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    Aislin is cursed. A regular college student at night and a swan during the day, Aislin can only break the curse by finding her true love. But when her beloved discovers the truth, will his fear override their love? This modern adaptation of Swan Lake will help you discover what love really means.

    Author: Kaki Olsen
    Specifications: 304 pages - 5.5 x 8.25
    Expected Release: Early March 2016

    Overall Customer Rating of 4 Reviews:
    Bloomer

    True pure love is the answer to breaking the ancient cuurse

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    Swan and Shadow

    a Swan Lake story

    By Kaki Olsen



    Aislin Byrne is under a curse. For generations it was just a family legend, a barely remembered piece of family history. But no more.



    More than 600 years ago a curse was placed upon the second daughter of the family. And in all the years since no second daughter has ever met all the conditions in finding true love. And Aislin is now paying the price along with her family.



    If Aislin can find the path to true love and stay true to the curses conditions the curse will be broken. But when the hours between dawn and dusk are spent living life as a swan true love's path is difficult to find. And if she doesn't follow the conditions of the curse exactly she will live out her life as a swan, forfeiting her human hours forever.



    Aislin has a champion who is determined to help find her happily ever after ~ her older twin sister Maeve will do anything to to restore Aislin to the life she lived until they were 12 years old. But how do you explain a "fairy tale" curse to a world that no longer believes? Aislin's secret must be protected and Maeve is not above playing the part of her sister when called upon. But will Maeve's assistance help or hinder Aislin when she finds someone who could be "the one"?



    Can a first love be true love? Aislin is about to find out.



    If you love a modern twist to your fairy tales and have a fondness for Swan Lake you might want to let your imagination take flight in this new book world. This is a book YA readers will devour.



    I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review

    USA

    Captivating!

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    (4.5 Stars) "There's an undeniable attraction to the idea that you can start out every story with 'Once upon a time...' and end up with 'happily ever after.'"



    Based on the story of Swan Lake, Swan and Shadow is a modern retelling of a classic. Knowing how tragic that story ends up, I was extremely curious as to how this story could possible end up with that desirable "happily ever after" ending. I'll just say this--things are left open, leaving me desperately hoping for a sequel. Please, Ms. Olsen--please!



    My biggest issue with the story is that it's told from two different points of view, Aislyn's and Maeve's, and alternates between "white" and "black." It took me quite awhile to differentiate between the teenage twins (which one is black and which one is white) and to get a feel for who was speaking.



    Overlooking that, the story is full of heart, emotional ups and downs, and adventurous entertainment and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. I loved getting to know the characters and their quirks. As a parent of teens, I wasn't sure about the amount of freedom these twins' parents gave them, but it had to happen and they do have a great relationship. I love the creative license that is used to turn this into a modern version and how the story seems to have the vibe of being despairingly hopeful. This is a story that is seared into my heart and I can't wait for another installment!



    Content: very minor violence; no language; no religious elements, aside from stating which religion the characters are, in relation to a holiday celebration and food; mild romance (kissing). There are mentions of being naked, due to transforming back into a human, but nothing is descriptive at all. Clean!



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

    Utah

    Cute, clean romance that you won't have a problem with your teen reading too!

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    I enjoyed reading this book! I have never seen Swan Lake and I really had no idea what the story behind the ballet was, so I enjoyed this book just for the great piece of literature that it is.



    I liked Aislin and Maeve. I loved the way that Aislin had some funny situations because of her curse. I can't even imagine being cursed in the way she was. Having to be a swan during the day and a girl at night. I loved the way that the whole family really adapted for just her. Night time trips instead of day, allowing her the shower time as soon as she changed back and things like that. I loved the way that Maeve was so protective of Aislin, always looking for a way to help her and make her life a little bit easier. And having to take care of anything that Aislin would have needed to do during the day but couldn't. Aislin didn't love that all the time, but she accepts the help because she really has no other choice.



    I liked the way the book bounces back and forth between Maeve and Aislin, so you know what they're both thinking and what has happened to both of them, because they are not in the same place at the same time very often.



    I loved the sweet way that Aislin falls in love, and how it takes longer than she thinks, but it's really a surprise to her that she has fallen in love. This is a clean romance that you won't have any problem with your teenager reading, and if you're a little older than a teen, you'll enjoy it too!





    I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    A charming, clean coming of age story

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    Note: I was provided a copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This review will also be available on my blog next week.



    "Swan And Shadow" is a charming and bittersweet coming of age story, framed in a modern retelling of "Swan Lake". Poignant, funny, and self-aware, it's the tale of two sisters trying to navigate the perils of late teenhood together, while the eponymous cursed twin learns to literally and figuratively spread her wings. With so much teen literature focused on dystopian horrors, it's nice to find such a gem of hopeful, current-day storytelling.



    It's not a non-stop thrill ride of danger and questioning morals, as a lot of teen books are these days. Olsen's characters have believable vulnerabilities and issues without delving into clichéd "insta-love" or needing to struggle past an obnoxious love triangle to save the world. I found that really refreshing, as I've read so many with those themes and it gets irritating. It actually reminds me a lot of Meg Cabot's "Princess Diaries" series, if Cabot wrote about swan maidens instead of princesses.



    The book is clean, meaning there's no sex, booze, or vulgarities, which many parents and teens may prefer.