Tuesday, June 27, 2017

"The Girl Who Could See" by Kara Swanson Book Tour 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 Review:

"The Girl Who Could See" by Kara Swanson is an interesting story but I had trouble following the story in some places. I enjoyed the plot and the relationship between Tristan and Fern. 

Once I got past the confusion of following the back and forth of the now and the past, it got easier to follow the story. 

I feel "The Girl Who Could See" is a story about friendship. Their friendship is not a normal type as Tristan is Fern's imaginary friend, or is he?

This is a book for anyone that likes Scifi and fantasy. It is also very clean.

"The Girl Who Could See" by Kara Swanson is a book who title really described the story because the main female character Fern can see what others can't.

I liked Tristan's nickname for Fern.
This is the first book that I have read by Kara Swanson and I will be on the lookout for more books by her. 

I think I liked the ending best and when I finished the book I was left with the thought I want to read more of Fern's and Tristan's story.

The character I disliked the most is Dr.Richards. Why, you may be asking, well sorry, I can't tell you because it would be a spoiler alert so you are just going to have to read the book yourself and see if you disagree or agreed with me.

I think what I got out of "The Girl Who Could See" by Kara Swanson is believe in yourself and what you know even if others think your crazy! I tried to take something out of every book I read to use in my life even if the book is fiction.

I had to keep reading because I had to see if Fern could complete the task that only she could do!
I was giving a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own. 

 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. 🙂

Blog Stops

June 29: Genesis 5020
July 1: remembrancy
July 4: Book by Book
July 6: Baker Kella
July 7: Pause for Tales
July 8: Pursuing Stacie
July 9: A path of joy
July 10: Henry Happens


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



  1. Debbie, this is an awesome review! It makes me really want to read Kara's book! (I do have it waiting on my kindle for when I can get to it.)

    1. Hi Becky!
      I'm so glad that you'd like to give the novella a try :)

      --Kara Swanson ;)

  2. Awesome review! I completely agree, I would love to see more of Fern and Tristan!

    1. Awww thank you :) That would be so fun! We'll see if I end up writing any more about them. I've always thought a novella from Tristan's perspective might be fun. ;)

      --Kara Swason

    2. Ooh I'd love to read from his perspective and learn a little more about him and his world. That sounds fun! :)

  3. I dislike him too!!!!

  4. Really enjoyed the description of the book and I'm looking forward to reading the book.

  5. Thank you so much for talking about The Girl Who Could See on your blog, Debbie! <3

    --Kara Swanson