The Paper Swan Kindle Edition
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"Fierce, powerful, and absolutely breathtaking...a completely CAPTIVATING ride." - Aestas Cross, Aestas Book Blog
"An intense, tempestuous, suspenseful story of love, vengeance and forgiveness...a bold and gripping novel..." - Vilma Gonzalez, Vilma's Book Blog
"I just finished one of the most beautiful books I've ever read. How does one fall asleep after experiencing something like this?" - Natasha is a Book Junkie
"What Leylah Attar has done with The Paper Swan is origami at its finest, taking pages and intricately crafting them into a stunning work of art...a must-read epic love story." - Jessica Sotelo, Angie and Jessica's Dreamy Reads
About the Author
Shirl Rae is a seasoned narrator who can be heard on the Best Women's Erotica of 2006 compilation.
Zachary Webber is an actor from Fort Worth, Texas. He has narrated over twenty audiobook titles and has appeared in numerous feature-length and short films, including In a Relationship, Shut Up and Drive, and Ithaca. He is a member of Sasquatch Comedy, a sketch comedy group based in Los Angeles. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B012HZC11G
- Publication date : August 4, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 898 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 391 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0993752772
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #338,939 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I can’t accept any kind of love based on an abusive and overly violent story. End of story.
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He almost blows her head off for goodness sake, then he kidnaps her, then he CUTS OFF HER PINKY TOE, then he humiliates he by making her being naked in front of him and suddenly because she realizes he's a childhood friend this makes it all ok? No, no... no! And there is more...he shot her after they reconnected and said they love each other. And let’s not forget to mention the way he said so matter-of-factly to his own daughter that he was the one who cut her mother’s fingers off!!! His only 8 years old daughter!!!! And the three of them act like they were talking about food???? Sorry, but no! No, no, no! It’s too much.
There is no amount of hurt on this planet and past injustices that justifies all these violent things to another human being. Not even in the name of love. In fact, those are the same reasons that shapes people into murderers and rapists in real life. And as a former lawyer and have seen these things up close I can’t overlook all of that and be okay with this book. Sorry. There is no romance here for me. In real life, for me and most of you he would be a murderer and a captor and she would have to be taken to therapy for Stockholm syndrome.
Now the writing style is the first thing that got me, then there was the heroine. She gets kidnapped and has no idea whether she'll get killed or held hostage, until her father pays ransom for her.
And you can feel her uncertainty, the author did an amazing job on the angst. And believe you me, I'm no fan of angst because there's too much palpitacion for my poor corazon. I mean sure, a bit of angst is maybe what gives a story an extra bang, but too much of it? Like constant? Nope.
However The Paper Swan has the right amount of angst. And the anti-hero/hero? Yes, I use both and the slash because one can't really decide. I don't want to spoil it, but I will say that Ms. Attar made me leap out of my comfort zone with this one. I hate when the anti-hero hurts the heroine. Before you say anything, I've encountered anti-heroes that didn't hurt one hair on the head of the heroines. So, it's possible.
But Damian did and see, I had a big problem with that. But then Ms. Attar goes and does something that turned everything upside down and she also shook it well, scrambling everything and making me realize there's no good or bad with this story - maybe any story - and how there's nothing wrong with me for accepting it for what it is. It just... is. I know that doesn't make any sense whatsoever, but if you read the book, you'll understand.
It's a wild ride but a good one. Feels hit you, left and right; it's like a roller coaster that keeps taking you up, up and down and then, baby, when you're going down, you're falling hard.
Thanks to this book I'm now looking for the next anti-hero to wow me, like Damian did. That jerk.
5 stars, no doubts about it.
"People plug in to you, and when they’re gone, you stop working for a while. You have to reconfigure yourself, rework your wiring, so you can get out of bed in the morning." - Leylah Attar, The Paper Swan
This book was added to my very short list for 2017 Top Books! Author Leylah Attar is new to me but she packs a punch! I felt like I had read a whole book and was only at 50%! I stayed up all night to read from 50% - 100% because I could not put it down! All I can say is WOW! I honestly didn't know what to expect with this book and my kindle kind of picked it for me so I decided to take a chance and read it and I am so glad that I did. Very rarely do you read a new author and a book that really leaves you with a huge book hangover.
From the moment that I read the very cryptic blub about the book, I was intrigued. The scene opens up with the thought process of Skye, a very privileged and maybe even a little naïve woman who has grown up under the shelter of her fathers wealth. The reader has an up front seat to her thought process as she is kidnaped and how she responds to abuse.
I am not sure, as a reader that I would have behaved the same way that she did. The book mentions Stockholm syndrome several times but I don't feel that Skye actually has that. Instead she has a bone crushing, mind numbing belief that all people are inherently good given the chance. What is so beautiful about this book is that as a reader, I was actually rooting for her even if I didn't always agree with her decisions.
Lovers of Colleen Hoover books will love this one because it has some dark elements to it that Colleen fans are so in love with. This book was, at times, difficult to read because it had some dark issues involved in it, but it was so beautifully written that I could not imagine putting it down.
I cannot wait to read more from this very talented author!
