The Paper Swan

The Paper Swan

by Leylah Attar

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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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152045284
Publisher: Leylah Attar
Publication date: 08/04/2015
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 707,207
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Leylah Attar is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, who writes stories about love—shaken, stirred and served with a twist. Sometimes she disappears into the black hole of the internet, but can usually be enticed out with chocolate.

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The Paper Swan 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful story! The characters went through so much and wasted so much time, holding on to the past and hate. I was very happy with this book. Read it you wont go wrong.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good love story
mjlovestoread More than 1 year ago
I'm truly at a loss for words. This honestly doesn't happen very often but when you get your hands on The Paper Swan, I am certain you will feel the exact same way when you finish this glorious novel. With this book, Leylah Attar has once again proven that she is a masterful artist. One who paints with words and creates an exceptional masterpiece almost effortlessly. This story of two star-crossed souls gripped my very being and even now, after I've read that last word, I'm still very much immersed in their journey. Skye and Esteban. Princess and servant's son. Two children destined for very different futures, yet remain spiritually entwined even when forced to separate. Until a vile plan for revenge years later brings their worlds crashing down around them, where secrets and lies are exposed and destiny can either be embraced or carelessly tossed aside. But as memories, deceit and reality clash, love may be the only thing that surprisingly survives. What floored me most is how the author successfully combined a story filled with intrigue and brutality, with a slow-burning love kept well hidden just underneath. Just when you think you have a key point figured out, you’re then taken on yet another path. This book had me gasping more times than I can count. I was at times completely heartbroken but then felt that glimmer of optimism, only for it to be snatched away again, just as quickly. I was on the edge of my seat yet didn’t want it to end. I loved the author’s attention to detail. You could picture yourself on the open sea or on a secluded beach or even inside the walls of a prison. Every thought, every facial expression described, never felt wasted or unnecessary. I experienced a myriad of emotions and even when things looked hopeless, I just didn’t want to let go. I, too, wanted to taste that juicy mango and search for shells to make a necklace. I just wanted to live inside her words. The characters are beautifully written and felt true. Even some of the less desirable ones, although key to the storyline, were the perfect complement. The story flowed seamlessly throughout and past and present scenes were blended without any uncertainty. It is a book that captured every part of my being and I just know it will do the same for you. A very different kind of adventure than 53 Letters For My Lover, the author’s first book. But it is just as meticulous and just as awe-inspiring. It is quite simply superb. 5+++++++ stars.
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Review: THE PAPER SWAN is a romance grounded in realism, built on the many startling shades of humanity, and shrouded with darkness, pain, heartache, revenge, and the innocent flame of childhood that refuses to burn out no matter how much the hungry wolves devour. A harrowing journey from betrayal to vengeance to forgiveness it will catch your breath, horrify you, twist tears from your reluctant eyes, and yet it is written with such captivating prose as to be lovely. Ugly hearts torn apart into a beautiful story. Shocking, refreshing, and stunningly unexpected, this is a contemporary read that is fated to dominate the shelves. You'll want to hunt for spoilers but please please don't! Trust me when I say you need to read this book knowing as little as possible beforehand. Things you might need to know before choosing this book however include: -There is NO love triangle -Things work out in the end -This book contains mature and graphic content intended for an adult audience (keep in mind drug cartels, kidnapping, and romance are all key elements to the plot) so if any of that might disturb or trigger you then be sure to think twice before embarking on this journey Other than that you should go in blind. Enjoy! **Read the full review on Wordpress: Pooled Ink
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised, not my normal type of book, so glad that i took a chance and purchased this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story and very original.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good story!
