The Girl Who Could See + Giveaway




The Girl Who Could See
Written by: Kara Swanson
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Month, Year: June 2017

About the Book:

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 Thoughts:

If this is how Kara Swanson writes a novella, I can’t wait to see what she’ll do with a full-length novel or series. The Girl Who Could See is phenomenal. Absolutely phenomenal. I’m fairly certain my review won’t do this story justice, but I shall try my best because – YA’LL – this is an absolute must read!

For most of her life, Fern Johnson has been told she’s crazy, psychotic, insane. All because of her imaginary friend, Tristan, who never left her mind. In fact, the older she’s gotten, the more frequently this young man has been in her imagination, trying to convince her that he’s not a figment, but reality. Try as she might, Fern can’t shake free of him but attempts to blend in with the world as normally as possible. But when Tristan’s world begins to crash into her’s, Fern begins to question if he’s in her imagination at all, or if he’s actually real. What if Fern can see into his world? What if she’s actually the most sane person on Earth? What if she and Tristan are the only two people who can save their mutual worlds from the coming annihilation already destroying Tristan’s home?

A blend of intriguing fantasy and science fiction, The Girl Who Could See brings to life major topics such as mental disorders, human trafficking, kidnapping, and abuse with a subtle finesse I wasn’t prepared for, but oh, how it impressed me! I wish this story had been a full-length novel – I didn’t want it to end! The Girl Who Could See is an invigorating, action packed adventure for all ages. After reading this novella, I think you’ll agree with me that Kara Swanson is absolutely a must watch, up-and-coming author and I can’t wait to see what she writes next.

About the Author:

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 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 27: A Baker’s Perspective | A Simply Enchanted Life |Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations
June 28: Kristin’s Book Reviews | Christian Chick’s Thoughts
June 29: Fiction Aficionado | Genesis 5020
June 30: Smiling Book Reviews | The Fizzy Pop Collection
July 1: Blogging With Carol | remembrancy
July 2: Inklings and notions | Ashley’s Bookshelf
July 3: Zerina Blossom’s Books | Margaret Kazmierczak
July 4: Book by Book | Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses
July 5: Dragons Read History | Through the Open Window
July 6: It’s Storytime with Van Daniker | Baker Kella
July 7: Pause for Tales | Edits and Reviews By Leslie
July 8: Books, Books, and More Books. | Pursuing Stacie | The Important Things in Life: God, Books, & Chocolate
July 9: Reader’s cozy corner | A path of joy
July 10: Neverending Stories | 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!


I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Celebrate Lit in exchange for an honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. 


7 Comments Add yours

  1. Joyce J says:

    This story sounds truly fascinating and I look forward to finding and reading it!


  2. Winnie Thomas says:

    What an intriguing story! Very creative!


  3. carylkane says:

    Sounds intriguing!


  4. Amanda T. says:

    Sounds highly intriguing!


  5. Ally Swanson says:

    Excellent post! I really enjoyed reading the guest post and the review! This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read! Also, I really like the book cover! So pretty! Looking forward to checking out this book!


  6. Arletta Bartel Boulton says:

    I have been hearing so much about this book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.


  7. Sounds like a good book.


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