Wednesday, August 27, 2014

5 Star Review & Giveaway - Something About Love by Elana Johnson #NovelInVerse #romance

Below the information on this novel is a special promo for Elana's first in-verse novel, my review, and a giveaway.

About SOMETHING ABOUT LOVE: High school senior Olivia Winging gave up her love of photography when she gave up her boyfriend, Trevor Youngblood, a year and a half ago. She broke things off with Trevor because her mom married his dad, and dating your step-brother? Creepy.

Livvy hasn’t been on good terms with her mother since, and one of her stipulations for staying at the Youngblood’s every other weekend is that Trevor can’t be there. When she gets nominated for the Junior Photography in Excellence award, Trevor insists she enter. She agrees—only if every photo in the portfolio can be of him. Knowing that Livvy can capture a person’s deepest secrets through her lens, Trevor hesitates before accepting the deal.

As Livvy gets behind the lens of her camera again, her love of photography is rekindled. Unfortunately, the time she spends with Trevor also re-ignites the old flame for him she’s kept smothered for so long.

In order for Livvy to finish her portfolio, she’ll have to face her feelings for Trevor as well as deal with the animosity between her and her mother. Livvy’s always been able to capture a person’s soul from behind the camera—but she’s not sure she likes it when the lens is suddenly focused on her. If she can’t find a way to forgive her mother and admit how she feels about Trevor, Livvy may end up losing more than just the photography contest. She could lose her heart. 


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Special Promo: Elevated, Elana’s first verse novel, will be FREE for five days in September as SOMETHING ABOUT LOVE releases! So get your copy of Elevated for free from Monday, September, 15 – Friday, September 19. (Elevated buy link:

Praise for Elana’s first verse novel, Elevated:

“The taut poetry keeps tension high. The plot is deftly paced, as past intrudes on present, like a photograph emerging in developing fluid.” ~San Francisco Book Review

“Every word Johnson writes carries an emotional heft that lifts readers up to the highest happiness and then sends them crashing down to the depths of despair. It is easy to flow from the first word to the last without ever putting down the book. Johnson shows outstanding talent in this form, and her words are beautiful, important and deeply felt.” ~The Deseret News

Marlene's Review:
Something About Love is Elana Johnson’s second “in-verse” book. I reviewed the first, Elevated, here. These are the only two in-verse novels I’ve read, I’ve never been interested in this type of writing, and I’ve never appreciated poetry. I'm so glad I didn't let this stop me from reading either of these books. Please comment with other in-verse books you've enjoyed, I think I will continue to expand my horizons.

Other than having to ignore my punctuation editor’s inner voice (cuz really, what’s right and what's wrong, not for me to say!) I loved Something About Love. A lot of it resonated with me, also being the child of a split marriage, like the main character Olivia. I think watching parents' divorce gives a child a healthy dose of skepticism when it comes to love and relationships.

Just like I'm so glad I gave Elana’s books a chance, her main character learns to let love happen and enjoy the powerful emotions of the “right” relationship.

Here are some of my favorite lines, which perfectly sum up the character’s journey:

(near the beginning)
I wonder if falling out hurts more than falling in,
Or if it’s like Slipping through the cracks
When no one is looking.

(near the end)
“Falling hurts,” I say, “and
What if he doesn’t fall with me?”
At least I understand
 Why people use the word falling
 To describe love.
Falling is wild, and
Uncontrollagle, and
Utterly breathtaking

Read this! You will enjoy it. Here's the Giveaway!

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