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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.

368 pages, Paperback

First published April 27, 2013

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Amy A. Bartol

20 books6,631 followers
Author of the Secondborn Series:
Secondborn (Book 1)
Traitor Born (Book 2)
Rebel Born (Book 3)

Author of the Premonition Series:
Inescapable (Book 1)
Intuition (Book 2)
Indebted (Book 3)
Incendiary (Book 4)
Iniquity (Book 5)

Author of the Kricket Series:
Under Different Stars (Book 1)
Sea of Stars (Book 2)
Darken the Stars (Book 3)

The Divided - A Science Fiction Romance short story, which is included in the Take Me To Your Reader: An Otherworld Anthology.

Amy A. Bartol is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Secondborn Series, The Premonition Series, The Kricket Series, and a short story entitled “The Divided.” She has won numerous awards for her writing and been nominated for several more. She's a graduate of Hillsdale College, which inspired the setting of her Premonition Series. Amy lives in Michigan with her husband and two sons, but she travels often, sparking her imagination to create more worlds like the ones with hidden angels, doorways to alien landscapes, and fantastical futuristic societies and technologies. To learn more, visit Amy's website at: https://www.amyabartol.com

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Profile Image for Tanja (Tanychy).
589 reviews258 followers
November 17, 2019
Sometimes I'm really trying to understand people's ratings here but sometimes I just wonder if I'm crazy or did we read the same book. This is one of those books.

You can't imagine how enthusiastic I was when I started reading this. It seemed like one of those books you can't make mistake with, high rating, really good reviews, everyone seemed hypnotized by it, and most of all it's about angels and I've been fascinated by them since...ever. I was wrong and you can't imagine how much.

I won't brag anymore but I can't get over it. I'm disappointed. Let me tell you about this story, there can be some small spoilers but I'll try to mark them (I don't promise anything):

1. At the beginning you'll met Evie, nice young girl who is freshman at college and you know how it goes. Then somebody, in this case Reed, draws her attention. He's bad guy and most-beautiful-sexy-dangerous-attractive-addadjective(you can't make mistake)-guy on the planet. Okay, that's completely okay, the same start has like 90% of YA books, so I don't mind. What I mind is that form the moon you can see that he is .

2. Now let's move on with the story. You don't say??

3. Now when we sort out who is who, you can imagine the relations between them. Then the story gets too complicated, or should I say Evie does. She can't decide what she wants, loves one, cares for another. Can't leave any of them. She finds out what she is and she must take care of everything. So she continues to drag, drag, drag.

4. Now the things get more complicated. That was it, the moment when I stopped hoping.

5. Now we go back to the point 3. This book ends there, still don't know what happens next. So you have to read (I mean you don't have to, but you've already lost your time on this so what else can you possibly lose) book 2.

You pretty much understand that I'm frustrated. I don't want to be mean, I'm just trying to explain my reasons. I really wanted to love this book, but well it wasn't meant to be.
Profile Image for Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘.
850 reviews3,880 followers
February 15, 2021

Do you want to learn a secret? I'm such a liar : a year ago I've sworn to myself that I'll finish this [insert sarcasm here] wonderful piece of a book.

So, 2014 Anna, I solemnly declare that Reed and what's-her-name will never see me again. #SorryNotSorry.

But as I just came back from vacations and therefore am in a great mood, I'm still going to explain why. You never read this book? Lucky you! Here's what you missed :

A stupid heroine who never, ever takes a hint. That's simple, she's never surprised by anything and I got the impression that I spent my time frowning at any event while she was all, "whatever". And above that, she has NO self-preservation instinct. Like, at all.

✔ She meets some guy who's continually glaring at her for no reasons? Whatever, he's hot.

✔ The glaring sub-mentioned guy appears to have a (very) strong suggestive power and she witnesses him controlling people with a glance? Whatever, he's hot, I said.

✔ Not only she doesn't run away from him but she seeks guidance from him.

The guy obviously means trouble but hey, why don't ask him why you've got nightmares? Because this strange and menacing guy whom you don't even know is OBVIOUSLY the best suited to answer you. OF COURSE. UGH. Please. Go buy some brain or something.

A controlling asshole as love-interest #1. So, Reed. I didn't reach the part where his role becomes crystal clear (but I'm sure that his behavior is explained, and let me tell you, I don't fucking care if he has excuses). The only things that I do know are :

✔ He spends his time glaring at her and menacing her and her friend.

✔ He uses weird shark metaphors to explain why she's in danger (for a page long) but hey, that's okay! She still wants to touch his fucking cheek after that so you know, I must be mean.

► I will never EVER be attracted by a male-lead who says things like (chapter 9, just before I stopped) : "...Now explain what happened before I lose my temper.”

OR WHAT? What will happen, you asshole? Perhaps I didn't see enough of him but I hated what I saw : an over-protective, controlling and yes, threatening guy I want to slap. I. CAN'T.

