Review + Graphics Freebie: The Weight of Feathers


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.

The Weight of Feathers is a very good book with an original setting, but it does have quite a thick plot. At times, you can feel like you’re “swimming” in the words, and it can get complicated, but I guess you have to


because once you get past the most dense parts of the plot, this Romeo-and-Juliet-esque story is quite something.

My favourite aspect of this book was the magic realism. The way that it is written allows us to really get into this story, and it’s really possible for you to believe that people who grow feathers out of their heads can exist. The way of writing is especially outstanding for a debut writer, and I think that Anna-Marie will definitely go far with writing, even if she only sticks to the magic realism genre, because that’s definitely something that she excels at, giving even the experts a run for their money.

Another thing that I liked was the motif of language and culture. There was the world of mermaids and Spanish (I think?), and the world of feathers and French. Every chapter had a small quote at the beginning, either in Spanish or French, that really reflected the book in a sentence. For example:

He who fears danger should not go to sea

and (these are wallpapers by the way, so as usual, drop me a comment below to request different sizes. Currently 1440×900, or the correct resolution for a 13 inch Macbook Air *ahem*whatihave*ahem*)

Forbidden Fruit is the Sweetest

Anyway, to sum up, it’s quite a good book and a great writing style that seems really experienced. However, the plot can be a bit thick at times, and it can get a bit confusing.

To end, here are three bookish wallpapers for iPhone 5. Drop me an email through my contacts page, or a comment below to request more sizes. Feel free to share but please do not redistribute.

The Weight of Feathers


The Weight of Feathers


The Weight of Feathers


Thank you to Pan MacMillan for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest opinion!

Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 8/10

The Weight of Feathers is out now. Buy at your local bookstore.

The Info:

  • Title: The Weight of Feathers
  • Author: Anna-Marie McLemore
  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (September 15th, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • URL: Goodreads

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