The Girl Who Could See By Kara Swanson

The Girl Who Could See By Kara Swanson

(I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own)

All her life Fern has been told she is blind to reality—but, what if she is the only one who TGWCScan 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.

What I Loved
Holy cow.

This book was amazing. So I went in thinking ‘well, this will be different’, I came out completely blown away. The writing, the characters, the plot, they were all so interesting and intriguing and complex and packed into a mere 150 pages! Kara managed to pack in to that page count what some authors can’t do in 500. Also I’d like to note that i could picture the characters so well throughout the book and all in all could picture everything fairly well. I loved the relationship between Tristan and the whole idea of seeing into another world, totally got that Marvel/Sci-fi feel!

Recommended for Ages: 13+

Profanity/Crude Language Content
A handful of ‘He swore under his breath’ or ‘He cursed under his breath’

Romance/Sexual Content
Mentions of touches and a kiss.

Spiritual Content
God is mentioned once in a character’s head and one mention of praying for safety.

While I wouldn’t consider this an overly violent read I would give caution to those who are squeamish, mentions of blood splattering and dripping and scars and a few battle scenes with fighting.


Clean Rating
PG (Violence)

Wrapping it up
Overall a very enjoyable, interesting read, full of imagination. While I loved it, the end was a little bit convenient, some scenes were kind of confusing and the characters could be a little annoying but for this one, the good FAR outweighs the bad! Honestly I’m still so blown away by this book. I definitely recommend!

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Author Info
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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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Remnants: Season of Wonder By Lisa T. Bergren

!Mild Spoilers!


Andriana is a Remnant, gifted as an empath and one of the Ailith, destined to act as humanity’s last shield against the horrors that now plague those who remain.

After years of training in stealth and warfare, Andriana and her Knight protector, Ronan, are finally ready to answer the Call and begin the life they were designed for. But as they embark with the other Remnants on the first of their assignments, they quickly discover that the world beyond their protected Valley is more dangerous than they imagined.

The Sons of Sheol will stop at nothing to prevent Dri and Ronan from rescuing anyone sympathetic to the Remnants’ cause. And as the Remnants battle the demonic forces, still other enemies close in. Dangers intensity, but so do Dri’s feelings for Ronan–the one emotion she is not meant to feel. In the midst of their mission, Andriana must find a way to master her feelings. Or risk compromising everything . . .

My Thoughts
So….I don’t exactly know what to think of this book. The over all story was very interesting, the Ailith and knights, politics and the cool medieval feel of the world, But it fell short for me, especially in the writing. I’ve read other books from this authors and loved them and understood them but this one…It was just confusing. The way she explained things left me just like ‘okayy..?’ Throughout the whole book I just felt so lost and not in a good way.
I feel like the over all politics and stuff weren’t really explained, either, and when they were it was in a passive ‘you-should-already-know-this’ way. As for the romance, I found myself cheering them on through the book but when it came down to that scene in the second to last chapter I found myself just feeling annoyed by them and really just wanted the kissing scene to be over. (Also ‘My lower lip, swollen from his kisses.’ boi, just no.) Also the pacing was really weird like, we had these scenes of these long winded people droning on and on and driving the same point home and then all of a sudden it was just ‘we walked for three days and then we were there.’ it just seemed a bit inconsistent at times. Also, the humor wasn’t all that funny(I realize Vidar was supposed to be the comic relief but I only actually laughed two or three times) I also think the world really needed to be expanded on like, i still have no idea where this book is set.
Okay, okay. Enough of my roasting this book, it’s time to say things that I LIKED about it! So, the Ailith were so neat! Also the evil vs good was awesome and I really liked how Andriana struggles with a curiosity about the dark and how the internal battle of dark VS light and head over heart is explored a bit. I liked the plot and it kept me interested, saving a prince held captive by his evil twin brother?? YES PLEASE! And ultimately, I think that will be what drives me to read the next one (Also Kapriel is such a cool name like, Can we all just agree on that?)

Recommended for Ages: 15+

Profanity/Crude Language Content
‘He swore under his breath’ is the closest it ever gets to swearing.

Romance/Sexual Content
Throughout the whole book there is unmistakable sexual tension between Andriana and Ronan, Lots of thoughts of attraction and a yearning for him, She recalls a time that they rolled down a hill and he landed on top of her and he almost kissed her, she wishes she would have let him. There is a man who has three wives. Mentions of men buying and trading for women. Lustful glances are directed towards Andriana and the other females of the group, Andriana senses lust and desire in some men. While Andriana is tied up a man caresses her body and offers to free her if she gives him “a tumble around the corner”.  In a few scenes there are women sitting on men’s laps, kissing them, mentions of cleavage and men stroking them, Andriana reads there feelings and senses they wish to escape. A man runs his hands up Andrianas leg, lifting her dress up along the way to reveal a birthmark and puts his hands on her hips. Ronan holds and hugs Andriana on multiple occasions. Andriana imagines what it would be like to kiss Ronan. Throughout the whole book, men rake there eyes over Andriana and lust after her, (Including guys in there group) Ronan and Andriana kiss passionately towards the end of the book (Even though there relationship is forbidden)

Spiritual Content
Mentions of Sorcery and dark powers. The Ailith posses gifts from The Maker. Vidar can see Angels and demons or ‘dark angels’. Andriana struggles with a pull to the dark side and has a curiosity about it. Lots of prayers and praises for The Maker. Keallach and his followers have dark powers and use sorcery. The sons of Sheol are demons and Vidar can see there true forms. Andriana can sense darkness or light within people. The group comes to a sanctuary full of monks who practice a ‘peaceful’ religion, it is mentioned that they pray to multiple gods.

