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,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.
Wild 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 inten
I really enjoyed this and am so glad I finally read by Jessica Spotswood Her writing is very atmospheric and she writes wonderful bookish boy love interests.This is of a character driven story and the plot can seem wandering at times The conclusion came on pretty quickly but it did wrap up the main conflict in the main character s life I m usually a plot driven reader, but I enjoyed these characters and don t have many complaints The main tone of the book focuses on family and the main charact [...]
Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Fire and NetGalley She told my sisters I m their aunt Her little sister This was a YA story about a girl left behind after her mother ran away.I felt quite sorry for Ivy, especially when her mother came back and wouldn t even admit that she was her daughter Being abandoned like that, and feeling mediocre because she didn t have a gift was really hard for her, and learning that her mother hadn t [...]
I ve loved Jessica s words from the very first page of her very first book I was so excited to see her new story and finally get my greedy hands on it.Ivy is a great character She s not sure what she wants out of life, but she s excited to get out there and just live Normally, the quiet people pleasing MC would drive me mad, but I found myself instantly intrigued and rooting for her There is a great cast of characters, but I ll let you find them on your own I will say that I want Claire to be my [...]
Wild Swans was a quick and poignant story, almost Cinderella like, and one I finished within 24 hours It was an easy read, though not for lack of depth the story had a great diversity in terms of race, sexuality, and gender, and handled difficult topics really well I especially loved Claire, a true feminist who was never too scared to let anyone know what she really thought.Aside from that, the book never really went into the amazing section for me no real highs, but no real lows, either A solid [...]
I absolutely adored this book Wild Swans was an effortless read that I couldn t and didn t want to put down The entire book happens within a 2 week period but I felt like I was reading a story that was happening over months Great visual detail put me in the middle of the Milbourn home with Ivy, her Granddad, her sisters and mother, Erica These characters felt so believable and true it s hard not to think of them as real people Ivy is our main character, she s a hard working girl who believes the [...]
Original review The Daydreaming Bookworm I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review The Milbourn name is both a blessing and a curse, with each generation bringing about a talented and gifted woman whose life ends in tragedy Ivy knows the pressure she is under to find her special talent, to find what makes her a Milbourn, to leave her mark in this small town, and it doesn t help that her Grandfather has set the bar so high To make matters worse, Ivy s mother, Erica, return [...]
Ivy is a good girl who is unsure of herself and what her goals are if she s worthy and capable of living up to the family name.When her mother rolls into town with her two little sisters, things get turned upside down.A quick poignant read that touched my heart and me seething, laughing, and blinking back tears in places It never strays in the AMAZING category for me , but I loved this little story to pieces Ivy and Erica both have some growing to do and in vastly different ways For Erica, its a [...]
I have literally nothing bad to say about this one This book is marvelous and I am so glad I picked it up when I did I am a huge fan of realistic fiction and this one really takes the cake I liked that this one had so many layers and elements to it, than just falling in love even though that happened too I liked that the main focus of this was Ivy and her wants and needs, even if she didn t realize that at first.Ivy was such a great character I liked that she put pressure on herself, felt the p [...]
Jessica Spotswood leaves fantasy and historical fiction behind for contemporary, but keeps the themes of sisterhood and family legacies WILD SWANS is unlike Spotswood s debut trilogy the Cahill Witch Chronicles in genre, but I think her fans will be satisfied if they make the trip to contemporary with her.Ivy Milbourn comes from a long line of talented, troubled women, most of whom died tragically She is, however, perfectly ordinary She pushes herself hard, and her grandfather pushes her harder, [...]
3.75 For some reason I expected this to be a mystery or paranormal My expectations were proved wrong as this ended up being a lovely contemporary There were some really brilliant messages within the plot regarding body image, gender, sexuality, mental health etc It was great to read a book which touched on so many of these topics but dealt with them in such a positive, forward thinking way and didn t belittle or patronise the characters dealing with these issues Although these things were not th [...]
If you have ever wanted to see how intensely you could hate a YA parent, make sure this book is on your radar Lots of emotional resonance here, not just in that area but even with the parent figures you love and the lengths we go to in order to try to live up to expectations that may never have been possible to begin with.
This review was originally posted on un Conventional BookviewsRealizing there s to family than first imagined is something Ivy has to do in Wild Swans, which is a tender story about truly growing up.Ivy has lived most of her life in a small town, where both she, and everyone else knows that her mom left her when she was very young Since she was two, she s never seen her mom, but she s had a stable and good life with her grand dad and some good friends Wild Swans unfolds over the span of just a [...]
This was a fantastic read, just as I expected it to be I loved the setting of this book, the way poetry tied into the story and the characters, and the way it dealt with mental illness There s so much feminism in this story, in Ivy and Isobel s and Claire s characters, and in how they interacted with other people in their lives I loved that There are also some swoony moments I cannot wait to buy myself a hardcover of this If Wild Swans is not on your TBR, then you need to add it, stat
Trigger warnings shitty parenting, alcoholism.I hadhighexpectations where this book was concerned, mostly because I LOVED The Cahill Witch Chronicles So I was super excited to read it when I saw that we had a copy at work through Overdrive And it s likely that my expectations were a little TOO high, buuuuuuut personally I was pretty disappointed by this So the gist of the story is that Ivy comes from a long line of incredibly talented women Poets, artists, singers They live amazing lives and die [...]