An unintelligible soulmate as love-interest #2. Now, I already said that I've nothing against dialects and accents but Russel was so exhausting to follow, I can't even.

"Whaddaya mean? (...) I even get that y'all were raised a bit differently up here (...) Now, I don't know how much help I can give ya. I'm not quite equipped for what's bein' thrown at me. But, I'm yer friend, and I'll do what I can and maybe ... when yer ready, ya can tell me whatcha know."

Oh. My. God. I'm tired guy, I'm tired. God, even his text messages annoyed me : "EG Red! That's epic meet u @ the field 2nite. UR 2G2BT" Just STOP. Please?

An awful and repetitive writing. The fact is, I don't like when authors imply that we readers are dumb, and that's how I felt when reading inescapable.

Example? Think, think, THINK.

"If I manage to get lost here, then I don't deserve the academic scholarchip (...), I THINK TO MYSELF." : first occurrence, the beginning of the sentence is written in italics so I got it, italics = think to myself.

10 lines after...

"Don't stress, I THINK TO MYSELF".

I had understood the first time, thank you very much. Apparently I shouldn't have, because she keeps saying this over and over again.

Therefore :

Controlling male-lead + TSTL heroine + annoying writing = I can't bother finishing.

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Profile Image for Stephanie Tibbs.
155 reviews
October 25, 2012
I tried really, really hard to like this book. I just... ugh, I just couldn't. Everything was so one-dimensional, I didn't feel anything for any of the characters. There was no build up, it was like crap would pop out of no where. "Oh, I hate you Reed because you're mean to me *wahh* but I love you because I can't stay away from you. Oh Russel with an annoying country accent (I'm from Texas and it was still annoying)who is supposed to be my 'soul-mate' but yet I still love Reed... I'm in love with you too!" Give me a break! Definitely not continuing the series.
Profile Image for Shelly Crane.
Author 34 books5,819 followers
February 27, 2014
I really, really enjoyed this book.

Amy's writing is beautiful. And her characters have depth and meaning and I cared about them.

For me this wasn't really a love triangle (Which I normally don't enjoy at all) but for me, the way Amy set it up and worked it, it didn't seem love triangly to me. I loved Reed one minute and then was done with him, and then loved him again. And Russell...honestly, I usually have one guy who is MY guy in a book. There's no gray lines or maybes, it's one way or the other, but...I don't know.

Maybe it's because, really, Evie never gave Russell a real chance. There was no cheating or whatever, it was just Reed and that was it. But I love Russell. The fact that they are soul mates and she still chose Reed kinda made me cringe a little! lol Just because I write soul mate books and that would never happen.

It's definitely a new take on the concept and I'm definitely intrigued how the Reed\Russell\Evie deal will play out. If I had to pick now, I'd pick Russell,(Though by the end I was completely in love with Mr. Reed) but I'm not sure if that's just about the soul mate thing or just because Russell was a sweet, southern boy and I'm all about that ;) Amy wrote him very well.

Overall, I was perplexed, sighing, growling and even crying at my kindle over this book. Such an awesome story by an awesome author. I'll definitely be picking up book two.

5 torn, sweet, I want red mini-wings myself, stars from me.
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3,912 reviews33k followers
April 20, 2015
4.5 Stars

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Really great YA/PNR book! If you enjoy series such as Existence or the Twilight books- you will most likely love this!

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Evie is a college freshman starting at a new school. She got a full academic scholarship, but she knows no one. She is leaving the only family she has ever had- her Uncle Jim. Her mother died when she was just a baby and she never knew her father. The last few months have been rough on Evie. She has felt different. She’s been having nightmares and some strange things have been happening to her. She meets a geeky/loner guy named Freddie, who she befriends, and a football star, Russ, who she feels like she has known forever. They become fast friends. Her first day is going pretty good. Then she meets him... College sophomore Reed Wellington.

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Reed has something against Evie from the start. He tries to talk her into leaving school and gives her nothing but attitude. Reed knows something Evie doesn’t. He knows why she has been changing and what is happening to her. He is the key to finding out what and who she is. With time, Reed starts to accept Evie and they develop strong feelings for one another. Evie knows she is head over heels for Reed, and he feels the same.
“I will never want anything as much as I want you. I will never love anything as much as I love you.”

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I’m just going to throw it out there- this girl was 100% team Reed throughout the entire book! Absolutely loved him! He and Evie had a complicated relationship. Russ being in the picture didn’t help matters. He has it bad for Evie, and

There were some twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. Evie has a hard time dealing with what she is and learning who to trust...

Some action, romance, and self discovery... the story kept me hooked! Can’t wait to read the rest of this series! 

