Swan and Shadow: A Swan Lake Story

Swan and Shadow: A Swan Lake Story

by Kaki Olsen


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781462118144
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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Swan and Shadow: A Swan Lake Story 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intricately woven, Swan and Shadow is a modern-day romance with a fairy-tale twist. Aislin, the second-born of a set of twins, spends part of her time as a swan, while trying to live some semblance of a "normal" life in the hours she is a human girl. The key to breaking the curse is, of course, "true love." But what does true love look like when you are a teenager in modern-day Boston? We can all relate to the struggle of that kind of question in our own lives, but Aislin deals with the added twist of an ancient curse to complicate matters and add a sense of urgency to her longing for romance. Aislin's twin sister, Maeve, is dedicated to the cause of bringing Aislin back to full humanity, so there is plenty of loving, although sometimes misguided, sisterly "meddling" to throw a monkey wrench in the proverbial works. The book employs a writing style that I found a bit frustrating, while equally fascinating. The tale is written in the first person, switching viewpoints between Maeve and Aislin, but there is very little of the internal monologue found in most first-person writing. The motivations/feelings/rationalizations of the main characters, which would ordinarily be expressed directly in terms of thoughts, are instead implied indirectly through dialogue and action, leaving the reader to draw one's own inferences as to why the characters behave as they do. The dialogue is sparkling and witty, but I confess, I did want a little more explanation as to what was going on in Maeve's and Aislin's heads. However, that being said, I can't help but point out that the cumulative effect of this technique is somewhat like placing a set of mirrors toward each other, so that they reflect images back and forth. Aislin's comments to, and actions toward, her sister, Maeve, are a reflection of her internal struggle, and vice versa for Maeve as she seeks to help Aislin find love and break the curse. There is no a better place to employ such a technique than in the relationship between a set of identical twins. Overall, I enjoyed the book. If you are looking for something a little different than a typical romance novel, this is a good read.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Swan and Shadow a Swan Lake story By Kaki Olsen Aislin Byrne is under a curse. For generations it was just a family legend, a barely remembered piece of family history. But no more. More than 600 years ago a curse was placed upon the second daughter of the family. And in all the years since no second daughter has ever met all the conditions in finding true love. And Aislin is now paying the price along with her family. If Aislin can find the path to true love and stay true to the curses conditions the curse will be broken. But when the hours between dawn and dusk are spent living life as a swan true love's path is difficult to find. And if she doesn't follow the conditions of the curse exactly she will live out her life as a swan, forfeiting her human hours forever. Aislin has a champion who is determined to help find her happily ever after ~ her older twin sister Maeve will do anything to to restore Aislin to the life she lived until they were 12 years old. But how do you explain a "fairy tale" curse to a world that no longer believes? Aislin's secret must be protected and Maeve is not above playing the part of her sister when called upon. But will Maeve's assistance help or hinder Aislin when she finds someone who could be "the one"? Can a first love be true love? Aislin is about to find out. If you love a modern twist to your fairy tales and have a fondness for Swan Lake you might want to let your imagination take flight in this new book world. This is a book YA readers will devour. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
(4.5 Stars) "There's an undeniable attraction to the idea that you can start out every story with 'Once upon a time...' and end up with 'happily ever after.'" Based on the story of Swan Lake, Swan and Shadow is a modern retelling of a classic. Knowing how tragic that story ends up, I was extremely curious as to how this story could possible end up with that desirable "happily ever after" ending. I'll just say this--things are left open, leaving me desperately hoping for a sequel. Please, Ms. Olsen--please! My biggest issue with the story is that it's told from two different points of view, Aislyn's and Maeve's, and alternates between "white" and "black." It took me quite awhile to differentiate between the teenage twins (which one is black and which one is white) and to get a feel for who was speaking. Overlooking that, the story is full of heart, emotional ups and downs, and adventurous entertainment and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. I loved getting to know the characters and their quirks. As a parent of teens, I wasn't sure about the amount of freedom these twins' parents gave them, but it had to happen and they do have a great relationship. I love the creative license that is used to turn this into a modern version and how the story seems to have the vibe of being despairingly hopeful. This is a story that is seared into my heart and I can't wait for another installment! Content: very minor violence; no language; no religious elements, aside from stating which religion the characters are, in relation to a holiday celebration and food; mild romance (kissing). There are mentions of being naked, due to transforming back into a human, but nothing is descriptive at all. Clean! *I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
MDRoberg More than 1 year ago
Note: I was provided a copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This review will also be available on my blog next week. "Swan And Shadow" is a charming and bittersweet coming of age story, framed in a modern retelling of "Swan Lake". Poignant, funny, and self-aware, it's the tale of two sisters trying to navigate the perils of late teenhood together, while the eponymous cursed twin learns to literally and figuratively spread her wings. With so much teen literature focused on dystopian horrors, it's nice to find such a gem of hopeful, current-day storytelling. It's not a non-stop thrill ride of danger and questioning morals, as a lot of teen books are these days. Olsen's characters have believable vulnerabilities and issues without delving into clichéd "insta-love" or needing to struggle past an obnoxious love triangle to save the world. I found that really refreshing, as I've read so many with those themes and it gets irritating. It actually reminds me a lot of Meg Cabot's "Princess Diaries" series, if Cabot wrote about swan maidens instead of princesses. The book is clean, meaning there's no sex, booze, or vulgarities, which many parents and teens may prefer.