3.5 5Wild Swans was a beautiful little story about complicated families, love and growing up I wasn t exactly sure what to expect from the book, but it certainly delivered an emotional story.Here are some of my quick thoughts about the book Ivy s character growth throughout the book was a huge highlight for me She had grown up with her grandpa after her mother took off and she grew up with a lot of pressure on her shoulders because of expectations for her to be extraordinary at something since e [...]
And that better be the only wiener you put in your mouth We do not give blow jobs so that boys will like us Claire roars, and Connor nearly chokes on his beer Book 3 for the Booktubeathon 3.5 This felt like such a simple story, it went really quickly and not a lot really happened What I loved were all the layers that were behind the main story There were so many different characters with representative races, sexualities and gender identifications This easily demonstrates that a normal contempor [...]
A gorgeous, lyrical, haunting book about finding your place in the world amid the tangles of family legacies and expectations Ivy is a wonderful protagonist her quiet strength as she navigates family drama keeps everything around her from unraveling This is the perfect summer read dreamy, eerie, simmering.
Wonderful The characters are multi dimensional, the plot is complex yet neatly woven, and everything comes together so naturally I only wish it could have been longer, especially toward the end.
I received a free digital copy from the author publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest feedback.This book was a cup of absolute refreshment A great story about a girl dealing with the pressures to always be better than who she is, dealing with a whole load of new family drama and a few boy problems on the side.What made this book great was just the way some things were talked about so openly from Ivy s friend Abby s transgender sister and the family s fears that while they loved Eli El [...]
Originally posted on Super Space Chick Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood is the first book I have read by this author and upon finishing, I quickly added her Cahill sisters trilogy to my TBR I devoured Wild Swans within a day of starting it and I wish there were to the story because I fell in love with the characters Wild Swans tells the story of Ivy, a young girl who isn t really sure of her place in the world or what she wants to do Her mother left her when she was a child so she was instead ra [...]
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy of Wild Swans Wild Swans is one of the those rare beautiful books that makes you reflect on your own life Normally, I am not a big YA contemporary reader, but I really felt connected to this story Ivy Milbourn s summer before her senior year of school is not going as planned Ivy is struggling trying to find her calling in life and feeling the pressure of the legacy in her family Milbourn women are known for being artistic and dying tragically [...]
crying Okay This was such a cute book The entire time I felt like I was reading a little snippet of someone s life and it actually felt real I connected with the MC s on many different levels and the ending had me tearing up so bad it was lovely.Ivy Milbourn is a brilliant teenager who lives with her granddad Her mother, Erica, abandoned them both when Ivy was very young Ivy has a very famous yet crazy family history The Milbourn s are known for their special talents Ivy struggles to find hers, [...]
I can t really express how much I loved this book because the things that were so great about it are hard to pinpoint but basically everything There were so many times while I was reading that I just had to stop and revel in the beauty of it, whether it was the characters, the dialogue, or Jessica Spotswood s overall skill at executing it all so flawlessly.Elegant prose, a simmering romance two words tattooed poet , and a protagonist who is a role model for women of all ages, Wild Swans is a mar [...]
Filled with complicated relationships and streamlined but evocative prose, Wild Swans is the kind of thoughtful, summery book you ll want to savor under starry skies or read on a porch swing with a glass of lemonade nearby This compelling story of a girl trying to figure out who she is and who she wants to be vs who everyone else expects her to be manages to feel both fresh and like a timeless classic.Highly recommended for Sarah Dessen fans.
Compulsively readable, it s clear that Spotswood s writing style does not rely on any one genre to be successful Fans of her Cahill books will fall in love all over again with sassy protagonist Ivy and her swoony boyfriend Connor This is a book where you ll want to dive deep and not come up for air until you re finished Enjoy
Reading outside of your comfort zone is really a crap shoot You might find a glorious book that makes you wonder, Why did I think I disliked this genre Why haven t I tried this author before or you might end up with of the same old same old color by numbers stuff which is only fun when it s your Guilty Pleasure Genre Mine is mysteries But when you do find that rare, glorious book that makes you stop and gasp, it s lovely.Wild Swans was just such a book.I ve not read anything by Jessica Spotswoo [...]
Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here s to Happy Endings Wild Swans is a beautifully written contemporary about learning how to find yourself when you re amid chaos and things that might cause you to lose track of who you are It s such a nicely crafted tale, full of emotions that will leave you thinking about long after you finish reading the book.Ivy Milbourn s family is full of women who have had amazing talents painting, writing, music you name it All of the women [...]
Thank you to SOURCEBOOKS FIRE and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.2.5 starsMy first thought upon finishing Wild Swans was that I must have missed something While the writing was decent and there was plenty of plot to work with, this story felt lacking to me like we got the middle of a much bigger story Not only was I left with questions than answers, but I feel like the ending created even issues I liked the main character in this story, Ivy She was [...]
Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.I really wasn t sure what to expect when I read the summary of Spotswood s WILD SWANS Was it a mystery A ghost story Something else altogether The one thing I did know was that I had to read it.It didn t disappoint.The Milbourn women have a complicated history of premature deaths and abandonment, but during their brief lives they manage greatness Except for the narrator, Ivy, who feels as if she is only average and therefore not [...]
Wild Swans was a surprisingly quick read for me Lately I ve been in a sorta reading slump, as in starting a ton a books but not really finishing them However I finished Wild Swans in a record two days at least a record for me lately The story was engrossing and the main character, Ivy was so relatable Her struggle in trying to live up to her grandfather s expectations really spoke to me Once I got into the plot of Wild Swans I had a hard time putting it downI also liked the backstory about the M [...]