My favorite quote:
“I am awake, for the first time in my existence, and not only am I awake, but I feel flames when you are near me. You have changed things for me. There is no reason to pretend around you. If I had to live without you now…now that I know what I have been missing…” The need in his voice makes me want to promise him anything, give him anything, just to fill that void in him. “I cannot go back to sleep, Evie. You are the only thing that makes me want to live. If you leave here, if you ascend to Paradise, or even if you are cast into the abyss, or taken there by the Fallen…I will have to follow you, no matter where you go. Even if I have to pursue you into the dark…if you cease to be, then so will I. You are my sin and my redemption.”

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Profile Image for Sarah Elizabeth.
4,739 reviews1,306 followers
April 8, 2015
"I want those thousand years with you Evie, you have no idea how much I want them. I want a thousand years, and then I want a hundred thousand more."

This was a very twilight-like story, and I really didn’t like the love triangle.

Well, I’m not 100% sure, but I think that Evie might actually be more irritating than Kricket! Who’d have thought it? At least Kricket is feisty, Evie is more pathetic than Bella Swan! All she seemed to do was whine, and whine, and then whine some more. I love you! My soul wants you! I’d do anything for you! (Luv, you only met him 3 minutes ago, and he’s kind of an ass.)

The storyline in this was about Evie being given a scholarship and starting at her new school, but more than anything, this was about the love triangle. First we had Russell who seemed alright (although personally I wouldn’t have wanted to date him), and then we had Reed who was just rude, jealous, generally an ass, and often downright irritating, not to mention the self-entitled. I mean, you don’t own her! You can’t control her every move! And if you know she’s destined to be with someone else, then who are you to try and change that?! Ugh!

The rest of the story was paranormal, and the feather on the cover possibly gives away who sort of paranormals we are dealing with. I personally wasn’t the biggest fan of the story either though, and the snivelling characters were just too much. The pace in this was also really slow, and ‘Inescapable’ is a fitting title, because I really wanted to escape this story. I actually chose to sit on a bus and do basically nothing for half an hour rather than keep reading this.

I do have the other books in this series, but I’m not sure I want to read them anymore, or if I do, I think I’m going to need a break or I’ll really dislike them.
6 out of 10
Profile Image for Quinn Loftis.
Author 64 books5,769 followers
May 5, 2012
So I'm chatting with Amy on Faceboook and we're like hey nice to meet you, I write books, you write books yada, yada. Then I'm like, well crap I haven't read her books. So I go to Amazon look her up and press buy with one click (you know you guys all are too familiar with that little orange button). So I sit down in my recliner, when I should be working on book 4 in my series, and settle in...well I shouldn't have tried to get settled because this book is action packed. Amy has created a world of characters that you can't help but love (I mean seriously I want a Bun and Brownie in my life please). Reed is both amazing and frustrating. Poor Russell just can't catch a break and Evie is a walking paradox. The story never dragged, the romance was intense and the support characters really made the book for me. Excellent job Amy! See you on Facebook chickadee!
Profile Image for cEe beE.
551 reviews61 followers
Shelved as 'did-not-finish'
January 7, 2013
Really?! WTF is with all the ridiculous high ratings???
Inescapable is just another tiresome retread of Twilight.
Don't believe me? Consider the following:
1) One passive heroine.
2) She moves to a new school & meets some pretty odd people.
3) There's a very attractive guy but is inexpliably hostile yet she feels a strange connection.
4) Another guy is nicer but he talks like a country bumpkin.
5) Weird things soon start to happen to her, but..
6) She's too helpless and needs others to assist her.
7) #3 & #4 become possessive and overly protective of her.
8) This is the first book of a SERIES.
9) And it's just as poorly written.
10) I rest my case.

Oh. And instead of vampires, we have angels. After 5 months of trying, I couldn't continue reading and DNF. Just plain BAD.
Profile Image for • Jodi Bibliophile •.
311 reviews1,100 followers
November 5, 2016
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Fuck my life this book fucking OWNS ME!!!

The story completely just sucked me in from start to finish.

Reed and Evie! Omg I loved them!!

I loved all the fucking characters!!

I was swooning one minute and on the edge of my seat the next.

Something so magical about a Paranormal books and this fucker is up there with the very best for me!


BEST. AUDIO BOOK. EVER!!! The girls voice was AMAZING!!!

Now onto Intuition <3
Profile Image for Abbi Glines.
Author 111 books85.7k followers
January 24, 2013
Great book! Now when is book #2 coming to ebook format? I'm tempted to break down and buy the paperback.
Profile Image for Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*.
2,473 reviews1,082 followers
May 27, 2019
Predictable and formulaic YA.

Girl goes to a new school, doesn't know she's special, guy sees her and is irresistably gorgeous. All the girls want him, he's ridiculously wealthy, and treats her like garbage. Despite "standing up for herself" she wants him and becomes obsessed, and he eventually falls for her too. Play by the numbers.

Why is it attractive when a guy acts like a jerk? Or when he's so rich he doesn't realize the value of money and doesn't care when he ruins his expensive things?

The writing is very simplified and young.

