- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1542515483
- ISBN-13: 978-1542515481
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 63 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Girl Who Could See Paperback – June 1, 2017
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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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Top customer reviews
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. :)
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. )
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.
I’m not always a fan of books written from the first-person perspective, but Ms. Swanson did an excellent job! I loved her writing and was actually pulled in from the author’s note at the beginning! I hadn’t even read the opening line and just knew it was going to be a great book! I enjoyed Fern’s perspective and actually found myself laughing a time or two, at her sarcastic comments. I don’t want to say much and chance giving anything away, but I do have to say that I really enjoyed how Ms. Swanson created this fantasy world that seemed completely legit. I could easily picture everything Fern saw and often felt I was right there beside her, racing against time and struggling to make sense of everything that was happening. I felt as though I had made a new friend by the time I turned the final page. And I can honestly say that I was so absorbed in this story that when I looked up after finishing it, I was a little surprised to find myself on my couch and not standing in Fern’s kitchen, or seeing the destruction that had been wrought. And I loved that! If a book can hold my attention so completely, it was definitely a good book, in my opinion, and probably worth a reread or two.
My only “negative” comment, which is also a compliment to the author, is that I wanted it to be longer! I know it’s listed as a “novella,” but I always want the books I so enjoy to be longer! I didn’t want it to end! Though Ms. Swanson did an excellent job with the ending, too! At first, I was pretty upset, because I hadn’t realized I had one more chapter to go. By the time I finished the final chapter, it was all good and I was grinning, despite knowing I now had to figure out how to be a functioning member of society again. I don’t know how anyone could expect me to, [insert useful life skill here], after having my heart ripped out by a fictional character and then returned! But, unfortunately, I know they do, so I’ve pulled myself together and am planning to start a petition for another book from this amazing author!
My thanks to the author for my advanced copy of this book! I was not required to write a review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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