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Welcome to YA Friday! Today I have a YA paranormal that I picked up as a Kindle deal. The first in a series, Inescapable by Amy A. Bartol.
Reed is keeping a secret from her, a secret about who she is and what she has the potential to become. She tries avoiding his angry stares, and hangs out with Russell, who she clicks with immediately. Freddie is there at every step of the way, helping Evie navigate the Freshman world. But then, Reed changes his tune and begins to hunt Evie, and she can't resist his pull. Torn between Russell, who is her soul mate, and Reed who is her "spiritual" mate, Evie doesn't know what to do, plus she keeps having horrible nightmares about people being slaughtered at the local seven eleven. What is her premonition about and why is she having them?
Okay, this book has many things I like: paranormal creatures including different classes of angels, a hot romance and a mystery. Evie is a great character who is very independent and smart. She is stuck in the middle of a mystery involving her birth and what she might evolve into. Her potential has the chance of changing the war between the angels and the fallen.
The story moves along at a quick pace with a triangle romance at the head. Now, here is where I find an issue. This would have made a great reverse harem read. It seems to me that Russell and Reed, both being a type of "mate" to Evie, should just make it a group, but the author has the story as a chose one or the other. I didn't like that.
The ending gets a bit gory, as Evie's premonition comes to pass and we are finally able to uncover the villain. It took me by complete surprise, bonus points here along with a few more for hiding other people's identities.
This book has potential and I am interested in seeing where the rest of the series goes. 4 stars!