We’re hosting the book club discussion, and we hope that you’ll be prompted to put the book on your immediate TBR list; we promise you won’t regret it!
Many, many thanks to St. Martin’s Press for sending us all review copies of the book!
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.
Below is an excerpt of the discussion we had about the book and its themes. We hope it encourages you to check out the book for yourself! Mild spoilers ahead.
Reading Date: I was reading that on her twitter today! I learned about the term Latinx. I need to read through that whole chat.
Interested in the book? Make sure to enter our book giveaway and read our Author Q&A with Anna-Marie McLemore at We Heart YA and The Reading Date’s feature “The Weight of Feathers Further Reading: Diverse Fantasy and Latin Heritage Month Recs.” Stay tuned at the end of October when we read “Don’t Fail Me Now” by Una LaMarche, the very first author we featured on the #YADBC.
This post fulfills our monthly participation in Reading Wishes & Rather Be Reading’s Dive Into Diversity Challenge.