Inescapable by Amy A Bartol

12925063My 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.

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                        Rating:  3.5  of 5 stars
                        Series book: Yes
                        Will I read the Next: Yes
Mini-Rant: This isn't Twilight. Okay? I need to put that out there. While there are some similarities, if you are looking for them, they are unavoidable and aren't obvious or annoying. One, there is no forbidden love. This is not forbidden. It may be ill-advised but there is no "oh hey, this guy. Yeah, he never dies and he may want to eat you" factor in this. Two, you could say that he hated her in the beginning and that's super Twilight. But that's not really Twilight its pretty much any paranormal romance with a predatory paranormal love interest. So lets not go there. Three, Evie is in no way  a passive heroine like Bella. Bella is the weakest heroine I have ever read about. Ever. She only has courage in the stupidest situations and doesn't even seem to think things out until after when she says "hmmm, maybe I could have thought that through" or "That could have gone a different way if maybe I had just did this...or waited for my superhuman vampire boyfriend before I go and try to kill myself." In Evie's defense, when she does get thrown into dangerous situations, she does not purposely walk into it to save someone else. The situations walk into her and then she tries to save some one else. Okay? Just to reiterate my point, Inescapable is NOT Twilight. It is not a cheap reproduction of Twilight. And if you seem to find  to many similarities to Twilight you are probably looking or have an obsession with Twilight and should just go read said book. 

Now that that's over I will continue on with the actual review. I really love this book and the other books in the series that I have read. But there are some major parts of the book that annoy the hell out of me. There are also parts I love to death. It's a really love hate relationship I have with Inescapable. But being this is my second time reading it and it still brought out some serious emotions. I think it's safe to say that most people would find it enjoyable just like I did. Not to mention.....*singsong voice* Angeeeeeellllssssss. I love Angels. I don't know why, but they are my favorite paranormal of all time and could totally kick some vampire ass (take that Edward). Excuse my french.

Ah, my biggest problem with this book, the writing. That sound weird because a book is the writing if you know what I mean. But this. This was. Excuse me while I find my words.
It's just so inconsistent. I cannot handle all the damn switches between sophisticated and educated language and....outdated and misused slang. My reaction was just: 
I mean really? Is it killa? Is it so phat? Was it off the hook? Stylin'? Mad cool? Are you gonna skool that playa? No. This book was published in 2011 and while we were using questionable language back in the day, this slang was so "grodie" it should never have come out of this however-old-this-author-is' mouth. Let alone have been written down. Next time please don't. It's too much. I cannot. I will not. 
Oh and then there was Russell. Sweet, sweet Russel. His damn accent with be the death of me. He is from way down south....AKA South Carolina. But damn. I talk country to but this was to much and just plain wrong. If Russell is in the scene you can expect a "y'all" in every sentence. Not to mention a bunch of "yer" and and a bunch of "ing" verbs without the "g." For one y'all is not to be used to refer to one person. No. Here's a short grammar lesson for y'all: "Y'all" is actually "You all." Therefore it is to be used in the plural not in the singular. If you really have to be die hard bad country writing at the very least you could use "ya" instead of "y'all" when referring to that one person. And there was one point where either Buns or Brownie said "Let's bounce" And I sincerely hope I am not the only one who thought of this:
And if you don't know that is a reference to "Bounce" by the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato. Look it up.

I really like the storyline of this book. It's one of those books that are never boring and has action moments sprinkled throughout with a minor climax about 70% through and then the major climax right at the end. Which is good because at 368 pages you really cannot wait until the very end for a super exciting and game-changer moment because it would get boring and some people wouldn't even make it that far. It is kind of predictable just because that final climax is told to us in the very beginning just not in as much detail. 

My favorite characters are Buns, Brownie, and Zephyr (AKA Zee who sadly doesn't come in until the very end of the book). Buns and Brownie add the levity needed in this book so that you don't feel all heavy and weighed down with angsty  romance and dire situations. I really loved how unique each character was and how they all had different relationships with each other that were just fun and amusing to read. And speaking of Reed. I especially loved his attitude towards Russell. It was just perfection. Also there's this really awkward but amusing scene later on at a dinner/party thing that was just amazing and I couldn't stop laughing at the tension. That may not be a healthy reaction to tension but still I loved it. I can't say much because it's a minor spoiler but I will say to remember this when Reed and Russell talk about football. Wink, wink.

Romance. My favorite part of any book. Reed was your typical protective, arrogant male (I'm sorry to any guys reading this but let's be honest, arrogance is a common trait found in most of the male species. That I've met and read about, anyway. That's right girls they are not all fictional). Evie took it in stride most the time. She did seem a little bit to cool with it most the time but I think it's because she is one of the few heroines that realize that in a fight with people who can throw minivans and a girl who sometimes can't even open a jar...I think we know who would win. The love triangle was a little annoying because while Evie was pretty much all over Reed (Understandably, who can deny the urge to swoon when it comes down to it) she also got jealous if Russell looked to be moving on. And let's not play. He probably won't end up moving on. Plus Reed was okay with her feelings for Russell to some extent which is kind of understandable because Russell is her soul mate I don't know I just think it defeats the purpose of a triangle if you're gonna be in love with both guys and...I don't know Russell just needs to shove off. 

Sorry if that last paragraph doesn't make any sense, I have a feeling I was rambling.

Favorite Quotes:

“He isn't wearing a shirt.... He shouldn't just walk around like that; it's obscene to have to look at someone so perfect. He should do the world a favor and eat a donut or two.” 

“Genevieve, Twinkies are really bad for you, but if you had to have one, then yes, that’s what I’m saying,” he smiles at my scenario. “Do you really like those things?”
“I’m not going to tell you if you’re going to tease me, but I will say that it’s suspiciously inhuman not to enjoy a Hostess snack from time to time,” I reply coyly. “I’ll buy you one. You’ll love it, I promise.”
And I’ll be doing the world a favor at the same time, I think, remembering him without his shirt on.” 

SUMMARY OF REVIEW(In case you don't actually feel like reading the review):
Writing: 2 out of 5
Plot: 4 out of 5
characters: 5 out of 5  
Romance: 4 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

PG-13 suggestive comments, violence