Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Blog Tour & Review: The Escape by Allana Kephart & Melissa Simmons

The Escape

Gumshoes & Grifters #0.5
By- Allana Kephart & Melissa Simmons
Genre- Mature YA/ Contemporary/Suspense / Thriller
Publication Date- February 1st, 2015

Run for your life…

Sixteen-year-old Claire McBride just witnessed a brutal murder at the hands of someone she knew, someone she thought she could trust. Now she’s alone, afraid and desperate to put as many miles as possible between herself and the killer. Seeing no other options, she flees her home town of Galena, leaving behind everything and everyone she’s ever held dear.

Run for your life…

Carter Emerson's whole world has come crashing down around him. He woke to the news his best friend, Claire has gone missing without a trace, and there’s nothing he can do about it. Finding out her car was abandoned in the busy city of Chicago, he and his brother can't help but fear the worst… With no solid suspects or leads, it looks like Carter’s worst nightmare could come true, and Claire’s disappearance may turn into a cold case.

Run for your life…

With the killer at her heels, Claire has no choice but to leave Carter in the dark. She can’t risk his safety just because she misses the sound of his voice… But will the run of Claire’s life be worth it in the end? Or will her past catch up with her no matter how hard she tries to escape it?

3 Stars

My Review

The Escape is an exciting YA novel rife with high emotion. It's told from the point of views of two teenagers, Carter & Claire, who finds themselves caught up in a dangerous situation. I enjoyed the parts from Carter's point of view best, as he struggles to deal with the disappearance of his best friend. Claire seems to handle everything a little too easy and some of the advantages she has in her situation seemed a bit contrived to me.

The beginning of the novel was abrupt. I would have preferred to spend a little more time with Claire in her normal life before she's forced to go on the run. Still, I adore the characters and the book had me gasping and tearing up more than once. I was all set to give it a four star rating, until I hit the ending. I don't mind being emotionally scarred by a book (that's what a good story is supposed to do, after all), nor do I mind a book ending in such a way as to compel me to read the next installment in the series, but when a book simply slams to a halt with no story arc completed it leaves me feeling frustrated and kind of cheated.

Will I read the next book? Yeah, I probably will, as I'm dying to know how it all turns out. I only hope it doesn't end the way this one did. 

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About the Authors

Allana Kephart has been making things up and bending people to her will from a very young age.  She loves animals and reading and spends a large amount of time thinking up ways to torment her characters. She shares a brain, a love of coffee and the color purple with her alter ego/best friend/co-author, Melissa Simmons.

Melissa Simmons is an avid reader who married her soul mate and is the proud mother of a spoiled cat.  She spends her days helping promote independent authors and doing what the voices in her head tell her to. She shares a brain, a love of coffee and the color purple with her alter ego/best friend/co-author, Allana Kephart.

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