Win SURRENDER and POSSESSION by Elana Johnson!

Happy Monday all!

I know I changed the blog schedule to Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, but this post has been in the works for several months. That's when I signed up to be part of Elana Johnson's SURRENDER blog tour.

As many of you know, SURRENDER is the companion novel to Elana's debut POSSESSION, and I hope there's another one in the works because SERIOUSLY I MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT AAAAAHHHHH!!!

But I'm getting ahead of myself. First a bit about the author and the book, and then the review. And after that I'm going to GIVE STUFF AWAY!

(I know how much you all love it when I give stuff away.)

Onward!

Elana Johnson 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.

Elana's works, 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.

You can find her on her blog, Facebook or Twitter.




From Goodreads:
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....

One of my favorite pieces of writing advice ever is from the awesome Terry Brooks and it goes like this. The strenth of the protagonist is determined by the strength of the antagonist. In other words, your heroes are only as strong as the villains they are up against.

If that's true, then Elana Johnson's characters have strength in spades. This isn't one of those neatly packaged dystopias where the heroes decide to rebel or escape and somehow make it happen with only two or three major complications. This is dystopia in the old school tradition, where impossible choices and double crosses and bittersweet victories are the rule of the day. A world where your friend can be brainwashed into your enemy and there's no one you can fully trust. There were many points in the book where I honestly wondered how the crap these poor kids were going to get out at all. (And I'm usually pretty good at guessing that sort of thing.)

And did I mention impossible choices? Like loving two people in totally different ways and not wanting either of them to get hurt and NOT BEING ABLE TO STOP THAT FROM HAPPENING? I'm not a fan of love triangles in general, but the ones in these books feel sad and real and...well...impossible!

The upshot is, that I feel like I've been through a lot with Raine and Gunner and Vi and Jag and the rest of them. I'm invested and I want to know what happens next!

*pokes Elana* *grins*

So now that I've told you all about the book, on to the contest. And this one is super simple. All you have to do is leave a comment! One lucky winner will receive both the hardcover of SURRENDER, and the shiny white hardcover of the first book POSSESSION.  The contest is international, and ends midnight,  PST on July 30th.

Go forth and enter!



30 comments:

  1. Woot! I like shiny hardcovers. :3 I want a butterfly in an ice cube.

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  2. I absolutely love this series. I've just been dying to get my hands on Surrender.  Thanks for the great giveaway!

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  3. I've been wanting to read Possession forever.  And now that I know the antagonist is a huge bad ass, I want to read them even more!

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  4. Ahh hardcovers giveaway?! This is so great :D Thanks you so much :)

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  5. Ugh, I love hardcovers so much! It bums me out when I buy paperbacks, even though it's easier on the bookish tab lol. Thank you for the awesome opportunity!

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  6. I AM CURRENTLY ASSUMING THE FORM OF A GIANT WIBBLING BUNDLE OF WANT!!! Even if I don't win this, I may have to get hold of these books anyway - TO THE ZON!  - because they look awesome.

    But I'm entering anyway. In the vain hope. Because I'm optimistic like that *grins*

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  7. I want to read both books sooo badly! They have been on my TBR list for so long! 

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  8. I've read the first one like 3 times & I have been trying to convince my mom to let me get the next one. Hopefully I can win this so I can finally read Surrender! So until then I will keep rereading Possession! :D

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  9. the girl with the book SJuly 23, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Great giveaway! I've been dying to read both these books. 

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  10. Ginny YoungbloodJuly 23, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Oh wow! Thank you for this giveaway! I just recently read Possession and was absolutely blown away by the sheer awesomeness of it!

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  11. I love both books. Since I have them, let someone else win.

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  12. I don't generally like dystopians, but I've been curious about these books for a long time...

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  13. Ooo, how easy to enter! That quote by Terry Brooks is fantastic and I will definitely copy and paste it on my desktop where I can regularly see it. Loved it as always! :)

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  14. I do so love a good dystopian story... I hope I win! Thanks for highlighting these; they sound great! 

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  15. What an awesome review! If these books weren't already on my TBR list, they would be now. :D

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  16. Maggie Desmond-O'BrienJuly 24, 2012 at 11:09 PM

     I'd never heard of these before, but they sound great. And they've got some of the best covers I've seen lately!

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  17. You do a great promotion, Miriam. What I'm really waiting for, though, is YOUR book! Saw the photo of them. =D
     

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  18. Maybe the reason that I haven't heard of this yet is that I don't like dystopia? What an excuse!

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  19. I've wanted to read Possession and Surrender for AGES! I've heard SO many good things about Possession. I love the covers, they are gorgeous! 

    Thank you soooo much for hosting this giveaway!
    Sam S.

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  20. This series rocked my world.  When I read Surrender, I was ABSOLUTELY blown away by everything. I NEED MORE. :)

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  21. Love the covers!! *-*

    I really want to win! The story sounds so interesting!

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  22. Wow! Great giveaway...I've had these on my TBR list forever. Thanks!

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  23. I love the covers to these books and have been wanting them a while. Thank you for the chance. 

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  24. I'd love to win these books! Thanks for sharing your review. 

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  25. Squeee!  I've had my eye on these books for a while now.  They're on my wishlist shelf on Goodreads!  I think they sound awesome and the covers are *both* to die for!  They're simple but still memorable and eye-catching.

    Thanks so much for this AWESOME giveaway!  Fingers and toes be crossed ;)

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  26. I have heard beautiful things about Possession, and I badly want to read the book. I love dystopian novels and it's hard to resist when it comes to Possession with forbidden love.

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  27. I just love Jag. Nothing left to say! Beautiful.

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  28. I've been hearing the buzz about these books forever! I really need to finally read it lol Thanks so much for the opportunity! :-)

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  29. AAAAH! I am dying to read the sequel to Possession! Thanks for this great contest! ;-)

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