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The Girl Who Could See Review and Giveaway!

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About the Book

The girl who could see

Book title: The Girl Who could See

Author: Kara Swanson

Release date: June 1, 2017

Genre: Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy/Young Adult

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 is not a hallucination after al—and that the creature who decimated his world may be coming for hers.

My Perspective

This book was so different than anything I’ve ever read, but I absolutely loved it. Ms. Swanson is a talented author, and I cannot wait to see what her writing future holds! I always get a little nervous when reading scifi because I know the storylines can sometimes get a little out there. For me anyways. But this story was great. It was imaginative, creative, and actually made me think of the story of Christ.

There are parts of the story where the conversation between Tristan and Fern resemble conversations I could see myself having with Christ. In one conversation early on Tristan mentions saving Fern when she was young, and it was easy for her to believe then, why couldn’t she believe in him now? It reminds me of those that are saved at an early age and have childlike faith. But then in their adult years, they tend to question their faith, and struggle to believe. I can’t tell you this was the author’s intent, but it’s something to spoke straight to my heart.

The storyline was fast paced and held my interest. Not every one had an imaginary friend during their youth, and while I didn’t really have one, my daughter had some and reading this book brought back some sweet memories. I really enjoy it when an author can bring memories to my mind because it makes me connect to the book even more. But I have to be honest, I was so into the storyline that I didn’t spend too much time with my memories! And although it was 200 pages, I read it all in one day. I think you’ll want to do the same because you won’t be able to put it down!

I really think this book is for everyone. Don’t let the fact that you may not be into the scifi genre deter you from trying it. I think you’ll find that it just might be the book that makes you a fan! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author

karaAs 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 her debut fantasy novel, Pearl of Merlydia. Her short story 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, and she received the Mount Hermon Most Promising Teen Writer award in 2015.

 

Guest Post from Kara Swanson

Did you have an imaginary friend growing up? I did. And I think most of us probably understood what it was like to use our childhood imaginations to create friends and take us places.

The Girl Who Could See follows Fern Johnson, a young woman who’s imaginary friend, Tristan, first appeared in her life when she was eight years old—and has never left. Now nineteen, Fern still sees Tristan, only he is no longer her friend. Now he is her curse. The source of her insanity. The reason Fern cannot keep a job and has been passed from one psychologist to another. The reason she is one step away from a psych ward. However, Tristan disagrees. He says that he’s not a figment of Fern’s imagination and is determined to prove it. But, if his existence is real, it has dangerous implications not only for Fern, but for her world. Because the creature that decimated Tristan’s planet is coming for Earth—and only the girl everyone says is crazy can stop it.

I wrote the novella as a way to explore the idea of what would happen if someone had an imaginary friend who never left. What would the psychological and daily implications be? And what if that imaginary friend wasn’t imaginary? The story that grew from those sparks of ideas became an adventure that I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I did. 🙂

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Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Kara is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b7f6

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17 thoughts on “The Girl Who Could See Review and Giveaway!

  1. Thanks for this great review, Jessica! I am not a big SciFi fan. I was a bit skeptical about this book, but after reading your review, you gave me a whole new outlook & I am definitely intrigued!

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  2. I don’t recall having an imaginary friend. I really enjoyed this story and will pass it along to my older grandchildren. I know they will love it too. Thank you for sharing.

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