Blanca & Roja Review

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Ebook, 384 Pages
YA/Magical Realism/ Retellings
By: Anna-Marie McLemore

“The strong devour the weak, even when the weak are your own. It’s how any family gets stronger”

🌟 Let me just point again the fact that the cover of this book has not only 1 swan but 2 swans!! (bonus points for Elysia for discovering the second swan)!!

🌟 This is my third time reading a Magical realism book without knowing so. I think that is magical xD. I found out the hard way that this genre is just not for me. I prefer to go to books these days without knowing much. I read the synopsis of this book and I liked it and that was that. I got the book and read it. I just think magical realism don’t have good world buildings, obviously they are set in the real world but the magical laws are never explained and that seems like a shortcut for me and it leaves me always with many questions and wanting more. This book was no different!

🌟  The writing was good, I really loved the introduction and gave my friend the book while we were together so he can read it and he said it was great! So my problem was not mainly with the writing style.

🌟 My problem was more about the characters, there were 4 different POVs and I think it would have been better if it was only Blanca and Roja. The characters sounded the same and I needed to go back to the beginning of chapters to see who the POV was from.

🌟 The plot was kind of OK for me but I wanted more and I needed to understand more things. I just have this problem with all the books of this kind!

🌟 Summary: A typical Magical Realism book with good writing and nice story. The magical laws and characters just fell short for me and was sort of boring. It is a kind of me rather than the book problem. I ended up giving this 2 out of 5 stars!
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🌟 Prescription: for fans of Magical realism books only!

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  1. Oh no, this is one of my most anticipated book!
    I also hate when there are too many PoVs but there are nothing to differentiate them from other characters! Great review Hamad, thanks for the heads up!

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  2. That cover is gorgeous! I didn’t even realize there were two swans on it lol. I’m sorry that you didn’t enjoy this one more 😦 I’m going to give it a chance because I’ve never read magical realism and I’m not sure how I feel about it.

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