Thursday, May 5, 2011

Review of POSSESSION and a Personalized Signed ARC Giveaway

Before I jump into my review, I just want to shout a huge

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

to fellow Bookanistas Veronica Roth on the release of her book DIVERGENT and Jessi Kirby on the release of her book MOONGLASS!

      divergent                     MOONGLASS

Be sure to pick up a copy of each!


Also, make sure to enter to win a personalized signed ARC of POSSESSION by Elana Johnson. 
Details below!



POSSESSION by Elana Johnson


Possession
Summary: Vi knows the Rule: Girls don't walk with boys, and they never even thinkabout kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn...and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi's future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself.



But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they're set on convincing Vi to become one of them...starting by brainwashing Zenn. Vi can't leave Zenn in the Thinkers' hands, but she's wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous--everything Zenn's not. Vi can't quite trust Jag and can't quite resist him, but she also can't give up on Zenn.



This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.


My Review

I've read a number of great reviews of POSSESSION, so it's tough to find something new to say about it. But I'll give it a shot.

First of all, you've probably already heard about the characters. If you follow Elana Johnson's blog at all, you may have already guessed that this is something that would come easily to her. To be sure, the characters in POSSESSION just pop. You can't help but immediately feel connected to them--Vi especially. She's got a rock solid voice (much like Johnson on her blog). Snarky. Funny. Vulnerable. Emotional. Vi feels things really hard. Way deep down inside, quick to piss off, quick to delight. She's naturally cynical, but hopeful, and has this flair for drama that will make you groan and laugh all at the same time. She's adorable, this kid. And as strong as she is, as brave and tough, she's got such a softness to her that makes you want to reach out and pull her into your arms. This is a kid desperate for affection and terrified of abandonment, especially the more deeply she falls in love.

And for good reason. When we come into the story as readers, so much has already happened. Vi has a boatload of history that has painted her into a corner, forcing her hand, whether she realizes it or not. But the backstory is weaved in smoothly, almost effortlessly. Without much effort, we learn who she is, and the past that haunts her and makes her cling to the few connections she has in present day. In this way, Johnson takes a futuristic world and makes it feel relevant to today, because this is something most of us can understand.

And I must say, the world itself is pretty dang cool. It's not all thrown at you at once, either. It's a world that sort of unfolds, layer by layer, treating us to something new page after page. All the technology is imaginative and totally COOL. It makes you want to experience those things, too.

Johnson's world is unique, but not only because of it's dystopian/SF elements. It's especially distinctive because of the supernatural elements that she pulls into the story. This, of course, isn't even alluded to in the summary, so I won't say much more about it. Suffice it to say, I found it crooked-smile endearing.

POSSESSION overall is a fast-paced read, filled with action, humor, and a romance that first knocks at your chest and then pries it open. It'll be available for purchase June 7.

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WIN a personalized signed ARC of POSSESSION by Elana Johnson. Enter to win by filling out the short form below. I'll draw a name from the entries and Elana will sign an ARC and send it to the winner! Ends midnight EST, May 12, 2011.


(Open internationally)



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119 comments:

  1. I can't wait for Divergent! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  2. thanks for the giveaway! i want to read divergent too and possession! :)

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  3. ooooo I read the first two chapters of Possession earlier today! And your review makes me want to read the book even more than I already did :)

    I'm not entering the contest because I have an ARC coming my way, but yay for Elana! I'm SO happy for her that her book's getting such great reviews :)

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  4. So many awesome books coming out this year!!!

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  5. Cant wait to read Divergent, its in the mail and should be here soon. I still have to check out Moonglass though, I have heard alot of positive reviews about it and Possession is on my Wishlist so I would loooove to win it! Great Review btw :)

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  6. Great giveaway! Would love to read this! Thank you!
    sena.sagani [at]gmail[dot]com

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  7. Most excellent. This is such an awesome giveaway! I'd love to get a chance to read Possession!
    Thank you for the chance :)

    legally_write[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  8. I reviewed Moonglass on my blog recently. Great book. I still need to get my hands on Divergent. Thanks so much for giving away Possessions! I've really been wanting to read it. :D

    ~Briana

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  9. Thanks for the giveaway, I have been wanting to read this!

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  10. Every international givewaway is a bless. Thank you!

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  11. Great books, MOonglass and Divergent!!! thanks for Giveaway.. and making it internationally..

    florentine_frinda(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. Hiya, thanks for the giveaway :-)

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  13. Thanks for holding the giveaway for internationals! :)

    Erin W.

