The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore: Review

Posted September 18, 2015 by Emily in book review, giveaway / 0 Comments

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore: ReviewThe Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
Published by St. Martin's Press on September 15, 2015
Pages: 320
Format: E-book
Source: St. Martin's Press

I received this book for free from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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For twenty years, the Palomas and the Corbeaus have been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for over a generation. Both families make their living as traveling performers in competing shows—the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find.
Lace Paloma may be new to her family’s show, but she knows as well as anyone that the Corbeaus are pure magia negra, black magic from the devil himself. Simply touching one could mean death, and she's been taught from birth to keep away. But when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing, it’s a Corbeau boy, Cluck, who saves Lace’s life. And his touch immerses her in the world of the Corbeaus, where falling for him could turn his own family against him, and one misstep can be just as dangerous on the ground as it is in the trees.

This book isn’t getting nearly enough praise and buzz.

Part magical realism, part romance, and part mystery, The Weight of Feathers has it all.

There is something really special about this book and the way it reads. Each chapter heading has a Spanish quote, and the book is filled with phrases that are both Spanish and Italian. Sometimes the context tells you what the quote means, other times it doesn’t. There is a thread of culture and oldness that gives this story such a distinct feel and flavor.

Breaking it down this is what you’ll get from this story:

  • Feuding families divided over years of hatred, misunderstandings and superstitions. It’s very Romeo and Juliet without the cringe-worthy romance.
  • The cultural diversity mentioned above. Lace and her family speak Spanish. Cluck and his family, Italian. Like oil and water.
  • Both are families of performers, the women in Lace’s family are mermaids, Luc’s family are birds/faeries. It’s seriously so perfect it hurts.
  • Beautifully written lines. Honestly, the imagery here is incredible and you can feel the magic wafting off each page.

One of my favorite parts:

The sting reminded her she was a body knitting itself back together. It was why she liked his hands on her. His wrecked fingers knew how to handle something ruined.

It isn’t just Lace’s burns or Luc’s ruined hand that’s damaged. It’s their families, even the town they are both performing in. And somehow the romance that shouldn’t be between these two is the thing that cracks it all wide open.

I can’t say enough good things about this book. I’d recommend this book for fans of The Bone GapThe Night Circus, or Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

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Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore combines magical realism, romance, and mystery in a richly imaginative world. Read this one for the beautiful writing and swoony romance.

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