Saturday, September 19, 2015

Blog Tour: The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

4/5 Stars
Pages: 320
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release Date: September 15th, 2015
ISBN: 9781250058652

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.

Beautifully written, and richly imaginative, The Weight of Feathers is an utterly captivating young adult novel by a talented new voice.

When I first started reading this book there was something that just didn't click with me. I wasn't really sure what genre it was classified in, I originally thought it was realistic fiction but I now realize it is more of a fantasy. It just seemed to move slow for me and I couldn't really connect with either of the main characters. Over time that changed though, and I really started to like the book.

The family relationships were a bit strained which was a really different but nice change. I've found that in YA families are either really close or nonexistent so this sort of in-between was unique. Neither of the main characters felt like they fit in with their families and that made them closer. It was nice to see another romance based on a friendship and even though it seemed impossible at times I loved how they stuck with each other the whole time.

Half way through the book it got way more entertaining for me. It felt like the author got into her groove and that was honestly the best part of the book. Everything just seemed to flow and I loved how at the end everything seemed to have a reason for happening and there were absolutely no loose ends.

The romance wasn't very over the top but it was there and it was nice. I loved how they looked past their family rivalries over time and just did what they wanted. I really enjoyed seeing them make their own decisions and not have to listen to anyone else.

The revelation at the end really surprised me and I liked that. I honestly never saw it coming. Overall I would recommend this book for someone who doesn't mind a slow beginning but a fast-paced book overall. I will definitely be checking out more by this author in the future!

***I received a review copy in exchange for my honest review. This I have given above.***

A huge thank you goes out to St. Martin's Press for including me on this book tour!!!

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