The Silent Swan Blog tour [review+excerpt+giveaway]

Posted August 26, 2013 by Jenna in blog tour, book reviews, GIVEAWAYS / 4 Comments




Hi guys! Today, I have a tour stop for the Silent Swan blog tour. Hosted by Shane from Itching for books. The book is by Lex Keating, and published by Altwit Press. I’m sharing my review below, plus an excerpt of choice (by me!) plus a tour-wide giveaway (US ONLY). So don’t forget to enter that!

Enjoy! 🙂



Title: The Silent Swan

Author: Lex Keating

Publisher: Altwit Press

Published on: August 26, 2013

Purchase: Amazon
Once upon a time – better known as “now” – Gabriel Pritz reigns as king of his high school. Easy grades, perfect baseball season, a pretty date for prom—he’s coasting into a golden future. Until his parents demand he cook dinner once a week. Caught between kitchen fires and ballpark withdrawal, Gabe is thrown into Tam Swann’s orbit. Hostile, friendless, and stubborn, she’s exactly the sort of person he’d prefer to avoid.
Tam’s sphere of influence expands beyond Gabe’s sad domestic skills, rapidly invading everything from his favorite game to parts of his soul he didn’t know existed. It’s uncomfortable, it’s hard work, it’s…making him a better man. And that’s just what she does to people she doesn’t like. The better he gets to know her, the more he has to face the truth: this sharp, heart-breaking outcast is worth fighting for. How many families, fairy tales, and felons will he go through to ride to the rescue of the bravest person he’s ever met?
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The Silent Swan was not something I expected. Not in a bad way, but in a good way. The book cover pre-empted you to assume the book is a happy-go-lucky all-the-way kind of book. But it actually has some depth that the cover did not show us. Don’t get me wrong, I love the cover! It depicts the whole story. But it just doesn’t tell you there’s much more to the happy dispositions of the cover models.
Let’s begin with the writing. I admit I was a lot confused with who is who and what is what and where is where when I started reading The Silent Swan. It was like I attended a party where I knew no one, and I don’t even have the slightest idea what I’m doing there. The story began with Gabe, the main character, narrates bringing a certain table to school. I have no idea what he was talking about and who he is talking about. Afterwards though, I got used to the writing and adjusted pretty well that I began to enjoy and empathize with the characters.
The characters were not all relatable to me but were all easily likable.. well some just enough but the main character Gabe is so funny and he made the awkward sound not-so-awkward. Anyway, I love how big the families mentioned in the book are. I won’t deny how confused and how OC I did get just to try to imagine each one of them, like Jake, Alex, Dan, Mike, etc.. then there are Tam’s brothers and sisters.. I actually love reading books with big families involved (like My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick). There’s something spontaneous and more fun about it. lol
The story. As I said in the first paragraph, the story has some depth in them that I never expected it to have. The issue at hand are foster cares and the story behind each child or family broken by tragic events and such…How deep it is, and the sudden twist and turns..some expected, some unprecedented.
Overall, it was a nice story with nice characters and I had a good time reading it. I recommend it not only to those of us who are family-oriented, or going through the same troubles the characters in the book do, but to everyone who loves a feel-good story with a feel-good ending. 🙂 And maybe shed a tear or two too!
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Gabe hadn’t really looked at what she was doing, so the spread on the table surprised him. A huge bowl o flinguine steamed in the middle of the table, flanked by fragrant chicken and shiny carrots. He put the salad in fron of his mom’s chair and took the microwaved asparagus to his dad’s end. Alex produced another chair and plate with a grin, just as Mike and Dan slammed through the door.
“Where’s the fire engine?” Mike said.
Dan pushed him aside. “What is that smell?”
“Gabe cheated,” Dad said.
Jake defended him, frowning at their dad. “No. He said she was supposed to coach him while he did the work. And she’s–bossy.”
“He made the salad. And the noodles,” Tam volunteered. Everyone turned to stare at her, and she dropped her head.
I don’t know about you, but I salivated with the kitchen encounters in this book. You’ll know what I mean when you read it hehe
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Lex Keating has been engaged in a passionate affair with books ever since the Velveteen Rabbit wanted to be real. She graduated from a liberal arts college with a BA in literature, and currently resides near Charleston, South Carolina, in a swamp full of barbarians and all their cats. She has been a teacher, a paralegal, a computer programmer, and a hospice caregiver. She currently divides her time between studying old fairy tales and making up new ones.
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4 responses to “The Silent Swan Blog tour [review+excerpt+giveaway]

  1. Christine

    This sounds like a really nice read–sweet but poignant. And any comparison to My Life Next Door (one of my favorites!!) makes me want to read it even more 🙂

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