Author: Jessica Spotswood
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Rating: 4 Birds…I mean Swans…
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….
It sucks having to be what everyone else wants you to be. Even if you go along with it, and believe somewhere inside that it’s just part of who your family is, who you are, your destiny. It’s hard. Ivy knows this better than anyone. A failure at life in her own eyes from birth when her mother left her to be raised by her grandfather, she pushes herself to excel at everything she does but always feels she comes up short – not PERFECT at any one think like the rest of the woman in her family tree.
Life gets all the more complicated when her mother returns, 2 sisters Ivy never knew she had in tow. Tension and stress ensure and the complicated web of family tales and lies comes crashing down around everyone as they learn to live, work and be together in the same house.
I really enjoyed WILD SWANS. When I stared it I worried that it would be a typical contemporary novel with family problems, but Spotswood brings a kind of magic to it with her writing and the characters that live on the pages. The story line is so much more than just a family having trouble – we have the added twists from her grandfathers student being around and being slightly obsessed with the Milbourn woman of days past. Working with Ivy, sparks may fly, but are they real or just there because of his love for the history that surrounds here. And don’t forget the maids son, who Ivy has grown up with, her best friend in all the world who might want more than she does.
It’s a twisty, complex tale of family and life and decisions. Run away? Stay? Fight? Be yourself? Which decisions will Ivy and her family make?