blo Teens Read and Write: POSSESSION by Elana Johnson Review and Giveaway!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

POSSESSION by Elana Johnson Review and Giveaway!

author: Elana Johnson
pub: June 7
genre: Teen Fiction/Dystopian
Vi knows the Rule: Girls don't walk with boys, and they never even thinkabout 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.
POSSESSION is a complex, intriguing ride. Vi is snarky, rebellious and full of spunk -- everything I want in a heroine. Her love interests, the sexy Jag and awesome Zenn, were great. I was a Zenn fan all the way until we started reaching the end and Jag shone brighter.

Great world-building gave me a strong sense of the dystopian landscape without being overboard and bogging down the pace.

And I love that POSSESSION made me think.

As the plot moves along, you realize with Vi that the Goodies (good guys) aren't really good and the Baddies (bad guys) aren't all that bad. Everyone has their own motives towards what they think is the greater good and what they're willing to do to get there. Everyone fell into shades of gray.

What I liked about Vi is that once she figured out where she stood, she made tough decisions and stuck to her morals. A great lesson for us all!

POSSESSION was jam-packed with twists I didn't see coming, even to the very end. So many aspects of manipulation make it extremely hard to decide who and what to trust. It kept me guessing and on my toes!

And the end...well, I can't call it happy. It's a heartbreaker. You could say it leaves a lot of questions but that's not necessarily true. There will be a companion novel out next summer, but there isn't going to be sequel so how it ends gives you all the answers, just not the ones most readers will want.

With strong characters, sexy guys, and tons of twists, POSSESSION is a fun ride. Elana deftly takes readers on an exciting journey where the lines of Good and Bad constantly blur and the infinite Shades of Gray will have you questioning everything!

There's a lot going on this launch week. Check out Elana's blog for more info. There's a blog hop with Ali Cross, Nichole Giles, and Windy Aphayrath where you can write a post on your blog about a time when you broke the rules for a chance to win a hard copy of POSSESSION.

We have two copies to giveaway, just check out the details below!  

Contest Details 
- Be a Follower
- Fill out the Form
- Must be 13 or older
- Open to US
- Enter by Jun 25
Extra Points
- +1 Tweet: Win POSSESSION by @elanaj from @teensrandw
- +1 Leave a Comment


Vivien said...

Thanks so much for hosting this and spreading the word for her!

lulilut said...

Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

Your comment about all the twists has me intrigued. I like trying to figure them out - I don't which I like more - being right or being surprised.

Krista Cubicleblindness said...

Lots of people talking about this one, and it does sound amazing!

Chey said...

Lovely! Thank you very much, I've been wanting to read this! :D

Jessy said...

I am hearing so much hype for this one, I have to get myself a copy!

CrystalGB said...

Sounds good. Thank you for the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

I think I heard James Dashner blurbed it, which is good enough for me. Can't wait to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!

Blodeuedd said...

I do like messed up words and when the bad aren't bad and the good aren't good at all

Tiffany said...

This one looks really good and thanks for the giveaway :)

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I agree with the shades of gray. I felt that was a comment on how we judge others. That and Vi were my favorite parts of the book.

Btw, love those eggs! hee hee!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the review and giveaway! I'm glad to here that Possession made you think - in my opinion, the best dystopias are those that encourage thought.

Devan @ Book Strings said...

This book sounds so great. I keep seeing it everywhere. Thanks for the giveaway!

Unknown said...

This book looks like interesting and fun. I have only started readin dystopian novels recently, but I am loving the genre. :) Thank you for sharing!

Bookish in a Box said...

This sounds awesome! I love books that make me think.

Kara_Malinczak said...

I must admit, this book wasn't at the top of my list, but after reading your review I think I'm moving it up!

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

I've heard that there will be no sequel, which kind of surprised me. That is so rare these days. LOL

Can't wait to meet Vi for myself. She seems like a cool chick.

Thanks for the giveaway! :)

Texas Book Lover said...

This book sounds wonderful!


Eternal Night said...

Love the cover and the book sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway.


latishajean said...

I have been seeing this book everywhere! Thank you so much for the great giveaway!

Lola said...

Sweet! I just picked this book up, and yours is the first review I read! :) Sounds like I'm in for a twisty-fun ride! :)

Anonymous said...

