The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson - Reviewed

Monday, January 1, 2018

About the book:

All her life Fern has been told she is blind to reality—but what if she is the only one who can truly see?
Fern Johnson is crazy. At least, that’s what the doctors have claimed since her childhood. Now nineteen, and one step away from a psych ward, Fern struggles to survive in bustling Los Angeles. Desperate to appear “normal,” she represses the young man flickering at the edge of her awareness—a blond warrior only she can see.
Tristan was Fern’s childhood imaginary hero, saving her from monsters under her bed and outside her walls. As she grew up and his secret world continued to bleed into hers, however, it only caused catastrophe. But, when the city is rocked by the unexplainable, Fern is forced to consider the possibility that this young man isn’t a hallucination after all—and that the creature who decimated his world may be coming for hers.

About Kara Swanson:

As the daughter of missionaries, KARA SWANSON spent sixteen years of her young life in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. Able to relate with characters dropped suddenly into a unique new world, she quickly fell in love with the speculative genre and was soon penning stories herself. 
Her co-authored fantasy novel, Pearl of Merlydia was published when she was seventeen. In June of 2017 she independently released her novella, The Girl Who Could See. Kara has also had articles and short stories published—as well as receiving the Mount Hermon Most Promising Teen Writer Award in 2015. 
When she’s not creating new stories and placing characters in peril, she’s probably binge-watching Marvel movies, playing with her huskies, reading till two in the morning or experimenting with a dairy-free mocha Frappuccino (skills, I’m telling you).
You can find her online at, or on her Facebook page (Kara Swanson, Author), Twitter (@kara_author), Instagram (@kara_author), and Pinterest (Kara Swanson, Author).

My Thoughts:

First let me say that Ms. Swanson is an old soul. She writes as well or better than seasoned authors twice her age. 

I am not a big science fiction buff, but I knew after reading just a few sentences that I was going to love this book. 

I was pulled into the world that she created for Fern, and Tristan. These characters jumped straight off of the page, tackling my heart, making me want to read more. 

While this is only a novella, sadly just a novella, it has so much depth. Ms. Swanson makes you care about Fern and Tristan, and everything that is going on in their lives, which is what good authors do.

Ms. Swanson is an author to watch, and I can't wait to read more of her work.


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I really need to get this book - i've heard such great things!


Somehow I missed this comment. Sorry! Yes, you need to read this book! You will love it!

A new to me author. Thanks for sharing a great review and another author that I need to check out!

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