Thursday, December 8, 2011

Bookanista Review of HERE by Denise Grover Swank + Signed Giveaway

It's been too long since I discussed books. Or gave anything away. So, I 'm back with that. Giveaway entry is at the bottom.

*Dances the Roger Rabbit*


HERE by Denise Grover Swank



Summary: Sixteen year old Julia Phillips buries herself in guilt after killing her best friend Monica in a car accident. Julia awoke in the hospital with a broken leg, a new talent for drawing and false memories of the accident, in which she dies and Monica lives. The doctors attribute this to her head injury, but no one can explain how a bracelet engraved with her name ended up at the scene of the accident. A bracelet no one has ever seen before.
Classmate Evan Whittaker paid Julia no attention before the accident, let alone after. Now suddenly he’s volunteering to tutor her and offering to drive her home. She can't ignore that his new obsession started after his two-day disappearance last week and that he wears a pendant she’s been drawing for months. When the police show up one night looking for Evan, he begs Julia to run with him, convincing her that Monica is still alive. Julia agrees to go, never guessing where he’s really from.


MY REVIEW

I got all set to talk about the coolest, most awesome thing I loved most about this book, and then last minute I read the summary as I was pasting it from Goodreads, and CRUD. It's not even mentioned. Which means if I talk about it, I will be spoiling it for everybody. Dang it dang it dang it.

Okay, so, fresh approach, avoiding the coolest thing which answers "never guessing where he's really from."

So, obviously, HERE is a mystery. Eh hem. It's also a romance, but it's special in a certain regard, which I can't talk about because that's also not mentioned, and that would be giving away something quite major. Hm...

The amazing thing is, even with so much of the story being a complete surprise (and those surprises being some of most memorable aspects of the book), the summary itself is really compelling even without those spoilers. That should give you an idea of what to expect from HERE.

(I totally just talked in circles--but bear with me.)

So let's focus on non-spoiler things. Like Julia. She's emotional, a little lost, suffering from intense survivor's guilt. The amazing thing is that Julia still manages to come across as a three dimensional character with a well rounded personality; she's not just 'the depressed character." She's got issues outside of the death of her friend Monica. Like her parents. And school. Lack of self confidence. And eerie occurrences (this is where the story elevates to a higher, more intense level). It's got a bit of a science fiction flare, but very accessible, with teen drama that makes the fantasy of it still feel really relatable. Swank captures well that angst that seems to drive teenage existence without overwhelming the reader with it.

It's easy to get carried away with HERE, to just rush through the pages. It's filled with tension that drives you forward, propelling you headfirst into the fantasy element without you even realizing it's happening. It's quite a genre buster--a story that feels like a YA romantic mystery, but it pulls elements from history, sort of...bending them...while throwing in some SF/F that ultimately shapes the mystery into a thriller.

I really like genre busters, so this is awesome.

HERE is cool and different from so much of the YA that is out there now, though I predict we'll see more books like this in the next year or two. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you how it's different without ruining it for you. Just trust me on this.

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Win a Signed copy of HERE by Denise Grover Swank

Hey, guess what? After some pleading and serious whining, I managed to procure a signed copy of Denise's book to give away. Cool, huh? All you have do is fill in your name and email on this form:

Enter HERE to win a Signed HERE by Denise Grover Swank


This giveaway is international and ends Friday, December 16, midnight EST. You must be 13 years old to enter. If you win, you will need to provide an address for shipment. Under 18's must have parent/guardian permission to enter.

Thanks so much for entering and commenting and being all around supreme. Oh, and if you just can't wait to see if you won and would like to pick up a copy of HERE for yourself, check it out on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. But enter anyway. Cuz it's signed.

OH, and come back again because I've got some more surprises for you guys. You realize I haven't done giveaways in like a million years? Let's remedy that. Tomorrow maybe? (Sorry, I'm not trying to be vague--I just never know if I'll find time to do this stuff.)


THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR THE WINNER.


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Be sure to check out what the other Bookanistas are highlighting today!




