Wednesday, June 28, 2017

"The Girl Who Could See" by Kara Swanson

I'll be completely honest—I was drawn to The Girl Who Could See because of the cover. The book description could've probably said anything, and I still would've requested this book. But the fact that it's science fiction made me want to read it even more!

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 all—and that the creature who decimated his world may be coming for hers.

Release date: June 1, 2017  
Genre: Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy/Young Adult

The Girl Who Could See
 is really enjoyable YA science fiction with just a touch of romance. I could tell I was going to like it when I read this at the end of the first chapter:
I mean, if that's not intriguing, I don't know what is!

The Girl Who Could See moves at a good pace, and the plot kept me guessing throughout. This is written in a way that I could see it being made into a movie—and it would be an enjoyable one, at that!

I really enjoyed watching Fern and Tristan try to figure out how to save the world, and their budding romance was sweet. I also appreciated Agent Barstow, the FBI agent investigating Fern's claims. He was not a stereotypical FBI agent, and I enjoyed that unexpected twist.

The only thing I didn't just love about the book was the ending—I figured it would probably turn out like it did (and it's how I wanted it to turn out), but the explanation was a bit too convenient. Still, I really enjoyed this novel, and I look forward to more from Swanson. 4 stars.

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June 28: Kristin’s Book Reviews
June 28: Christian Chick’s Thoughts
June 29: Fiction Aficionado
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July 10: Neverending Stories
July 10: Henry Happens

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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!

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.

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. 🙂

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


  1. That cover is gorgeous and the description intriguing. I'm not usually drawn to this genre but my interest is definitely piqued with your review.

    1. That cover. It's seriously so great! You should definitely check out the book, Susanne. Thanks for stopping by!

    2. I'm so glad it interests you! I hope you might give the novella a try, too? :)

      --Kara Swanson

  2. I love the cover art. It draws you in and just by the cover alone you can tell this girl has a fantastical story. I definitely want to read this book.

    1. It really does, Melissa. Definitely one of the most compelling covers I've recently seen. I hope you enjoy it!

    2. Thank you, Melissa! I hope you enjoy it :)

  3. This cover is gorgeous! The colors, the concept... just everything looks professional and "clean" with its sharp look. Definitely a cover that piqued my interest right away. Recently picked this one up so I'm looking forward to reading it. :)

    1. I hope you enjoy it, Rissi! I feel like a broken record about the cover, but it's seriously so great :-)

    2. Rissi, that's so sweet! I'm so glad that you want to read the novella. I'd love to hear your thoughts! :)

    3. Becky: Right?? I know the feeling, I say this about covers too (feeling like a broken record). But when it's true we have to keep sharing about their beauty, right?? ;)

      Kara: I'm excited about reading your novella, and will, I'm sure, be chatting about it on Finding Wonderland once I do. Congrats on releasing it! :)

  4. This cover is amazing and the book is good too :)

    1. Agree on both counts, Kristin Joy! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Thank you so much for mentioning my little novella on your blog, Becky! <3

    --Kara Swanson


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