Blanca and Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

The biggest lie of all is the story you think you already know.

The del Cisne girls have never just been sisters; they’re also rivals, Blanca as obedient and graceful as Roja is vicious and manipulative. They know that, because of a generations-old spell, their family is bound to a bevy of swans deep in the woods. They know that, one day, the swans will pull them into a dangerous game that will leave one of them a girl, and trap the other in the body of a swan.

But when two local boys become drawn into the game, the swans’ spell intertwines with the strange and unpredictable magic lacing the woods, and all four of their fates depend on facing truths that could either save or destroy them. Blanca & Roja is the captivating story of sisters, friendship, love, hatred, and the price we pay to protect our hearts.

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This is my first time I have read anything by Anna-Marie McLemore.  I really enjoyed her writing style, it won’t be for everyone though.  I do own another book by Anna-Marie McLemore that I hope to get to in 2019.

The Del Cisne girls are not only sisters but they’re best friends and rivals.  Blanca and Roja are polar opposites: how they act and how they look.  Blanca has blonde hair, light, obedient and graceful.  Roja has red hair, dark, and manipulative.

I liked all four of the main characters; Blanca, Roja, Yearling, and Page.  I loved both the romantic relationships and the friendships too. I really like Yearlings and Pages grandmothers. There are LGBT characters and relationships.

Quotes I liked and loved:

“it is about the sudden understanding that you owe something other than what you were and that what you are is more beautiful than what you once thought you had to be”

“Because that power, that anger in you, that is the best thing you have”

“So Claim it. Pick yourself up and use it.”

“There wasn’t anything like pity in the October air, chilled and smelling like wood and ash.”

“it meant birch tree, or birch forest.  It was a name whose meaning held how our family had come from hills wooded with those straight-trunked, pale-barked trees.”

“I existed as whatever part of the woods would have me, rocks or crows or fallen leaves”

“They just let me live in them for as long as they could take the dead-weight of my heart.”

“even if there is no retracing your path, no unbreaking what has been broken, the heart of you, the heart of everything, can still knit back together.”

I really enjoyed this book, I devoured this book. I absolutely would recommend this to you or anyone. The writing might not be for everyone but I loved her writing style. I gave it a 4/5 stars I will definitely be buying it once I get the chance.

I received this as an earc from NetGalley, I’m thankful being approved to read this.


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