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Allusive Aftershock

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  351 ratings  ·  88 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by Amber Glow Books (first published December 17th 2012)
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Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oh wow! this book blown me away. Its not just romance, but so much more.

In idylic life of small town in California, lives 3 different characters. Adela, Courtland and Max. We get an introduction of each of their characters grow up and their relationship in school. Courtland has been in love with Adela since fourth grade but Adela has crush on Max. Max is just a jerk. Then the earthquake changing everything.

The story itself touches every aspect of life. Especially what happens to humanity after
Rachael Wade
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I turned my face up toward his. “Yes?”
“Wanna kiss me?”
Of course I did.

What a sweet story. Griscom has created another captivating, romantic read.

A few things I enjoyed...

First off, the whole earthquake scenario. We see tons of dystopian and fantasy YA novels that revolve around different types of catastrophes and war-torn worlds, but it's not often we come across YA stories that revolve around everyday natural disasters--not like this, anyway. So it was a nice change. And yet there was
Susan Griscom
Feb 11, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Allusive Aftershock has a new cover!

The very first scene in this book is based on an earthquake I experienced as a teenager. Adela's emotions and actions in that scene are from what I remember. The rest of the book is entirely fiction. All names, characters, places, and incidences are products of my imagination. Any resemblance to actual events, locales or persons living or deceased, is entirely coincidental.

This book is dedicated to all the men, women, and children whose lives have been lost
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Firstly, I just wanted to say that I love this cover. I love how it shows a science right out of the book. Also I love how the title fits that story so perfectly. I really enjoyed this book, everything about it. I liked that in a YA world filled with paranormal, this "normal" book about a natural disaster could surpass all of my expectations. I feel like that is a big part of why this book had the "it" factor is because
Kendall {Book Crazy}
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I really loved this book! I have never read anything like it before! I was instantly drawn into the plot and I instantly connected with the characters! The plot was just amazing! It was action packed and I couldn't stop reading it! It also just got better and better! The plot was original and a first for me and I thought that the disaster aspect was an amazing one to put into a Young Adult book! I also liked that there wasn't any paranormal aspect to this book! I also loved the characters! Adela ...more
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of YA Contemporary Romance w/a Touch of Sci-fi
Reviewed for THC Reviews
Allusive Aftershock is a stand-alone YA romance from indie author Susan Griscom. It’s primarily a contemporary story with slight science-fiction overtones. The sci-fi element comes in the form of an apocalyptic level earthquake called a megathrust. I hadn’t heard this term before, but I looked it up, and yes, it is a real thing. However, rather than the earthquake being confined to a particular area of California as we typically see, it basically devastates the entire
Tarnya Rutheford
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
i have to say this is one of them books i will never ever forget ,I LOVED IT ,i could not put it down its now one of my top 10 books i have ever read and will re-read again and again ,susan you did a fab job when you wrote this book well done and i will buy any book you write from now on xxx
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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***Spoiler Alert*** There is some spoilers so beware before you read!!

Another amazingly written story by Susan!! I love her work, her writing is always so captivating. I will definitely recommend Allusive Aftershock to everyone, especially those into YA.

The characters in Allusive Aftershock are funny, sensitive and real. Max is the popular guy everyone loves but he is also the biggest bully when it comes to Courtland Reese.

Court is suppose to be the school "freak" because he works with animals
Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
This book took me by surprise. It was nothing like I expected. I went in believing that this would be an ordinary young adult romantic story. Man, was I wrong. There is nothing ordinary about this story. This not your typical story of teenage love. It is a story of survival, forgiveness, coming of age, learning tolerance and love.

Courtland Reese has loved Adela Castielle since the fourth grade, but she had no idea how he felt. Considered weird, because of his uncanny ability to communicate with
Brianna Lee
“Allusive Aftershock” by Susan Griscom

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book was really good and I liked it a lot. Although this Young Adult novel was a work of fiction, there were subjects and events that unfortunately happen in reality. Author Susan Griscom wrote this novel very tastefully and she captivated me from the beginning. I would definitely recommend “Allusive Aftershock” to fans of Young Adult Romance, and I would rate this novel 4 STARS.

