Thursday, June 17, 2010
Review of A Company of Swans
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience: Teens, clean romance readers
High point: The fairytale
Low point: The would-be fiancé
Reader maturity: 13+
A Company of Swans is another historical YA romance written in the typical Eva Ibbotson style and, like her other novels, it does not disappoint.
In A Company of Swans, we travel with Harriet Morton, a runaway ballerina, as she crosses the Atlantic to tour with a company in the Amazon. There she finds ties to her homeland and something unexpected--love. There's the usual dreamy setting and floaty descriptions and quirky-but-lovable main character...but something here is different. This time, someone's trying to separate the lovebirds, a twist that I liked as a change of pace.
I was fascinated by the setting of the Amazon--the descriptions are amazing; I felt like I was really in the jungle or a magic garden. The other setting is England, which I have always been enthralled by, so overall, as far as my literary passport is concerned, A Company of Swans gets 2 great big thumbs up.
The love interest for Harriet is a little different than the usual perfect (albeit often slightly older) man. He's a self-professed...rogue, I guess you could say. He's good-hearted but searched for love in a lot of places.
Harriet's best friend, Marie-Claude, steals the show. Whereas Harriet is oppressed and frightened (but still likable), Marie-Claude is a friendly, open soul, infusing life into both Harriet and the novel. She's the bustling mother figure in ballerina form.
As usual, I thoroughly enjoyed Eva Ibbotson's work and highly recommend it.
Title: A Company of Swans
Author: Eva Ibbotson
Genre: Teen Fiction - Romance & Friendship
Book Source: Purchased