Thursday, May 5, 2016

Book Review: Wild Swans

Title Wild Swans
Author Jessica Spotswood
Release Date May 3, 3016

The summer before Ivy’s senior year is going to be golden; all bonfires, barbeques, and spending time with her best friends. For once, she will just get to be. No summer classes, none of Granddad’s intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have lead extraordinary lives—and died young and tragically. Granddad calls it a legacy, but Ivy considers it a curse. Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned her as a child?

But when her mother unexpectedly returns home with two young daughters in tow, all of the stories Ivy wove to protect her heart start to unravel. The very people she once trusted now speak in lies. And all of Ivy’s ambition and determination cannot defend her against the secrets of the Milbourn past...
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Review

I have pretty mixed feelings about Wild Swans. Some parts worked for me while others just fell flat.

I enjoyed the writing a lot. Even though I've got lukewarm feelings about this book, the writing was able to keep my attention. This is my first book by Jessica Spotswood and I'm sure it won't be my last.

The story line was interesting. This book had lots of potential (family drama, mental illness, romance), but I don't feel like anything was really fleshed out. Part of me feels like the book was just too short. I remember when I was about 85% into the book, I thought that there's just no way everything that "needs" to happen could happen before the end of the book. To top it all off, the ending felt too abrupt for my liking.

Also, being nitpicky here, I don't really get the title. I know that has little to nothing to do with how good a book is. It just doesn't make sense to me.

Wild Swans was good, but not great. There's good writing, story line full of potential, and pretty great characters. If it was longer and more developed, I think I would have enjoyed it more.

Rating

3 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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