Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Blog Tour/Review: Swan and Shadow by Kaki Olsen

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Swan and Shadow, by Kaki Olsen
2016, 304p, Clean YA Fantasy/Fairytale
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

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.

Aislin and Maeve are twins with a huge family secret: Aislin is a swan during the day and human at night. When it happened, life drastically changed for her. There are conditions to breaking the curse and Maeve is determined to find a way for her sister to be completely human again.

This story alternates between Aislin and Maeve, also referred to as White and Black. It took me a few pages to figure things out because we're dropped into the middle of the story. There are interludes which explain what happened in the past and scenes rather than chapters. Once I got that down, I settled in for an interesting read. It took longer than I thought it would for her love interest to enter the picture, and once he did, the story got even better to me. There were lots of twists and turns and some crazy events (she's a swan, after all).

Aislin and Maeve are very different from each other yet, as identical twins and sisters, they are loyal to each other. There were times that Maeve went a little overboard in her desire to help Aislin but they were able to work things out. I was looking forward to how this story would end and...let's just say it left me wanting more and I hope there will be a sequel!

About the author:

Kaki Olsen regularly contributes academic papers on zombies or wizards to Life, the Universe and Everything, a sci-fi/fantasy symposium originated at her alma mater, Brigham Young University. Her published works have appeared in such magazines as Voices and AuthorsPublish.


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