It’s a Friday.
I know what we’re all thinking: “Why is there a Penprints post on a Friday? Is the world about to end or something?”
Well, we all know I’m practically married to my blogging schedule. It’s either a post on a Monday or Tuesday or nothing at all for three months (I’m obviously using “married” in the loosest sense of the term). Unless, of course, there’s something earth-shattering or it’s book news.
Well, today is a day for book news that’s earth-shattering!
I’m taking part in the blog tour celebrating the release of The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson, and for my stop, I’ve decided to compile 21 (wildly amazing) reasons to read The Girl Who Could See.
Book info + giveaway(s) info at the end of this post!
You should read The Girl Who Could See because…
1. I say so. This = the best reason on this list.
2. Um… that cover. In the event that you haven’t seen me share it all over my social medias, here it is that you may behold its beauty.
3. Um… that premise.
4. It’s a primer for both the science fiction and fantasy genres (so if you don’t “get” those genres, you should read this book to get your feet wet).
5. The book hangover – part one.
6. It electrifies imagination. This is one of those books that makes me want to write epics and shout all the music at the top of my lungs and paint gorgeous art (mostly of the cover). Whenever I read it, my mind almost explodes with all the things I want to do!
7. It engages emotions. I don’t tend to get too wrapped up in books when it comes to feelings (I mean, for the most part), but The Girl Who Could See had me completely engrossed emotionally. See “book hangover” reasons for further insight.
8. It’s a small book, and so you can read it fairly quickly. This one’s for you peeps who don’t want to invest hours upon hours reading a book; you can read The Girl Who Could See in a couple hours and then spend all your subsequent free time
obsessing thinking about it.
9. The story is just so enjoyable. I haven’t enjoyed a story as much as this one in a lonnnnnnnng time; it’s just so wonderful to read.
10. The book hangover – part two.
11. It’s YA (young adult fiction) without all the teenage drama and angst, which we definitely need more of
can I get an “amen”?.
12. If you read it, you can message me so that we can gif-battle our feelings about this book.
13. The book hangover – part three.
14. I’m starting in on my third reading of The Girl Who Could See since February. THIRD. For those of us who struggle with math, that means I’m going to have read The Girl Who Could See three times in five months (I had it for beta reading, and then again for review reading, AND THEN AGAIN JUST BECAUSE IT’S SO GOOD).
15. The number of copies I currently own. It’s approaching excessive
just kidding, that’s not possible. I own it on Kindle, I have a proof copy on its way to my house, two hard copies that arrived after I pre-ordered it, and then another hard copy that is currently somewhere between an Amazon warehouse and my bookshelf. That’s a lot of copies of just one book, but I NEED THEM ALL.
16. I hate the term and idea of “feels”, but I can honestly say that The Girl Who Could See gave me the feels.
So this is basically a restatement of #6 because I can’t say it enough.
17. The book hangover – part four.
18. The Girl Who Could See is a beautiful contribution to the art of storytelling.
19. You will want more. More of the characters. More of the story. More of friendship. More of adventure. More of the impossible.
20. The book hangover – part five.
21. I just really love this little book. And you obviously need alllllll the info about the book now that you are convinced that you should read it (because you’re convinced, right??? RIGHT????).
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.
Buy The Girl Who Could See here.
Add The Girl Who Could See on Goodreads here.
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. At seven- teen, she released a 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.
Find Kara on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and her website.
As part of the blog tour, there’s a scavenger hunt giveaway going on! So, I’m giving you a clue, and then you go off to find the other clues at the other stops (listed below) to enter to win one of 5 signed copies of The Girl Who Could See!
The clue for Penprints:
The stops (aka: where you go to get the rest of the clues).
Emily Bergstrom -> Emily Mundell -> Tabitha Caplinger -> A Little Thought Garden -> Meghan M. Gorecki -> Bethany Jennings -> Annie Louise Twitchell -> Gabriella Slade -> Abigayle Claire -> Sarah Baker -> Jebraun Clifford -> Emily Kopf -> Rosalie Valentine -> Kylie Gregory -> Olivia Rose.
Remember, I said giveaways. Emphasis on the plural there. I’m also hosting a little giveaway just for you, my wonderful followers. So, fill out the Rafflecopter entry form to enter to win a print (albeit, unsigned) copy of The Girl Who Could See!
A winner will be picked from my giveaway on June 18 and announced on June 19.
You should really just enter both giveaways so that the odds are a little more in your favor, just saying…
Did my (wildly amazing) reasons convince you to buy this fabulous book? Have you seen this book around your social media at all? What new book releases are you excited about?
P.S. – basically this post can be summed up in these 8 words: Everyone should read The Girl Who Could See.
P.P.S. – I feel like I deserve an award for giving 21 (wildly amazing) reasons without giving a single spoiler. If that’s not a feat worthy of recognition, I’m not sure what is. So whenever you kids wanna get me that award…. ;)