Blanca & Roja (Paperback)
Award-winning author Anna-Marie McLemore retells Swan Lake in this spellbinding YA story of sisters who are each other's best friends—and worst enemies.
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 is 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.
About the Author
Anna-Marie McLemore was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and taught by their family to hear la llorona in the Santa Ana winds. They are the author of The Weight of Feathers, a 2016 William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist; 2017 Stonewall Honor Book When the Moon Was Ours, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature; Wild Beauty, a Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Booklist best book of 2017; Blanca & Roja, a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice; Dark and Deepest Red, a Winter 2020 Indie Next List title; and The Mirror Season.
"McLemore weaves in powerful themes of identity, family, and first love, but there are also much-needed messages about overcoming hurtful stereotypes and expectations. McLemore's poignant retelling is a must-read for fans of fantasy and fairy tales." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Any fan of McLemore’s body of work, Bone Gap by Laura Ruby, or Malinda Lo’s fantasy will revel in this novel. A magical and lovely first purchase for all YA shelves." —School Library Journal, starred review
"McLemore is at her finest; she twines Latino folklore through the fairytales of Swan Lake and Snow White & Rose Red to create a story that is wholly original... [McLemore] offers up something that's vibrant, wondrously strange, and filled to the brim with love of all kinds. —Booklist, starred review
"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
"McLemore's novel weaves an unforgettable story about the bond between sisters and the daring to rewrite your destiny." —Zoraida Córdova, author of Bruja Born
“Mesmerizing and absolutely beautiful. McLemore has created a fairy tale for the modern age." —April Tucholke, author of Wink Poppy Midnight
“Some authors write amazing characters. Some authors are beautifully atmospheric. Anna-Marie McLemore is the rare author that combines both skills…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
Praise for The Weight of Feathers
Morris Award Finalist
“A gripping, beautifully rendered story with prose reminiscent of Eva Luna and a fantastical world as captivating as that of The Night Circus.” —Sabaa Tahir, author of An Ember in the Ashes
“Ethereal and beguiling.” —Publishers Weekly