first I had to wonder if it was about vampires, one because it reminds me a bit of Twilight, and two I'm not allowed to read about vampires for the unseeable future) which seems pretty common these days. It follows our main character Genevieve--wow, that's the name of the ANGEL in Alexandra Adornetto's Halo, coincidence--Claremont when she moves to a posh schoool due to her scholarship. There, she meets Reed Wellington who she feels strangely attracted to, despite the fact that Reed seems to detest her. We meeet the atypical love triangle when Russell, the alternative boytoy, is pulled into the mix. With Reed, it's as if she needs him, while with Russell, it's as if she already has him. The story unfolds to pull us into an adorable romance between the characters (I won't say which just yet). But, for Genevieve, all  is not as it seems, and her vague past suddenly becomes the judge of her future.

 I'll start with the writing. When I started the book, I found it a bit difficult to read due to the fancy overtone. Sometimes the amount of smart words can be annoying. However, fear not, as I continued to read the novel, it unravelled to become almost rythmic and easy to digest. I loved how Amy (author) used formality in Reed and Zephyr's (who appears later in the novel) voices to portray their age. It was fun to compare modern voices to ther own through the writing (though I do think the modern voices could have been improved). Amy's writing style is just delicious, like fancy foreign food.

The characters were also impressive. I enjoyed getting to know Reed (I voted for him all the way throughout the love triangle). He became likable and sweet but with that added danger edge that I loved. He was easy to root for, which, despite being a plus, kinda added to a flaw. I didn't really get to know Russell, and I think the male characters should have been given that extra pizzazz. For Reed, more descriptions of his emotions and for Russell,  more of himself. Either they needed that, or it's just my air-headedness and not paying enough attention to the book. Either way, I still loved Reed.

Genevieve (whom deserves her own paragraph) was sweet, and I could easily read the author's efforts to push acroos her martyr attitude. It's cool how she sacrifices herself for those she loves, but I still felt more could have beeen done with her emotions when tragedy struck. There were also those moments where the author's descriptions translated wrongly in Genevieve's thoughts, leaving her with a hint of mean in her attitude, though it's completely understandable how Genevieve acts. Her next flaw was her attitude. I mean, I LOVED it, but it wasn't portrayed the way it could have been. (Either way, Genevieve was awesome to a point).

Speaking of love, I was scarily impressed with the romace. Though I'm not a big fan of love triangles (someone always gets hurt) the feelings between Reed and Genevieve were real and all consuming. Any flaws were either none existent or veryyyy tiny. One of my favourite romantic bits was shown around the endof the book (as much as I love spoilers I'm not sure you should love them). It portrayed Reed's love by using his worry for Genevieve (oh so sweet). If Reed wasn't crush-worthy before that, he definitely is now. Generally though, the passion between the two was burning and swwet all at the same time. 

The plot on the otherhand was a cool drink of water. I loved (am I saying that a lot?) how the story flowed easily, each event told beautifully andd with the right amount of drama. One of my favourite bits was Reed and Genevieve's first kiss (one of the best kiss scenes, I've ever read!!!!!) which was so sweet. There were miniscule plotholes (if there was any at all) and the climax points and why they came about were completely unexpected. The main climax was just WOW--I didn't see that one coming. It is no lie when I say that this writer is talented. If I got right to the basis, the story was beautiful.


"You may recall as well that I said I also wanted tp love you and protect you, all at the same time."
I fown in confusion. "You were jealous of me?" I ask with skepticism.
"You have a soul," Reed says as if that explanation is enough.
I wrinkle my nose. "And?" I ask.
 "And, what do you think our war is about? It's about souls," he replies

Sorry about only providing one quote :@ but by now you should know this book is fantastic ;)

Thank you for reading :)

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