Friday, September 20, 2013

The Silent Swan by Lex Keating review and Giveaway

Title:  The Silent Swan
Author:  Lex Keating
Published:  August 26th, 2013
Publisher:  AltWit Press
Word Count:  132,000
Genre:  YA Contemporary Romance
Synopsis: Once upon a time – better known as “now” - Gabriel Pritz reigns as king of his high school. Easy grades, perfect baseball season, a pretty date for prom—he's coasting into a golden future. Until his parents demand he cook dinner once a week. Caught between kitchen fires and ballpark withdrawal, Gabe is thrown into Tam Swann's orbit. Hostile, friendless, and stubborn, she's exactly the sort of person he'd prefer to avoid.

Tam's sphere of influence expands beyond Gabe's sad domestic skills, rapidly invading everything from his favorite game to parts of his soul he didn't know existed. It's uncomfortable, it's hard work, it's...making him a better man. And that's just what she does to people she doesn't like. The better he gets to know her, the more he has to face the truth: this sharp, heart-breaking outcast is worth fighting for. How many families, fairy tales, and felons will he go through to ride to the rescue of the bravest person he's ever met?

About the Author:
Lex Keating has been engaged in a passionate affair with books ever since the Velveteen Rabbit wanted to be Real. She graduated from a liberal arts college with a BA in literature (Sorry, fries are not available at this window...), and currently resides near Charleston, South Carolina, in a swamp full of barbarians and all their cats. She has been a teacher, a paralegal, a computer programmer, and a hospice caregiver. She currently divides her time between studying old fairy tales and making up new ones

My Review:
This was such a strong story about family and siblings. The author wrote such strong characters that I felt as though I knew them personally. They are not only the types of friends I want, but they also reminded me of my own siblings. I liked that the author based this on a Grimm fairy tale that I have read. She definitely did the original justice. The book was long, 570 pages. I thought that I would lose interest. However after reading the beginning, intros and catching up on the characters pasts, I was hooked. I worried for her siblings.
My sister is 8 years older than me, and ever since I can remember my parents told us if anything happened to them then that sister would take care of me. As I read about the foster system I thought about all the families that were separated. The author did a great job of proving that siblings are your first friends, confidants and they always will be.
I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.

Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Up for grabs is a print copy of The Silent Swan and some swag!
Giveaway is US only.


1 comment:

  1. Sounds good. I'm adding this one to my Goodreads shelf. Thanks for posting!