Friday, August 30, 2013

The Silent Swan Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for The Silent Swan book tour! I have a review of this lovely book coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a copy of The Silent Swan. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

The Silent Swan
Release date: August 26, 2013
Publisher: AltWit Press
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Series: N/A

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?

My Rating: 4 Roses

Surprising, sweet, and a hidden gem among books. The Silent Swan was an absolutely wonderful YA romance that exceeded my expectations and was just lovely.

Picking up this book, I was expecting a standard YA contemporary romance. Sweet, light, and cute, but also somewhat forgettable. But, this book blew my expectations out of the water. It turned out to be so much more. A story of growth and romance and strength. It was the kind of book that you finish and think about afterwards. Loved it!

Gabe was the narrator in this book, so I'll start with him. I'm going to be honest, I started off not liking him He was a jerk at first. But, over the course of the book, he grew into a much better character. He went from egotistical jerk to a truly good man. I went from not liking him, to slowly softening towards him, to absolutely adoring him in the end. He was so sweet and wonderful and I loved his character.

Tam was a remarkable strong heroine. She has quite a few brothers, all in the foster care system after the death of their parents. And, she fights tooth and nail to take care of them all. She's even earned herself a reputation in the system for the lengths she will go to in the name of protecting her brothers. But, despite her difficult life, she was still a genuinely good person. She didn't have a chip in her shoulder that you would expect. She was absolutely lovely. I really liked her character.

The romance developed slowly. At first, there wasn't any at all. Then, as Gabe and Tam spent more time together, the undercurrents of romance began. And it slowly grew over the course of the book. It was so sweet. I loved this couple.

I have to mention all the brothers. Tam's and Gabe's. These two had a lot of brothers. And, at first, it was difficult to keep them straight. But, the author did such a great job making them all individual characters that I ended up liking each one for their characteristics. It was quite a feat and I loved how it was done.

The plot was steadily paced. My one problem with the book was that, I wasn't fully engaged at first. It was slow to start. And, since there were so many characters, some with totally different agendas, that I was somewhat confused in the beginning. But, about a quarter of the way through, I was drawn further into the story until I was completely hooked. The story was wonderful and the ending was perfection.

The Silent Swan was a brilliant YA romance. It was sweet and deep and a truly lovely read. YA romance lovers, if you want a book that will really draw you in, then this is your book.

*I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review

Gabe didn't try to stop smiling, though he did try to keep his eyes above her shoulders. Where most of the interesting stuff happened. "Also brought sheets and pillows. We're not using our old Superman or Spidey-"

"No comic books," she said quickly. Then flushed deep, dull red. "I mean-I don't mean to be ungrateful. Every house I stayed in, that was the first clue. Places with comic books were worse than those without. Just not having them. I'm sorry."

"That's your first rule?" Jake said on this way to the cave with half a bed frame.

Alex muttered, "And I thought the girl thing was bad."

At Tam's baffled look, Gabe explained, "Dad had this rule. A girl can only date one brother. He's got others, but that came first."

"So," she said slowly, pouring sugar and yeast into a bowl of water. "If I asked you out, the rest of them would have to go away?"

Yes. No. Absolutely.

His whole body caught fire. Entire. Nothing missed, from head to toe.

"You busy tomorrow?" he croaked.

Tam didn't look up from measuring flour into the slowly churning mixture. "We have the right hand of hope and the left hand of despair. Choose."

That was not a choice.

"Left," he said. Better to get it over with. "Always first."

"You and me, after dark, has the makings of a disaster," she said. She stopped working and looked him in the eye. "I have some really big shoes to fill and can't set a bad example-"

He knew.

Gabe put his hand on her shoulder, where his sweaty palm wouldn't be as noticeable.

"We take out shoes with us when we go," he said gently. "You fill your own just fine. Katya Maya Mark."

This little shiver went all through Tam's body as she turned back to her bread. "On the other hand," she murmured. "The boys should get used to you being around all the time. Right?"


"Lunch? You could wear that orange thing."

She laughed up at him, unaware that the lack of reinforced concrete in her spice was a powerful turn-on. "What, no ball game?"

Gabe snorted and reached for her green bat. Stupid, he wasn't. "If I'm taking one Swan to a ball game, I'm taking all of you. That can wait a few weeks."

The look in her eyes was worth all the grief of the last couple of months. Part shock, part hero-worship. Lord of the diamond, that was Gabe.
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About the Author:

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.


  1. I love the cover to this book looks awesome.

  2. Awesome review & excerpt. Thanks for participating :)