What a lovely cover, right?
Blurb: 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.
The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson is a gripping novella. We all know I don’t read a lot of novellas but who could resist that cover? It was an interesting story and I liked it, though it suffered from the problems I usually have with novellas, i.e. lack of development. But the unique story made me keep going and the tight-pace made me read it all in one go.
The romance wanted to be swoony. But I couldn’t get past the fact that Tristan had always been there, watching her grow up, and yet due to the differing time-lines, he’d conveniently barely aged. And the twist at the end annoyed me because it felt manufactured. (It was the exact thing I dislike about the kdramas written by the Hong sisters so maybe I wouldn’t have minded it so much if they hadn’t overkilled the trope.)
Trigger-warning: Fern was kidnapped as a child and experimented on by evil scientists. While we never read the details, the idea made me squirmy.
All in all, it was an interesting read and a unique plot. The author has great potential and I’m looking forward to reading her future work. 🙂
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