Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Wednesday Reads

So, on Friday, I'll be participating in Elana Johnson's blog tour event where I post about a time I didn't surrender, in honor of her book release (SURRENDER). I have read this book and LOVE it! Make sure you scroll to the end of this post for my review. You can participate in the blog tour too for a chance to win.

In her own words:

All you have to do is blog about a time you didn't surrender. Trained for a marathon? Queried agents? Had to study for an entrance exam? I'm looking for inspirational stories that you have experienced. Hard things you've accomplished because you didn't give up. I want to be inspired by you!

Anyone who blogs this week for the theme can enter to win one of three $15 B&N gift cards. Everyone who blogs this week will receive a SURRENDER swag package.

Don’t blog? Put the cover of Surrender up on your FB wall, or pin it on Pinterest, or change your twitter avatar to the cover. Use the words “Never Surrender” somewhere to go with the picture, and link back to this post.

Sign up in this form to make sure you get the swag package. Elana will visit each blog to read your inspirational "never surrender" moments. Sign your blog up to participate in the Never Surrender blogfest linklist below.

This is Elana:

Bio: Elana's work including POSSESSION, REGRET, and SURRENDER is available from Simon & Schuster wherever books are sold. She is the author of From the Query to the Call, an ebook that every writer needs to read before they query, which can be downloaded for free on her website. She runs a personal blog on publishing and is a founding author of the QueryTracker blog. She blogs regularly at The League of Extraordinary Writers, co-organizes WriteOnCon, and is a member of SCBWI, ANWA and LDStorymakers.

She wishes she could experience her first kiss again, tell the mean girl where to shove it, and have cool superpowers like reading minds and controlling fire. To fulfill her desires, she writes young adult science fiction and fantasy.

This is Elana on dru....oh, wait, no, this is Elana's book:

About SURRENDER: Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi.
All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn.
Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque…. 

This book grabbed me from page one and wouldn't let me go until the end. It was full of suspense and heartache and romance and action. Gunner was an amazing lead. And Raine was multi-layered and shared the second voice for the dual POV structure amazingly. Even if you haven't read book 1 in this series--POSSESSION--I think SURRENDER stands strong on its own. But having read POSSESSION, it made the world even more rich. I loved this book.


  1. I'm looking forward to getting this book. It will be my first purchase on my new kindle.

  2. I LOVED POSSESSION & just ordered SURRENDER. And I totally want to get my blog up & running just to participate & support Elana! She's an amazing writer, not to mention a huge boost to the writing--especially YA--community. Way to go Kasie for highlighting a great book & a sweet author. :D
    *scurries to blogspot tutorial* LOL

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