Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan at Bookslayer Reads which aims to showcase standalone books which you loved or would recommend.
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
The Palomas and the Corbeaus have long been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for more than a generation. Both families make their living as travelling 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 since 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.
It’s no secret that I love magical realism books, in fact I think I’ve already picked three others to highlight as part of this weekly feature, and I think Anna-Marie McLemore is probably my favourite magical realism author. I actually read When the Moon Was Ours first, after receiving an ARC from NetGalley, and I was hooked from the first page.
The Weight of Feathers was McLemore’s debut novel and while I didn’t think it was as good as When the Moon Was Ours it was still a wonderful story all the same. The characters were magical, the writing beautiful and the romance heartbreaking at times. If you’re looking to jump into the magical realism genre, I’d recommend starting with McLemore’s books.
“The scar on her forearm meant she could never be loyal to her family. Her name meant she could never be loyal to the Corbeaus. The only one left to be loyal to was him.”
You can check out my review for The Weight of Feathers here.
What did you think of The Weight of Feathers? Have you read it yet or is it still on your to-read list? Let me know in the comments and let me know if you took part in this week’s Standalone Sunday as well.