Friday, September 25, 2015

Review: The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

By Anna-Marie McLemore
St. Martin’s Griffin
On Sale: September 15, 2015
Hardcover: 978-1-250-05865-2/ $18.99 USD
eBook: 978-1-466-87323-0 / $9.99 USD


The Night Circus meets Romeo and Juliet in this stunning young adult novel about two teens who fall in love despite the almost impossible odds against them.

The Palomas and the Corbeaus have long 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.


I received this galley in exchange for an honest review.

The Weight of Feathers is a beautifully written story about two feuding families whose children fall in love. One family is from the sky, one from the water. The story is slow paced, but I was interested, which made me want to keep on reading.

I really liked the two main characters, Lace and Cluck. I wasn’t a fan of their families though. Both families are traveling performers, and they always meet up at this one location. They try to stay away from each other, but after Cluck and Lace accidently touch, their lives begin to change.

I felt really bad for Cluck. His family was so horrible to him, and he just took it! I was hoping that he would gain confidence as the story progressed. I really liked him and Lace together. They brought out the best of each other.

Overall I really enjoyed The Weight of Feathers and I am looking forward to reading more from this author!


Anna-Marie McLemore was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and grew up in a Mexican-American family. She attended University of Southern California on a Trustee Scholarship. A Lambda Literary Fellow, she has had work featured by the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, CRATE Literary Magazine's cratelit, Camera Obscura's Bridge the Gap Series, and The Portland Review.  The Weight of Feathers is her first novel.


“McLemore’s prose is ethereal and beguiling… The enchanting setup and the forbidden romance that blooms between these two outcasts will quickly draw readers in, along with the steady unspooling of the families’ history and mutual suspicions in this promising first novel.” —Publishers Weekly

“Readers beguiled by the languorous language—a striking mix of French and Spanish phrases, wry colloquialism, lush imagery, and elevated syntax—will find themselves falling under its spell. The third-person narration alternates between Lace and Cluck, doling out twists and building to a satisfying, romantic conclusion.” —Kirkus Reviews

In this tale of magical realism, the magic is so deftly woven into the fabric of the story… Told with skillful poetic nuances, this Romeo-and-Juliet story of forbidden love will entice fans of Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle who wished for a little more romance.” —School Library Journal

Anna-Marie McLemore's debut novel is a very imaginative modern-day romance akin to Romeo and Juliet and is infused with the whimsy of magical realism.” —RT Book Reviews

An air of mysterious fantasy enshrouds the whole book, pulling the reader through it as if in a spell. McLemore is a writer to watch.”—The Guardian

You've never read a love story quite like this one. Anna-Marie McLemore has created in entirely imaginative world and rich characters that will pull you in as if she's spinning magic herself.” Bustle

With prose as magical as its characters, The Weight of Feathers is an exciting debut.” —Paste Magazine

McLemore’s debut novel has ties to Romeo and Juliet, David Almond’s mythical Skellig, and the real-life performances of Cirque du Soleil.” —Booklist


Anna-Marie McLemore

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