The Paper Swan

Posted September 16, 2015 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
The Paper Swan Book Cover The Paper Swan
Leylah Attar

They say it takes 21 days to form a habit.
They lie.
For 21 days she held on.
But on Day 22, she would have given anything for the sweet slumber of death.
Because on Day 22, she realizes that her only way out means certain death for one of the two men she loves.

A haunting tale of passion, loss, and redemption, The Paper Swan is a darkly intense yet heartwarming love story, textured with grit, intrigue, and suspense. Please note: This is NOT a love triangle.

A full-length, standalone novel, intended for mature audiences due to violence, sex and language. Subject matter may be disturbing for some readers.

“It’s not over, you know. It never has been,” he said. “Whether you say yes or no, you will always be my forever.”

This was my first read by this author. I honestly had never heard of her until everyone was raving about this book. I read some spoiler free reviews and decided I just had to see for myself what all the fuss was about. Oh My God! What an amazing story. Around 10% in I kept thinking “where the hell is this going!?” But I like going into a book mostly blind and just enjoying the ride. The writing is amazing from the first page. The author takes you into the story and refuses to let you out until the last word.

I’m not sure how it’s possible to love and hate the main characters at the same time. Skye is a privileged rich girl whose world is turned upside down in an instant when she is taken captive in a parking lot one night and ends up on a boat in the middle of nowhere. She doesn’t know who her captor is or what he wants. She made me so angry and so sympathetic to her actions all at once. And her captor? Oh my. He was infuriating and amazing. I did not understand some of their actions, but it was their story to tell. The reader cannot help but just keep going. I was so immersed in their world, it was a sad fall back into reality when I finished.

I love it when a romance has some mystery and suspense woven into it. It keeps the story fresh and keeps the reader on edge. Wanting more, needing to know what happens. Ms. Attar does just that. There were so many layers to this story that you don’t get to the bottom of everything until she wants you to. Things are revealed at just the exact moment they should be. I must warn that you feel so many things reading this, anger, sadness, disgust, rage, and love. In the end that is what a book is supposed to do. If you feel so many things and can still love the story, see what the underlying themes are, that is what reading is all about. This is absolutely a love story, but it is ugly and messy and beautiful and wonderful all at the same time.

“You don’t always get the treasure by holding on. Sometimes the magic happens when you let go.”

5 stars and bottle of bourbon for this one! Enjoy!

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The Paper Swan –

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