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The Girl Who Could See Paperback – June 1, 2017
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Pre-order today
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About the Author
As the daughter of missionaries, KARA SWANSON spent sixteen years of her young life in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. Able to relate with characters dropped suddenly into a unique new world, she quickly fell in love with the speculative genre and was soon penning stories herself.
At seventeen, she independently published a fantasy novel, Pearl of Merlydia. Her short story Distant as the Horizon is included in Kathy Ide's 21 Days of Joy: Stories that Celebrate Mom. She has published many articles, including one in the Encounter magazine. Kara received the Mount Hermon Most Promising Teen Writer Award in 2015.
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Fern was so relatable and real, and I ached for her struggles - her "insanity" drew me in from the get-go, and it was a thrill to watch her overcome her trauma and step into her strength. And Tristan!!! So tender and snarky and epic. Elinore was a sweet element, as well. All of them won my heart the moment they appeared on the page. And I loved Barstow; he was fun!
The romance took me off guard, in part because I wasn't expecting it, but also in part because it was so powerful despite being very delicately and deftly woven through the story. It was sweet and totally satisfying.
The tension didn't let up. I want all the characters to be real. And the ending was superb and perfect.
Can I give this story 10 stars??
(I was given an ARC by the author in exchange for my honest review. )
About this book:
“All her life Fern has been told she is blind to reality—but what if she is the only one who can truly see?
Fern Johnson is crazy. At least, that’s what the doctors have claimed since her childhood. Now nineteen, and one step away from a psych ward, Fern struggles to survive in bustling Los Angeles. Desperate to appear “normal,” she represses the young man flickering at the edge of her awareness—a blond warrior only she can see.
Tristan was Fern’s childhood imaginary hero, saving her from monsters under her bed and outside her walls. As she grew up and his secret world continued to bleed into hers, however, it only caused catastrophe. But, when the city is rocked by the unexplainable, Fern is forced to consider the possibility that this young man isn’t a hallucination after all—and that the creature who decimated his world may be coming for hers.”
Series: As of now, no.
Spiritual Content- A ‘Thank God’ is said;
*Note: A mention of the years Fern was kidnapped that was “like hell”.
Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘heck’, a ‘screwed up’, a ‘what the’, and two ‘stupid’; A few mentions of curses (said, not written); Sarcasm & Eye rolling; Pain, Injuries, Diseases, Blood/Bleeding, & Fighting (up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of pain, injuries/wounds, stitches, blood/bleeding, fighting, spears/blades, & protecting someone from harm/danger (semi-detailed); Many mentions of a dangerous monster/disease/plague, & deaths (along with flashbacks of that time, up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of when Fern was kidnapped, tested on, & felt pain from it all (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of deaths & murders (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of a car accident & injuries (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of hallucinations, trauma, & screams; Mentions of drugs, selling crack (Fern’s parents did), & jail-time; Mentions of lies; A few mentions of nightmares; A few mentions of bullies; A couple mentions of terrorists; A couple mentions of rotting flesh; A mention of tattoos.
Sexual Content- a boarder-line semi-detailed // detailed kiss; Touches, Embraces, Nearness, & Warmth (up to semi-detailed); Blushes; Some Noticing; A few mentions of thinking a child (young Fern) was trafficked; A couple mentions of a male friend not being a pervert; A couple mentions of a cute guy & a boyfriend; Some Love, falling/being in love, & the emotions.
-Fern Johnson, age 19
1st person P.O.V. of Fern
Pre Teens- One Star
New Teens- One Star
Early High School Teens- Three Stars
Older High School Teens- Four Stars
My personal Rating- Four Stars
I went into this novella not knowing too much. I came out impressed by the very well done first person POV. The whole premise is very interesting. I can definitely see fans of Lisa T. Bergren’s YA series and also Sara Ella’s books enjoying this one. There were some parts I wasn’t a fan of because of some details mentioned, but overall I enjoyed it. I do think some parts could have been expanded on, but it was a very action packed read that had some romance thrown in and a great ending! ;)
*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Author for this honest review.
The story on the pages between that cover?? Just as gorgeous. Kara Swanson is a new-to-me author in a genre I never read, but I promised myself I'd step outside my comfort zone this year and AM I EVER GLAD I DID!!!! She has woven a story of beauty and suspense, a tug-of-war between two worlds. From the first page to the very last word, my breath was stolen. The writing was excellent, the imagery beautiful, and the story sooooo good.
I will absolutely be reading more from this author!
*I received an early copy of this book from the author with no expectation of a review. These are my own thoughts and opinions. And I loved it so much, I'm *absolutely* buying a copy, too. :)
This book may yet make me a fan of the genre, which I admit to seldom reading. It is Swanson's deft hand with vivid descriptions of Fern's world clashing with Tristan's that first pulled me in. Add to this&mdashthree-dimensional characters and a rollercoaster of a story that left me up far too late reading it&mdashthis story has it all. From Fern, the overcomer of so much trauma with one of the biggest hearts I've ever read, to Tristan. Oh, Tristan. That boy. I'm telling you, these two leapt off the pages and hooked me captive into their worlds, their hurts, their loyalties and the struggle to bridge the gap between two very different worlds&mdashtosave them both.
It's hard not to go on about this novella, whose only flaw is that is *is* a novella! I only wish it were longer, but when it did end? Oh, what a spectacular finish it was. Both surprising, and gratifying after the rollercoaster ride this talented author takes the reader on from page one. You'll just have to see for yourself.
*Disclaimer: I received an early copy of this book from the author with no expectation of a review. These are my own thoughts and opinions. And I loved it so much, I'm absolutely buying a copy, too.
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