Here by Denise Grover Swank


Denise Grover Swank has done it again! Here is a fabulous book. Fab-u-lous!

After surviving an accident that took the life of her best friend, strange things start happening to our sixteen year old view point character, Julia. She can’t explain the  strange bracelet she has never seen before, yet was found wearing at the scene of the accident, and the swirling doodles that seem to simply flow from the end of her pencil. Now the most popular boy in the school is taking an interest in her. But there is something different about Evan, and Julia finds herself wanting to know more, yet afraid of what’s to come.

Though targeted toward young adults, Here is a novel for all ages. The theme is equally appealing to everyone. “What would happen if…” And that oh-so human pondering, “If things could be different…”

Denise does a outstanding job portraying the devastation that death has on family, the anguish of survivor’s guilt, and the pure and special innocence of first love. It is so very easy to identify with Julia, though most of us have never had to walk in similar shoes. As always, Denise’s characters are real and dimensional giving us a glimpse into their world and dragging us along for their journey.

I was sad to get to the end of the book, but thankful that it’s a series. Whew! There’s more on the way! In fact all of the books I’ve read from Denise have been installments in a series. Just call me a true fan, for on release day, you’ll find Denise’s new novel downloaded into my Nook! Can’t wait to read what she comes up with next!

Be sure to visit Denise’s tour page and be entered to win an Amazon gift card.

You can also visit Denise at other places in the web–!/DeniseMSwank

And be sure to leave a comment on this post or at to be entered to win an eBook copy of any of the books I’ve reviewed this month!

Happy reading–Amie


10 responses

  1. Thanks for the review Amie! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  2. I absolutely agree with your review. ALL her books are fabulous.

    1. You got it! Can’t wait for the next one. HUNTED is in my Nook, I just haven’t had time to read it. Grrr…the holidays! LOL

  3. Thanks Amie! Here is going on my tbr for sure!

    1. Everything she’s written has been fabulous. Definitely add this one! 🙂

  4. Hello Amie,
    Wonderful review.

    “What would happen if…” or “If things could be different…” I love those pondering ‘what if…”
    I’ll have to check out this book further. Interesting cover, too. Since I’m a fan of book covers, I have to ask: Is it what you imagined the cover to look like?

    Take care and Happy New Year, Gals!

    1. Happy New Year, Karen!

  5. Karen, I discovered the cover artist, Nathalia Suellen on Deviant Art and had a image in her portfolio I loved. When I emailed about it, she said couldn’t use that image but would come up with something just as beautiful. That was all she said. Needless to say, I was nervous! But a week after she started she emailed me something very close to this image and I was blown away. It was BETTER than the image I had asked about. She told me that this was her favorite cover to date. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with for the second book in the series, THERE.

    1. And THERE is coming out when…? 🙂

      1. My currently planned 2012 release schedule:
        Sacrifice (The Chosen #3) March 13, 2012
        Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons (Rose Gardner Mystery #2) June, 2012
        THERE (On the Otherside #2) October 2012

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