Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Weight of Feathers

The Weight of Feathers
author: Anna-Marie McLemore
name: Wayne
average rating: 4.00
book published: 2015
rating: 5
read at: 2015/11/07
date added: 2015/11/07
shelves: young-adult
'The Weight of Feathers'by Anna-Marie McLemore proves that I can be sucked in by any story if it's told well, even a romance.

This book features two star-crossed lovers, Lace Paloma and Luc "Cluck" Corbeau. Their families are locked in a revenge fest because of something that happened years ago. Lace's family have a mermaid act that they perform on water. Luc's family has an act in trees that they perform with wings.

Once a year, the two warring families find themselves in the same California town competing for local dollars, and avoiding each other with enmity until an accident forces Lace into Luc's life. She hides among his family, afraid that she'll be discovered as a Paloma. The tragedies of the present collide with those of the past, and Luc and Lace have to decide what their path will be.

I love any book that is well written, and this book is very well written. I love the hints of magical realism that creep into the story around the edges. Does Luc really have red feathers sprouting from his body, and does Lace really have scales on hers? It's such a light touch that it keeps the story grounded in reality, but adds an ethereal, magical touch to the story. The story has some true sorrow as well, which is handled deftly and not heavy handed. The unintended choices of others lead to the sorrows of the present, but neither of the main characters feel like moping victims. I picked up this book because the description intrigued me, and I was surprised by how much I ended up liking it.

I received a review copy of this ebook from St. Martin's Press, Thomas Dunne Books, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this well written ebook.

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