A small pet peeve aside, but can we stop using mental illnesses as ways to describe ourselves when acting weird?

. "How strange - just a moment ago he was creeping me out and now I want to run my fingers through his hair. Maybe I'm schizophrenic, I think warily as the flutters in my stomach dance wildly."

Being attracted to a guy who treats you like crap is not schizophrenia. This was during a scene when he was refusing to sign her up for chemistry classes because he keeps telling her he doesn't want her to be at the school. Schizophrenia is a life-changing, serious mental disorder - it is not slang for being attracted to someone when you shouldn't be.

And if you think I'm exaggerating on this attraction besides the guy being a douche bag:

"Reed glances at him with a look of annoyance on his lovely face. I want to touch his cheek, to soothe him."

I really just don't get it. Is that what teenagers are attracted to, or just a theme in YA that people eat up? For me it doesn't work and the writing doesn't flow well. I'm surprised at the high rating, kind of, but I'm pickier with YA than many.
Profile Image for Ivana.
78 reviews
September 17, 2012
This might possibly be the most boring book ever.
I picked it up and the beginning was like, "Wow, not bad Bartol."

Then Evie becomes immersed in Reese in that predictable way and I’m like, I’ll plow ahead and hope it gets better from here. It can’t be that bad right?

WRONG! This girl is so unbelievably stupid it’s appalling! When she finds out that her dorky friend “Freddie” is actually an evil psycho, she sits calmly in the car talking it over.
It would have seemed smart if she was stalling, but NO she really wanted to know!

I would have been pulled a Britney and been like f**** you, I’m out.

Why are all heroines nowadays forced to be stupid, forgetful, naïve, dependent clingy, idiots? What happened to smart, forceful, independent ones? Honestly!

Omg nearly forgot. I hate when the heroine can't pick a guy. I mean I can stand love triangles but when the answer is glaringly obvious, I feel like slapping the girl upside the head. I mean, HONESTLY!

Profile Image for Kelly Martin.
114 reviews18 followers
February 24, 2012
This book had many, many redeeming qualities, but I have to be honest: my absolute favorite parts were when Reed randomly spouted off how long she was asleep, down to the minute.

Killed me Every. Single. Time.

I will admit though, the soulmate dynamic drove me nuts. Pretty much everything ABOUT Russell drove me nuts, right down to his twang. This is just personal preference--love triangles are the bane of my existence and improper grammar, especially intentional, makes my teeth hurt. But if you don't mind the inevitable heartache and southern drawls are sort of your thing you're in for a treat.

From a character standpoint, I was pleasantly surprised. Evie and Reed were really well written, although Evie's naivete becomes a little eye rolling. Reed fascinated me, I love how through most of the book you see him as what you'd expect: old fashioned billion year old angel who lacks an obvious sense of humor--then every so often he goes all Jason Bourne and you're just like oh. Damn.

In a good way.

I can't stand when supernatural characters are portrayed as regular guys with fangs, wings, or who randomly turn into an oversize dog or whatever. There needs to actually BE something super about them or else you may as well leave that part out. These angels were very obviously NOT human; even the good guys could be cold and calculating and all kinds of intimidating when it suited them.

In a good way.

As far as the story goes, yes, it's more angels, but done in a way I haven't seen before. I can't wait to see how the series turns out.
Profile Image for Büşra Öztürk.
498 reviews161 followers
March 17, 2020
yazar o kadar kararsız ki herkes herkesle birlikte ama aslında değil de. bi reed ile russelın öpüşmediği kaldı. o da ikinci kitapta bence. neyse severim kaosları. aynen devam dhslb
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553 reviews100 followers
February 7, 2018
(❗️Alıntılar kimi seçtiğiyle ilgili spoiler içerebilir, ama zaten Evie’nin kimi seçtiği konunun çok başında belli 😃)

📚”Bunun ne olduğunu çözeceğiz ve ben icabına bakacağım. Seni koruyacağım.”
“Neden? Neden beni koruyasın ki? Reed, en son gözlemlediğimde, bana zar zor katlanıyordun. Benden hoşlanmaya başladığını söyleme sakın?” dedim dalga geçerek.
“Genevieve, peki ya sana o kıpırtıları hisseden kişinin tek sen olmadığını söylesem, burada hafif bir his,” dedi karnını göstererek. “Birlikteyken? Oryantasyondaki o gün, seni daha görmeden hissetmiştim. Derken seni gördüm. Ne olduğunu biliyordum... Ve istedim... Bunu duymak istemezsin.”
“Hayır, bu tam da senden duymaya ihtiyacım olan şey.”
“Seni yok etmek istedim. Seni kollarıma almayı ve sevmeyi istedim. Seni paramparça etmeyi istedim. Sana zarar verecek her şeyi ezmek istedim.”

