Inescapable (The Premonition Series, #1) 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.
Kelly - 3.5 crowns
Welcome to Angel High: As far as paranormal romances go, this is a tame, light-hearted, slow build that focuses strongly on friendship, trust and new beginnings. It is also a story of self-discovery and survival as Evie discovers things in her world may not be as they seem...
From an orphan at birth to college scholar, Genevieve Claremont is just your normal 17 year old taking a step out into the big world. Attending college in a quiet town not too far from Uncle Jim (her legal guardian since her Mother's untimely demise), while being granted a full scholarship is a dream come true. Although apprehensive, she says goodbye to her rock and heads out on her own to experience all the joys college has to offer. If anything, she hopes the distraction of studying and making good grades will help rid the incessant nightmares that plague her dreams every night.
Alfred 'Freddie' is her only known companion from back home, as they settle in for registration together, things seem to be falling into their perfect little place. However, her dreams of an easy initiation into college life are shattered when the beautiful boy across the room constantly sears her with a look of menacing hatred.
Immediately putting her on the defensive, things go from bad to worse when she meets Reed face to face and he tells her rather unapologetically that she must leave. Who does this guy think he is? What is he hiding? And most concerning of all, why does she get the impression he wants to hurt her?
Russell is a quarterback from Carolina and immediately sets out to befriend the pretty Freshman. All goes swimmingly well until a few heated words with Reed, compels him to leave Evie behind after a late night BBQ at the lake - it seems there is more to Reed then meets the eye. He scares her, what with his threats, mind trickery and cryptic warnings, make Genevieve question everything she ever knew about life, about herself...and which begs the question...who or what was her Father?
When reality and nightmares of visions basked in blood at the seven-eleven intertwine, she seeks help in the one person she swore to steer clear from, the only one who seems to hold all the answers...Reed.
There were some parts of this book I really enjoyed and others not quite so much. I appreciate this story is based in college and aimed towards the late teen / YA spectrum but it felt more high-school' and therefore a little juvenile at times. The writing was a little hit and miss too, especially with Russell's persistent southern drawl dialect and Evie's penchant for the word 'Oh' when confronted with some real life altering revelations, it seemed the best she could come up with leaving me a little baffled at times.
Overall though, I enjoyed this book enough to read late into the evening and see it through to fruition the next day, because besides a few small gripes this story was refreshing, fun and I enjoyed the tension between Evie, Russell and Reed. This does hold the makings of what could manifest into a tricky love triangle as the series moves forward so it will be interesting to see where it takes them.
Anyone who knows me, knows my obsession with Angels, and as far as Reed goes, he's got it down pat - he was certainly the strongest and most likeable character and what gave this book substance. There were some real beautiful moments between both he and Evie, I loved this:
"If I could save a moment of time, this would definitely be one. I never seem to get enough time with you," I whisper dreamily, feeling his arms around me."Come away with me and you can have eternity..."
What I liked too was how it flitted between real-life college drama, as well as playing the paranormal card. We still played witness to the parties and a pretty funny frat prank that had me giggling like a teenager.
After the darker 18+ adult reads I have indulged in lately, this was a welcome reprieve and I recommend it to YA supernatural/para fans