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Blanca & Roja

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  987 ratings  ·  349 reviews
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 dan
Hardcover, 1st edition, 375 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Feiwel Friends
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Beatrice This, like all of McLemore's books up to this point (alas!), is a standalone.
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McLemore's books always read like centuries-old fairytales that villagers with restless imagination would spin around a fire. I have a wild suspicion that she resides on a separate plane of existence and only decides to every now and then visit our realm to bless us with her presence and books, only to immediately retreat into the moors of her homelands to dance with the Old Gods.

And I’m always all too happy to ignore the less poetic reality of the outside world and lose myself to her stories.

Emily May
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A story about two sisters, and a prince who got turned into a bear, and all the ways magic can save you but also fuck you up.

This is such a beautiful, queer fairy tale.

On the surface, Blanca & Roja is a mash-up retelling of Snow-White and Rose-Red and Swan Lake, but the sheer amount of layers and thought that has gone into this novel makes it a whole number of other things, too. Peel back the familiar fairy tale aspects and underneath there is a moving tale of stereotypes, expectations an

ARC provided by Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.

“If I wanted to, I could believe it was our colors that decided Blanca would be the gentle sister, pure and obliging, and I would be the cruel one, wicked and difficult. She would be the blessed daughter, the one the swans would spare. And I would be the one the swans would take. But my sister saw our story ending another way.”

Blanca y Roja is the best retelling I’ve ever read in my entire life. The way Anna-Marie McLemore reimagined
destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
If you ever need a story that’s guaranteed to give you all the feels, break your heart, and look good doing it, Anna-Marie McLemore’s definitely the right woman for the job. If this tells you anything about how much faith I have in her writing, I don’t even like the fairytales this book pulls from, yet it’s still been one of my most anticipated releases of 2018.

‘There will always be two daughters. But we will always take one back.’

Predictably enough, I was not disappointed. Blanca & Roja
Elise (TheBookishActress)
I’m crying !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
review to come

🧡this thread by Anna-Marie about this book was too good. I am shook.
💛remember 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.]
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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!
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
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“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 pr
may ➹
I didn’t think it was possible but now I really hate swans

// buddy read with fic trash and asmr queen
✨    jamieson   ✨
Oct 16, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: magic-realism
Beyond shocked to learn the cover is not in fact a rose and is actually two swans entwined
Sep 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
Another intriguing read. Fantasy books are special this year.
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anna-Marie McLemore never disappoints.

Not only Blanca & Roja is a beautifully-written retelling of Snow White and Rose Red meets Swan Lake featuring latinx, trans and disabled protagonists. It's also a story about finding the truth about yourself amidst all the lies, and defying the binaries society taught you were necessary.

As usual, what stood out to me first about Blanca & Roja was the writing. I could visualize everything perfectly. The apple is never just an apple, it's a symbol and
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Karima chermiti

We painted the woods that night. We gave it the colors we were and the colors we borrowed. We were opening our hands. We were giving up the stories we thought we already knew.
We were becoming.

I feel quite an idiot who’s trying to articulate in words a beauty that lives in them and yet it transcends them. This book made me emotional and I fear I’ll be writing things that doesn’t make a lot of sense so just bear with me guys. I think it’s better if I just put in words these random thoughts th
Claire Legrand
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Lyrical, emotional and ultimately about the deepest kind of love.
Faith Simon
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars.
I loved this book so much, I can't even describe just how much. This book pulled every emotion deep inside me out through my eyes and lungs, every breath I took was so heavy reading this, my eyes were constantly trying to cry. This book made me so damn emotional. I'm proud of myself I didn't cry but I was REALLY CLOSE.
I'm quite sure I've said this before, but Anna-Marie McLemore is one of my most favourite authors ever. I will read absolutely anything she writes, her writing is phen
DNF at 60%
Too descriptive boring story
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anna-Marie is just THAT good. She's done it again.
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always

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
Liv (Stories For Coffee)
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-requested
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
I’m sure for those who love magical realism, they will love this book, it just wasn’t for me
brain cell
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
first of all,,,,,,,,never hav i ever wanted to murder a bunch of swans this much.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing

It's her 4th book and she keeps getting better, that's all you CAN say....

Achy, gorgeous, and MAGNIFICENT.
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Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beloved-books
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher which does not influence my review*

I’ve been enamored with Anna-Marie McLemore’s writing since her debut The Weight of Feathers. With each novel she has written, I have fallen even more in love, not with just her words but with her ability to weave together stories where sadness and hope, magic and reality meet as though they were two sides of the same coin. In Blanca & Roja, a novel inspired by the fairy tale Snow-White and Rose-Red, two si
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
No coherent words are coming out of me right now. Full review to come!
Apr 05, 2017 marked it as want-so-much-it-hurts-a-little
"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.
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*Physical ARC kindly provided by Macmillan.

I’ve been sitting on writing this review since, well, literally after I finished the book. I always seem to do this when it comes to Anna-Marie McLemore books, because it’s just. Whatever I write will never fully express just how much I love her stories, her characters, her writing. Oh god her writing, I could wax poetic about it all day every day. It’s writing you sink your teeth into; it's sumptuous and decadent. There are very few authors who have su
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Anna-Marie McLemore was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and taught by her family to hear la llorona in the Santa Ana winds. Her debut novel THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS was a Junior Library Guild Selection, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults book, and a finalist for the William C. Morris Debut Award. Her second novel, WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS, was longlisted for the National Book Awa ...more
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“I was a girl who would never exist in a fairy tale, not just because of the brown of my body but because of my heart, neither pure enough to be good nor cruel enough to be evil. I was a girl lost in the deep, narrow space between the two forms girls were allowed to take.” 4 likes
“That was the thing neither Roja nor the senoras understood. Sometimes what a story needed was not a girl who would do what the prince told her, who would content herself with meeting him only in the dark, who would not question why she must not open her eyes. Sometimes a story needed the girl who would find him among the crumbling stones where he did pretending all o fit was a castle. It needed the girl who took the prince’s orders and crushed them between her back teeth, who bound his wrists if that was what it took to set him free.” 3 likes
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