Review: Feather Bound by Sarah Raughley

May 5, 2014 Review 3

Review: Feather Bound by Sarah RaughleyFeather Bound by Sarah Raughley
Published by Strange Chemistry on May 6, 2014
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: References to sex, allusions to rape
Reviewed by: Libbie
1 Stars

When Deanna's missing friend Hyde turns up at his father's funeral to claim his corporate empire and inheritance, she is swept into his glittering world of paparazzi and wealth.

But re-kindling her friendship and the dizzying new emotions along for the ride are the least of her concerns. Because Deanna has a secret - and somebody knows. Someone who is out to get Hyde. And if she doesn't play along, and help the enemy destroy him...she will be sold to the highest bidder in the black market for human swans.

Now Deanna is struggling to break free from the gilded cage that would trap her forever...

Feather Bound is a dark debut reminiscent of Gabriel García Márquez's A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, and the twisted truth behind the fairy tale of Cinderella.

I can understand, to some degree, wanting to generate buzz for your novel, but you might want to stop and think before comparing it to something written by a man who can claim a Nobel Prize in Literature. Apparently, stopping and thinking wasn’t the road chosen and the comparison was made. Bad move.

FEATHER BOUND isn’t so much a novel as it is a trainwreck. I can understand wanting to keep an air of mystery around the story to keep the reader engaged; I even support that to some degree. I like not having every detail spelled out. But there’s a line between mystery and “what the hell is going on?” If you’re going to have a world where characters turn into swans (but not really swans – just people with feathers that suddenly sprout down their backs around puberty) you really need to set the scene just a little.

After a few times running back through the little exposition we’re given, I was finally able to figure out enough of how the world building worked and focus on the story. Unfortunately, this wasn’t a good thing. It’s a showcase of awkward phrasing, seriously contrived plot devices, predictable misunderstandings, and almost completely unlikeable characters. For the first time in a very long time, I’m having a very hard time finding something positive to say about it.

I didn’t so much read FEATHER BOUND as I endured it and I’m wearing the fact that I didn’t mark it DNF as a badge of honor. Suffice to say, I probably won’t be revisiting this author.

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3 Responses to “Review: Feather Bound by Sarah Raughley”

  1. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    Libby . . . you get me. When I read the blurb for this book, I made grabby hands, and simply HAD to have it. Gabriel García Márquez AND fairy tale elements? How could that be anything but amazing?

    I made it to 28% before DNF-ing it, so I salute you and your badge of honor. After that youtube video with the knife and the poking, I was just DONE.

    Jessica @ Rabid Reads

  2. Libbie

    I was determined to get through the whole thing, probably because I kept reverting to the comparison and thinking “it *has* to get better, right?!”

    Yeah. It didn’t.

    I return your salute and wear my badge proudly 🙂

  3. Bibliotropic

    Ouch! Normally Strange Chemistry has better taste; with very few exceptions, they tend to publish YA books that I really enjoy. This one sounded interesting enough, though somewhat vague on just what it was about based on the summary, but I figured heck, it’s by StrangeChem, so chances are I’ll enjoy it.

    After seeing this review, I’m a little bit glad that I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet…