Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

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...

Details Blanca & Roja

TitleBlanca & Roja
Release DateOct 9th, 2018
PublisherFeiwel & Friends
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Magical Realism, Retellings, Lgbt

Reviews Blanca & Roja

  • Em (RunawayWithDreamthieves)
    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.I’m always all too happy to ignore the less poetic reality of the...
  • Emily May
    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 ...
  • Melanie
    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 i...
  • 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.’...
  • Hamad
    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription “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 f...
  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    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!
  • may ➹
    I didn’t think it was possible but now I really hate swans// buddy read with fic trash and asmr queen
  • Zoraida
  • 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’...
  • Claire Legrand
    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.
  • Lisa
    Lyrical, emotional and ultimately about the deepest kind of love.
  • Liv (Stories For Coffee)
  • Ava
    Anna-Marie is just THAT good. She's done it again.
  • Allison
    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.
  • Bethany
    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 ...
  • Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)
    *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...
  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    No coherent words are coming out of me right now. Full review to come!
  • Giulia
    "We would be a fairy tale whispered in spring or a ghost story told in the early dark of October. They would forget that we were not two sisters in a fable but real girls, with real hearts that lay broken in our chests."TW: fat shaming, bullying, abuse, violence, racism, transphobia, homophobiaAnna-Marie McLemore’s writing style reminded me yet again that writing is, indeed, a form of art.And what a masterpiece this book was. Never, in my life ...
  • Lauren
    A lyrical and highly original retelling of Snow White and Rose Red. The ending was fantastic and made me up it to a solid 4 stars as I found that the middle dragged in a few places. Full RTC
    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.
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    *4.5 stars* I mean, it’s Anna-Marie, so I expected it to be good, but this was EXCELLENT. Review TK!
  • Holly
    *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 sumptu...
  • kav (xreadingsolacex)
    Disclaimer: I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacted my review. trigger warnings: violence/physical abuse, colorism (CHALLENGED) There will always be two daughters. But we will always take one back Anna-Marie McLemore is one of the most talented authors there has ever been. And with each piece of work of hers I read, she wows me even more. McLemore writes magical realism in a beautiful way, with language a...