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 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.

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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