Review: The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release Date: September 15th, 2015
Series: N/A
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
Genre(s): Fantasy, Romance
Synopsis from Goodreads:

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 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 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.

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Special thanks to Thomas Dunne Books for providing me with a copy of the book for review!

I’m going to declare right now that The Weight of Feathers is one of my favorite books that I’ve read this year. This book and I go further back then when it landed on my doorstep, though. I can’t even remember when I first heard about the book, but the cover blew me away with its simplistic, magical beauty. And with a closer look, Sabaa Tahir’s (author of An Ember in the Ashes, which I still need to read), blurb made me request it from the publisher.

“A gripping, beautifully rendered story…and a fantastical world as captivating as that of The Night Circus.”

UM, YES PLEASE. For those of you that don’t know, The Night Circus is one of my all-time favorite books. So, as I mentioned, that book name dropped sealed the deal, and I eagerly requested it. It landed on my porch, I did a happy dance, and then life got in the way and kept me from reading it until now. OH MY GOSH, GUYS. THIS BOOK IS ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL AND SENT ME ON AN EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER. My eyes leaked throughout the book not only because of its beauty but also because THE FEELS.

It’s SO MAGICAL. There’s two feuding circus families, and fantastical elements that you can’t really tell if they’re just stories or if things are really happening. The Palomas are Spanish and they perform as mermaids, but they’re not really. The Corbeaus are French and they perform as birds, and they actually have feathers growing out of them underneath their hair. Enter the forbidden romance between Lace Paloma and Cluck Corbeau, and yup, there go my eyes leaking again at the beauty through which this story is told…

THE ENDING WAS JUST SO PERFECT, I WASN’T EXPECTING THIS PERFECT ENDING BUT I’M SO HAPPY I GOT IT. Everything just fell into the perfect place, and that all just added to the perfection that already was this book BEFORE I got to the ending!

I could go on forever telling you about just how beautiful this book is (let’s not count to see how many times I said beautiful in this review), but really you just have to read it for yourself. PLEASE. If you like fantasy books that are magical and *cough* beautiful *cough* then you MUST read this book. I will now read anything that Anna-Marie McLemore ever writes because MY GOODNESS THIS BOOK. THE FEELS. I JUST. NOPE. My eyes are almost leaking again just thinking about it.

Do yourself a favor and just read this book. You won’t regret reading one perfect page of it.

9

5 hearts isn’t really enough, to be honest. Infinite hearts to this book.

xo

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Review: Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: June 9th, 2015
Series: N/A
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
Genre(s): Contemporary, Thriller
Synopsis from Goodreads:

From the Morris-Award winning author of Charm & Strange, comes a twisted and haunting tale about three teens uncovering dark secrets and even darker truths about themselves.

When nearly killing a classmate gets seventeen-year-old Sadie Su kicked out of her third boarding school in four years, she returns to her family’s California vineyard estate. Here, she’s meant to stay out of trouble. Here, she’s meant to do a lot of things. But it’s hard. She’s bored. And when Sadie’s bored, the only thing she likes is trouble.

Emerson Tate’s a poor boy living in a rich town, with his widowed mother and strange, haunted little brother. All he wants his senior year is to play basketball and make something happen with the girl of his dreams. That’s why Emerson’s not happy Sadie’s back. An old childhood friend, she knows his worst secrets. The things he longs to forget. The things she won’t ever let him.

Haunted is a good word for fifteen-year-old Miles Tate. Miles can see the future, after all. And he knows his vision of tragic violence at his school will come true, because his visions always do. That’s what he tells the new girl in town. The one who listens to him. The one who recognizes the darkness in his past.

But can Miles stop the violence? Or has the future already been written? Maybe tragedy is his destiny. Maybe it’s all of theirs.

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Special thanks to St. Martin’s Griffin for providing me with a copy of the book to review!

The first thought that came to my mind when I closed Delicate Monsters after reading the final page was “What did I just read?!” This book’s title should be found under the definition of psychological thriller in the dictionary, because, wow, I don’t know what to think or how to feel. The initial synopsis for the book intrigued me, but when I read the book it wasn’t what I expected at all. Not to say that I was disappointed, Delicate Monsters was just unexpected and not my typical read.

Delicate Monsters tells its story through three different unreliable narrators, all of which are extremely troubled and have dark and disturbed minds. This book overall reflects the characters personalities – it’s disturbing and will drive you crazy. I hated each of these three main characters, didn’t sympathize or empathize with them at all. They’re not misled, they’re not misunderstood, they’re just cruel and evil.

The events that take place in the book are shocking, serious and no less dark than the characters that do them. Reading Delicate Monsters made me uncomfortable, as I don’t normally pick up books dealing with topics like these. But even through the discomfort, there was something about the book that kept me turning pages. Maybe it was the sick fascination of being inside these twisted, horrible character’s minds, maybe it was the want to know how this crazy story ends. But something about the book made me keep reading and turning page after page.

All in all, Delicate Monsters is an extremely fitting title for this book. The storyline is dark, and follows characters that are best handled with care, and certainly have monsters living deep within them. I wouldn’t recommend this to everyone, as it is a book that will turn your brain.

xo

Review: Rook by Sharon Cameron

Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: April 28th, 2015
Series: N/A
Pages: 456
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
Genre(s): Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Retelling
Synopsis from Goodreads:

History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.

As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.

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Special thanks to Scholastic Press for providing me with a beautiful finished copy of the book for review!

Rook is a book, that if you give it a little bit of time, will end up being completely worth the read in the end. When I first heard about this book, I knew that it was right up my alley. A book set in post-apocalyptic France? A girl that has an alter ego that free prisoners from a corrupt government? A swoony romance? Check, check, check, yes, yes, yes.

What I really loved about Rook, apart from the amazing storyline, was the way that Sharon Cameron wrote and moved the story along. As a reader, I loved being able to check in on the story from so many different characters, as Rook had so much political intrigue happening. The moves to different characters were so seamless, and I absolutely loved how Cameron transferred the reader in such a way to the next section of the chapter.

As mentioned briefly above, Rook is a pretty slow paced book, until the end. Cameron really does an amazing job setting up the world, situations, character development, relationships, and conflicts all in the first half of the book. When I finally got to the end parts, I could not stop turning pages. There was so much action, excitement and suspense!

While Rook is a post-apocalyptic/dystopian book, it read so much like historical fiction that I couldn’t help but love it! The dialogues, wardrobes and architecture all reflected what reminded me of the French aristocracy.It was unique in that fact that it wasn’t futuristic, but instead, the world had gone back in time.

There was a romance, and while I did enjoy it, I can honestly say that I didn’t fall completely head over heels in love with either René or Spear! Originally I liked both men for different reasons (René for being cocky and clever, Spear for being the “boy next door” type and being protective), but as the story progressed, my fondness for both diminished. I felt like the relationship between Sophie and René (while nothing really happened until toward the end, Sophie decided she loved René pretty quickly, I thought) was rushed. And I thought that Spear lost his charming protectiveness when he started to develop an obsession with Sophie not being with René.

As I said before, the ending was the best part of the book. There were some huge revelations, sad deaths, and I felt the story was wrapped up really well. Rook is definitely a great read, and I’d highly recommend it for both fans of historical fiction and post-apocalyptic/dystopia!

xo