- Series: The Elite Kings Club (Book 1)
- Paperback: 310 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1544052391
- ISBN-13: 978-1544052397
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 303 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,676,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Silver Swan (The Elite Kings Club) Paperback – March 7, 2017
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While the characters certainly engaged in adult activities, they acted so immaturely. I know they were in high school but I thought their behaviour and reasoning or lack thereof was just a little too ridiculous.
The intrigue and the mystery in this book got REAL OLD REAL FAST because it didn't lead anywhere and it felt like a lot of drama was thrown into this story JUST to have drama but did not end up having any point.
Sorry but this just did not work for me.
I wanted to like this. I really did, but I just didn't work for me.
This happened in the case of THE SILVER SWAN, but unfortunately, I had already downloaded it from the Kindle Store, and I figured that maybe it could be good. Sometimes I like dark smutty stories, if they're dark and smutty enough. But they have to be well-written and they have to be interesting.
THE SILVER SWAN was neither.
THE SILVER SWAN kind of feels like it was heavily influenced by Penelope Douglas's Devil's Night series and Erin Watt's PAPER PRINCESS. The main character, Madi, is a "troubled" rich girl whose mother killed her husband's mistress before killing herself with one of Madi's own guns (Madi's a gun nut). As a fresh start, her father has enrolled her in a rich kid's school in a rich kid area, in the hope that such richy richness will magically cure her psychological problems, because I guess therapy is just another word for Aston Martin. *eye roll* Dad of the Year is an award that this man will not be getting, because he is so taken with his new wife that he neglected to inform his daughter that her step-mom has a step-brother her age, whose room is next to hers - and oh, yeah, he's a pervert.
Once at her new school, things take a turn for the TWILIGHT where Madi ends up with a Jessica of her own, only this Jessica is named Tatum and is rich as sin. She also meets ten Edwards, only these Edwards are more like his Christian Grey incarnation, if Christian Grey was a sleazy seventeen-year-old who divides his free time between lurking outside expensive nightclubs and beating off. All of them are immediately intrigued by her, even though their attention cannot be captured by any SINGLE girl, such is the immense power of their collective testosterone. Plot bonus: pervy step-brother is a member of this dicktastic elite collective, redundantly known as the Elite Kings.
The Kings waste no time in stalking Madi, sexually harassing Madi, threatening Madi with rape, with bodily harm, and even with murder. They keep making all of these vague threats about how she will die soon, or that there is a secret about her that they cannot share (thanks for the helpful info, guys). The most unstable Christian Grey of them all, Bishop, even tells her that he thinks she has a sexy spine and wants to break it, and this is of course after he threatens to disembowel her right before they have sex - yet again. I suppose if you find the relationship between Harley Quinn and the Joker healthy, you would see no problem with this, and it seems like Madi does, so yay for her, I guess?
As a reader of bodice rippers, I am not a stranger to OTT smut and wtfery, and when it is done well I will even tolerate it in modern erotica. Case in point: PAPER PRINCESS and, most recently, A. Zavarelli's CROW, a book that I thought I would hate and ended up loving instead. I had hoped that something similar might happen with THE SILVER SWAN, but I ended up being pretty fed up with the book because of what I perceived to be lazy writing (highly repetitive descriptions, for example: "eyes filled with mischief" occurring in two succeeding paragraphs; lots of typos) and way too many asides. The obsession with food in this book is particularly curious, with Madi constantly telling us what she wants to eat or is currently eating, and exactly how much progress she is making as she continues to eat or obtain this food in question, whether it's a sandwich, an apple, Krispey Kremes, or enough Burger King to "feed half a state."
I also didn't particularly care for Madi, and her "I'm not like other girls" attitude was particularly jarring and irritating, as was her vapid, superficial lifestyle and her easy judgment of girls who were just as quick to jump in bed with men as she was. After the umpteenth luxury product name-drop, I wanted to go to Debauve & Gallais just so I could throw an expensive projectile at her head in a particularly poignant display of irony - also added hilarity, Madi speaks of Sulpice Debauve the way Trump spoke of Frederick Douglass, implying that he continues his great work to this day, lol.
The disappointing climax was the cherry on this disappointment sundae. I'm sorry that I was not more impressed with this book, because the premise really did sound interesting, but so many other authors have run with the "rich kids hiding a deadly secret" premise and done it one better, and honestly, I'd rather just watch Hana Yori Dango, because as far as I'm concerned, that story is the OG. Many thanks to Meggie for participating in this BR with me. You should check out her review.
1 out of 5 stars
I know people don't gravitate to this genre for the uhm... "exposition," but the implausibility of the setting got in the way of savoring the better-done steamier sections and scorched my interest in continuation of this series-- an estate with 3 staff and a 10 car garage that seems to only have 1 bathroom? Where is the staff while these latchkey teens are running amok? What time of year is this? Aren't they cold in these outfits? The timeline is warped as other reviewers have mentioned-- "loner" new girl seems to find beaux and BFFs she is fiercely loyal to in the space of 24 hours. The protagonist vacillates through inexplicable mood swings (even for a YA character), spouts cheesy dialog which is relentlessly curtailed with rather unimaginative orders for her shut up, comforts herself with bouts of conspicuous consumption and materialism that is the antithesis of Hamptons old money sets, and when she isn't accidentally crashing into yet another hard chest, she is needlessly cataloging songs playing in the background. I'm hoping I'm not alone in thinking this makes her hard to sympathize or identify with.