Review: Inescapable by Amy Bartol
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.
Can someone out there please tell me how I have never heard of INESCAPABLE BY Amy A. Bartol? INESCAPABLE came out in 2011 and until a friend mentioned this book to me I had never heard of it. We really need to do something about this because everyone should be hearing about Amy A Bartol and INESCAPABLE! I have been in a reading slump for a few months now (well since finishing SHADOW OF NIGHT). I downloaded INESCAPABLE and couldn’t put it down. Even bathroom breaks were annoying and I’m so excited to have discovered her! This was a book that I literally couldn’t put down; I even read through dinner!
Wow! Evie is seventeen and heading off to college. She has all the normal teenage jitters arising from transitioning to this next phase of her life but little does she know that her entire world is about to be turned upside down. All starts off well as Amy befriends Alfred “Freddie” and Russell. Immediately we know that something is amiss though with Reed’s strange behavior when he first meets Evie.
Since Evie’s parents deaths shortly after she was born she has been raised by her Uncle and has relatively little knowledge of her mother and absolutely none regarding her father so the journey Evie is about to embark on is not only shocking but unimaginable from her previous life. Danger, adventure and love are all headed her way in a whirlwind that will keep you turning each page eagerly to discover what will arrive on the next page. The adventure will introduce you to all castes of Angels and bring you face to face with what it means to have redemption and a soul. The life questions Bartol brings up for us to ponder are fabulous.
As always I love a strong female lead character and with Evie we have found someone who will touch your heart. She is so brave and so full of love for her friends and family. There is no way she won’t touch your heart. Bartol has created a cast of characters that will leave you longing to be near them long after you have laid the book down and a plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat. There was just enough lull in the action for you to get comfortable with the characters and get to know who they are. Just when things appear to be a little calm you are right back on the rollercoaster of non-stop adventure.
We must talk a moment about Reed. Reed is so steamy, he exudes confidence and sexiness, and no doubt you will fall in love. When he explains later in the book to Evie his strange behavior the day he met her he says “I wanted to destroy you,” he says, and a shiver goes through me, “and I wanted to take you in my arms and love you, and I wanted to tear you apart, and I wanted to crush anything that would harm you, all at the same time.” Discovering who Reed is deep inside has to be at the top of life’s guilty pleasures.
I will also mention that regarding Russell there is the potential for a love triangle though at least for now this seems to be resolved; however, we’ll just have to keep reading future installments to know for sure. I felt that Bartol very delicately handled the situation between Evie and Russell in a way that doesn’t make you feel like it’s a full triangle and there really is no doubt who Evie loves.
We are also introduced to “Brownie” and “Buns” as two friends Evie makes on campus with a vivacious love of life. They keep you laughing to break up the tense moments as well as distracting Evie when life seems to get to serious. Adventures with these too often provide the normal college life that you would expect Evie to have and provide a break from the supernatural events happening in her life.
What more can I say? I hope it is obvious to all of you how much I loved this book. It is scandalous in my mind that this Indie author’s books are at this moment only $2.99 on kindle. I have paid far more for books that were far less entertaining. If you like the idea of a story full of angels, fallen angels, love and redemption then you must read INESCAPABLE! Amy A. Bartol will not be a secret for long that’s for sure. I don’t know about all of you but I’m off to read the next book in this series.