Review: The Paper Swan by Leylah Attar

Title: The Paper Swan
Author: Leylah Attar
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: Shifting – Dual
Publication Date: Aug 4, 2015


They say it takes 21 days to form a habit.
They lie.
For 21 days she held on.
But on Day 22, she would have given anything for the sweet slumber of death.
Because on Day 22, she realizes that her only way out means certain death for one of the two men she loves.

A haunting tale of passion, loss, and redemption, The Paper Swan is a darkly intense yet heartwarming love story, textured with grit, intrigue, and suspense.


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ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

Skye Sedgewick was a young beautiful heiress. Born with silver spoon, she never had to work a day in her life, always having her wants and needs catered to her every whims.  But that perfect life was rudely ripped from her and changed everything she ever knew.

When I first read the blurb (as vague as it is), I knew I had to read this book because it sounds dark. The underlying premise was dark, but the book itself wasn’t. Still, I wasn’t disappointed at all.

I was no longer mannequin-plastic, pretty and perfect; I was hacked up, inside and out.

Skye is what I would call a character with fragile strength. She was strong enough to go through what she did, but she also had cracks that threaten to crumble with just a gentle tap.

I absolutely love Damian. His patience and ambition made him desirable to me.

The only one who wasn’t afraid of Damian’s dark, relentless intensity was Rafael. He trailed Damian around, content to watch, accepting the silences.

I love Damian’s friendship with Rafael. Of how it started and how it evolved.

When he climbed out of Skye’s window that night, he left something behind: his childhood, his innocence, his shining, naive ideals—all scattered on the floor like limp, trodden paper dreams.

I love Esteban too. His story was heartbreaking, but I also love how he managed to changed his life path regardless of the consequences.

“We are a question that hasn’t been answered yet, a hiding place that hasn’t been found yet, a battle that hasn’t been fought yet.”

As for the story, it thought it was slow at first, but as it progressed it got better and better. A lot of the plot was predictable, but it didn’t take away much from the beautiful writing.

The Paper Swan is a story of innocence, friendship, love and redemption that reminds you that what doesn’t break you will always make you stronger.

I wish I could say more about this beautiful book, but it is the kind of book that is hard to analyze without giving it away.

Final Verdict:

This review is also available on Goodreads.


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Leylah Attar writes stories about love – shaken, stirred and served with a twist. When she’s not writing, she can be found pursuing her other passions: photography, food, family and travel. Sometimes she disappears into the black hole of the internet, but can usually be enticed out with chocolate.

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