Mundie Moms

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Surrender Blog Tour: Book Review & Giveaway

By: Elana Johnson
Published by: Simon Teen
To Be Released on: June 5th, 2012
ARC: from publisher/author to review
4.5 Stars: I Really Enjoyed It
Pre-Order from: Simon & Schuster | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Forbidden love, intoxicating power, and the terror of control…

Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi.

All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn. Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque... -quoted from Goodreads

Talk about an action packed, incredibly awesome, twist filled sequel! Surrender dives right back into the world I fell in love with in Possession. Though there's the same problems and some of the same characters I loved in the first book, in Surrender Elana introduces new characters, and creates a whole new storyline that adds so much to the continuation of the overall series plot line. I really liked that Elana changed things up a bit with Surrender. She gave me different points of views, has a new romance and keeps her plot twists coming! Let me just say there were a few shocking things that happened in this story that caught me off guard.

Though Vi and Jag are very much apart of this story, this book's main characters are Raine and Gunner. Raine's the daughter of the big wig of Freedom and Gunner is of course the boy she's not suppose to fall for. If you loved Vi, you'll love Raine. She's a resilient character who's strong willed and defies the very person who wants nothing more than to control very aspect of her life. Her father is one of those evil guys that just gives you the creeps. You could say he's power hunger. It's not just Raine that he wants to control, but Gunner as well. Both of these characters have some pretty amazing "special abilities" that Raine's dad needs. Let's just say he'll use his own power to try and get to them. Gah this guy is good, but the characters who are apart of the Resistance are better. This fight for freedom doesn't come with out costs and I admired some of the heartbreaking sacrifices that a few characters make for each other.

Oh the romance! Just like in Possession, the romance in Surrender is fabulous! I don't know what it is about a forbidden romance that I love but, I enjoyed watching Raine and Gunner grow closer together, though it was to the destain of some of those around them. I will say that my favorite is still Vi and Jag's, but I liked how I was able to see how Raine and Gunner's relationship grew while still getting plenty of glimpses into Vi and Jag's relationship. Elana does a fabulous job at alternating between Raine and Gunner's points of views. Not only does this allow readers to get different sides for the story, but you get to see what each character is experiencing, and their thoughts and feelings towards to each other and to what's going on around them. It's fabulous!

This is one fabulous sequel! There's so much more than meets the eye with this story line and it's characters. There's lies, betrayals and plenty of secrets being kept that will keep you reading this book till the every end. I won't even mention the killer ending that will leave your yelling NO! Elana has done another surburb job at creating a book with a rich story line, an intriguing setting and plenty well written, in-depth characters. There the right amount of action, mystery, plot twists, suspense and romance that will keep Possession's fans turning Surrender's pages. I highly recommend picking this one up when it's out!


So this week, as part of the pre-release tour of awesome, you have the chance to win an ARC of SURRENDER before it releases on June 5. And not just one chance. SEVEN CHANCES.

That’s right! There are SEVEN (7!) ARCs available to win this week. Here’s what you can do to win one.

  1. Comment on each of the pre-release blog posts this week. (1 entry for each comment)
  2. Purchase the POSSESSION paperback (10 entries – no purchase necessary to enter)
  3. Purchase REGRET (5 entries – no purchase necessary to enter)
  4. Put the SURRENDER blog tour badge on your blog (3 entries)

Please fill out the Rafflecopter entry widget with what you’ve done. This contest ends at midnight on Friday, May 18, is open in the US and Canada, and winners will be notified over the weekend. Good luck!

Click here for full details and schedule.

Pre-release blog tour badge

Monday, May 14: PageTurner's Book Blog
Tuesday, May 15: Mundie Moms
Wednesday, May 16: Good Choice Reading
Thursday, May 17: The Story Siren 
Friday, May 18: YA Sisterhood 


  1. I'm so glad you really enjoyed this book. I'm just itching to get my hands on this one. Cannot wait!!! I really do love companion novels.

  2. I can hardly wait to buy this one! I love that it's about Raine. There was something about her that I liked from the moment we met her in Possession. I'm looking forward to reading her story.

  3. I haven't read this series, but now I'm going to go get the first book to read. Yea!

  4. I can't wait for this book!!! :) Super excited!

  5. Glad to hear there is some juicy romance in Surrender.

  6. I was lucky to get an ARC and I so agree. I loved what Elana did with Raine and Gunner. I might like them better than Vi and Jag if that's possible.

  7. Forbidden romance is such a great thing! (Well to read that is). I'm looking forward to reading this one.

  8. I'm rele looking forward to this book!

  9. Loved Possession. Can't wait for this one to hit shelves!

  10. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  11. Wonderful review. So sorry I missed the Possession sale :(, but hey it is on my wishlist and I am really looking forward to the read. Congratulations on the upcoming release of Surrender!

  12. I love the fabulous review. I can't wait to read Surrender! :D

  13. This is getting me excited for Surrender. Can't wait!

  14. I am really looking forward to reading this book.

  15. Awesome book! I am dying to read it!

  16. So excited for this book! Thank you for the giveaway :)

  17. Can't wait for this book, sooo excited :)

  18. Cool giveaway! I cant wait to read it!

  19. Very nice review. Sounds like a good book.

  20. I can't wait for Surrender!

  21. Can't wait to read this even though I haven't read the first one!

    ~Paige @ Comfort Books

  22. I can't wait for the book to come out!! It sounds really good, but I need to read the first one first.

  23. Excited because of this Surrender Blog Tour!! SURRENDER!! SURRENDER!!

  24. Thank you for all your comments! SURRENDER is a fabulous sequel and I hope you all enjoy it as much as you enjoyed Possession.