The Grotto's Secret by Paula Wynne

Swann (Swann Series Book 1)

Genre: Action Adventure, Conspiracy Thrillers, Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense Thriller, Sci-fi, Suspense Thrillers, Young Adult
$2.99

For Fans Of

Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games series Veronica Roth's Divergent series Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series Bella Forrest's Shade of Vampire and Gender Game series

Book Summary

If your parents loved you enough to erase you, who would you become?

You are not your body. You’re not your hair, your eyes or your nose. You’re not your diseases, your anxieties, or your psychosis. Welcome to Astor Academy where, with the right genetic coding and a stomach for the impossible, you can change not only your body but the very course of your life…

Thrust into the sexy, ultra-elite social scene, sixteen year old Savannah Van Duyn starts Astor Academy armed with only her sarcasm, a survivalist’s wit and her father’s promise that the school’s geneticist can fix her many problems at the DNA level. The foremost expert in genetic engineering, however, is teeming with so much dark secrecy it has Savannah’s skin crawling. What begins as a bold promise of genetic therapy becomes a life-threatening search for morality in an immoral cure, and an obsession to right the wrongs heaped upon her and those students who have died before her.

Swann is the first in this groundbreaking debut series of young adult novels. Prepare yourself for an unabashed, unapologetic look into today’s YA world, namely: coping with a body fit for shame, crazy mothers on meds, the notion that there’s a pill for every problem, bullying and cyberbullying, the ebb and flow of first love and all things humorous, sick and twisted. In the spirit of balance, however, Swann explores the allure of friendship, the resolve of the desperate soul to find light inside the darkness, and one girl’s path to redemption in the face of insurmountable odds. And so begins the story of the ugly duckling becoming the swan…

Testimonials

Five Star Review from Amazon: "This book easily surpasses five stars. There is very uniquely constructed world with relateable problems most teens and young adults can connect to. The heroine in this book is so fascinating you can even go back and read the prequel which is just all about her. I just love stories like these that almost can't really be put into a classification or they can be stuffed into several. There's nothing over done or tiresome in this book. I have no complaints at all. Now I recommend reading this before book 2 Monarch, where I get to find out if that alludes to a crown or butterfly." From Rebecca Davidson - a Verified Amazon Download

Five Star Review from Amazon: "This book was an unexpected pleasure. The writer immerses you into a secret world going on right under our noses and makes you wonder if any of it could be true. Could it? I couldn't put it down!" From Anonymous - a Verified Amazon Download

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About the Author

Ryan Schow is the author of the groundbreaking Swann Series novels, which is being released for the first time worldwide. Ryan has been writing fiction for 25 years as a ghost writer of screenplays, autobiographies and novels. His award-winning fiction was first published in 2006 in Writers’ Journal.

Although writers' philosophies are seldom topics of discussion, how a writer thinks and what he/she hopes to accomplish weighs heavily in whether they produce a chart topper of a novel, or a sour potato. Ryan started this series writing with a singular mindset. His goal for every book was to create a dynamic cast of characters his readers both love and love to hate, write bigger than life stories with grit, texture and absolute character honesty, be unpredictable and funny, and pen that which has not already been penned so that the book stays with the reader long after he/she has turned the final page.

As for the Swann Series, Ryan believes that—with but a few exceptions—origin stories are the best stories, so his goal with the Swann Series novels was to make each new book as much of an origin story as he could while staying true to the core characters. This, of course, works great since the genetic modification of human beings sits front and center to this series.

For now, Ryan will be in super-sunny California enjoying his life with his amazing wife, his two little ones and his badass Audi (yes, he's obsessed with Audi's!). And chances are pretty good that at this exact moment he's sitting at his computer bleary eyed, wearing yesterday's pajamas and working like a lunatic on his next novel!

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