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    An unforgettable story with epic themes!

    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!
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    A 5 Star Must Read!!!!!

    Let me first start out by saying Leylah Attar....where have you been hiding!!!! WOW WOW WOW.....this book, this story, this adventure was simply AMAZING!!!! This story literally blew me away and this being the first book I read by Leylah will certainly not be the last....I am certainly going to go hunt her other books down....that's how strongly I felt about this story. This story starts off quickly on a dark note but just escalates in excellence from that point. I really don't want to go into too much detail about the story because really I don't want to give anything away. Everyone should experience the beauty, the love, the hate, the torment, the forgiveness, the journey of this remarkable story. It centers around two main characters Damian and Skye with some powerful secondary characters that just makes this read more enticing. It evoked emotions that I thought I never would have experienced while reading a book...I laughed, I cried, I cringed, I struggled with love and hate, I gasped at the twists and turns but mostly I loved the premise of this story and the message it was trying to relay. I simply can't get this book out of my head and it is one of those reads that will stay with you forever. I strongly encourage everyone to read this 5 star book and experience the amazing, the beautiful, the inventive and the talented writing of Leylah Attar. Bravo Ms. Attar....you certainly have a fan in me and so many others for sure!!!!
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    An epic, dark and twisted, love story

    I'm so very torn in writing this review. I LOVED the writing and the twists to the story which make it a 5 + star review to me. However, there were some quirks in the story that I had a hard time with the make me want to rate it lower. Mostly things that are irrational and illogical to understand even in daily life. *Potential spoilers* The journey Leylah takes you through in this story is nothing short of amazing and just as fantastic as her 53 Letters novel (One of my all-time top favorite books). The emotional turmoil is definitely addressed on Skye's side but I felt that maybe it was lacking on Damian's side some. Granted with his history and such, that is a huge factor. On that same note, he is very much a borderline socio-path. Again, it's understandable given how he was forced to grow up and the environment that was done it. I struggled a lot with the types of abuse that he inflicted on Skye but more so that she could still love him. I felt like it was definitely a form of Stockholm Syndrome with her or when you see a woman stay with an abuser. But then you see where they both start to open up and remember who they really are, not what was created by the situation or the wrong-doings done unto them. They begin to rediscover themselves and discover who they could be and who they could've become had life situations not interfered. More importantly, they attempt to discover what they could have continued to be from their childhood. “We are a question that hasn’t been answered yet, a hiding place that hasn’t been found yet, a battle that hasn’t been fought yet.” I felt Skye's struggles with her emotional attachments to Damian and your heart breaks a little each time you watch her struggle and you wonder how you would be in the same situation. Here's the boy in front of you that you loved dearly and did everything for as a child but now he's grow cold and heartless. I can understand the feelings of being lost and still in love with someone that you didn't see go through a hardening-of-the-heart process. A desire to still reconnect and love him and hope that he's not really so lost and cold. "Something clicked inside me at that moment. I stood outside of myself, realizing how easy it was to judge someone, to vilify and condemn the things we don’t understand, because: OMG. How can she even THINK that way about the guy who kidnapped her? HE CUT HER FINGER OFF! Or That person should have known better than to get into the car with a stranger. Or How could she stay with him that long when he abused her day in and day out? Or Monster. He shot and killed his own family. Because those are all things we’re not supposed to do, and yet inside of me was a kernel of the inexplicable from which dark things bloom, something I couldn’t understand or justify. I knew better than to romanticize my captor, but there it was—sick and twisted and disgusting as it was. And it scared me. It scared me because I saw a glimmer of all the terrifying things we’re capable of, because the human psyche is 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." She does redeem herself some, for me, when she stood up to protect herself and had to start over. She used her discovering herself process to be a new woman and be strong, supportive, and make something of herself even while continuing to battle the emotional demons unleashed upon her. She does take a stand for herself and makes Damian choose too. “You can either choose love or you can choose hate, because where one lives, the other will die.” The writing was phenomenal in this novel, the characters were very intriguing and made you want to know more about them, the plot was definitely dark and twisted, and the journey is one hell of a ride. Even until the last pages of the book, there are some surprises to keep it going. I could NOT put this book down because it drew me in so much even with some of the quirks. They make you want to know more, understand the crazy thought processes going on, and keep you hoping for something more and better. I have seen where some people hated the idea of this story because of the abuse and such but isn't there an ugly side to everyone? Granted, not as extreme but how would you be after growing up like Damian did? Wouldn't you hope that one day your heart would beat again and be full of love instead of darkness and hatred? People can't change without help, hope, and faith. Isn't the idea about love that the best form of you comes out when with your true love? Even as this story was written, it wasn't like "BAM, they're in love and it's all rainbows." This story is Skye and Damian's story and theirs alone. Talk about one hell of a love story and the roller coaster of ups and downs!
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    Sacrifice misunderstood

    The twists and turns this story takes to give us our HEA is worth the read. Some things you'll reject because of the brutality, but you'll be right.
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    The paper swan

    Loved it! beautifully written. Very poetic at times with a seamless flow about love and forgiveness. Must resd!

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