Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Review - Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood

Title: Wild Swans
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Pages: 304
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release date: 3rd May 2016

Blurb from Goodreads: 

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...

My Review:
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley*

Ivy Milbourn comes from a line of talented women who have died tragically. Abandoned by her mother, Ivy lives with her grandfather who constantly pushes her to join classes and reach her potential.
Ivy plans to spend her summer swimming and spending time with her friends but things are turned upside down when her mother reappears with two young daughters - Ivy's sisters.
Will Ivy get to know her mother?
Will she find out what her talent and legacy will be?

Wild Swans was an intriguing read.
Ivy was a good protagonist and I felt sorry for her - her mother had left her and her grandfather was always making her feel inadequate - but despite that she was strong.
There were diverse characters and I liked Ivy's friends and sisters, Grace especially.
Erica, Ivy's mum, was awful but I could see why she turned out the way she did.
The plot was interesting and I liked the writing style.
I would like to see more of Ivy and find out what happened to her - whether she went to university and whether her relationship improved with her mum.

Overall this was an enjoyable read.