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Guest Reviewed by Jennifer and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog The Paper Swan was my first experience with Leylah Attar’s writing. This, combined with a very cryptic blurb, left me in the dark about even what romance genre I was going to be reading. The beautiful and delicate cover did not prepare me for the gripping and raw love story that’s between the pages. In fact, I think it will be difficult to write this review, as I feel the book really should be experienced without much in the way of plot spoilers. Without setup, we are thrust into the action from the get go. Skye, the privileged daughter of a wealthy American businessman, has been kidnapped, drugged, and whisked away on a boat. Her captor, Damian, appears to be a cruel and unforgiving criminal, hell bent on revenge. Being ransomed is the last thing Skye thinks will happen to her. As the circumstances leading up to her predicament are revealed, all she knows is thrust upside down and she both finds and loses her heart in the process. I might have just scared you away, but this is a love story, and quite an epic one at that. It spans years of time, heartache, betrayal, secrets, and lies. In the process, there is pain and death blurred with pleasure and life. I found Attar’s writing to be gripping, with a driving pace that wouldn’t let me put this book down. I don’t know about labelling this as romantic suspense despite a fair amount of tense moments involving guns. The romance always remains the central focus. The points of view of both Skye and her lover are explored in depth. Even if POV changes annoy you, it’s absolutely integral here to understanding motivation for the hero. He is a damaged soul ruled by bitterness and the need for revenge. The heroine, Skye, surprised me. You’d expect daddy’s little rich girl to come off as bratty and weak, but she’s a force to be reckoned with that doesn’t run away from what she wants. Her decisions really had me cheering for her HEA. While I didn’t see this as an erotic romance, the sex is absolutely on the erotic end and quite hot. I can give a bit of a warning for violence that might leave your mouth gaping a bit, but the prose is beautiful and quotable and the love story is unique and heart wrenching. It is much more complex than even I can suggest here without giving too much away. There is a definite HEA and as some have warned, there’s no love triangle (the blurb hints at two men, but you’ll understand soon enough what the author means). I highly, highly recommend this one for high stakes, epic romance lovers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read! Loved it! Had no idea what to expect. It was an exciting journey! One that you didn' t want to end! Ill definately be reading more from this author!
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
Gripping, suspenseful, twists and turns, unique storyline. Wonderfully written! A must read!
Nina_lov3 More than 1 year ago
This book is a MUST read. so beautiful, it had me in tears!!
MMRNY More than 1 year ago
A Masterfully Crafted Story!! I wish I could give this book a 100 stars, because that is how good this book is!! This is a story that will stay with me forever. It is a book everyone should read. The Paper Swan is by far one of the most brilliantly written stories I have ever read. Leylah Attar has crafted a story that, in the beginning, you may feel confused and don't quite know where she is going with it, because I most certainly did, but then out of nowhere the beauty of this story begins to unfold, and it is masterful. The Paper Swan is a book about learning to forgive, love and heal. The characters in the story are so perfectly crafted and they are extremely complex. I felt as though I was going through everything that Damian and Skye were experiencing, and I understood where each person's pain came from, and I honestly just wanted to take it all away. I cannot recommend this book enough. I am looking forward to seeing what Leylah Attar has up her sleeves next for us readers. Bravo, Leylah Attar on this one.
SelenityJade More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I’ve read all year! By an author I’ve never read or heard of before. This book is wow worthy. It’s emotionally devastating and emotionally draining just reading. But the whole thing is a beautiful read and I now have a new favorite book. I know some of you have seen this book all over facebook with a ton of recommendations for it. For once, the hype is accurate. This book is an amazing read that no one will regret reading. The Good: Everything! The story was amazingly well-done and even the holes I never noticed were filled by the end of the book, causing me a gratifying surprise by the end of the book. I thought I knew where things were going, and some of the time, I did. But the end of the drama surprised the heck out of me because I forgot! I was so focused on Damien and Skye that I never notice the unfinished business. This is the first book all year I wished I could rate above six stars. It is a beautiful love story that comes out of violence and vengeance and I loved every minute of this book. I could go on and on and on about how great this book is, but frankly, I shouldn’t because of spoilers. I try to make everything spoiler free. I so want to wax on about how beautiful and awesome certain scenes are. BUT I can’t. Just take my word for it. go read! The Bad: There isn’t more!! That’s it. No bad. Overall, any romance reader NEEDS to get this book. No one should miss this book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved every minute of this wonderful book! Many twists and turns. Lot of spine tingling suspense. I highly recommend the paper swan. Hold on and enjoy the ride.