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  14. I've been following Elana Johnson's story a little bit via the querytracker blog, and I have to say that I'm very excited to read her debut! Thanks for this opportunity :)

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  15. I <3 Elana Johnson, I've already preordered POSSESSION, but I so want to win an autographed copy. I pledge to donate the one I bought to the library, if I win. :)

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  16. Great review. I got an ARC which I gave away too and couldn't agree more with what you said. I'm not entering the contest so someone else can win. And I have the book pre-ordered.

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  17. I'm so broke but I'd love a copy of those. :o Read some good reviews, too, and I've been wanting to read Divergent for a while!
    Winning that ARC would be nice, too, actually. :p

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  18. What a great giveaway! Possession is amazing, I loved it!

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  19. I would love to have a copy of Divergent! Thanks for the review of Possession. It's good that you mentioned that it has supernatural elements. I like that aspect in a book :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    gfc follower: aloveforbooks

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  20. Loved this book! and your review is SPOT ON

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  21. I've read several reviews of this book and this one sounds particularly awesome. I'm looking forward to this read!

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  22. I read the first chapters and I am dying to read more! Thanks for the contest. I will leave the book for someone else - I'm gonna pre-order!

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  23. So glad the giveaway is international!

    Yet another of those tantalising reviews :)

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  24. Vi sounds like my daughter! This has been on my list, but I might have to nudge it up a few notches...

    Thanks for another great review!

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  25. Thank you for your review and giveaway! :D

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  26. Now that Elana revealed the first two chapters on her site, I want more! Great contest, Carol!!

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  27. Thanks for the giveaway! Book sounds amazing.

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  28. I would love to read the book - thanks for the giveaway :)

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  29. Very cool books. And I totally want that signed ARC! :D

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  30. Cool contest! Can't wait to win this book. :)

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  31. I fell in love with the cover of Possession the first time i saw it! Thanx for the giveaway

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  32. I can't wait to read this book. I would love to win a copy of Possession. Great review!

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  33. I love your description of Vi! I cannot wait to read this book in its entirety!

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  34. I've heard a lot about Possession lately.

    Good luck to everyone entered!

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  35. Possession is wonderful! I loved Vi!

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  36. I've been looking forward to this book since I saw the cover and even more after I read the synopsis. Can't wait :-)

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  37. I love what you say about Vi. Makes me want to read it even more! You and your reviews rock. :)

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  38. Oh thank you for the giveaway. I have had me eye on this one for awhile ;)

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  39. I'm so excited for this book, especially after reading your review! To win a signed copy would be beyond awesome!

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  40. Thanks for the giveaway. I can't wait to read Possession!

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  41. Yes, you pinpointed exactly what is neat about this book. The characters - and the subtlety. The supernatural elements are so subtle. She almost plays a mind game with the reader.

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  42. OMG!! love it the review and the giveaway!! thanks so much!!!!!!!!

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  43. I've heard a lot about Possession before but your review makes me want to read it even more!!!

    Thanks for the chance ^^

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  44. Sounds super! Cant wait to read!
    Thank you so much for hosting!! :D

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  45. Thank you for the giveaway!!

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  46. Yes! I really want to read this book. Elana is great. So, I'm sure her book is, too! =)

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  47. Wow, that sounds really good. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  48. Elana is talented! She's a sweet friend-- presented at our Teen Author Boot Camp-- making it that much cooler. I'm way excited for her book.

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  49. I'd love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  50. Thanks for the review and giveaway! I was lucky enough to read an ARC for it, too and you are right, Elana is so talented! What a interesting, great, fast-paced read. I'm so happy for all the great reviews she's getting. :)

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  51. I'm so thrilled with the electricity surrounding this book's release. Go Elana!! Can't wait to read it!!

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  52. I've heard awesome things about Divergent, and cannot wait to get my hands on it!

    Possession is another book I hope to be able to get my hands on soon!

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  53. I've heard so many great things about Elana's book. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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  54. I can't wait for Possession's release!

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  55. Possession sounds like such a great book! I cant wait to read it! I love your review! :)

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  56. Amazing contest! Both these books look awesome!

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  57. fantastic review. It should be a great read :)

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  58. I can hardly wait for Possession to release!!!Thanks for this great giveaway!!

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  59. Great review! Thanks for posting this.

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  60. I can't wait to read these three books!
    I love the sound of that genre mash-up in Possesion! I've been reading a few dystopian books lately so this book really intrigues me

    Thank you for the giveaway and the review!

