The Weight of Feathers: Review

Publication Date: September 15th, 2015
Publisher: Thomas Dunne
Series: None
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Source: Library

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.

Holy hell this book was SO boring. I struggled to want to read it each time I picked it up, which is why it took me a good week to finish when usually I finish in 1-3 days. 

You have these two families that have hated each other for 20 years over an incident that is spotty. Nobody knows what really happened, but they still hate each other. Seems legit, right? Not really. Usually in a feud like that it's important to get all of the damn facts before entering an eternity of feuding. 

Anyway, so you have Lace and Cluck who are both around the same age. Cluck saves her life when acid glue rains down over the town after a plant explodes. I'm confused about the science in all of that, but whatever. But, during that encounter he touches her and she thinks he cursed her because a feather burn shows up on her arm. Her superstitious family believes that she has to ask his forgiveness in order to have the mark and his black magic removed from her. But, they cast her out because she touched him. No questions are asked except they know they touched. Never mind that she could have died, all they care about is how HE TOUCHED HER! Her Abuela, who I wanted to throat punch the entire time, basically called her ugly while she was in the hospital recovering from her wounds. What a lovely family!

By the same token, Cluck's entire family with the exception of his cousins and his grandfather, hate him. They beat him and call him ugly names. These two families sound peachy, right? 

So the explosion at the chemical plant brings Lace and Cluck together. He doesn't know she is a Paloma, so he invites her to work for his family's show. They get to know each other, and a relationship forms. It's sweet because they are both two outcasts from their families with nothing in common except each other. Well, then secrets are revealed and a big mess ensues. 

Meanwhile, the magic aspect, or lack thereof was extremely confusing. The Paloma girls are gifted with scale like birthmarks at birth while the Corbeaus grow feathers out of their hair. None of it is really explained where they come from except the scales, and it was only that the river goddess blessed them with it. Then, Lace's Aunt apparently has magic that heals Cluck at one point but it's never explained where that comes from. Oh, and at the end she disappears into a thousand feathers. I can deal with magical realism, but there needs to be some freaking backstory! 

WTF. That was my thought throughout the entire book. Oh, it didn't help that there were random French and Spanish phrases thrown out there but that were never translated. 

Basically, this book was a boring hot mess. 


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