megankylene More than 1 year ago
* I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Leylah Attar's debut novel, 53 Letters for my Lover , was an incredibly moving love story. Her newest release, The Paper Swan , is a mix of several elements: a suspenseful thriller, a love story full of loss, sacrifices, and twists and turns. The first quarter of the book I enjoyed, but ultimately the book suffered from dramatic overload, which kept me from liking the book. I struggled with how to rate this book. On one hand, I didn't hate it. In fact, there were moments that I liked and the writing style was overall good. But on the other hand, I had a lot of issues with it. I had originally given it a 2-star rating upon finishing. After gathering my thoughts and writing this review, I realized that I needed to edit my rating to reflect my review. The first quarter of the book had this great momentum, packed with suspense and secrets brewing beneath the surface. In 53 Letters, Leylah Attar had a knack for telling an unconventional story and taking characters you otherwise might hate and introducing you to their vulnerabilities. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to fall in love with Damien in her follow-up. He was someone I really began to loathe. He continued doing horrible things to Skye with no apparent remorse. "...the human psyche is a such a fragile thing, a yolk contained within a brittle shell—one crack and out it spills: a neighbor goes on a suicide mission, tribes massacre tribes, countries turn their faces away from injustices. And it all starts within, because within is where all things begin." This is a fiction novel, and I get that we as readers are asked to suspend disbelief often in fiction. Reading is an escape. But when you cross the line from suspending disbelief and venture into the absurd it becomes impossible to truly escape. Such is the case with this book for me. I couldn't get lost in the book due to issues that only multiplied the further I read. The romance between the hero and heroine was not romantic to me. (I will go into more detail on that in the spoiler section). The story unfolds partially through flashbacks, but Damien's backstory was a too long and caused the story to drag. This book felt like the backstory was all manufactured around the romance this author wanted to tell, instead of having these characters and creating an organic story from them. Readers who don't mind a lot of ups and downs, twists and turns, will probably like this book more than I did. I'm finding that as I read more books, I don't need there to be a shocker at every corner to keep me interested, some are totally okay for me. But my issue is when the plot is laden with them. Here the conflict between the captor and captive was already strong enough to keep the story going without many of the added twists and extra drama. There were some moments of this book I liked, especially the suspenseful first quarter. But after that point, the story fell apart. Leylah Attar is a good writer and she took risks with this book. I look forward to seeing what she comes out with next. It truly makes me sad that I didn't like this book. ****** THE FULL REVIEW w/ SPOILERS IS POSTED ON MY WEBSITE. ***** 1 star * I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
csingh More than 1 year ago
When I read a great book, I often find it difficult to put into words how magnificent it is. I want to run pillar to post grabbing everyone shaking them while yelling, "Oh my goodness, you have to read this book! You have no idea what you're missing out on!"Of course that tends to scare people more often than not, but I'll try my level best to do this book justice. There are some books that just read better in the silence of the night. I didn't start reading this book until 1 AM. I figured I'd read a chapter and then go to sleep. I didn't stop until I'd finished it at 3 AM. Even then sleep wouldn't come. My mind was wide awake even if my body was tired. I was trying to process how amazing the book I'd just finished was. It was truly a struggle. I must say the blurb is totally deceptive, but in a good way. You think you have an idea about what the story will be about, but then you're jolted by the very first page. It captured my attention and didn't let it go until I was finished. This story is dark, poetic, a deep romance, and even philosophical. It has some of the most profound lines I've had the pleasure to read. Leylah Attar took me on this incredible journey with Damian and Skye. I experienced so many emotions, among them pain, fear, heartbreak, hope, and love. There were innumerable tears. I couldn't help myself. It was impossible to foreshadow so many events in this book. Damian might have been explosive in his anger, but there were revelations in this book that rocked him as much as they did Skye and me. I couldn't believe the turns this book took. They were gut wrenching; some were easier to understand than others. The themes in this story are universal and unforgettable. The one that stood out to me the most was the power of love and revenge. The Paper Swan is an epic story of loss, love, revenge, redemption, and forgiveness. From the first page to the last, it's just unbelievably amazing. It's best to go into this book as blind as possible so you have the best reading experience. The hangover this book leaves will last for days. It's impossible for it not to. Damian and Skye had an undeniable chemistry and a connection that is soul deep. When the connection the characters have with one another is so deep it shows in their mannerisms, speech, and movements. Words are not always needed to convey thoughts, emotions, and feelings. This is my first Leylah Attar novel. She's published two other books before this. She shows such maturity and promise. If she writes at this level now, I can't wait to see the heights she achieves. This book will leave a lasting impression on you as it did me. Pick it up today and find out why!