Saturday, December 1, 2012

Surrender by Elana Johnson

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Elana's debut novel, Possession, is available now from Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster). Learn how to spell and say her name.

Elana 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.

Using her boring human powers, she graduated from Southern Utah University with Summa Cum Laude honors in Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics. She started her teaching career as an upper grade music and art specialist. After a four-year stint in 3rd grade, she is currently the technology specialist.

In her world, Oreos and bacon would be the only food groups. Everyone would drive 10 over the speed limit. Winter would be eliminated as a season, and Jeff Probst would be President. As it is, she lives with her husband and two kids in central Utah, gets cited when she drives too fast and eats Oreos only on special occasions.

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Forbidden love, intoxicating power, and the terror of control…

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….

Surrender is the second book in the Possession series by Elana Johnson. Vi and Jag make impressive reappearances but the story is told from the alternating perspectives of Raine and Gunner. The two point-of-views gives a deeper insight into this dystopian story. One of the most obvious features in Surrender is Elana’s writing abilities of making her amazing world come to life. There is so much to discover and appreciate the complexity of this world. The technological stuff and the unique abilities of the people are quite impressive. The character development is remarkably written well. Readers are exposed to each character’s individual inner feelings and attitude. Although they are so different from one another, Elana does a perfect job in weaving them efficiently to intensify its dystopian appeal. The story is intensely fast-paced that brilliantly mixes dystopian and paranormal for one stunning and original book. There are so many things happening in this book that adds to the series’ plot. Treachery lies, and secrets will surely have readers on the edge of their seats. It has just the right amount of everything that makes an awesome book: action and mystery with plenty of twists that heightens the suspense and romance. Elana’s Surrender is a book that will certainly have readers turning the pages and enjoying every word contained in it. 

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  1. I absolutely LOVED Surrender. So good!! Now I'm so bloody eager for Abandon :)

  2. I loved this book! I cannot WAIT for Abandon!
    Thanks so much for hosting a stop Jean! I will do more promotion in the morning for you. I'm not on the computer today.

  3. This is a great series. Best of luck to all giveaway entrants.