The Paper Swan

Today, I am featuring and reviewing The Paper Swan, the book that was all the buzz on Twitter and the book world of New Adult in the beginning of August. There is a cool YouTube tutorial on how to make a paper swan origami — which has a significance in The Paper Swan — that you should try, and tell me how it turned out! I must warn you that this book is not for the faint of heart or for young readers, so proceed with caution!

The Paper Swan by Leylah Attar
New Adult Dark Psychological Thriller, Romantic Suspense

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. Please note: This is NOT a love triangle.

A full-length, standalone novel, intended for mature audiences due to violence, sex and language. Subject matter may be disturbing for some readers.

De la Sierra Morena,
Cielito lindo vienen bajando,
Un par de ojitos negros,
Cielito lindo de contrabando


Canta, no llores
Porque cantando se alegran,
Cielito lindo los corazones
Ese lunar que tienes,
Cielito lindo, junto a la boca,
No se lo des a nadie,
Cielito lindo que a mí me toca

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Because when we love, we carry it on the inside, and we can turn on its light even in out darkest moments. The deeper we love, the brighter it shines. — Leylah Attar, The Paper Swan (Loc 3213)

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“Sometimes everything gets dismantled so something better can be pieced together.” — Leylah Attar, The Paper Swan (Loc 4305)

The Paper Swan was all the buzz on my Twitter timeline in the beginning of August, so of course curiosity got the better of me and I had to see what it’s all about. I also heard that it had a psychological element and I was sold.

The Paper Swan is one of those books that I don’t know whether I like or not. At first, I didn’t understand the appeal, and it wasn’t until the end looking back that I understood why people loved this book. The first impression of Damian was less than stellar, which under circumstances is a given: the way he was and treated Skye just had asshole asshole asshole written all over him. He was so misguided and blinded by his rage in his agenda to exact revenge that hardened the boy he used to be. The twist is that Damian and Skye are connected by their past, but he was known as a boy then with a big heart who had a soft side for his mama and a little girl named Skye he befriended and sought to protect. That twist got me. Shit hit the fan that split him, his mama and little Skye up due to involvement with the Mexican cartel. It was then that paved the change in the boy who became the ruthless Damian, doing whatever it takes to seek revenge for his mother’s death years later.

In the end, I grew to like this book. The writing felt like as if it were us readers thoughts that goes through our head during this kind of situation and the main character acknowledging that. That, I appreciated, because — a reliable narrative, right? Finally, someone who gets it! The other thing that I liked was how far these characters got throughout this book. They have come so far from the misguided vengeful hardened guy and the spoiled rich girl that were introduced at the beginning of the book. Seeing this tranformation was incredible. It was amazing to see it unfold and become a better version of themselves. I was thoroughly impressed and proud of what they overcame and of their growth. It’s worth a read if only just for that.

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Almost Lover by A Fine Frenzy
Broken by Seether and Amy Lee
Here Without You by 3 Doors Down
Say Something by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera
Bang Bang — My Baby Shot My Heart by Nancy Sinatra
Roads by Portishead
Counting Stars by OneRepublic
Love Don’t Die by The Fray
Demons by Imagine Dragons
Ticking Bomb by Aloe Blacc
Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas
Cielito Lindo by Marta Gomez

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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