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Scavenger Hunt: Possession series by Elana Johnson

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Today, I’m one of the stops on the Possession series scavenger hunt! I’m glad to welcome author Elana Johnson to my blog today with a guest post about her series. The third and final book, ABANDON, hit shelves June 4! Take it away, Elana! ———- Okay, so Zenn Bower started out as the guy on the outside. The one who, in Possession, left Vi behind in the Goodgrounds to work for the Association. I honestly didn’t think he’d become as integral to the story as he did. But those darn characters, they have a way of sneaking in when you least expect it! At least for me. In all of my books, there’s always at least one character who turns out to be so much more than I first imagined. For the Possession series, that’s Zenn.

 And he’s so important, and so conflicted, and so intertwined, that he got his own short story (free here!) and he narrates half of ABANDON. That’s right– ABANDON is dominated by boys. Zenn, who’s been struggling with the right way to do things, though he knows he wants to think for himself and he wants everyone else to be able to do so also. As ABANDON unfolds, we get to see deeper into Zenn. We get to see with his eyes, and hear with his ears, and wonder what he wonders. He was a challenge to write, because he’s not black and white the way Jag is. Zenn allows for more wiggle room. He sees gray, and he sees other ways to achieve the Resistance’s goals.

In the end, I hope readers love Zenn as much as I do! A song that embodies Zenn: Waiting for the end by Linkin Park. Today’s scavenger hunt can begin here! Somewhere on this map of the Association is the winning city. I’ve mentioned here in this post, and you can find references to it in all of today’s posts. (See complete blog tour here.)

When you know today’s scavenger hunt city, enter it in this form for a chance to win one of six Possession series paperback packages and a $50 Amazon gift card! Continue the scavenger hunt at The Eater of Books, where Alyssa has an exclusive excerpt from Zenn–with another clue for today’s city! As if that weren’t enough, there will be a daily winner of Possession series swag! Enter in the Rafflecopter below. a Rafflecopter giveaway If you get lost, you can always go to Elana’s blog to find your place. Happy hunting!

Simon & Schultz is lowering the price on the eBook of POSSESSION (Book 1- MY REVIEW)! From June 4-11 it will only be $3.99. (Click the cover below to view on Amazon.)

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Waiting On Wednesday: Abandon by Elana Johnson

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly post, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine , where we spotlight a book we are anxiously waiting to be published.

Abandon (Possession #3)
By Elana Johnson
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: June 4, 2013

seduced by power,
broken by control,
and consumed by love…

Vi has made her choice between Jag and Zenn, and the Resistance may have suffered for it. But with the Thinkers as strong as ever, the rebels still have a job to do. Vi knows better than anyone that there’s more at stake than a few broken hearts.

But there is a traitor among them…and the choices he makes could lead to the total destruction of everything Vi has fought for.

Vi, Jag, and Zenn must set their problems aside for the Resistance to have any hope of ending the Thinkers’ reign. Their success means everything…and their failure means death.

This series is so great! See my review for BOOK 1 and BOOK 2. I can’t wait to find out the rest of their story- Vi and Jag, Raine and Gunner! Have you read this series? Do you love it?! You need to read it. It’s really exciting.

What books are you “Waiting On” today?

Books by Elana Johnson (click cover to view on Amazon)

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Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway: Possession by Elana Johnson

I am happy to be a part of the AToMR Blog Tour for Possession and Surrender today! I’ll be reviewing Possession (book 1). Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end! Click HERE to see the tour page.

Title: Possession
Author: Elana Johnson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: June 2011
Pages: 416
Series: Possession #1

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.

My Thoughts:
Oh wow this book was wonderful!!! I loved it and can’t wait to get my hands on Surrender (book 2).

The premise to Possession reminded me of Matched by Ally Condie. It turned out that Possession was very different from Matched, the similarity was the dystopian world which a lot of books have these days.

Violet, Vi for short, was an amazing character, very strong and defiant. At first it was hard to relate to her desire for rule breaking because I’m the opposite of a rule breaker, but as the story went along I understood her more and loved her for her “bad” ways. Jag was funny, confident, and a fellow rule breaker. They made a great team.

There were twists and turns throughout that made me scream and squeal. You know it’s a great read when your emotions are front and center, ready to laugh or yell. The ending was maddening! I’m so glad the 2nd book is already out so I don’t have to wait to see what happens next. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a great romance with an exciting plot in a dystopian world.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) to view details
Sexual Content: mild/moderate ( kissing, lying together to keep warm and sleep, girl in towel in front of boy, kiss on neck, girl’s hand in boy’s back pant’s pocket )
Language: mild/moderate ( d***-29, h***-31, a**-1, bloody-1, sh**-1 )
Violence: mild ( injuries, blood, fights )

I received the book from Elana Johnson. Thank you! I am not paid for my reviews. My reviews are solely my opinion.

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Reviewed by Kathryn Cooper
Creator of Clean Teen Fiction

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Thank you to Elana Johnson for this blog tour giveaway.