Thursday, April 14, 2011

Bookanista Review: Possession, by Elana Johnson--AND AN ARC GIVEAWAY!!!!

Yay--I FINALLY get to do a Bookanista review for the lovely, talented, and all around frawesome, Elana Johnson, and her fabulous dystopian debut: POSSESSION.

*tosses confetti*

I wanted to do it weeks ago, but I knew I should wait until we were a little closer to the release. (*cue impatient grumbling*) But we have finally passed the less-than-2-months mark--so YAY I GET TO GUSH!!!

Thank GOODNESS.

So let's start with the GORGEOUS cover--one of my hands down favorites of the year (maybe even of all time):
And the blurb from the publisher:

Vi knows the Rule: 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 Thinkers’ hands, but she’s wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with 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 on Zenn.

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


So cool, right? And I'm not even *that* big of a dystopian fan. But, I mean, a game of control or be controlled? Yeah, that's almost too awesome for words.

Now, it's always hard for me to do a review for someone that everyone knows is my friend--because I always wonder if everyone will think I'm biased. So usually I try to back up my claim with all kinds of specifics to prove I'm not idly impressed. But POSSESSION is so full of twists and turns and surprises, I can't really discuss the plot without giving something crucial away--and I am not a fan of spoilers. 

So...dilemma. 

How do I convince you of its general awesomeness without revealing anything--and without rambling too long either? (Elana is famously not a fan of the long blog post, and I promised myself that when I reviewed her book I'd do my best to keep it short and clear). 

So here's my simple statement--and I hope it's extreme enough to make my point: If I had to choose between a lifetime supply of Twizzlers and this book, I'd choose this book. And it wouldn't even be a hard decision.

But don't take my word for it. Read it yourself and see what you think. And I know it doesn't come out for almost two months (though that's really not that long--eeeeeee!). That's why I'm giving away my shiny POSSESSION ARC to one of you. 

To enter, simply follow my blog and leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm PDT on Saturday, April 23rd. I'll post the winner on Sunday, April 24th. International entries welcome!

98 comments:

  1. I'm very excited about this, and two months is a long time! A very long time. :)

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  2. I have already preordered this book, but I would love to win an ARC copy and read it even sooner. Must be fabulous if you would pick the book over twizzlers. :)

    Thanks for the contest!

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  3. Ha, I don't dare to hope I could win two contests in a row, but OMG I'M DYING FOR ELANA'S BOOK, so I'll enter anyway. ;)

    Hope revisions are going well.

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  4. I want, I want, I want, I want, I WANT! Can I please have? The cover is stunning. The plot, amazing. The author, sexy. I need to POSSESS this book already!

    Thank you so much for the awesome contest and for making it international! <3

    hanging.by.a.moment_@hotmail.com

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  5. I have it and am giving it away on my blog on Monday so don't enter me. I agree it was fabulous. And my daughter loved it so much that she controlled it for a day while she read it. We were supposed to be sharing it. Oh well, it was great seeing her so into a book.

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  6. I won't enter, because I've already preordered my copy, so this is just a quick comment to squee in anticipation. Eeeee!

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  7. I've been looking forward to this book since I first heard about it when researching debut authors for 2011. I can't wait to read it--and it would be so sweet if I could get it NOW rather than waiting two months! Thanks for the giveaway :D

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  8. I've been waiting like so many other folks to read this. Yay Elana! When Shannon chooses your book wins over a life time supply of Twizzlers, gasp! Well, it's a winner!

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  9. I've been following Elana for a long time--would love an early copy. :)

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  10. Ohh. Can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the chance to win it!

    britneywyatt[at]gmail[dot]com

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  11. This book sounds AMAZING! Can't wait for it to come out!
    Thanks for the contest!

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  12. Dystopia is booming at the moment. I've heard some really good things about this book, and the author sounds awesome. Can't wait to read this, thanks for the giveaway!

    cc932005 at hotmail dot com

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  13. It must be really good to give up twizzlers if you would give those up for it, I can't wait to read it.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  14. Huzzah for international contests, count me in!
    - Sophia.

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  15. Book sounds very interesting and the cover is amazing!!! Thanks for the giveaway.

    artgiote at gmail dot com

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  16. Haaaaaaaaa this book has been on my radar for a while now ! I can't get enough of dystopian books and I can't wait for this one!!! Thank you so much for making this contest international :):):):):):)

    allie_141@hotmail.com

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  17. I'm down to be possessed by this book.

