Monday, September 24, 2018

The Girl Who Could See

The Girl Who Could See

The Girl Who Could See by [Swanson, Kara]

About the Book:

Title: The Girl Who Could See | Author: Kara Swanson | Pages: 214 | Genre: Science Fiction | Recommended Age: Young Adult

Book Description:

A Novella

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.

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My Review:

The Girl Who Could See is a novella that combines science-fiction, with fantasy, romance, and suspense. Fern and Tristan are from different worlds caught in a dire battle that only they can fight with their unique abilities. Even though they are survivors and Tristan is a hardened warrior, there's a lighter side to them too. The dialogue helps to break up the almost non-stop action. There's also a mystery around Fern's childhood trauma and her muddled memories. The puzzle pieces come together as the story unfolds, but sometimes I found that part a bit disjointed. Overall it is a good story and the ending is satisfying.

About the Author:
Kara Swanson

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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