Wild Swans – Jessica Spotswood.

Many thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Fire, via NetGalley, for an opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

3.5/5 stars

I mostly enjoyed Wild Swans. It was a fairly fast read, and I definitely could put myself (somewhat) in Ivy’s shoes. It was interesting when she started to question whether her grandfather wanted her to succeed (at whatever she tried to do, it didn’t matter what) because he was proud of her, or if he just wanted to see her succeed in order to have that as a “trophy.” I wasn’t too fond of how this was summed up, since it seemed far too simple and “oh yay a happy ending!”

In fact, that’s how I felt about a lot of the ending of Wild Swans. It felt like way too many things were neatly wrapped up far too quickly. There wasn’t enough conflict in this book for me – I know that sounds odd but it’s true. The ending just was too… happy-go-lucky…? and honestly, with the blurb discussing the “curse of the Melbourn women” I was hoping for more supernatural twist-y stuff in the novel.

Overall, though, the book was okay. I might’ve downgraded the rating to a flat 3/5 just for the ending, but the ending combined with the rest of the book brings the rating up to 3.5/5. (And yes, I know this distinction doesn’t exist for books rated on Goodreads, and I wish we were able to give half stars elsewhere aside from just in the review section). Not bad. Not the best read ever, probably won’t reread, but I’m definitely willing to read what else Jessica Spotswood writes. 🙂


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