Thursday, May 24, 2012

Bookanista Review: SURRENDER, by Elana Johnson--and an ARC Giveaway!

Don't go into shock--but I actually have Bookanista Review for you guys this week!!!! (I know, I've been so remiss. Curse KEEPER 2 for eating up all my reading time! *shakes fist*)

Anyway, I'm back just in time to feature a book I was lucky enough to read an early version of quite some time ago (so I didn't have to wait to know what happened like you all did--neener neener!) SURRENDER, by the ever-fabulous Elana Johnson.

Here's how the publisher describes the story:

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...

I'll confess, I'm going to have to keep this review short--NOT because I don't want to gush endlessly about the book. But because it's SO HARD to talk about a second book--especially THIS second book--without totally spoiling the first book for people. And if you haven't read POSSESSION you DO NOT want me to spoil that for you. Trust me on that!

So all I'm going to say is, if you're already a fan of this series, you will not be disappointed. (Even by the fact that its told from the POV of new characters, I promise!) Elana brings back everything you loved about POSSESSION and then takes it all to the next level. (And as someone who is currently still waging war on her own sequel, I'm even MORE impressed with the way Elana did it. It's NOT an easy thing to do. ) And if you haven't tried this series yet, get thee to the bookstore or library--stat! If you need more convincing, I've gushed about POSSESSION HERE.) 

I really wish I could say more, but seriously, I don't want to ruin anything. But I'll make up for the vague review with an awesome giveaway. I happen to have an ARC of SURRENDER, and I'm giving it away to one of you!!!!

And to make things a bit more fun this time, the Lovely Elana (seriously, check out the hawtness in her new author photo below) has turned this contest into a game. She's given me two truths and a lie, and to enter you need to leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm pacific time on Friday June 1st, and in that comment you must guess which one is the lie (getting the answer right isn't required for winning, though I must say, Elana made this fairly easy on you guys!)

Two Truths and a Lie--Guess which is which!

1. One idea I had for this second book was to have Jag Barque’s son narrate.

2. SURRENDER took 25 days to write.

3. There is no kissing in this book.

I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Saturday, June 2nd. That's it--that's all there is to it. Though I do also *hope* that whoever wins will end up posting a review for the book somewhere--or blogging/tweeting/FB-ing about it--to help spread the love and get some more mileage out of the prize. I can't require that for entry. But I'm hoping the winner will feel inspired to. :) 



For more fabulous book recommendations, check out what my fellow Bookanistas are talking about:

Stasia Ward Kehoe unearths “shadowy” YA titles

LiLa Roecker interviews an actual Young Adult

Jessica Love is all about IN HONOR

Christine Fonseca interviews author Jo Ramsey


  1. I'm not entering the contest because I have an ARC. But I just want to say that this is one of the best second books in a series that I've read. I loved Raine and Gunner, the new POV characters. And the plot is always moving. This book is awesome!

  2. I already have it, but Elana is the best. I bet she did write in in 25 days, since we all know about her commando revisions process.

  3. 25 days to write! That's crazy~

  4. Oooh, I've been wanting to read this. I'm guessing that #2 is the truth, since well, it's be a bummer if there wasn't any kissing :) Also, I lurv her new photo!

  5. Oooo! I'd love to win this! As for the truths and lie? I don't know! I'd guess #2 is the lie but according to Matt, I would likely be wrong.

  6. Okay, you've convinced me, Shannon. Going out to read possession now, and entering this contest.

    Um, being a really fast writer myself, I'm actually inclined to believe #2. Is #1 the lie?

  7. I'd bet #3 is the lie. No kissing in a YA book? What?! Ok, so it happens, but not often and I have a feeling with Vi, Zenn, and Jag all together SOMEONE has to kiss SOMEONE.

  8. Maybe a rough outline in 25 days? Possession has been on my to-read list, and now I'll be able to read both books together. Thanks for sharing your ARC.

  9. I'm going with #2. And if that isn't a lie, hats off to you Elana.

  10. I'm going to go with #2, although a part of me is leaning toward #1 as the lie.

  11. I'm torn between #2 and #3 but I think I will go with #2.

  12. I'm guessing that #2 is the lie, and if it isn't, whoa, very impressive :)
    I've requested Possession at my library, and I'd love to read Surrender as well! Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. If Canada is eligible please enter me.

    #2 seems crazy. But i can't believe that there could be a YA book without kissing #3. So i will say that #3 is the lie.
    jlkalman26 at gmail dot com

  14. I think #3 is the lie!!!

    I cannot WAIT any longer for this bloody book...just sayin.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  15. I sure hope #3 isn't true!

  16. I already have a copy, so don't enter me :) This is SUCH A GREAT BOOK!!!!! Everyone needs to read it!

  17. I just started rereading Possession to prep for this book.

    I think it's #3 that's the lie. At least, I hope so. I can't imagine a non-kissing book.

  18. I *think* number 3's the lie!
    But I want this!! Ack!

  19. I think too that #3 is a lie!
    No kissing!? :O

  20. I would have to say #2 is a lie. 25 days does not seem possible.


  21. #3 has to be the lie;)
    I think #2 is the truth. I am amazed that a book could be written this quickly, but it has been done. I bow to you for that accomplishment!

  22. I'm of the opinion that #1 is the truth and #3 is the lie. I can't believe there's no kissing when three hot characters get together.
    And I'm so impressed that it only took 25 days to write. Make friends with Steven King who also pumps out books in one month. Or Patterson. Go Elana! Go! :)

  23. I think #3 is the lie! I can't wait to read this book!


  24. Hello, sweet Shannon! Sorry I haven't been around for a while. Life dragged me under for a bit.

    I loved this one just as much as Possession--it's awesome! :)

  25. I hope this book has kidding in it. :) christy at dorrity dot net

  26. Malvina BeatriceMay 26, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    I think #3 is the lie. I would really love to read this book.


  27. for me is the 'no kissing' thing. That must be a lie!

  28. Hello!

    I'm going to say that #1 and #2 are the truths and #3 is the lie.

    Have a great weekend!

  29. I would have to say #2 is a lie, unless you are a cyborg!
    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

  30. I'm guessing number 1 is the lie. I fully expect that Elana (bows down) could write a first draft in 25 days. :)


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