About the Book
Aislin is cursed. A regular college student at night and a swan during the day, Aislin can only break the curse by finding her true love. But when her beloved discovers the truth, will his fear override their love? This modern adaptation of Swan Lake will help you discover what love really means.
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About the Author
Kaki Olsen is always on the brink of another adventure. If she couldn't be a writer, she'd be a full-time musician or travel guide and she would take her lunch breaks at Fenway Park. Until that happens, she speaks both Spanish and English at her every-day office job, but she has vacationed enthusiastically in such places as Istanbul and Ireland. She has lived in five states, but will always refer to Boston as home.
She regularly contributes academic papers on zombies or wizards to Life, the Universe and Everything, a sci-fi/fantasy symposium originated at her alma mater, Brigham Young University. Her published works have appeared in such magazines as Voices and AuthorsPublish.She is a doting aunt and librarian of two bulging bookshelves.
Swan and Shadow: A Swan Lake Story, Kaki Olsen’s first novel, as mentioned in the title, is retelling of Swan Lake. The story flips back and forth between sisters, the second born, Aislin, who is cursed to turn into a swan during the day, and her twin sister, Maeve, who is not. The curse will not be broken unless Aislin finds true love. Although the background of the story is not completely clear in the beginning, readers will still be fascinated by this interesting story. Written in acts and scenes, much like the ballet, not only with the story in Swan and the Shadow cause readers to continue reading, but the lovely characters will as well. To me the end of the book did not have complete closure, so I have hopes that Kaki will write a sequel. I would recommend this novel to teen readers.
Genre: fairytale, young adult
Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing & Media
Publication date: March 8, 2016
Number of pages: 304
Category: Junior High+
Content Rating: PG
Book Rating: 4 stars
A review copy of this novel was provided by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media.
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