Herkesin sevmediği, eleştirdiği kitapları daha çok okumak istiyorum, bu da ayrı bir psikolojik rahatsızlık sanırım. Bu seriyle ilgili çok olumsuz yorum okudum, aşk üçgeni var diye yerden yere vurulduğunu gördüm. Sonra Goodreads puanlarına bir baktım ki seri ortalaması 4,30. Bu ne yaman çelişki 😃😃 Ayrıca melek temalı fantastikleri çok seviyorum, iyi kötü hepsini okuyabilirim.

Seri hakkında yorum yapmak çok zor, çünkü neresinden tutsam büyük spoiler olur. Hiçbir şey bilmeden okumak bu kitap için daha keyifli bence. Tek hazırlıklı olacağınız konu, kitapta aşk üçgeni var, hem de daha 10. sayfayı görmeden başlıyor. Ama yazar bu durumu bana yedirdi, öyle güzel altını doldurmuştu ki bana hiç sorgulatmadı. Zaten durumu hiç uzatmayıp, saçmalamadan Evie’ye seçimini yaptırdı. Seçimini yaptığı andan itibaren de hiç tereddüt etmedi, karşısındaki vazgeçse bile o sevmekten, istemekten vazgeçmedi.

Evie’yi ben çok sevdim. Zeki, güçlü, cesur, pes etmeyen, vazgeçmeyen, yaşından daha büyük bir karakterdi. Bir çok konuşması ve hareketiyle kalbimi kazandı. Ne kadar kırılgan olsa da sevdiği herkesi korumaya çalışacak kadar cesurdu. Ben yaptığı seçimi hiç sorgulamadım, hiçbir hareketinden kuşku duymadım. Gerçekten o kişiyle olmak istediğine, onu sevdiğine sonuna kadar inandım.

Reed takımındayım, önce onu söyleyeyim.😍😍 Özellikle sonlarda içimi eritti sözleriyle, hareketleriyle. Hikayeye girdiği andan itibaren tereddütsüz benim seçimim Reed oldu. Son sayfaya kadar da yanıltmadı. Ama Russell’ın da hakkını yiyemem, tam bir Güneyli centilmendi kendisi. Sevimsiz kız arkadaş seçimi dışında hiçbir kusuru yoktu. 😃

Sonunu soluksuz okudum, olaylar o kadar hızlı gelişti ki ne olduğunu anlamak için 2 kere okuduğum yerler oldu. Son sayfaları çok heyecanlıydı ve ilk kitap için tatmin edici bir final yaptı. Araya bir kitap alıp sonrasında 2. ve 3. kitaplarla seriye ve Reed’e kaldığım yerden devam edeceğim. Umarım Evie beni kalan 4 kitapta da yanıltmaz.

📚”Umarım bana bir şeyleri açıklayacak kadar güvenmen önümüzdeki bin yılı almaz.”
Reed gözlerimin içine bakarak fısıldadı. “Seninle o bin yılı geçirmek istiyorum Evie, ne kadar istediğime dair hiçbir fikrin yok. Bin yıl istiyorum, sonra yüz bin yıl daha istiyorum.”

📚”... arabada öngörüden sonra ne dedin?
“Dedim ki, sen Tanrı’dan sonra, tanıdığım en mükemmel yaratıksın ve senin için hissettiğim sevgi, ne yeryüzünde ne de cennette ölçülemez. Bu kaba bir çeviri ama melek dilinde kulağa daha iyi geliyor.”
“Benim için böyle hissettiğini ne zaman fark ettin?”
“Gölde beni şok tabancasıyla vurduğunda. O kadar cesursun ki... Harikaydın.”
“Korkudan ölüyordum.”
“Evet, ama cesaret budur: Korku karşısında harekete geçmek. O anda seni kucaklamamın, istediğim etkiyi yaratmayacağı konusunda kendimi ikna etmem gerekti.”

📚Derinlerde tuttuğum yoğun acı zehir gibi hızla üzerime geldi. ...yakan, derin bir acı yüreğimi parçaladın. Sadece bitmesini istiyorum, acının durmasını, diye kederle düşündüm. O kadar yorgundum ki... Fiziksel olarak değil ama hiçbir uykunun ya da dinlenmenin yardım edemeyeceği şekilde bitaptım. Kaderimi hızlandırmak istiyordum. Bitmesini istiyordum. Her ne olacaksa, yüreğimdeki durmak bilmeyen acıya tercih edilebilir görünüyordu.

📚Kafamı geri koyup Reed’in yanına daha da kıvrıldım.
“Bu daha iyi. Sana uyurken sarılmayı, yangın merdiveninde...”
“Ne?” diye kafam karışarak sordum. Doğrulunca suçlu ifadesini yakladım.
Reed iç çekti. “Yangın merdiveninde oturmaktan daha çok sevdim.”
“Penceremin dışında mı oturuyordun?” Yavaşça onayladı. “Neden?”
“Kabus gördüğünde merdivende oturuyorum ve o zaman kalbin eskisi kadar hızlı atmıyor.”
“Reed, her gece kabuslar görüyorum.”
“Biliyorum. Sana ne kadar yakınsam o kadar iyi uyuyorsun. Ama kabuslar olmasa da büyük ihtimalle gene yapardım çünkü... uzun süre senden ayrı kalamıyormuşum gibi görünüyor.”