People are killed and stabbed and punched. Blood is splattered on the walls where people were murdered. Lots of sword fighting and combat. Tons of people getting knocked out and murdered.

At a party, people drink champagne and get drunk.\

Other Content
A man tastes Andrianas blood after she pricks her finger in a rose thorn (I just thought this was so weird i should probably include it.)

Clean Rating
PG 15+ mature teens. (Hints at sexual assault, passionate kissing, violence)


Wonder By R.J. Palacio

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

What I Loved
The characters were amazing. As someone who has a sister with Cerebral Palsy, I really related to Via at some points, also, her name is Olivia so….:))))) I loved August from page one, The author totally captured how little children are and how they think, it was amazing! I love the family relationships and just the over all cozy feel of this book. I love the themes of loving people who look different than you and self acceptance, Also this story was told from multiple peoples perspectives and that gave it such a cool feel and I REALLY hope the movie does it justice!

Recommended for Ages: 10+

Profanity/Crude Language Content
The name of God is taken in vain multiple times. Friggin’ and freaking is said a few times.

Romance/Sexual Content
Mentions of children having crushes on fellow students and ‘dating’ (Can one really date at that age though??) Jack calls Summer hot, Via and Justin are seen kissing on the front porch, a brief mention of an affair.

Spiritual Content
Heaven is mentioned multiple times, ‘The Universe’ is mentioned two or three times, Luck is mentioned and talked about (Would that go in this category? meep)

The main character is bullied by an older boy and a fight breaks out. (It ends quickly)


Other Content
People gossip and hurtful things are said, kids keep secrets from there parents.

Clean Rating
Clean with a PG warning (Bullying)

Wrapping it up
Over all I loved this book and enjoyed it so so much! It had the perfect balance of making me laugh and cry. The author, while having a writing style I wasn’t the biggest fan of, still weaved an amazing story and wrote adorable characters I couldn’t help but love!

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The Songs, Movies, and Books tag

The Songs, Movies, and Books tag

1. A song that describes you in some way

I Wanna Go Back by David Dunn. I’m an extremely nostalgic person and this song captures everything perfectly.

2. A movie that inspires you
This is so hard because so many different films inspire me in different ways BUUUT, I’m gonna have to say PRICELESS, It really inspired me to take a stand on Human Trafficking and speak out about it and spread awareness and show people that THIS HORRIBLE THING IS HAPPENING IN OUR OWN BACKYARDS.
3. A book that the main character is like you
Uhhhmmmm…. I’m going to say Parvin Blackwater. We’re both impulsive. We both have trouble with doubting and not putting our full trust in God. We both love Jude. What? I’m not crying at all. I’m fine. *Sobs*
4. A song that you love
For this one I’m going to say It’s Not Over Yet by For King & Country, this song has encouraged me through many a sleepless night.
5. A movie you love
Hands down, Epic put on by Dreamworks. THIS movie guys. THIS MOVIE. It’s sooo gooood.
6. A book you love
A Time To Die by Nadine Brandes (We all saw it coming)
7. A song you do not like
Chainbreaker by Zach Williams. Sorry not sorry, i hate that song.
8. A movie you do not like
Captain America: The First Avenger. That movie is just so bad XD
9. A book you do not like
Be Still My Soul by Joanne Bischof. I love Joanne but that book….couldn’t even finish it.
10. A song that makes you happy
To The Dreamers by For King & Country, SUch a GooD sOng
11. A movie that freaked you out
All The Lord of The Rings movies, too dark and creepy for me.
12. A book that made you cry
I’ve cried over so many books it’s so hard to narrow it down but I think I’ll go with Revolutionary by Krista Mcgee, that book hurt so bad.
13. A song you listen to a lot when you were younger
My mom would always play this Winnie The Pooh CD and it was my life.
14. A movie you watched a lot when you were younger
When I was like, 10, me and my sisters were absolutely obsessed with the Musical CATS and watched it every day for a week once and watched scenes from it on Youtube constantly…(This musical might be considered inappropriate to some people, you have been warned)
15. A book you read a lot when you were younger
The Giving Tree and any Shel Silverstein book tbh, I also would ALWAYS be listening to audiobooks.
16. A song that irritates you
Any song where they sing the SAME THING for a million years and it just keeps going ON AND ON AND ON….
17. A movie that kept you on the edge of your seat
The Hunger Games movies…Holy cow.
18. A book that left you breathless
Unblemished by Sarah Ella. Hands. DOWN.
K, that’s it. Hope you enjoyed! Byeeeee

Unblemished by Sara Ella


Eliyana has always recoiled from her own reflection in the mirror. But what if that were 28449231only one Reflection—one world? What if another world existed where her blemish could become her strength?