A book that makes you think, that makes you ponder about things...that's a good book you're reading then. (:

This sounds like a great read, and I'm so grateful that you're giving away 2 copies!



minhchieu said...

heard lots of great things about this book,hope i win it!

Bwyatt said...

Thanks for a fabulous giveaway. I've heard great things about this book.


Marg @ Clockwork Reverie said...

I've been iffy about reading this book, but your review makes it sound quite entertaining & exciting.

Btw, thanks for the giveaway!

Bookish Brunette said...

YAY! Thank you!

KT Simpson said...

I really want to read this book! Thanks ;)

Tran D said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I can't wait to read this book!


Anonymous said...!/ChelseaCarson1

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Anonymous said...!/ChelseaCarson1

Thank you for this chance. I love dystopian literature.

Anonymous said...!/ChelseaCarson1

Thank you for this chance. I love dystopian literature.

mendy said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I can't wait to read this book!

Shadow said...

thank you for the giveaway! this book sounds really good!

Angie said...

I've seen this book everywhere. And it looks so good! Thank you so much.

Andra Lyn said...

Love the interview! And thanks for the contest :D

Orchid said...

I am definitely intrigued after reading your review of Possession, especially how the line between good and bad is kind of blurred. :)

Thanks for the great review. :)

iLuvReadingTooMuch said...

I really love this book, but I really want a physical copy of it! Thank you so much for the giveaway :D

Chen Yan Chang said...

Possession looks like an awesome book! Dystopian is my current favorite genre ever since The Hunger Games came out!

I tweeted about the contest here:!/nodizzies/status/83048067082878977

lindseybousfield said...

This book looks great! Would love to read it!

Taffy said...

I hope to read more of Elana's books for a long time! THANKS for the giveaway.

Kaye M. said...

Sounds like a good one!

latanya t said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

Krystal Larson said...

Thank you so much!

Sana Saboowala said...

Thanks for the giveaway! The review really did blow my mind!

Veronica said...

I've been looking forward to this book but haven't read it yet. I love the cover.

Lauren said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I can't wait to read this!

Diana said...

I'm a new follower :) please count me in!


tfalick said...

I am DYING to get my hands on THIS BOOK! THANK YOU for this amazing chance to win it!

here is my tweet!!/tfalick/status/83434435382480897

Mickey said...

Great giveaway. Can't wait to read this book. Thanks!

Mickey @ imabookshark

Anonymous said...

You are Awesome! Thanks for the giveaway.

Gigi said...

Thank u for the giveaway!
i tweeted:!/Gisselle_Alv/status/83622827684675584


Jolene and Family said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway and chance to win. I would love to win this


SiNn said...

awesome give away ty !

I tweeted!/Bainesgoddess/status/83729899705217024

Linda: Book Ninja said...

I'm dying to get my hands on Possession.


Joanna said...

I first heard about Possession when Elana describe the story on a video feed for Ever since then, I've wanted to read Possession. I love dystopian novels, and this one sounds great. After reading your review, I anticipate the read even more.

Proof I tweeted:!/Joanna9273/status/83776393904799744

Hailey Miller said...

This sounds like an awesome read! Though the love triangle kind of kills stuff for me, I'm willing to overlook it since this books sounds so amazing!

Hailey Miller said...

Oh, and I tweeted!!/Shadowofwonder/status/83866439223738368


Bookworm Lisa said...

I would love to have a copy of this book!

vampireprincess said...

Great giveaway

vampireprincess said...

Trent lives in a haunted manison

Mandroid said...

With each review I've read about Possession, I've wanted to read it more and more. Thanks for the giveaway!

workingforthemandroid at gmail dot com

Mary @SweepingMe said...

Thanks for the review and giveaway. I tweeted/@sweepingme.

Mary_Reiss @

Stacy said...

Thanks for the review and the giveaway, can't wait to read it.

the imagine tree at aol dot com

Ashley said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Aydrea said...

I have heard good and bad things about this book, so I am excited to read it to see what I think.

Mare/TommyGirl said...

Sounds like a great book.

(I tweeted -!/tommygirl/status/84452827279269888)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I tweeeted here:
And I am a GFC follower (carolsue)
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