Blanca & Roja
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.

Blanca & Roja Details

TitleBlanca & Roja
Author
ReleaseOct 9th, 2018
PublisherFeiwel & Friends
ISBN-139781250162717
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Magical Realism, Retellings

Blanca & Roja Review

  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.Flawless. ❤ RTC after Contemporary-a-thon!Anna-Marie McLemore's books keep getting more queer and I'm just over here getting more hyped. ❤ 💛💚💙💜Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | TwitchBuddy read with May, Julianna, Courtney, Amy, & Jen! ❤
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  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    January 1, 1970
    One of my new favourite books of all time. The writing in this is absolutely breathtaking. The characters are lovely and heartbreaking. The relationships are nuanced and dynamic. Seriously, it was amazing!
  • Em
    January 1, 1970
    the sentence-level beauty of Anna-Marie Mclemore’s stories evokes such pleasing sensations that my depression would be completely cured for the duration of my reading so you bet I can’t wait for this book
  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you SO MUCH to Feiwel & Friends for sending me this absolutely stunning ARC! ♥---It's Anna-Marie McLemore. After the beauty that was Wild Beauty, I don't need to know anything else. <3
  • may ➹
    January 1, 1970
    I didn’t think it was possible but now I really hate swans// buddy read with fic trash and asmr queen
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    OH YES I LOVE THIS COVERremember when my pre-review of this was "retelling of Snow White by a popular author oh yes" remember back before Anna-Marie McLemore ruined my life✨Arc received from the publisher via Edelweiss for an honest review. [ releases: October 2018.]
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  • Nick
    January 1, 1970
    Another intriguing read. Fantasy books are special this year.
  • Zoraida
    January 1, 1970
    Breathtaking.
  • Sonja ✧ Badass Wanderer ✧
    January 1, 1970
    THIS COVER
  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Lyrical, emotional and ultimately about the deepest kind of love.
  • Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
    January 1, 1970
    CUE SCREAMING BECAUSE WE HAVE A SWAN LAKE RETELLING. AND IT'S GOING TO BE DIVERSE AND QUEER AF: https://twitter.com/LaAnnaMarie/statu...I absolutely ADORED McLemore's other books: The Weight of Feathers was whimsical and swoon-worthy, and When the Moon Was Ours was dreamy and socially relevant. I can't wait to see what this author can do this time! <3
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  • Ava
    January 1, 1970
    Anna-Marie is just THAT good. She's done it again.
  • Allison
    January 1, 1970
    I MEAN. WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO SAY? It's her 4th book and she keeps getting better, that's all you CAN say....Achy, gorgeous, and MAGNIFICENT.
  • Liv (Stories For Coffee)
    January 1, 1970
    ACTUAL RATING: 4.5 STARS
  • Claire Legrand
    January 1, 1970
    One of the most beautiful books I've ever read. Not just because of the language--which is divine--but because of the characters, and how real and aching and powerful they are, and how the love between them feels like a tangible thing that you can wrap yourself up inside even as it guts you. I feel so tender toward these characters that I spent the last fourth of the book in tears, and books hardly ever make me cry.I'm incoherent with love.
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  • Ellis
    January 1, 1970
    "a magical realist Snow-White & Rose-Red meets Swan Lake, in which two sisters become rivals in a game that will turn the losing girl into a swan"I don't think I've ever wanted a book more.
  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    A lyrical, stunningly beautiful book about sisterhood, family, love, and identity, this is magical realism at its best. Blanca & Roja is a modern retelling that is Snow White & Rose Red meets Swan Lake featuring two Latina sisters and a family curse that will turn one of them into a swan. So many themes are woven into this story I'm sure I will leave something out, but at its heart, it is a book about loving others and loving yourself as you are without the trappings of society's expecta A lyrical, stunningly beautiful book about sisterhood, family, love, and identity, this is magical realism at its best. Blanca & Roja is a modern retelling that is Snow White & Rose Red meets Swan Lake featuring two Latina sisters and a family curse that will turn one of them into a swan. So many themes are woven into this story I'm sure I will leave something out, but at its heart, it is a book about loving others and loving yourself as you are without the trappings of society's expectations. It also does a deep dive into gender, expectations of female behavior, and the issue of "passing" among people of color. Told in brief chapters with alternating perspectives, there are four point of view characters:BLANCA: The "sweet" older sister with blonde hair and light skin who can sometimes pass as white. The favorite of most women in town to remain human.ROJA: The fierce, angry, and temperamental younger sister with brown skin and deep red brown hair. Favorite of her father, but not of anyone else.YEARLING: A boy from a wealthy but violent and unhealthy family discovering who he wants to be.PAGE: A trans-gender boy who is non-binary (not always He or She), the son of apple farmers with the soul of a poet. Society, family, and the looming swans want to pit Blanca and Roja against each other. Despite that, they share a fierce love and deep sisterly connection. That is put to the test, but the message of female sisterhood and female friendship rather than jealousy is one that I loved. It also has something to say about the ways in which society tells women to be sweet rather than angry and likewise discounts the ferocity of the gentle ones.This was my first time reading from the perspective of a character who identifies like Page and the development of his character is respectfully done in a way that feels very nuanced and accessible to readers. The development of his romance with Blanca is achingly beautiful. I know that the flowery writing and magical realism in this book will not be for everyone, but I found myself completely swept away into another world, full of both pain and beauty. The characters are fleshed out and even side characters in the form of parents and grandparents feel weighty. I loved it. I received an advance review copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    January 1, 1970
