Here by Denise Grover Swank Pages: 350 Publication Date: November 11th 2011 by CreateSpace Age Group: YA Source: Blog Tour Series: On the Otherside #1 Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, TBR pile challenge, Dusty Reads Challenge Buy this Book :Amazon Summary(from Goodreads):
Sixteen year old Julia Phillips buries herself in guilt after killing her best friend Monica in a car accident. Julia awoke in the hospital with a broken leg, a new talent for drawing and false memories of the accident, in which she dies and Monica lives. The doctors attribute this to her head injury, but no one can explain how a bracelet engraved with her name ended up at the scene of the accident. A bracelet no one has ever seen before. Classmate Evan Whittaker paid Julia no attention before the accident, let alone after. Now suddenly he’s volunteering to tutor her and offering to drive her home. She can’t ignore that his new obsession started after his two-day disappearance last week and that he wears a pendant she’s been drawing for months. When the police show up one night looking for Evan, he begs Julia to run with him, convincing her that Monica is still alive. Julia agrees to go, never guessing where he’s really from.
This is such an awesome book! I could not put it down! Here is mysterious and the characters are enthralling. I spent the first 30% of the book trying to figure Evan out along with Julia. Speaking of Julia, I immediately connected with her. I felt so bad for her and all she has had to go through. But when she starts to get her “spark” back is when she really got to me. I think everyone will be able to relate to Julia, and that is one of the beautiful things about Denise’s writing. There are two main guys in this book- Evan and Reese but so much of the story focuses on Evan that it was hard to get to know Reese as well. But I ended up liking both of them, and I think I may just be as confused as Julia. I can’t wait to see what happens in book 2!! At times it was hard to determine who was saying what, and what was just a character’s thoughts, but I think that might have just been the formatting of the review copy I had. HERE sets the stage for what is going to be an AMAZING series. The second book is called THERE and I am already dying to read it. HERE is one of my favorites for 2012 for sure! The concept is soo cool! You will just have to read it to find out what I mean. This is one book that you definitely do not want spoilers for. I don’t want to tell you anything so you can experience it all for yourself. I will tell you this. The writing is great, the characters are well fleshed out and really likable, and the world building is incredible! You need to read HERE right now!
Denise Grover Swank lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She has six children, three dogs, and an overactive imagination. She can be found dancing in her kitchen with her children, reading or writing her next book. You will rarely find her cleaning. Denise is represented by Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor Literary.
You can find out more about Denise and her other books at www.denisegroverswank.comor email her at firstname.lastname@example.org