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Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Last week a package from Simon and Schuster arrived in the mail. "Odd," I thought,"I doen't remember ordering anything." Imagine my surprise (and delight) when I opened it and saw Elana Johnson's book, POSSESSION. She assured me I must have signed up on her ARC and swag request form.

This is the first ARC I've ever gotten. Also, I don't usually do book reviews. So, like Vi, I'm breaking my own rules.

From the back cover: "Vi knows the Rules: Girls don't walk with boys, and they never even think about kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn...and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi's future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself.

"But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they're set on convincing Vi to become one of them...starting by brainwashing Zenn. Vi can't leave Zenn in the Thinker's hands, but she's wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up the Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous: everything Zenn's not. Vi can't quite trust Jag and can't quite resist him, but she also can't give up Zenn.

"This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play."

POSSESSION is a fast-paced novel. I read it in five days, which is pretty quick for me. I got sucked in by the first page.

Vi longs for her missing father, hates her angry mother, and mourns for her dead older sister. It's no wonder she's a confused rebelling teen. One minute she's madly in love, the next she's madly in hate. All the while she's struggling to be her own person in a world where individuality is suppressed through mind control.

I liked Vi. She has spunk and, without realizing it, a great deal of courage and strength. Lies and deception swirl around her yet she keeps on trying to make sense of her life and to find out her place in this strange world of high technology.

There will be no spoilers here. It is enough to say, Vi has to make a choice, and I was NOT expecting it to end as it did.

Good job Elana!

By the way, hubby read the first few pages and was also sucked right into it.


  1. Oh I am so happy for you! Such a lovely arc to win, too!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  2. How lovely to get a surprise package in the post! I've now seen my first ARC cover and it looks good. And a complete piece of trivia: my delightful mom-in-law is called Vi! :)
    Judy (South Africa)

  3. I'm so looking forward to reading Elana's book! Good for you!

  4. I'm really looking forward to reading this one.

  5. I'm about half way through this right now, and I'm loving it as well. Thanks Bish!

  6. Don't you love surprises in the mail? I'm looking forward to reading this one.

  7. Ooo. Possesion sounds good! The author must have done some great world-building.

    I want to get sucked in too! :)

  8. Oh wow. It sounds like an awesome book. :-)

  9. Awesome! I love the cover, I remember EJ posting it on her blog when it came out. So pretty, and the book sounds fab. I think you should keep breaking rules! ;-)

  10. Thanks, Bish! So glad you enjoyed!

  11. ohhhhh! you lucky girl. What a great surprise! Sounds like something I would love to read.

  12. Oooo, I'm intrigued! I'm looking forward to reading POSSESSION. I'm glad you got an ARC and posted this. Thanks! : )


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