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, b...more
This is more 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 ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
the book mostly focuses on character development instead of plot development. this means that everyone in the book is well fleshed out and has their own unique vibe, which really appealed to me as a reader.
i loved ivy. a lot. she was a brave, fiercely loyal ...more
Aside from that, the book never really went into the amazing section for me -- no real highs, but no real lows, either ...more
*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, Eri ...more
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 ...more
Ivy was such a great character. I liked that she put pressure on herself ...more
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 hard ...more
Realizing there's more 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 o ...more
I had...high...expectations 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 ...more
Wild 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 sin ...more
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/E ...more
“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 nor ...more
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 more 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 ins ...more
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 tragi ...more
Elegant prose, a simmering romance (two words: tattooed. poet.), and a protagonist who is a role model for women of all ages, 'Wild Swans' ...more
Highly recommended for Sarah Dessen fans.
Wild Swans was just such a book.
I've not read anything by Jes ...more
Erica, her mother, is disparaging of Ivy and the grandfather who raised her. She doesn't want to be there, but Ivy makes a tentative at ...more
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 ...more
My 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 more questions than answers, but I feel like the ending created even more issues. I liked the main character in this story ...more
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 therefor ...more
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