📚Konuşurken Reed’in yüzü yastıkta benimkine yaklaştı. “Sana bir şeyi açıklamama izin ver, Evie. Burada bulunduğum tüm zaman boyunca sanki uyuyordum. Hep olmadığım bir şeymişim gibi davranmak zorundaydım. Artık uyandım. ...bana yakınlaştığında alevleri hissediyorum. Benim için her şeyi değiştirdi. Yanındayken farklı davranmama gerek yok. Bu saatten sonra sensiz yaşayamam gerekirse... Artık neyi kaçırdığımı biliyorken... Tekrar uykuya dönemem Evie. Sen yaşamak istememi sağlayan tek şeysin. Varlığın son bulursa o zaman benimki de bulur. Benim günahım ve kurtuluşumsun.”

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316 reviews148 followers
February 6, 2013
I'm so glad I'm done with this. I've been reading it on and off for almost twenty days, and it's come to the point where I just wanted to be done with it so it doesn't hang over me.

I'm giving the book two stars because there was a saving element to it, I'll talk about that later.

There were many things I liked about this book. I liked Russell, when he wasn't speaking.
There are authors that can pull off dialects and accents in dialogue. This one, not so much. It was just plain annoying to read his lines. You know it's bad when you have to stop and translate what the character is trying to say even if he's talking in plain English.
Other than that, Russell might be my favorite character in this book (actually, the only one I liked).

I liked it when Evie and Reed "broke up". Yes, that brought me immense joy because they were so cheesy with their you're-my-air-I-haven't-lived-before-I-met-you-I-will-die-without-you-et-cetera-et-cetera.

I loved the story, and the mythology. I think, had the main characters been different (and when I say different, I mean, not-Evie-and-Reed), I would have loved this book.

Unfortunately, they were carbon copies of every naive heroine and controlling hero out there. She is constantly belittling herself, saying she's not worthy, so she lets him get away with saying things like:
"...Now explain what happened before I lose my temper.”

I'm sorry, Reed, was that... a threat? This happens in chapter 9 (Foreign Language), and it was a turning point in cementing my dislike towards these two characters. See, Evie annoyed me all throughout the book, but this is where she loses my respect. Reed was mysterious and yes, annoying with his glaring and rudeness (so cliche), but this is where I think he's not really a knight in shining armor. I was this ( ) close to DNF-ing the book here. However, I didn't, for whatever reason I kept going.

And what did I get? Some more of the same thing - Evie apologizing, promising to follow the "rules", fearing Reed will be mad at her, asking him why doesn't he shout at her... He locks her up in his house, he keeps making comments like "...before I lose it."

What will happen, Reed, if you lose it, I thought to myself. (Sidenote: another thing I hated about this book, every other line is "Italics italics italics, I think to myself.")

I was explaining to a friend while reading this that I'm trying to put it in this supernatural/paranormal setting and understand, because you know, maybe things are different when the bordering-on-abusive boyfriend is an angel and he's not the biggest threat to your well-being, but nope, still wasn't okay to me.

The saving grace of the book is the ending. There was some good action in it, some fallen angels, a major twist I didn't expect, a couple of heart stopping moments - and *drumroll please* NO REED.

The writing was nothing special. I didn't care much about the characters - as you might have noticed, apart from Russell and sometimes Freddie. You are constantly relying on Reed to explain to you what's going on, which I hated because I hated having him in the scene. The dialogue is... okay, I guess. There's no chemistry between Reed and Evie, but there was great chemistry between Russell and... Reed! Weird as it may sound.

Evie is so indecisive about the boys it made me want to punch her, repeatedly. I love these stories where everything centers on heroine and how everything and everyone depends on her and how everyone wants her and how everything revolves around her. NOT.
And then, of course, the author tells you she's smart and stuff, but judging by her actions, she was just plain stupid and childish. Bringing herself in harm's way all the time, even if she knows what's out there. Acting childish when Reed reasons with her that she needs to be more careful about her safety. I was kind of hoping she dies, but there are three more books, so I didn't hold my breath for it to happen.

I could mention all the Twilight similarities, there are lines taken out of that book, but enough people have done that already.

Now, will I read the other books? At this moment, NO. The book ends in such a way that if you really cared you have to continue right away. Lucky for me. I hear there are Irish guys in the second book, and normally I would be stoked about this, but honestly, I'm dreading their probably exaggerated Irish accent in dialogue. They are also something else, and I hate it when authors bring new mythological creatures into a story, so there.
But most of all, I can't subject myself to Evie and Reed again.
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151 reviews85 followers
May 16, 2015
İçinde aşk binbeşyüzdokuzgeni olmasaydı konusu fena değildi. Karakterlerden de Zee dışında kimseyi sevmedim. Evie zaten ayrı bir kategoride benim için; evlerden ırak.
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500 reviews2,041 followers
May 16, 2015
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.

