Blanca and Roja
by Anna-Marie McLemore
Summary: 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.
Source: I received a signed hardcover in an Uppercase box
Blanca and Roja was a beautiful YA magical realism fairy tale retelling.
I know that’s a mouthful, but I have to mention the magical realism aspect because it’s what tends to turn off some readers because they can be frustratingly vague with the “rules” of magic. If magical realism is not your thing, just stop now while you ahead because this book, like many others in that category, will frustrate you. It provides no answers to why the magical things may happen.
Personally, I love magical realism, so I’d compare this book to those of Moira Fowley-Doyle and Emily Henry. If you’re a fan of their stories, you’ll likely love this one, too.
It was also a fairy tale retelling, taking the basic premises of Snow White and Rose Red and Swan Lake and creating a beautifully written tale set in the real world with some bits of magic and weirdness.
I enjoyed the story and not knowing what would happen to the two sisters. Who would become a swan? Would they betray each other? (And what is this bear doing here?)
I think I would’ve preferred the story had it just been from the POV of the two sisters. The additional POVs of Yearling and Page did not really add to the story and kind of felt too similar to the other POVs. The story was beautifully written, it’s just that all of the point of views melded together a bit. Roja and Blanca had different personalities and I think they would’ve seemed more distinct with just the two of them.
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