Blanca & Roja


A Junior Library Guild Selection 
Starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, School Library Journal, and Shelf Awareness
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
A Kirkus, School Library Journal, Boston Globe, and Tor.com Best Book of 2019
A YALSA 2019 Best Fiction for Young Adults
 
"A story so complex and original, you'll forget 'Blanca & Roja' is not a classic tale in its own right."
--New York Times Book Review 

"Blanca & Roja is a fairytale that imprints in your heart, with writing so lush you feel like you're in the middle of the del Cisne's magical woods. McLemore's novel weaves an unforgettable story about the bond between sisters and the daring to rewrite your destiny."
--Zoraida Córdova, author of Labyrinth Lost 

"Blanca & Roja is mesmerizing and absolutely beautiful. McLemore has created a fairy tale for the modern age."
--April Tucholke, author of Wink Poppy Midnight 

"One of the most beautiful books I've ever read, bright with hope and brimming with love. Powerful and unforgettable, this mesmerizing fairy tale made my heart ache and my spirit soar."
--Claire Legrand, author of Furyborn  

"Some authors write amazing characters. Some authors are beautifully atmospheric. Anna-Marie McLemore is the rare author that combines both skills, and it's never been more apparent than in Blanca & Roja. This story swallowed me into itself until I felt the aches of every character as deeply as my own."
--Amanda Quain, One More Page Books 

"McLemore's poignant retelling is a must-read for fans of fantasy and fairy tales"
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review 

"Vibrant, wondrously strange, and filled to the brim with love of all kinds."
--Booklist, starred review

"Magical realism extraordinaire McLemore crafts a queer, Latinx mash-up of "Snow White," "Wild Swans," and Swan Lake told from four perspectives...a magical and lovely first purchase for all YA shelves."
--School Library Journal, starred review 

"McLemore takes the fairy-tale mold and reforms it."
--Shelf Awareness, starred review 

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.


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