I mean seriously? Is she for real? Good lord, does this sound like a carbon copy of Fallen. Otherwise known as BLEAURGH.
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443 reviews711 followers
August 21, 2015
“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.”

For the most part of the story, I like the characters a lot. Genevieve(Evie) Claremont was a special girl who's a half-angel and a half-human; Reed was a Power Angel with all kinds of mysteries; Russell was initially a human but turned out as a surprise to me in the end; Alfred(Freddie) was a good boy in disguise because he was actually a horribly bad guyReaper Angel(aka Angel of the Death) who tried to haunt Evie from the start; Buns and Brownies were adorable girls, though they were totally abnormal; and there was Zephyr, another cool ally of Reed.

The story took place in a community college in Crestwood and at first, everything seemed quite ordinary to Evie, who was a freshman then. She started to get sorts of "premonition" through constant nightmares or the creepy feelings in that specific 7-11 near the campus or simply telepathy. Anyway, she knew from either Reed or herself that she was slowly evolving during the semester, particularly when she almost turned 18. What really drew my curious attention was the ending, when Freddie finally revealed his true self to all of them and how dramatic the twisting point occurred. It was eventually something to feel directly and Evie's raw emotion.

Unfortunately, I found the more Reed and Evie tried to pull back and forth on their relationship, the cheesier they got. And when I said cheesier, it was really...cheesy. Not just ordinarily sweet nothings but the kind of cheesy words that'll make me get goose bumps.
“I love you so much it hurts sometimes. When you wouldn’t talk to me, it felt like I couldn’t breathe, like I was slowly drowning without you. I know I have to be with you. But, I also know that there is a piece of me that loves Russell—he’s my best friend. I have to make sure that he survives whatever is coming, or that piece of me will suffer forever. I can’t afford to make any mistakes. There won’t be any do-overs in this. I don’t have the luxury of time on my side to get you or Russell to see reason. I feel like time is almost up. Do you understand what I’m saying?”

Of course, this was a tip of the iceberg compared to other love words.

The last part of the story where Evie accidentally changed Russell into something like her by healing him made me have a feeling of déjà vu because that scene resembled the one from Jennifer L. Armentrout's Obsidian, or the Lux series, the counterpart when Daemon healed Katy and mutated her to his kind. To my little disappointment, it was too similar and I personally prefer JLA's to Amy A. Bartol's originality.

To sum up, the book was a solid 4 stars from me and in spite of some scenes I didn't like, the story itself was still worth reading. So I hope you like it!
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316 reviews53 followers
March 31, 2012
It's been a really long time that I had a book hold my attention like the way this one did. It kind of reminded me of the way I felt when I read Twilight the first time. That was definitely meant as a compliment. I was completely surprised by the way the story ending, and loved it. I also loved the location, because I lived in Michigan for a long time. It felt like home. I do like that Evie and Reed are on equal footing by the end. Can't wait to read the next book!!!
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577 reviews449 followers
August 9, 2013
3 Conflicted Stars…

I have been wanting and planning to start this series for a long time now. It has come highly recommended by so many people and I’m always excited to start a new series. While I liked this one, I did have quite a few issues with it.

I’m not going to say too much about the plot because it would take away some of the mystery surrounding the paranormal element . Genevieve aka Evie is just starting college, she’s on scholarship and doesn’t know anyone. She pretty quickly makes a few friends: Freddie, a lovable yet socially awkward guy, Russell, a sweet all American “boy next door”, and two sorority girls, Buns & Brownie. Then there is Reed, a mysterious sophomore who immediately seems to have some sort of grudge against Evie.

As the story progresses, there is a love triangle element, although Evie is always absolutely sure who she wants to be with. I hate when the heroine can’t decide but that definitely wasn’t the case here. There are complications, but ultimately it’s pretty much cut and dry.

The writing style took some time to get used to. If I’m being honest, it actually bothered me to some extent the entire time. I did not like how the author over explained every simple action, things that are so completely obvious– “he’s alluding to the fact that….” “I am nearly ranting at this point, clearly taking out my frustration on Reed for the situation I am in.” Also, the way the dialogue was worded was strange. Names are overused and there is always, literally always an ”I said” “I say in a panic” “he asks in disapproval” “I continue” “I reply” “I point out” after EACH SENTENCE of dialogue. These examples wouldn’t bother me in general, but because how they were used in extreme excess it really messed with the flow of the writing. As did how Russell’s Southern accent was written - with the use of ‘ya,’ in vs. ing at the end of every verb, cuz, wut, etc. It was just weird to see and constantly threw me off.

