Sep 25, 2015

Blog Tour: The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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It's already the weekend! Can you believe it? Time really does fly! I've got so many things to do in the next few days and I am oh so excited! Definitely can not wait to show you guys! In the meantime, I got the chance to participate in this blog tour and I do hope you'll enjoy the excerpt and giveaway I've provided down below for you lovelies. Don't be shy in leaving your thoughts below! <3



Title: The Weight of Feathers
Author: Anna-Marie McLemore
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy
Release Date: September 15th, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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The Palomas and the Corbeaus have long 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.


Lace’s grandmother set the schedule each year, and no one spoke up against Abuela. If they ever did, she’d pack their bags for them. Lace had watched Abuela cram her cousin Licha’s things into a suitcase, clearing her perfumes and lipsticks off the motel dresser with one sweep of her arm. When Lace visited her in Visalia and they went swimming, Licha’s two-piece showed that her escamas, the birthmarks that branded her a Paloma, had disappeared.

Lace’s mother taught her that those birthmarks kept them safe from the Corbeaus’ feathers. That family was el Diablo on earth, with dark wings strapped to their bodies, French on their tongues, a sprinkling of gypsy blood. When Lace slept, they went with her, living in nightmares made of a thousand wings.

Another black feather swirled on a downdraft. Lace watched it spin and fall. It settled in her hair, its slight weight like a moth’s feet.

Her mother snatched it off Lace’s head. “¡Madre mía!” she cried, and threw it into the flames.
Lace’s cousins said the Corbeaus grew black feathers right out of their heads, like hair. She never believed it. It was another rumor that strengthened the Corbeaus’ place in their nightmares. 

But the truth, that wind pulled feathers off the wings they wore as costumes, wasn’t a strong enough warning to keep Paloma children from the woods.
“La magia negra,” her mother said. She always called those feathers black magic.

The fire dimmed to embers. Lace’s mother gave the pail a hard kick. It tumbled down the bank and into the river, the hot metal hissing and sinking.

“Let them drown,” her mother said, and the last of the rim vanished.



Anna-Marie McLemore was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and grew up in a Mexican-American family. She attended University of Southern California on a Trustee Scholarship. A Lambda Literary Fellow, she has had work featured by the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, CRATE Literary Magazine's cratelit, Camera Obscura's Bridge the Gap Series, and The Portland Review. The Weight of Feathers is her first novel.

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5 comments :

  1. The cover is gorgeous! I've heard non-stop good reviews about this book and I can't wait to get my hands on it.

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  2. Other than hearing rave reviews on it, I love that it has the hint of the classic Romeo and Juliet mixed into paranormal teenagers, and in a way that is new and not regurgitated like so many books are.

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  3. I just bought this book. I can’t wait to read it.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  4. Ooh, I love the cover art. Beautiful.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    -Rosie
    @rkgutmann
    literaryhedonist.com

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  5. I love whimsical reads, especially if they involve the circus. I'm sure this book is going to be my cup of tea.

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