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This is the first book I have read by this particular author and I really like her writing style, the book is filled with twists and turns that you will not see coming and I don't agree with some other reviews that say the story jumped in time too much. I personally think the story flows beautifully.
I won't give spoilers so fear not but here's a quick run down of how the story pans out... The story focuses on the 2 main characters in the book, Esteban and Skye. Skye is from a wealthy family and becomes friends with Esteban when his mother begins working for Skye's family. The book opens with Skye finding herself captive, locked in a crate and being tortured by a man who goes by the name of Damien. From then on follows a story of heartbreak, torture, angst and most importantly love. Definitely give it a read!!
Hope you enjoy as much as I did.
In all honesty, I did not enjoy the beginning of the book and not because of the violence. It was more the interaction between Skye and Damian which really bothered me and I felt that there was no way the hate could turn in to love.
As we discover more about the characters then the story develops significantly and there are sections are divided into one or other of their POVs. I usually find this style of book writing is both enlightening as well as giving variety, however this book did not always flow well.
Overall it is a book where love conquers all and whilst there were some gripes, the high quality of writing and the scale of the love story made up for the minor disappointments.
I will definitely give Leylah Attar's other work a try
The beginning was so intense, so strong and breath-taking that I was turning the pages like a mad woman trying to figure out what was happening. And then when I thought I figured something out – BAM! A plot twist that completely took me by surprise. I do enjoy such moments in books when you don’t see things coming and they are so well thought you stare in the distance for a while amazed by the author’s thinking.
Then the story took completely different direction. There were painful flashbacks to the past and there was so many emotions behind it. There was this story about revenge and rage so overwhelming that it swallowed you whole. It kind of reminded me at one point of The Count of Monte Cristo, but it was like a romantic, modern version of it.
Then there were scenes so beautiful and heartwarming that completely took my breath away. And after that the inevitable happened and things changed and although I kind of guessed the ending it still felt so packed with emotions and I enjoyed every second of it.
The true power of Leylah Attar’s stories is her unique way with words and how she puts simple life truths into a story which is so powerful and magical that seems in a way real and believable. Another beautiful book that had it all – from drama to action, to intense breath-taking moments, to sweet, heart-melting scenes and pictures, to funny banter and steamy sex…The total package wrapped up in one story. Priceless <3 And I’ll be following closely this author’s work from now on.
The author tried so very hard to convince us that the 'heroine' was a spoilt brat so we could not sympathise with her initially, and perhaps then in turn we would somehow give the male mc benefit of the doubt......it was so transparent what was in play.....
But Skye's personality just did not add up at all......She at times seemed so strong and other times was such a complete flake. Some scenes just reeked of implausibility and she was so contradictory in how she'd react in her situation.
And all the while I thought no I don't like her but she did not deserve the treatment doled out by the 'hero'. He was physically and emotionally abusive at times and went out of his way to enjoy her humiliation and vulnerability.
And then there was the scene with the prostitute....uugh! I despised him from the word go.....And then their relationship changed at about 50% but I was still waiting for him to answer for what he had done to Skye.
The only way he would have redeemed him self even slightly is if he'd cut of his own dam finger! And grovelled a lot....really a lot, but still I don't think I could like him at all or sympathise with him. Maybe he did in the end I couldn't get past about 75%......wishful thinking perhaps?
I really wish I had gone into this knowing more of what it entailed. All reviews pointed to it being a heartfelt love story but I couldn't stand either of them. Him for blaming Skye in his head for what happened and somehow in his stupid brain justifying how he treated her so disgracefully for these things he experienced that where not her fault. She was a child when these events occurred for gods sake and pretty ignorant of the situation!
And I could not stand her for still loving him after what occurred. It did not make sense.... she pretty much ran after him when I would have thought maiming him and getting away from him made more sense.
The main problem I have with this book is it's pretty much a 'kidnapping fall for your evil captor crap' disguised as a 'poignant' epic tale. I hate this trope and am careful to stay away from it by reading reviews even with spoilers if need be. **it on me, this unfortunate story got past all my 'firewalls'.
It bothers me that people view this as love when clearly the two mc 's, and indeed from reading this, the author in my opinion does not seem to really know the meaning of the word.
Hated it, one star for being legible.
If you want heroes that won't harm a hair on the heroine no matter how bad or twisted their past, love, angst with redeem-ability then I recommend ShadowHeart by Laura Kinsale, anything by Kerrigan Byrne, Menace by JM DarHower, Preacher by Dahlia West to name but a few I've read recently.
So why the 4-4.5 stars and not quite 5? There were a couple of times where bits of the story felt rushed and almost jumped ahead, so much so that I had to go back a page to check there wasn't a chunk missing. I'm not sure if this was because the author was so much in the flow and wanted to get to the next idea quickly, that she was literally skipping through it to reach her goal?! There were also a couple of occasions where there were editing errors and horror of horrors, one of my pet hates, double negatives were used!!!!!...which made that particular part of the book make no sense at all. They really are a slow motion, "nooooooooooooooooooooooo" in my book, hence the slight mark down.
Despite this the story was well put together, with a bit of everything...suspense, intrigue, sex, depth...and the characters hit the mark for me, so the end verdict is I really liked it and think it's well worth a read...would recommend :)