by Leylah Attar
Genre: Suspenseful Romance (I may have made that up)
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.
My Rating: 5 Coffee Cups
I need to write this review, because I need to express how absolutely, incredibly, amazing of a story this is. That being said, I'm going to purposely be as vague as humanly possible in my review. Why you ask? Well, this is definitely one of those stories that need to unfold. You need to be an active participant. You need to experience everything you can with the characters. And you are most definitely thrown immediately into the fray. Literally 1% in you begin asking yourself what the hell is going on and what did you get yourself into (in a good way!).
The story plays out in ebbs and flows. Filled with love, vengeance, pain, doubt, understanding, more pain, more love, more vengeance, sadness, heartbreak and happiness.
The story starts with the heroine, Skye, being taken. You have no idea why she was, where she is or who took her. You barely even know who she is. And that's where the journey begins. Skye is strong, smart and easily relatable. The things she says in her narration are things I thought while I was reading it. It reflected perfectly what was swirling through my head. Which makes it that much easier to put yourself in her shoes and follow the story.
The kidnapper/anti-hero/guy is complex. There is a point in the story where you see his past and his troubles and his perception of events, which makes him less straightforwardly bad and more just....confusing.
This story tugs at all your heartstrings and essentially throws pretty much every emotion it can at you. And you just sit there and receive every one of them with open arms. Because, you're at it's mercy. But don't worry too much about your shredded heart, because Leylah will put it back together for you. I promise.
As forewarned, this review was vague and kinda short but it's worth it to go into it knowing nearly nothing- trust me :)
"We are a question that hasn't been answered yet, a hiding place that hasn't been found yet, a battle that hasn't been fought yet"