Eliyana is used to the shadows. With a hideous birthmark covering half her face, she just hopes to graduate high school unscathed. That is, until Joshua hops a fence and changes her perspective. No one, aside from her mother, has ever treated her as normal. Maybe even beautiful. Because of Joshua, Eliyana finally begins to believe she could be loved.

But one night her mother doesn’t come home, and that’s when everything gets weird.

Now Joshua is her new, and rather reluctant, legal Guardian. Add a hooded stalker and a Central Park battle to the mix and you’ve gone from weird to otherworldly.

Eliyana soon finds herself in a world much larger and more complicated than she’s ever known. A world enslaved by a powerful and vile man. And Eliyana holds the answer to defeating him. How can an ordinary girl, a blemished girl, become a savior when she can’t even save herself?


Okay. I think I’ve had enough time to gather my thoughts to review this book. *Takes deep breath and prepares for fangirling*

The Good
Basically everything. The characters were amazing and genuine and lovable. The plot. THE PLOT WAS AMAZING AND THE PLOT TWISTS LIKE GUYS, I DIDN’T SEE ANYTHING COMING AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO DO WITH MY LIFE AFTER EVERYTHING THAT I HAVE WITNESSED IN THIS BOOOOOK. Dang it I promised myself I wouldn’t fangirl but OH WHALE BECAUSE I CANNOT WITH THIS BOOK. Okay. okay. I am calm. The love triangle was *Strangled sobs in the backround* amazingly done. *Soul dies* The writing was unique and so beautiful and whimsical! I also LOVED the contrast of the verity and the void! The contrast of Good and evil, light and dark was so powerful. The message of self acceptance was also woven throughout the story and it was amazing! I loved Eliyana and CANNOT wait to see where these books take her!

The bad
I mean, Eliyana and her friend go to a party and there is a mention of alcohol if I remember correctly. Also a character has multiple children with different women out of wedlock *Chokes on dying soul*

Clean verdict
Cleeeaan my friends! There are two kisses and I LOVED how Sara Ella added the importance of a kiss! PG 13+ just because the characters are older and it might be to confusing for younger readers. (I’m 16 and it STUMPED me.)

I don’t want to tell you what to do with your money, all I’m saying is this book would be a fine investment. (Go. Read. It. Im. Dying. And. Need. People. To. Die. With. Me.) I cannot recommend this book enough like, do yourself a huge favor and read this book. please.

Black Tiger by Sara Baysinger

(This review may contain very mild spoilers)
This book was actually different! Like, there were a lot of cliches but all in all it was really 31690889original.

The Good
The writing was wonderful! towards the middle it dipped a little but then got better again. The characters were cool and Ember (For me at least) Was easy to relate to. I also thought it was REALLy awesome that Ember wasn’t all white! Most christian book main characters are white and I found this very refreshing and different.

The Bad
There is a lot of alcohol in this book so if that makes you uncomfortable, this isn’t the book for you. Rain is also said to be a ‘player’ and always has at least two girls hanging off of him. There is some mild swearing and the author made up her own versions of swear words that the characters use frequently. (I wouldn’t consider this bad but I’d just like to point out that the main character does kiss someone (Fairly detailed) and explains her feelings of attraction) Rain makes a rather crude comment.

The Ugly
Rain takes Ember to a club and there are naked girls acting as statues, people make out and one of the ‘statues’ almost gets raped. The main character however thinks that it is disgusting and in no way condones it. A character commits suicide (Detailed) the main character gets injured and throws up a few times.

Clean verdict:
16+ Not completely clean and would recommend with a caution.

Interrupted: Life Beyond Words by Rachel Coker

Beautiful. That’s how I would describe this book.51zvgmopwl-_sx334_bo1204203200_

The Good

Basically I couldn’t stay away, the characters were cool, the plot was nice, the time period was perfect and somehow Rachel managed to pull off time jumps that didn’t seem choppy. The writing was so lovely and I loved how she put a Emily Dickinson poem at the beginning of every chapter! (And if I were rating this on cover it would get a 10000%) I know you’re not really supposed to like her mom but I did a bit, mainly when she talked about fairies because it made me think of my childhood full of make believe and fairy talk, This book is a solid Five out of Five stars.

The Bad

It was, in some parts, just a bit slow, but I can’t tell if it was the book getting boring or me just getting tired of sitting (That happens a lot XD) The main character was a tad annoying at some points but other than that I have no complaints.

The Ugly
Nada. 100% clean!

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