Friday, August 7, 2015

Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Review: The Paper Swan by Leylah Attar

I'm so excited to be on the blog tour and reviewing The Paper Swan by Leylah Attar.  I loved this book and I am a HUGE fan of this author!  ENTER TO WIN A SIGNED BOOK AND AMAZON GIFTCARD BELOW!!!!!!

Blurb from Leylah:
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.
My Review:
It's hard to even know where to being in reviewing this book but the blurb is perfect in that it doesn't really tell you anything and I had no idea what to expect when I started reading! But I also don't want to give anything away.  The author is accurate in that this is not a love triangle (YES!) but also that this is not what you think!  What is great is the story and the voice -- I loved the MC and her internal dialogue.  I also loved the flashbacks in the book to the past -- it felt like I was there.  Leylah Attar is so skilled with her descriptions and she really knows how to show and not tell.  Her writing in this book (and in the others I've read by her) is so, so beautiful.  I devoured this book SO quickly and I highly recommend it for a satisfying, fast-paced and gorgeous read!  I will say that the first half of the book was SO good that the ending left me feeling a bit let down but only because there was so much action at the beginning.  

I HIGHLY recommend this book to fans of Tarryn Fisher (my favorite!), The Consequences Series by Aleatha Romig, or The Artists Trilogy by Karina Halle.  I think that same level of darkness and WTFness exists in all these books with moments of tenderness.  I was a huge fan of this author's debut and I am now even more excited to read what she writes next!
It was a kiss that had sneaked in through an open window, a kiss that lay folded in a paper giraffe, in the silences between 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, in the pits of the mini mangoes and here, now, at least, it was set free.  And the rightness of it, the feeling of longing and belonging, made me want to hold on to it forever.  I wanted Damian to keep kissing me, keep kissing, keep kissing, until every other kiss had been erased, until this was the only kiss.

Leylah Attar's THE PAPER SWAN Release Week Giveaway

About Leylah Attar
Leylah Attar writes stories about love - shaken, stirred and served with a twist. When she's not writing, she can be found pursuing her other passions: photography, food, family and travel. Sometimes she disappears into the black hole of the internet, but can usually be enticed out with chocolate.

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  1. I am so excited about this one. Loved the blurb and that cover. Plus dark and WTFness of it has me intrigued!

  2. Your review was so vague, Eva! That makes me want the book even more! Good job trying to luring me in! ;)
    I love the sound of the beautiful writing and the MC! Can't wait to pick this one up.
    Great review!

  3. I read it that quickly too! It was like turn page, turn page, must know what happens, turn page. It was such a great book! Love your review of it!


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