Published on August 4th 2015
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They say it takes 21 days to form a habit.
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.
3 stars… just because.
Well, I finished this book a week ago and I’ve been sitting with my thoughts for all that time and I still don’t know what to say about it or how I really felt.
Yeah, that just about sums it up :\
The book starts with Skye – a young, gorgeous and privileged young woman being kidnapped. She is taken hostage by a cruel and seemingly heartless man and is terrified for her life. Like Skye, the reader is not really sure what’s happening or why, but as Skye deals with the situation that she is in, and we get glimpses of her past, things start to come together.
I don’t want to say much more about the story because it’s best to experience it as it all unfolds. Honestly, I could see where the story was heading early on, but there are a lot of twists and turns –and while the overarching storyline was a direction I didn’t expect, things that happened along the way were very predictable View Spoiler »The fact that her kidnapper turned out to be her childhood best friend. For a while it was touch and go whether it was him or whether he would swoop in to rescue her. I figured it would be him, but she had no connection between her kidnapper and the boy who she had known since birth and who had been her best friend until she was 9? Wouldn’t she have recognised him? I don’t know? I found it a bit questionable. And then at the end when a random little girl started randomly playing around the house that he bought and it randomly ends up being the daughter he never knew he had. I was 99% sure that Skye would get pregnant from their time together, and as soon as the kid showed up, I knew it was his *sigh* « Hide Spoiler.
I really like Skye as a heroine. She’s strong and brave, but she’s also realistic. I could relate to her, and I thought she handled her situation brilliantly. And I really enjoyed her hero. Totally badass but so, so damaged, he goes through quite the journey in this book and I thought his story was really well told – devastatingly tragic but what he made of himself and how he came through it all was amazing!
“You can either choose love or you can choose hate, because where one lives, the other will die.”
So why did I have issues? Well, despite all that goes on, I felt pretty much nothing while I was reading. I wasn’t invested in the story, I wasn’t excited, happy or scared, and I certainly never felt swoony. Technically, I should have been all over this romance. It has all of the elements that I love in a romantic set up, and it was passionate and intense, for sure, but I didn’t feel it.
I liked the way the story was told, it’s broken into five parts, with the POV switching between parts. I really liked this because it gives us a complete picture of everything that’s going on, and I really appreciated getting that alternate POV because it gave the story a lot more depth. However I found it a bit blurry at times. Skye’s POV is from first person, but she seems to know what those around her are thinking and feeling at all times – there’s lots of “I knew he was doing (something) because…”or “I knew he felt …”. How does she know so much? The second POV is written in third person but seems to include the POV of everybody else in the story as well. Even though we’re told it’s coming from a particular character, it actually switches between anybody who seems to be in the scene, even within the same paragraph. At times I had to reread bits to figure out whose head I was in.
The main part of the story moves really quickly (as in, it all happens in a short space of time), and it’s actually a very intense story with a strong crime element and themes of family, love, vengeance and redemption. I could appreciate the story, though the writing is a little more poetic than I usually like in a book, but it kept me intrigued from start to finish, and I read it in one sitting. I just didn’t feel it like I wanted to.
I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it, I honestly have no strong feelings about it at all. I’m going middle of the road – 3 stars.