    No coherent words are coming out of me right now. Full review to come!
  • ALEXA
    January 1, 1970
    I have really enjoyed all the things Anna-Marie has written, but this one really tugged on my heart because of the fairytale elements and the sister relationship. Beautiful writing, as always.
  • The Bookavid
    January 1, 1970
    makes me really happy to see this.i love her writing and i'm delighted to see that we've got a lot more of it coming soon <3(i hope its gay dear god pls let this be gay)
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    January 1, 1970
    I'm excited for this for 2 reasons:1. Anna-Marie McLemore is amazing at all things2. Sister stories are my weakeness
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5 stars* I mean, it’s Anna-Marie, so I expected it to be good, but this was EXCELLENT. Review TK!
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    January 1, 1970
    I was hoping to love this one, but I had doubts because I could not get through Wild Beauty no matter how hard I tried. But I love the fairytale Snow White and Rose Red and loved the idea of them being Latina sisters. But I think I just don't do well with McLemore's prose and how she puts together books. Obviously others love it and this is just a personal thing. But I had to DNF after 100 pages.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.While I think Anna-Marie McLemore’s style of writing might not be for everyone, I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Blanca y Roja. I was absolutely blown away by this book. From the first page I was fully immersed in the lives and world of the del Cisne sisters. I truly believe this is one of the most beautiful books I’ll have ever read.This is a story of two sisters: Blanca and Roja del Cisne. Blanca is the elder, sweet ARC provided by Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.While I think Anna-Marie McLemore’s style of writing might not be for everyone, I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Blanca y Roja. I was absolutely blown away by this book. From the first page I was fully immersed in the lives and world of the del Cisne sisters. I truly believe this is one of the most beautiful books I’ll have ever read.This is a story of two sisters: Blanca and Roja del Cisne. Blanca is the elder, sweet sister. Roja is fierce as fire. As per a generations-long tradition, the swans would always come take away a daughter after her fifteenth birthday. For generations, sisters would become rivals so the swans would take the “worse” sister. But Blanca and Roja want to trick the swans (los cisnes) by trying to dress and act alike so that the swans won’t know who to choose. Of course, this doesn’t quite go according to plan.You can’t stop swan season, and the girls are trapped in a game of not only trying to save each other, but also themselves. Their sisterhood is put to the test when they realize the swans will not relent. However, all trust and loyalty starts to wane when the girls come across two boys who were stuck in the midst of the magical woods.I think my favorite thing about this book was how strikingly different the del Cisne sisters are. While Blanca is viewed as the pure sister because of her pale complexion and blonde hair, Roja is angry, has a darker complexion, and hair a deep red it’s almost black. How society views them — and even how their own family views them — pretty much dooms Roja into thinking she will be the sister taken by the swans. Just reading about Roja’s fear that she would be chosen just because she wasn’t considered beautiful made my heart hurt. And, yet, even though these sisters are so different, their love for each other was the glue that held them together even when their world was falling apart.I also need to mention Page and Yearling, who are such wonderful characters with superb character development. I wasn’t expecting them to have such huge roles in the story, but I am so glad they did. They were like the necessary pieces that were missing from the puzzle.I won’t go into anymore detail because I don’t want to spoil the magic, but let me just say this book was so incredibly atmospheric, haunting, powerful, and ruthless. It made me want to curl up by a fire, go apple picking, bake, and totally avoid swans. There is also so much good in this book: a gender fluid character, LGBTQIAP+ rep, Latinx rep, sisterhood, and found family. It is magical but it also feels real. It feels as if I could step outside my door and be transported right into those woods. There are also some fairy tales sprinkled throughout this book which was always fun to pick up on.I do have one thing that I wish was done differently, and that is I wish the four different POV’s were told in third person. The first person narratives got a little confusing at times for me when switching between four people, and sometimes their voices sounded kind of similar. But this is such a minor complaint from me and shouldn’t be something that deters you from picking up this book.I really think Blanca y Roja would be such a great choice for fall and I hope you give it a chance!Trigger warnings: abuse (from family) and bullying.Buddy read with Melanie & Jen!Blog | Instagram | Twitter
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  • Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)
    January 1, 1970
    Review coming soon.
  • Acqua
    January 1, 1970
    Cover! We have a cover!I can't wait for this; Anna-Marie McLemore is one of my favorite YA authors.
  • Elke
    January 1, 1970
    Blessing your timeline with this absolutely perfect cover again to tell y'all IM SO FUCKING HYPED ALREADY and I can't wait to add this to my Anna-Marie McLemore collection. Everything she writes is just so gorgeous omg I can't wait to have my life ruined by this book.
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  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    January 1, 1970
    I have yet to read a book written by Anna Marie-McLemore, if you can believe it. I am a huge fan of retellings, and the fact that it is a Swan Lake retelling that is going to be dark also has me pumped for it. This one is also a diverse read, so I have very high hopes for it.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    A new Anna-Marie McLemore novel ,,, I'm here for it
  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    just. phenomenal.
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