I liked how the book unfolded and I thought it was well paced. There wasn’t really ever a part that I was bored or disinterested. I would have liked to connect to the characters a bit more, but ultimately I liked them and nothing they did actually bothered me. I liked that even though Evie shows some vulnerability and makes mistakes she’s strong and brave. She doesn’t fall into that annoying fragile heroine stereotype even though she is in danger. Also as I mentioned above, she is pretty decisive when it comes to her love interest, which I appreciated. I’m definitely team Reed and found him much more interesting than Russell.
“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.”

So much happens at the end and I was completely shocked by a couple twists. I did not anticipate and I actually liked how that was done. I do feel like maybe too many things were revealed or changed in the end, it seemed almost like some things were a bit too convenient and made me roll my eyes in an “of course that just happened” type of way. For example

It may sound like I didn’t enjoy this book, but I swear I did. There’s no denying there are some issues, but I always rate based on my reading experience and interest. This did hold my attention and I liked the story for the most part. I am curious to see where the series goes. I hear it gets better and better so my hope is that some of my issues will be resolved in the next installments.
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271 reviews525 followers
February 27, 2015
I loved it and I'm in love with the main character, Evie. She is so strong and sometimes I can say, badass, but she is also very sweet, very caring and courageous. She loves wholeheartedly and she would do anything in order to protect the ones she loves.

Then there is Reed, who, like Evie, I adore very much. He firstly appears as this giant hardass and then we see that he is actually the sweetest thing ever and I just admire him for loving Evie so much. His love for Evie and his fear of losing her are awe-inspiring. He is tad bit jealous of Russell and that adds to his awesomeness, I can say.

Well, Russel, I kind of didn't like him at first. Maybe it's the Dixie thing he's got going on. But he grew on me and I like him well enough now but I really see him and Evie as only friends. He is kind of sweet and I love how much he cares for Evie.

Buns and Brownie. Oh my god. They are awesome. These two are Evie's pals and they're totes amazing and I'm sure they'll be your favorite thing in this book if against all odds you dislike the rest of it.

Mrs. Bartol is an exceptional author. I love the way she writes and captivates moments. She didn't rush with this book. She took her time with it, evolving the characters and shaping them and that's really good.

The plot was rich, very rich for an angel book. There were twists, there were what-the-fuck-moments, my favorites. There was action, which is a must for me.
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404 reviews352 followers
November 12, 2016
Oh My God! What the heck was that ???
I can not believe I delayed half a year to read this series. A well planned composition written so well that you do not let the book down. If you liked Hush, hush, hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick or Covenant series by Jennifer L Armentrout you will devoured this series.
6 stars by far!
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206 reviews14 followers
March 25, 2020
Çoğu yerleri atlayarak okudum valla.
36 reviews
February 12, 2013
A lot of times I use a books rating to judge the quality of the book, this was one instance where the rating lied to me. Awkward dialogue was one of the biggest problems for me, Russel's accent made me embarrassed for him and all the conversations between the characters are stiff or just weird. Russel and Evie, I kid you not, know each other for not even twenty four hours and Evie starts telling him how she feels she needs to protect his necklace and she has awful nightmares about it. By page 72 Russel had been put under mind control 3 times by Reed, and neither Evie nor Russel are really freaking out. I have a hard time believing that two teenagers who have had a completely normal life up to this point would be so ok with this. And Evie is so fake as a character. She's not real she a cookie cutter and an awkward one at that. I had to just walk away from this book. Between the poor writing and horrible characters I didn't even have it in me to keep going, it was downhill from the first line. Just plain awful.
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183 reviews24 followers
May 5, 2015
ÖMRÜMÜ YEDİN. Bitmese kafayı yiyecektim. Gerçekten ilk 100 sayfasını beğenmedim. Tabi sonra o markette yaşananlar ve Evie' nin markete Reed'le gittiği sahneyle kitap açıldı. Ya son sahnede Russel gıcığının bir tavrı var geberdim sinirden. Ya of Evie benim istediğim kişiyi seçti, baştan beri onu seviyordu falan mutluluk dansı yaptım ama ötekine çok iyi davranıyo. Davranmasın.
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1,663 reviews1,231 followers
August 18, 2017
Welp, that's what I get for going back to read an author's first book, I guess. It wasn't the worst thing I've ever read, but as other reviewers have pointed out, it IS very Twilight-esque. And that's not a selling point for me. Yet, I've really enjoyed the author's newer works, especially Secondborn, which just released. So, I thought, reasonably enough, that I'd probably enjoy her backlist. I even wasted my last Hoopla credit on the second book because the start of Inescapable was relatively auspicious. But it's not to be. I can't force myself to listen to more of this love triangle, the constant declarations of love. I'm sure if I'd read this back when I read Twilight, I probably would have liked it. Maybe even really liked it. But I didn't, and so I don't.
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