Series: Premonition Series
Genre: Paranormal YA
Length: 393 pages
Publisher: Create Space
Publication Date: 8th of August 2011
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.
As per most of my kindle findings, I was making my way through the list of amazon kindle recommendations and I found Inescapable. And what a finding I made!
I was initially introduced to the lovely and normal Evie. Just your average freshman starting college, wanting to fit in, experience new things, make new friends and who knows maybe meet someone. It wasn't long until I discovered that she got a little more than she gambled for!
Not long after her start to the freshman college year, Reed Wellington becomes antagonistically interested in her and her immediate departure from Crestwood's campus. Initially I thought "here we go, he doesn't want her around but actually he does yada yada yada". But no. He actually wants her gone!!! After a couple of chapters Reed's determination to get Evie well and truly gone kept increasing. Only matched by my determination to find out where Amy A. Bartol was going with this. And I can assure you that although she eventually lay her plot cards down (most of them anyway) she did it very slowly and very carefully.
Reed was gorgeously mysterious until the very end, and even then he has taken a lot of secrets with him to Amy A. Bartol's sequel Intuition. Although as the story develops we get to know him, he appears to not know as much about himself as he thought until he met Evie. This only adding to the mystery of the plot.
The other characters that Evie soon came to meet and become friends with were all so different and vibrant, that I felt like I was looking at a canvas. All different colours, but all working so well together to depict a intriguing story.
Aside from well structured characters who I very much came to like, I also really enjoyed the flow of the narration. The story was not solely built around the essentials to deliver the plot, it had body and structure allowing readers to become more familiar with the characters; whilst still delivering the odd subtle clue or indication of something to come.
I admit to foreseeing a few of the twists but then again I was scouring the pages for them. Nevertheless Amy A. Bartol successfully caught me out on several occasions and delivered a pretty impressive final blow that had me pre-ordering the sequel straight away!
I found Inescapable to live up to it's name and be somewhat inescapable itself! It was a very good read and I am currently enjoying the sequel: Intuition (review to follow once I finish reading). Although I have not long started and promise to review as soon as I have finished, the story is threatening to become more intricate and complex. I have the feeling that with every book Amy A. Bartol will be taking us one step up every time leading us eventually to grand finale.
If you liked this: Although the style of writing and pace are different, I would suggest the Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick. I would also recommend the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. Admittedly these two series are somewhat different from the Premonition series, but I do believe that they are good suggestions that as reads will not let you down and keep you dreaming.