Madison Montgomery comes from money and power, but when someone close to her commits the ultimate crime, Madison must live with her tainted name for the rest of her life. When she begins Riverside Preparatory Academy, the private school her father has swept her into in The Hamptons, she hopes for a fresh start. What she wasn’t hoping for was the pack of bad boys who run the school; ten, to be exact. When Madison gains the attention of their leader, Bishop Vincent Hayes, a whole new world that she didn’t think existed is exposed to her. A whole world that starts and ends with The Elite Kings Club and these boys, are about to flip her world upside down. Secrets are overflowing and family lies are about to be exposed. Is there more to Madison Montgomery than even she knows?
After reading all the hype about this book, I was so excited to delve into its pages. And, to be fair, it started off really well. I was fully engrossed and quickly turning the pages to read more. But as the story went on, the characters’ behaviours became more and more strange, and it felt flat and unnatural. They seemed very one-dimensional, despite all the secrets. The main character’s purposeful ignorance when she’s told multiple times she’s in some serious danger made her come across as weak and idiotic.
I think my biggest problem with this story is a lack of depth with the plot. The only thing that kept me reading was the belief that something amazing must happen, that there are sub-plots and plot twists that I wouldn’t see coming. But by the end, I was left more confused than ever because I already knew what the big reveal was before it happened. And then that big reveal wasn’t even complete. It’s great to build tension within a story, to weave small hints within each chapter, but when you want to end a book on a cliff-hanger, you need to have some sub-plots, especially if you’re not willing to reveal the main plot (which I’m still not sure if this was revealed and was just so underwhelming I didn’t realise it).
There are some good qualities to this book, but for me, I was left very disappointed.
In saying that, I still, as always, recommend giving The Silver Swan a read. This review is just one Bookworm’s opinion. And from the hundreds of great reviews this story has received, you can clearly see I’m a minority. So, if you like the sound of the blurb, pick it up and give it a chance. And don’t forget to leave your own review!