{Review+G!veaway} Here by Denise Grover Swank

April 10, 2012 Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews 33

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
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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! 

5/5 Gavels

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 denisegroverswank@gmail.com 
You can also follow her on Twitter: @DeniseMSwank or  friend her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deniseswank
You can follow the rest of the blog tour HERE (see what I did there? hehe)
I have an ecopy of HERE to giveaway today to one lucky person! 
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33 Responses to “{Review+G!veaway} Here by Denise Grover Swank”

  1. Dynie

    I think I’m going to love trying to figure this book out. Right now I’m not sure what’s going on but I can’t wait to find out. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. 😉

  2. Na

    I always enjoy stories where I can relate with her characters. I’ve read Chosen by Denise Grover Swank and really enjoyed it. I definitely have my eye on HERE.

  3. Ems

    This is one that I’d pick up just for that fabulous cover. The synopsis just seals the deal. Been wanting to read it…thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Kelly

    Seems like a very different concept. Wasn’t going to read it but after reading several different reviews, it is now on my tbr list. Thanks!

  5. Lee Black

    This sounds like a great book! I will be putting it on my to read list! Thanks for the giveaway and great review!

  6. me

    This book seems to be very good, and judging by your review, I’m probably not too far off on this one. The cover is very gripping; however, I feel as if I’ve seen it before many times. I like the title: it is interesting, original, and just vague enough that I feel the need to find out the meaning. Definitely going in my TBR pile!

  7. Sarika

    Great review! I love the cover of HERE and am definitely looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂

  8. Vickie

    I was sort of turning away from this book until I started reading your review. It intrigued me and made me want to know what the book was about. I have to say I’m interested now and I might give it a chance 🙂 Thanks!

  9. Michelle Chew

    It seems like Evan was trying to get close to Julia and I’m interested to know why. Characters that are easily connected are always a plus points in books. Thanks for sharing the review and having the giveaway.

  10. Phoenix Carvelli

    Wow! This one sounds like a book that keeps you on your mental game! Adding it to my TBR List!
    Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway!
    PhoenixCarvelli at gmail dot com

  11. Emily

    Your review was great! I can’t wait to read the book now! I’d heard of it before, but it never really peaked my interest. Now it is definitely on my to-read list! 🙂

  12. PuttPutt1198Eve

    Obviously you enjoyed this book despite the times you had difficulty determining which character was speaking. Thanks for letting me know about that possible problem so that I won’t let it bother me!

  13. brendajean

    Ahhh! I love that this was a Dusty Books read. Nothing is better than finally getting to a book you’ve put off only to find it is fantastic! Thanks for the great review:)

  14. rachchan2006

    Not only is the cover gothic-ly beautiful, but you’ve praised this book so effusively it sounds amazing! Really hoping I win this giveaway, so I can get a chance to read it…

  15. Dynie

    I read the synopsis several reviews about this book and decided that I couldn’t wait to try to win it. I bought it and wiil be reading very soon. I have to find out what’s going on Here.

    This is for blogoversary #2. Thanks.

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