Wild Swans "An Engrossing Contemporary" {ARC Review}

Monday, May 16, 2016
Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood Review

Wild Swans was a surprisingly quick read for me. Lately I've been in a sorta reading slump, as in starting a ton a books but not really finishing them. However I finished Wild Swans in a record two days. (at least a record for me lately)

Title: Wild Swans
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Series: Standalone
Genres: YAContemporary, Romance
Source: I received an arc from Sourcebooks for review consideration
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The summer before Ivy’s senior year is going to be golden; all bonfires, barbeques, and spending time with her best friends. For once, she will just get to be. No summer classes, none of Granddad’s intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have lead extraordinary lives—and died young and tragically. Granddad calls it a legacy, but Ivy considers it a curse. Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned her as a child?

But when her mother unexpectedly returns home with two young daughters in tow, all of the stories Ivy wove to protect her heart start to unravel. The very people she once trusted now speak in lies. And all of Ivy’s ambition and determination cannot defend her against the secrets of the Milbourn past….



Favorite Quote

Everybody freaks out at some point. It's how you patch yourself up that counts.

The story was engrossing and the main character, Ivy was so relatable. 

Her struggle in trying to live up to her grandfather's expectations really spoke to me. Once I got into the plot of Wild Swans I had a hard time putting it down..

I also liked the backstory about the Milbourn women, and how they were dazzling but then crashed and burned. I found that the parts of the book that talked about Ivy's ancestors were by far my favorite. The Milbourn women add an extra layer of mystery and intrigue to this contemporary.

I particularly liked how the book ended, not exactly a HEA (happily ever after) but at the same time everything felt liked it'd be all right.

If your looking for a contemporary read, I'd say Wild Swans is well worth the time.

Is Wild Swans on your TBR? And if you've read this already who's your favorite Milbourn Women? Mine is probably Dorothea.