- Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
- Publication Date: 9/15/2015
- Pages: 320
- Genre: Young Adult Romance, Fantasy
Synopsis: 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. -Picture and synopsis credit of Goodreads.
My Take: The minute I saw the cover of this book and read its summary, I was hooked. I’m a sucker for romance and fantasy novels, and one that looks at the two genres with a whole new untouched perspective was perfection to me. The book switches between the POVs of Lace Paloma, from a Spanish-descendant family with escamas, or fish scales, and Cluck Corbeau, from a French family with crow feathers literally “growing from their heads”. The entire concept of these families who were basically human but had a little magic to them intrigued me, and while the book seems simple on the surface of the text, an underlying mystery keeps you reading until the very last page. Cluck is different, because not only does he help a Paloma, but his crow feathers aren’t black. They’re tinged with red at the ends just like his grandfather’s, a small detail you’ll want to pay attention to closely throughout the story. Cluck’s feathers outcast him from the rest of the family, and a wicked mother and half-brother always hovering over him leave behind tracks that don’t add up in Cluck’s life. The book is beautiful, with rich descriptions of every scene and costume built for one of the family’s shows, and a sweet love story that reminded me of warm summer nights. Small sayings in the two different languages of the families mark the start of each chapter, and they hint to each one’s plot and sometimes which character is going to be focused on.
I swore in my heart that this was my new favorite book of all time, which is saying something since I basically own a mini library in my room, but Red Queen, which I just read after, is a top competitor. Ignoring that, this book is so pure, and has just enough magic to make anyone believe in love. It shows that no one should have to be who their family says they should be. If anything, I wish there was even more romantic scenes!
Here’s a little pen sketch I did, which was my way to symbolize the surprisingly enchanting end to the book. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants a light but powerful read, with words that were gorgeous to imagine.