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The Black Swan Company Paperback – March 30, 2015
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Melody ran away from The Colony. Desperate to find out what is happening to her friends, she recklessly escapes. Now on the run from the Sanguines, she finds herself the unexpected guest of Bastion. Though he is a sanguine, for some reason she trusts him not to eat her and stays on with him. They start to form a deep friendship as he helps her understand what is going on in the world around her. As she adapts they find her friends; many have become sanguine themselves. As Melody learns to deal with the changing reality, she discovers not all of them are monsters like she had believed. But what is The Black Swan Company? Are they stealing people and turning them into pets for the sanguines or just meals? Things, of course, are never what they seem to be.
This was an interesting take on the vampire story. Though the approach of “not all monsters are bad” isn’t new, the humans choosing to be pets aspect isn’t seen as often. The writer did an excellent job with her story. It grabs you from the first sentence and takes you on an adventure that is sometimes scary, endearing and humorous.
Melody is a great character. She is witty and real with frequent mental conversations with her father for perspective. She also keeps a journal of sorts where she writes correspondence, and this helps you understand her head space.
Bastion is a wonderful character to compliment Melody. He is endearing and they play off of each other well. I really enjoyed the banter and the amount of personality they both radiated. The author did an amazing job creating this world and its inhabitants.
This was a pretty quick read which thoroughly absorbed me and I hope it becomes a long series, because it is a world I would gladly live in for a long time.
1. OMG! Squee! Loved it! 5 stars!
2. Beautifully written literature with realistic (often make-me-laugh worthy) dialogue.
3. Loved the names of the characters and the chapters.
4. Quotes I like: "I always said humanity would f--- itself out of existence." "This is actually kind of fun."
(you gotta read to understand ;-D )
5. LOL reminders: Bigfoot! Ice pop! Bassoon! Human pretzel! Booty licking! Mosquito! Microchipping!
Casa & Steve Urkel!
6. Brilliant and hilarious uses of the "F-word". Seriously.
7. Who would ever guess what The Black Swan Company is????
8. Original story line with characters I adore...every single one of them!
9. I admire the way that the journal reading scenes were written. Such a simple action was so well-written.
10.I highly HIGHLY recommend this book! I'm a Luna DeMasi fan now!
The writing devices the author uses keep the plot flowing while also giving great backstory. There are journal entries and letters, back-flashes, and occasional dips into POVs other than the main character’s. The story often reads like a suspense/crime drama. A lot of time is spent with Melody and Bastian in isolation, but then there are bursts of action to remind you that the world outside is really, really different from the one we know and the one Melody lost. And the dialogue is great, livening up the story with colorful side characters whom you grow attached to quickly.
I don’t want to give anything away, but what’s really going on with the Black Swan Company is both terrifying and oddly believable. I also like that these “vampires” aren’t like your typical paranormal monsters, and the gray areas involved are interesting from a moral and sort-of-political standpoint.
If I have any complaint about this book, it’s that the action at the end happens really fast as things come to a climax, and everything gets wrapped up super quickly. But it also works this way, since everything has been building to what happens in the end and you kind of know what to expect.
Definitely check out this book if you like your vampire stories a little more on the dystopian/crime side.
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