by Sarah Raughley
Genre: Paranormal YA
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Reviewed by: Libbie | Source: NetGalley
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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About the author
- Deadly Destinations: Gina Rosati & win AURACLEAugust 8, 2012