Jannat Bhat
First things first. I absolutely ADORE the cover. Its simply beautiful. I couldn't wait for the story to reach to the scene which the cover page depicts. It definitely wasn't what I expected but I loved it nevertheless. The cover awesumness apart all I wanna say is that you HAVE to go for this book but be prepared for some heartbreaking moments which the characters will have to endure.

The book begins with an earthquake which to be honest would have scared the hell out of me. I loved Adela's
Rita Webb
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There’s no slow ramp up in Allusive Aftershock. From opening scene to the very end, the story has you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next and if they will survive the latest problem.

What makes this story so amazing is how realistic the dire situation was—three teenagers trying to survive after a natural disaster ripped their home and town and much of the surrounding countryside apart.

Adela – I loved how REAL she was. In some ways, she was
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow what an emotionally charged story! I cried, laughed and cried some more. Allusive Aftershock is such a beautifully written story about surviving an earthquake and the aftershocks. It is also so much more. Adela, Courtland and Max are the three main characters. Adela and Max are best friends and spend a great deal of time together. Adela has a huge crush on Max and believes some day he will realize they are meant to be together. Courtland is pretty much an outcast and Max is a huge reason for ...more
Jillian (NetGalley Addict)
Apr 04, 2013 rated it liked it
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This book was part of a blog tour, I received a copy for my honest review

Adela lives in a rural area with her parents and twin sibling, her life is almost perfect, if only her her best friend Max would realize she was in love with him. They have been friends for years, on the sidelines is Courtland, people think he is a freak because he is so good with animals. A huge earthquake happens, Court saves Adela from her horse, aftershocks change everyones lives. When Max leaves Adela alone with Court
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read allusive aftershock .I must say I usually only read about vamps and wolfs .But I'm glad I did read it because I would of missed out out on this Gripping story of life ,survival and new found love .Which was in front of Adele nose the whole time. Adele thinks she is in love with her best friend Max but soon realizes she has a connection with Courtland who is an outcast ,kids joke about him being a freak and being Dr.Do little because of his love for animals .Courtland transforms from a ...more
Anne Carter
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All lovers of YA romance, dystopian or otherwise
Growing up in California, Susan Griscom is well acquainted with earthquakes--as am I, because I grew up there, too. When you've felt the ground beneath you rumble, buck and shake, you have an intimate knowledge of the power of Mother Nature, and Susan uses this knowledge and her memories to create a powerfully realistic backdrop for this novel. Add to that the sometimes painful coming-of-age feelings experienced by teens and you have a compelling, entertaining read.

Adela, Courtland & Max
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I love it, love it. At first I didn't like Adela's opinion and attitude towards Court and how she was head over heels on Max who is just an arrogant, wimpy jerk. But anyways, as I read more, I love how Court and Adela's relationship develop as she started accepting him and admiring him more once she learned what kind of person he was and I love that. She didn't like him right away because he was gorgeous but because she started liking how he treated her and how he made her feel special. I ...more
Kristina Snyder
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book took me by surprise. I was immediately captivated from the very first page.I haven't read a book about characters facing earthquakes so it was a nice change for me. I was very glad to take that journey with them. It seemed Susan put a lot of research in the story. I learned a little about earthquakes while reading this and I love that!!! The story was beautifully written and well thought out. I felt as if I was right there with the characters facing everything they faced. It felt so ...more
Emily McDonough
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was an entertaining, decent read that I breezed right through. I loved the plot even though it kind of waned at the end, and the characters were likeable. I liked how the book got right into the plot line and relationship between Adela and Courtland was sweet, a little unrealistic, but most young adult relationships are not.

Adela annoyed me a little at first by how she followed Max like a puppy and judged Court so harshly, but I'm sure Griscom did that so we could see her progress into an
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book for the blog tour.Thank you so much!

