About the Book
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.
Nineteen-year-old Fern would love to be normal, but, instead, she’s struggling to survive and stay out of a psych ward. Tristan has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. Unfortunately, Fern is the only one who can see him, which leads doctors to believe she’s crazy. Are they right, or is Tristan more than just a hallucination? Does he hold the key to saving the world?
This book is a bit different than what I normally read, but I’m glad I stepped outside of my “box” and took a chance on this one. First off, the cover! It definitely grabbed my attention, and it’s a great fit for the story, which combines fantasy and realistic elements. Both Fern and Tristan are easy to relate to, and there is sufficient character growth. While there are time jumps, they are not confusing to follow. There are even a few surprises at the end. This certainly doesn’t feel like a typical novella, as the storyline feels fully developed.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy as part of the Celebrate Lit blogging program. I wasn’t required to leave a positive review.
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 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.
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