Elana Johnson roars for FURY
Shannon Whitney Messenger  marvels at A MILLION SUNS plus a preorder giveaway
Carolina M Valdez is all about HERE with giveaway
Gretchen McNeil twirls for AUDITION
Corrine Jackson hails THE CATASTROPHIC HISTORY OF ME AND YOU
Stasia Ward Kehoe is wild for DON’T BREATHE A WORD
Katy Upperman gets in the spirit with ELF ON A SHELF
Nikki Katz dishes on WHY WE BROKE UP




Okay, so this is really weird. I can't figure out why all the names except Nikki's are all white. I tried to fix it and ended up with something weirder than this, so white background it is. Sorry.




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And the winner of HERE by Denise Grover Swank is

Kate A. E.

Congratulations, Kate! Please contact me with an address to which I can send your book. 

Thank you so much to all who entered! More giveaways coming up!

44 comments:

  1. I love a good mystery! And a romance. And, well...this book sounds all kind of fabulous. Great review!

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  2. Ohh, this seems like such an amazing book :D Thank you for giving one away. <3 :)

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  3. I haven't seen HERE before, so thanks for sharing. It sounds like a great book. I enjoy mysteries.

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  4. This sounds like an awesome book and I never heard of it. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  5. Sounds like an amazing book! Thanks for the giveaway

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  6. This is the first I've heard about this book. It sounds SO good. If I don't win, I'll have to hunt down a copy somewhere myself.

    Shelley

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  7. Oh this sounds like an awesome book!

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  8. I missed your awesome reviews, Carol! Another fantastic book to add to my TBR :) Thank you for the giveaway!

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  9. This looks fantastic. So glad you're back and reviewing :)

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  10. It's so hard to write a spoiler-free review sometimes. Your enthusiasm still came through, loud & clear.
    Great review!

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  11. I'm so intrigued by this review and the book in general! HERE seems to have everything I love about YA wrapped into one. Thanks for the recommendation, Carol!

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  12. The sample is on my Kindle as a reminder to buy the book. I love the premise and I liked the writing in the sample. Can't wait! Thanks for not spoiling.

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  13. I'm so excited about this book! So far I've loved everything that Denise has written and now that she's delved into the YA realm, I couldn't be happier!

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  14. Thanks so much. Love the cover and it sounds really good!

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  15. This looks like a cool book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. As always I enjoy your review! Thanks for the chance to win! :-)

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  17. I REALLY want this one! It sounds different and cool! Thanks, C! Miss you:)

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  18. Now, I'm REALLY curious! Haven't heard of this one, so that's for putting it on my radar and thanks for the giveaway! It's nice to see you back! :)

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  19. An interesting book that I would love to read. Thanks!

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  20. I'm soooo curious now - can't wait to find out what happens!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  21. What an interesting premise. definitely going on my TBR list

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  22. This is so intriguing. I can hardly stand the suspense. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. That story sounds so intriguing!!
    XOOXOXOXOOXOXOXOXO for you.

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  24. This is a new one for me. However, I'm really intrigued by it. I'll definitely be checking this one out in the future.

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  25. I love that you could barely say anything about the best stuff in the book and yet made it compelling.

    And now I want to read it.

    A lot.

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  26. Oh my goodness, that cover!!!!

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  27. Sounds like my kind of book. Lots of suspense, mystery and romance.
    Thanks for the great review and opportunity to enter giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  28. I love Genre busters too! It seems like I have been reading alot of the same lately. A change would be nice!

    megnate at telus dot net

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  29. Wow!! That's a cool new book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  30. Book sounds good.

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

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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  31. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Janhvi
    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

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  32. it's nice sometimes to have something different. I didn't know about this one, but now I'm intrigued about it.

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  33. Awesome cover, intriguing plot, oh my! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  34. What an eerie cover! Sounds like something I will definitely be reading.

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  35. Thank you for such a great review. I'll be passing around your page and hope that one of my readers snags up a copy.

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  36. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

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  37. I loved HERE!!! Seriously. You're right there's so much you can't talk about. LOL. You did a great job protecting the secrets. I really, really loved this book!!

    Great review, Carol <3

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  38. Thank you for the awesome review, Carol! And thanks, Erica, for the book love!!!!<3

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  39. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  40. Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds amazing!

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  41. Oooooh! I read the summary and now I'm itching (but not in any contagious rash kind of way) to get my hands on a copy.

    Gonna go sign my name up on that giveaway...hope I'm not too late!

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  42. Thank you so much for the giveaway and for doing it international!! Crossing fingers!

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