I rate this book with 6 stars outof 5. I loved it!!

“Allusive aftershock” is one of those books that remains in your head a long time after you read it. I loved everything about this book and I will always remember it.

The story reminded me a little of “Pandemonium” by Lauren Oliver, not sure why. Maybe because both of the stories are are happening in a catastrophic scenario.I loved the fact that the love story develops
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I wasn’t sure I would like this story due to the earthquake and aftershocks destroying California story line but I was so wrong. I loved it and could not put it down.

California is rocked with devastating earthquakes and aftershocks. Adela and Max who have been best friends forever set off to find their families and on their way they run into Court another boy from their school who is hurt. The three of them have to come together to try and survive while trying to find out if their families are
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is so very unique. A contemporary Young Adult novel that centers around a major earthquake and the aftershocks that follow, leaving unimaginable destruction in their wake. At first I had doubts that I would enjoy this. Earthquakes are known for being extremely devastating and the one in Allusive Aftershock is no different. But the story completely sucked me in. It was haunting and beautiful and sad. It was incredibly well written, too. An emotional, powerful, roller coaster ride. I ...more
Tammy Hall
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What an amazing story! I loved every moment I spent reading Allusive Aftershock! I must say that this book is wonderful it is everything you would want it to be and more. Allusive Aftershock is an amazing book with such a gripping story of life itself. It was such a realistic story I found myself crying laughing and even yelling at the guys in this book. The realism of the story just blew me away at times I was so into the book that
Yvonne (The Shadow Realm)
This was a fantastically realistic portrayal of the effects of earthquakes on a more personal level. Too often we hear on the news about an area that has been devastated by an earthquake and all the damage that it has caused. But rarely do we actually sit back and think of the people that have been affected. Those that have survived but lost those close to them. Family and friends. This book deals with that. We get to feel the lose and heartbreak that these characters go through.
Griscom did an
Heather Alexander
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a completely different kind of disaster book, California is rocked by earthquakes and aftershocks. Best friends Adela and Max set off to try to find their families, in the midst of this, they link up with Court, Max's worst enemy. Both boys vie for Adela's attention and she isn't sure what to make of any of it. They will have to learn to find food, water, shelter and avoid the people that have become bandits. At one point Court is injured and Max leaves to try to find food and help. ...more
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Allusive Aftershock tells the story of 3 teenagers who re dealing with the horrors of a massive earthquake that destroys their town and the surrounding areas. From the very beginning, the story captures your interest and drags you into the adventure. The story line is constantly making you wonder how they're going to survive and what is going to happen next. But it's not just a series of events's so much more. It's the characters growing up and learning about themselves and their ...more
Terri Baldwin
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Heather andrews
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This story really touched me and I know I'm being selfish when I say this but I'm glad and blessed that I live in a place where we don't get earthquakes or other natural disasters. Even though there is true meaning in the book Susan found a way to add some humorous scenes to the book, (really they shouldn't be humorous but since my sense of humor is way off anyway I found some scenes funny.) "Yes...and no. This part? The part where you can't even piss by yourself? Yeah I'm tickled pink, but ...more
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Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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What happens when you add a catastrophic series of earthquakes and Susan Griscom? One fabulous BOOK! This book has it all!!The book has love, anger and earthquakes! The story is set apart from some of the things out right now. New twist! We have three characters that I became invested in completely. All were written with perfection and I felt like I knew them. I was hooked, I'm still hooked! The issues they had to deal with, adults could not handle it. (See previous statement
Paula  Phillips
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
After the past couple of years in New Zealand with earthquakes we are pretty clued up on what to do in case of an earthquake and the allusive and multiple aftershocks that come with an earthquake. In Allusive Aftershock - Adela and her family are involved in an earthquake as their town is hit. Owning a horse farm , Adela's dad calls in the cavalry which consists of Courtland whom has been known as a "animal whisperer" so much that the kids in his year especially Adela's best friend and crush Max ...more
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