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  61. I loved Possession too! Violet was such an awesome character and although I'm not normally a fan of love triangles, I loved the one created by Elana. I really hope she writes a sequel to it.

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  62. Awesome contest, as usual!! And CONGRATS to Veronica and Jessi! I love Elana. I can't wait to read Possession!!

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  63. Possession sounds SO GOOD. And, as always, great review.

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  64. I have read a lot of good reviews of this book so I would dearly like to get my hands on a copy.

    Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

    Much appreciated.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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  65. Your reviews are always fantastic--I must admit I skin past others' sometimes, but I always stop to appreciate yours. You really have a way of getting to the heart of a book. (And thank you for the international contest!)

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  66. Great review Carol. Hooray Elana!

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  67. These all sound so great! Thanks for the chance to win :D

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  68. I can't wait to read Possession. I've been wanting to read it ever since I discovered Elana's blog. Thanks for doing a givewaway!

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  69. Ooops...I hate when I do that. I meant *giveaway* not givewaway. Sounds like I had food in my mouth while saying it, doesn't it?

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  70. I am absolutely dying to read POSSESSION. Sounds great.

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  71. Awesome giveaway - and it's international, woot!

    This is a super review. You always think of something new and meaningful to say. Thanks for the review, and the giveaway!

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  72. Every single review I read of this book makes me want it more! As if the cover alone wouldn't make me want to read it.

    Thanks for the contest!

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  73. I've had my eye on Possession for such a long time now! I love the cover and the book sounds great.

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  74. Another great review, Carol! Can't wait to read POSSESSION! And such a great week with DIVERGENT and MOONGLASS out. So many good books...

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  75. I've heard good things about Possession, but I think this is the most glowing review of them all. I'm psyched to read it!

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  76. I've been looking forward to both of these books--thanks so much for offering the contest! Yay!

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  77. This sounds like such an interesting and eerie book I must read it!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  78. I would love to have a copy of Divergent... and I can't wait to read POSSESSION.

    Thx

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  79. Thanks for the giveaway! This is going on my TBR list.

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  80. Thanks for this giveaway! Sounds like a great book (:

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  81. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to win this book :)

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  82. Great giveaway, sounds amazing. :D

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  83. Thank you for this giveaway :)

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  84. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  85. I'm reading Divergent and I also have Moonglass--can't wait to dig into that. And I can't wait to get my copy of Possession this summer.

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  86. I CANNOT wait to read this book. Cannot. Wait. Thanks for the contest!

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  87. Woo! Awesome Giveaway! LOVE! ;D I got to read the first chapter when I won the tagged giveaway! IT WAS SO GGGOOOOOOODDD!

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  88. I love Elana--she's quite a character, and so excited for her debut book. Thanks for the review, Carolina, and the giveaway.

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  89. I got both- Divergent and Moonglass. And this is actually, I think the first review I've read on Possession. I like how you didn't use all this fancy talk and reviewed it like if you were talking about it to a friend. Looking forward to Possession.

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  90. SO EXCITED TO READ THIS BOOK. That is all.

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  91. I'm on a roll winning books, Carol. Fingers crossed to keep my streak going! Sounds like a great read.

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  92. Looks like Elana's got a winner here. Thanks for the review, Carol!

    Jai

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  93. Very generous giveaway! You rock! I am so excited for these books, and happy for their authors!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  94. How FABULOUS! THIS is one book I am DYING to get my hands on!


    Michael

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  95. Awesome! I can't wait for Possession!

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  96. Possession looks like really interesting book to reas, i would love to have an opportunity to read it! thanks for giveaway :)
    missviolet@azet.sk

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  97. I can't wait for Elena's book to be on shelves. I've been following her blog for a while and reading as she went through this whole process of polishing her query and seeking an agent... reading her posts over the years always inspires me, even when I'm disagreeing with her dislike of the Halloween holiday, lol ;-)
    Great post and review!

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  98. Great giveaway, thank you :)

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  99. Awesome giveaway! would really looooove to read this.

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  100. Thanks for the giveaway! I love dystopian books!

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  101. Thanks for the giveaway. This looks like a good read. Love the cover. =D

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  102. Thank you for the giveaway! I can't wait to read Possession! sounds amazing!

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  103. Great giveaway! I'm so looking forward to reading Possession!

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  104. Thanks for the really cool giveaway! Been excited to read Elana's book since I read her query on her blog! :)

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  105. Awesome! Thanks for the giveaway :D

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  106. My, what awesome taste in books you have!

    Thanks for the contest!

    Jeanne

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  107. International giveaways! So rare. Thank you, Carol!

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