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  18. I want to be entered. I feel like I've been waiting for this book forever.

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  19. I'm DYING to read this book! I've heard great things about it! :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    ivykiddo@gmail.com

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  20. I'm so excited for this book. The more I hear about it, the more amazing it sounds! Yikes!

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  21. I'm a follower. :) Thanks for the great giveaway! :D

    naruto_and_hinata(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  22. I so can´t wait for this book! Thanks for the giveaway

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  23. Sounds great

    gfc follower

    vidishamun@gmail.com

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  24. yay yay yay! ARCs are my favorite. :)

    katiebk12@gmail.com

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  25. THANKS SO MUCH I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS BOOK!!!

    ashtreygonesmokeya@yahoo.com

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  26. I've been wanting to read this ever since I heard about it! Here's hoping I win!

    sixbird(at)msn(dot)com

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  27. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. Sounds like a really great book. Tore923@aol.com

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  28. You have me convinced . . . can't wait to read it.

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  29. Oh man, can I make more than one comment? How about a comment every five minutes? :) Ha, can you imagine seeing my eyes in your comment section that many times. Creepy much? I'll spare you the experience. I just really want this book that's all! Thanks for the review and giveaway. Even if I don't win I WILL be reading this when it comes out.

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  30. Okay, so that twizzlers comment was probably the BEST REVIEW EVER. Seriously, convinced me more than anything i HAVE to read this book.

    So of course, you can definitely count me in for the ARC

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  31. I can't wait to read this book. I hope I win.

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  32. Yes, please!

    Can't wait to read this book.

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  33. It sounds so great! I'm so excited for Elana!

    kathrynroberts @ hotmail.com

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  34. looks and sounds good!! thanks!

    stacey
    luv2knitnsew@gmail.com

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  35. I've been waiting to read this one for such a long time. Thanks for the chance to win an early copy.

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

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  36. Soo can not wait to read this! I'd probably be bias too, Elana is awesome.

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  37. Ooo, I'm in love with dystopias right now, and everything I've seen about Possession seems awesome. Plus I don't feel like I'm a real part of the lit community til I've won an ARC, lol

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  38. Ahhhh! Can't wait to read Elana's book!

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  39. Ooh! This is an exciting one! I've been waiting on it for FOREVER. (Wait. Wrong author. That's Maggie...)
    Anyways, thanks for letting us pry your fingers off your ARC!
    Follower, of course :)
    rivkarno1(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  40. Obviously, Shannon, you will give this book to me.

    And random.com had better cooperate. :D

    And yes, I'm a guy, and I don't read this sort of thing much. But the concept is really cool.

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  41. Terry Tibke reads your blog? I thought that guy didn't actually exist.

    I just finished this the other day, and I loved it, but I totally agree, it's almost impossible to describe without giving SOMETHING away.

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  42. Heard fantastic things about this one. I'm going to see Elana at an event next month and I'm pretty excited! Thanks for the giveaway!!
    jackie_love35@msn.com

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  43. This book sounds awesome! Elana Johnson is having a launch party in SLC in June that I'm hoping to go to. Thanks for the giveaway!

    mrsboswellsbooks@gmail.com

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  44. Well, if this book is even a fraction of Elana's awesome, then I totally believe your book over Twizzlers endorsement. Excited to read this! :D

    And as usual, thanks for the giveaways!

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  45. Yay! I'm looking forward to this one!

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  46. Entering the ARC giveaway! I hadn't heard about this book, but it sounds fantabulous and right up my alley. Thanks for everything!

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  47. I'd love to read this. It sounds so good. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  48. So excited about Elana's book. I can't wait to read it. Especially since 4 of my CPs already have (and keep telling me how much it rocks!). :)

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  49. So exited to see Elana's book making the ARC rounds! Cover art that's Elana-worthy is a bonus. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

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  50. The blurb kinda makes me think of a mix between Matched and The Hunger Games. Sounds pretty interesting to me!

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  51. I want this, I want this, I want this.

    I REALLY want this.

    I do not doubt its awesomeness. It's Elana after all.

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  52. I was so jealous when one of my CPs got her hands on a POSSESSION ARC. I need to get one so that I can make others jealous. Bwahahahaha!

    Jeanne

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  53. I am so excited about Elana's book! So glad I found your blog. =)

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  54. *gasps* *clutches at heart* *falls to floor*

    The excitement might just be too much for me. I. Want. This. BOOK!

