Review: PRINCESS OF THE WILD SWANS by Diane Zahler

Princess of the Wild Swans 
Diane Zahler
224 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: January 31st, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

Princess Meriel’s brothers have been cursed. A terrible enchantment–cast by their conniving new stepmother–has transformed the handsome princes into swans. They now swim forlornly on a beautiful heart-shaped lake that lies just beyond the castle walls.

Meriel will do whatever it takes to rescue her beloved brothers. But she must act quickly. If Heart Lake freezes, her brothers will be forced to fly south or perish.

With help from her newfound friends Riona and Liam–a pretty half-witch and her clever brother–Meriel vows to finish a seemingly impossible task. If she completes it, her brothers may be saved.

But if she fails . . . all will be lost.

    When twelve-year-old Princess Meriel’s father marries Lady Orianna strange things start happening in the castle. When Meriel’s five brothers are sent off to school by Lady Orianna, five new swans now swim in the heart shaped lake right outside of the walls of the castle. Princess Meriel soon finds out that the swans are no ordinary swans but her brothers! Finding out the truth about Lady Orianna, Meriel now must do an unthinkable task that no twelve-year-old could ever do. And before winter comes and her swan-brothers must fly south or die.

   The first thing that caught my attention was the cover, with its rich blues and golds. Good thing the inside was just as good. I can really relate to Meriel because I’m only a year younger than her. In the first five pages, I didn’t like Diane Zahler’s writing – it seemed to drag on but after that I soon got used to it and loved the way her writing flowed. I really loved the characters and the perfect amount of description in the book. Diane Zahler has a whimsical imagination, which is evident in the names of the many characters we meet throughout the novel.

   I really enjoyed the way the book ends, especially the big change that happens to Cullan. With the many twists and turns, the book kept me on the edge of my seat. Princess of the Wild Swans is fast-paced and a must-read!

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    February 3, 2012

    This sounds like a fantastic book. I saw this a few weeks ago and thought it looked good. Great review!! :)

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    Wendy Darling

    February 3, 2012

    Great review, Asma! :) Sounds like it was a lot of fun to read.

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    February 7, 2012

    I love fairy-tale retelling! The Wild Swans is a fairy tale by by Hans Christian Andersen that I haven't hear many people talk about. I'm glad someone has added a new spin on it.

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    February 7, 2012

    Fantastic review Asma. Seem like a great read!!

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    February 13, 2012

    Thanks for the wonderful review, Asma! I'm so glad you liked the book.

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    February 17, 2012

    Definitely excited to see that Princess of the Wild Swans sounds every bit as good as I thought it would.

    Really looking forward to reading this one because I am loving all the re-told fairy tale books that are popping up.

    Awesome review, Asma. =)

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    February 26, 2012

    PRINCESS OF THE WILD SWANS reminds me of a book I had as a child. I loved that. I'm sure I will love this.