Thursday, May 2, 2013

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTIONS's Review of Allusive Aftershock

Susan Griscom was born, Susan Marie Whittaker, in a small town in Pennsylvania. Under the name, Regan Walsh she writes the popular paranormal-urban fantasy, Whisper Cape, series and writes young adult and mainstream under her married name, Susan Griscom.

Enjoy her newly released young adult novel, Allusive Aftershock

Be sure to check out her Whisper Cape Series under the name of Regan Walsh

She enjoys writing about characters living in small quaint towns and tends to lean toward the unusual and spooky.

Her paranormal playing field delves into a different milieu, abandoning vampires and werewolves, but not discounting them. Someday she might like to write a novel about vamps and those furry creatures. But for now she likes the bizarre mixed with romance. A strong hero or heroine confronted with extraordinary forces of nature, powers and capabilities gets her blood running hot.

Susan lives in Northern California with her very romantic husband, her small yippy dog, Riley, and humungous black cat, Saké. Her family consists of his and her children, four wonderful sons and one beautiful daughter, seven grandchildren. Her greatest love in life is her family and those large and ever growing holiday dinners.

She enjoys traveling. She hates running, but does it once in a while. Reading and writing are her favorite pastimes.

A quote 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.

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?

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!!

Allusive Aftershock

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