Debut Author Challenge # 7: Possession by Elana Johnson…AND a WINNER!

***Ummm…yes, we did schedule a post without adding in our winner…EPIC FAIL. But we have fixed that mistake. Sorry, guys :(***

Reading Song of the Day: “I Will Posses Your Heart” by Death Cab for Cutie

It’s been awhile, but we’re still at the Debut Author Challenge game…and we’re doing pretty well! We’re already on # 7 (out of the 12 required) and there will be two more to come in the upcoming months. This time we present to you another much awaited YA novel: Possession by Elana Johnson. Doesn’t the title alone just pull you in???

Well, if the title isn’t enough, we shall give you what Goodreads has to say…

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.

AND, now we will convince you even more with:

The Top Four Things You Need to Know about Possession:

1. Holy Tech Overload: If you’ve read the book, then you get that line. Point being, this book is full of so many awesome and engaging technologies that it kinda boggles the mind at first. It’s so cool, though…I mean, the characters can actually teleport! This book offers a scary but realistic view of where technology may take us.

2. Vi: The MC has such a strong and engaging voice from page one that I didn’t want to stop reading. I had to get to know this girl. I had to get why she wanted to be bad. As I read on, I realized how refreshing it was to be reading a book from the POV of someone so headstrong. Vi is definitely NOT a damsel in distress.

3. Action: One of the things we struggle with the most is writing action scenes that are engaging and well-written. Elana Johnson obviously does not suffer from this writer’s kryptonite. The action in Possession starts on page four and did not let down from there.

4. Jag’s Jaggy-ness: OMIGOD, Jag’s one of the sexiest, dreamiest, hottest (did I say sexiest?) love interests created in YA. From his tanned skin, to the cocky smile, to the muscles, the shrug, the way he says “Nice”…*sigh* It’s sad, I know, but that is one dreamy mofo! And even though he was supposed to be the “bad” boy, I didn’t view him as all that bad. And I think that’s crucial to creating the relationship that he and Vi form.

If you like…

Books: Matched by Ally Condie, Divergent by Veronica Roth, or Delirium by Lauren Oliver…then you’ll like Possession.

Movies: Terminator, Never Let Me Go, and Aeon Flux…then you’ll like Possession.

Have you read Possession, yet? If so, what’d ya think? If not, what are you waiting for???

Oh, yeah! We also are announcing the winner of the awesome-tastic book from editor extraordinaire Cheryl Klein! So, without further ado the winner of Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults is….

JESSICA LOVE!!!!

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