Friday, September 25, 2015
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
A magical twist on the Romeo and Juliet story. Lace is a member of the Paloma family, in which the girls dress as mermaids and perform as a traveling show. Cluck is one of the Corbeaus, a traveling family that puts on wings and performs tight rope style in the trees. The two families are sworn enemies, meeting once a year in a town during a festival. They believe that to touch a member of the other family, unless you are hitting or kicking them, will result in your death. Superstition and magical thinking rule the families. When Lace and Cluck meet one another, they don't realize what family the other is from, thinking the other one is a town local. The story is not pretty, with environmental issues and abuse, and yet still, romance blooms between the star-crossed lovers. I enjoyed this story and found it hard to put down. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.