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The Paper Swan

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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.

Customer Reviews

From the good, the bad, and the ugly. 5,4,3,2,1. Impressive.

Skye, Esteban, and Damien POV's.
It's amazingly written. Bit by bit clues unfold. Past memories surface. It's an interesting and clever storyline. The story is full of surprises. Never an expected moment or action. The story is unfolding nicely. I'm greedy for more. I'm unable to put it down. The only thing I currently care about is discovering more answers and finishing this brilliant piece of work. The way the story unfolds is impressive. First we have Skye's dyer situation of being held captive and uncertain of her future. Then we get Damien's unveiling past circumstances which led to Skye's current situation. Every angle is covered leaving nothing unanswered. The story transitions nicely giving the reader something new to chew on. I was all in and feeling every word.
Skye and Esteban were innocent pawns in a very dangerous deal against very bad men. As children they had no understanding for the type of lifestyle their parents were involved in. This set the course for what is currently taking place.

These are the types of stories that I treasure. It's challenging to find authors who can carefully craft an interesting tale without following the footsteps of others. ORIGINAL. Bravo! Leylah for writing this most intriguing story. It will touch your heart, make you cry, make you think, make you laugh, and make you love. Leylah wrote a beautiful story that was suspenseful. Leylah chose a different route into the cartel world and introduced the reader to a clever tale of choices and consequences.

Consequences. Peoples actions and choices in life change the course of other people's lives both indirectly and directly.

Ultimately, the book suffered from dramatic overload, which kept me from liking the book.

Leylah Attar's debut novel, 53 Letters for my Lover , was an incredibly moving love story. Her newest release, The Paper Swan , is a mix of several elements: a suspenseful thriller, a love story full of loss, sacrifices, and twists and turns. The first quarter of the book I enjoyed, but ultimately the book suffered from dramatic overload, which kept me from liking the book.

I struggled with how to rate this book. On one hand, I didn't hate it. In fact, there were moments that I liked and the writing style was overall good. But on the other hand, I had a lot of issues with it. I had originally given it a 2-star rating upon finishing. After gathering my thoughts and writing this review, I realized that I needed to edit my rating to reflect my review.

The first quarter of the book had this great momentum, packed with suspense and secrets brewing beneath the surface. In 53 Letters, Leylah Attar had a knack for telling an unconventional story and taking characters you otherwise might hate and introducing you to their vulnerabilities. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to fall in love with Damien in her follow-up. He was someone I really began to loathe. He continued doing horrible things to Skye with no apparent remorse.
"...the human psyche is a such a fragile thing, a yolk contained within a brittle shell—one crack and out it spills: a neighbor goes on a suicide mission, tribes massacre tribes, countries turn their faces away from injustices. And it all starts within, because within is where all things begin."

This is a fiction novel, and I get that we as readers are asked to suspend disbelief often in fiction. Reading is an escape. But when you cross the line from suspending disbelief and venture into the absurd it becomes impossible to truly escape. Such is the case with this book for me. I couldn't get lost in the book due to issues that only multiplied the further I read. The romance between the hero and heroine was not romantic to me. (I will go into more detail on that in the spoiler section). The story unfolds partially through flashbacks, but Damien's backstory was a too long and caused the story to drag.

This book felt like the backstory was all manufactured around the romance this author wanted to tell, instead of having these characters and creating an organic story from them. Readers who don't mind a lot of ups and downs, twists and turns, will probably like this book more than I did. I'm finding that as I read more books, I don't need there to be a shocker at every corner to keep me interested, some are totally okay for me. But my issue is when the plot is laden with them. Here the conflict between the captor and captive was already strong enough to keep the story going without many of the added twists and extra drama.

There were some moments of this book I liked, especially the suspenseful first quarter. But after that point, the story fell apart. Leylah Attar is a good writer and she took risks with this book. I look forward to seeing what she comes out with next.

It truly makes me sad that I didn't like this book.

1 star

* I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.


Great book. Must read!

I loved this book, it has such nice story.. Definitely recommend this books one of favorite books of this year.

The Paper Swan
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  • $3.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Suspense
  • Published: Aug 04, 2015
  • Publisher: Leylah Attar
  • Seller: Smashwords
  • Print Length: 369 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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