Blanca & Roja by Anna Marie-McLemore

Blanca & Roja by Anna Marie-McLemore

Blanca & Roja by Anna Marie-McLemore is a magical realism novel that sounds like my kind of story. I have yet to read a book written by Anna Marie-McLemore, if you can believe it. I am a huge fan of retellings, and the fact that it is a Swan Lake retelling that is going to be dark also has me pumped for it. This one is also a diverse read, so I have very high hopes for it.

Blanca & Roja by Anna Marie-McLemore

Blanca & Roja by Anna Marie-McLemoreTitle: Blanca & Roja
Author: Anna-Marie McLemore
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: October 9, 2018

Summary (from Goodreads):

The biggest lie of all is the story you think you already know.

The del Cisne girls have never just been sisters; they’re also rivals, Blanca as obedient and graceful as Roja is vicious and manipulative. They know that, because of a generations-old spell, their family is bound to a bevy of swans deep in the woods. They know that, one day, the swans will pull them into a dangerous game that will leave one of them a girl, and trap the other in the body of a swan.

But when two local boys become drawn into the game, the swans’ spell intertwines with the strange and unpredictable magic lacing the woods, and all four of their fates depend on facing truths that could either save or destroy them. Blanca & Roja is the captivating story of sisters, friendship, love, hatred, and the price we pay to protect our hearts. 


Book Quotes: Blanca & Roja by Anna Marie-McLemore

The biggest lie of all is the story you think you already know.

We find what is beautiful in what is broken. We find what is heartening in what is terrifying. We find the stars in the woods’ deepest shadows.

About Anna Marie-McLemore

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Anna-Marie McLemore was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and taught by her family to hear la llorona in the Santa Ana winds. Her debut novel THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS was a Junior Library Guild Selection, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults book, and a finalist for the William C. Morris Debut Award. Her second novel, WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS, was longlisted for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature, and was a 2017 Stonewall Honor Book. Her latest is WILD BEAUTY, and BLANCA & ROJA is forthcoming in fall of 2018.

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