    So, please enter me. Pretty please. (I am so excited for this book!)

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  55. I'm so excited for this book to come out. It is in my Kindle wish list.

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  56. I sooo want to read this book, sounds amazing. Thanks so much for the chance to win

    GFC follower
    june111(at)att(dot)net

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  57. This book sounds amazing!!I would love to read it.

    yilingni@yahoo.com

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  58. I'm a follower and def dying to read this one! :)

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  59. You don't have to convince me that this book rocks. I have NO doubts that it does.

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  60. I read amazing things about this book, that now i'm curious XDD I want to read it!

    sweet.sayumi@yahoo.com.br

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  61. Awesome, I'd love to read it! I love the cover, it's simple but interesting.

    magabygc AT gmail.com

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  62. Want! Now that I know how twisty it is, I'm even more dying for this book. *shakes fist indignantly* Why do the cover and blurb have to be so awesome? And the date so far away?

    Of course I follow your blog. Count me in, please. Thank you, Shannon!

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  63. This is so awesome I've been dying to read this pick.
    *crossing my fingers*
    Pokadots1121@yahoo.com

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  64. I'm excited to read this one after reading your review! thanks for the giveaway.

    Reading Hobby~

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  65. So stoked to read this one! Please count me in.

    sauvadeavelle @ yahoo.com

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  66. I would love to read this one. Thanks!

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  67. Thanks for the giveaway! Can't wait to read this book!
    GFC follower: Lexie@BookBug
    Email: lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

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  68. I'd love to play please.

    Already a follower.

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  69. Yay!!! I've been waiting and waiting for this book!
    I'm a GFC follower
    emmanemgirl@gmail.com

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  70. Thanks for a great giveaway! I love dystopian fiction.

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  71. giveaway!!
    yay!!=D

    im a gfc follower
    im an email subscriber too

    pls enter me..
    i really wanted to read this book.

    virginiamaeroque@yahoo.com

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  72. The cover is gorgeous. I can't wait to read Possession! Hopefully I'll win! :D

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  73. YAY ! you have the book to give :) want one..want one !!

    - a follower

    uniquas at ymail dot com

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  74. I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to have the Possession in my possession :)

    Thanks for the giveaway, you're awesome as always!

    judittten at gmail dot com

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  75. Wow, better than a lifetime supply of Twizzlers?? That must be a great book!

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  76. This sounds like a super awesome dystopian. Can't wait to read it!

    whatinabox at gmail dot com

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  77. I've been dying to read Possession. I can't wait!

    I'm an old GFC follower

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  78. I've heard a lot about this book over the last few weeks. Everytime I see something new I get just that bit more excited. Thanks.

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  79. Would love to win! The cover is just gorgous and it sounds like an awesome read.

    dbookstrings(at)gmail(dot)come

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  80. everytime I read a Bookanista post, I'm like 'wow, what a bunch of cool people in an awesome club' followed by ' i wish i was that cool' but anyway -

    thanks for the giveaway! Possession is on my Debuts to read list and *finger crossed and then double crossed*

    callmeghostgirl@yahoo.com.au

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  81. I have seen this book since last year. I hope I can read it also just like you

    aleetha.ally at gmail dot com

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  82. This looks really great! Thanks!

    GFC follower

    thegirlonfire

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

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  83. Thanks for the exciting (and mysterious) review! I'd love to win this book of Elana's!!! Thanks for the opportunity. :)

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  84. This book sounds exciting! I'd love to read it!

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  85. I really want to read this book. The cover is gorgeous.

    Great review! I have the same problem; if a book is FANTASTIC I want to gush about it a LOT. Which of course makes the review longer. lol.

    thank you!

    ashelynnsanford AT hotmail DOT com.

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  86. Awesome contet!

    spicedice45@gmail.com

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  87. I want to read this book so bad! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  88. Yay!! Sounds like a whole lot of awesome-sause!

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  89. What a promising review. I'd love to win!

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  90. Can't wait to read this.
    k_anon[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk

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  91. I am so excited for this book. thank you for this cool giveaway!



    -Lasha

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  92. Oh Shannon how I love thee! lol. Thanks so much for this giveaway. Really been wanting to read this one. :D

    I'm a follower, naturally.

    ~Briana
    thebookpixie[at]yahoo[dot]com

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