Review From User :
This book is so insufferably beautiful I don't even know what to do with myself! Laugh Cry Hug it Stand upon a rooftop and shout about my affections Duct tape the cover to my face so I can always be with it Honestly I'm so picky about books these days but this JUST STOLE MY HEART AND TICKED ALL THE RIGH BOXES AND I HAVE SO MANY EMOTIONS I'M EXHAUSTED.
It's already going on my "best of the year shelf" and I'm buying everything by this author ever.
WHAT ARE MY EMOTIONS DOING I DON'T EVEN KNOW.
I don't want to give a whole lot away about the plot because I think it's excellent going in mostly blind. However I will say that this is magical realism at its finest. It mixes real world settings with dashes of magic that are written so beautifully it's like a I just faceplanted into a bucket of rainbows. (Shhh that made sense to me.) It's kind of also a Romeo x Juliet retelling except not quite as tragic or stupid or featuring 13 year olds in love. THANK GOODNESS. Ahem. But basically two preforming families hate each other's guts out and obviously one from each side fall in looooooove.
A SMALL LIST OF THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THIS BOOK:
It features two families: one French, one Spanish.
Also both protagonists are POC and characters deal with deformities and disabilities.
There was lots of French and Spanish words which made it feel so realistic and beautiful but lol @ me being on google translate half the time. (Hey I did learn a bit of French once! Fromage = cheese. I'm practically fluent.)
It's got that awesome family dynamic where they're all tight knit and kind of act like the mafia, but with wings and feathers and scales and mermaids.
YES THEY'RE PERFORMERS. So they put on shoes and do mermaid displays (with fake tails) or they put on wings and dance amazingly in treetops.
I shan't tell you why they hate each other because read it.
It features infuriatingly beautifully perfect writing that just STOLE MY EYEBALLS (somehow that's a compliment IDK man) and I didn't want to ever put the book down.
That saying it was a bit slow/confusing at the start. I couldn't rush through this book either, but I like that I enjoyed it and took my time. <3 I just had to "get" into the world really.
Romance = A+ and no instalove and no stupid insufferableness. jUST EVERYTHING A ROMANCE SHOULD BE OMG.
It broke my heart like 8 times. Cluck is horribly abused by his brother because he's considered "cursed" and Lace is spurned by her family because of stupid superstition.
My little misfits. <3 *squashes them together and ships forever*
It features betrayal and plot twists and curses and magic and spilt milk.
It's the kind of book I'm hugging and shouting "MINE! MINE!" like an insufferable Finding Nemo seagull.
I'm in loooooove.
And a moment for Cluck and Lace I LOVE THEM SO MUCH I CANNOT BREATHE. They were precious cinnamon rolls. Cluck was constantly beat up and his family hates him and thinks he's cursed, and you can see him slowly believing it and seeing himself as ugly and shameful and a failure, while Lace tells him he's the opposite of that. And Lace was fierce and no-nonsense and yet so tenderhearted and quick to listen and reconstruct her opinions. LOOK AT THIS TWO. Honestly I love them both and I wish there was more of their story.
(I need moooooooore.)
Definitely one of my new favourite books. OF EVER.
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.