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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Blog Tour- THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna Marie McLemore and Interview and a Giveaway!

I am so excited to be hosting a spot on THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS blog tour! Anna is a local author and I love having our local peeps on the blog! I have an interview with Anna to share with you today! And make sure to enter the giveaway to win the book!!

Haven't heard of THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS? Check it out!

By Anna-Marie McLemore
St. Martin’s Griffin
On Sale: September 15, 2015
Hardcover: 978-1-250-05865-2/ $18.99 USD
eBook: 978-1-466-87323-0 / $9.99 USD

The Night Circus meets Romeo and Juliet in this stunning young adult novel about two teens who fall in love despite the almost impossible odds against them.

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.

“McLemore’s prose is ethereal and beguiling… The enchanting setup and the forbidden romance that blooms between these two outcasts will quickly draw readers in, along with the steady unspooling of the families’ history and mutual suspicions in this promising first novel.” —Publishers Weekly

“Readers beguiled by the languorous language—a striking mix of French and Spanish phrases, wry colloquialism, lush imagery, and elevated syntax—will find themselves falling under its spell. The third-person narration alternates between Lace and Cluck, doling out twists and building to a satisfying, romantic conclusion.” —Kirkus Reviews

“In this tale of magical realism, the magic is so deftly woven into the fabric of the story… Told with skillful poetic nuances, this Romeo-and-Juliet story of forbidden love will entice fans of Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle who wished for a little more romance.” —School Library Journal

“Anna-Marie McLemore's debut novel is a very imaginative modern-day romance akin to Romeo and Juliet and is infused with the whimsy of magical realism.” —RT Book Reviews

“An air of mysterious fantasy enshrouds the whole book, pulling the reader through it as if in a spell. McLemore is a writer to watch.”—The Guardian

“You've never read a love story quite like this one. Anna-Marie McLemore has created in entirely imaginative world and rich characters that will pull you in as if she's spinning magic herself.” —Bustle

“With prose as magical as its characters, The Weight of Feathers is an exciting debut.” —Paste Magazine

“McLemore’s debut novel has ties to Romeo and Juliet, David Almond’s mythical Skellig, and the real-life performances of Cirque du Soleil.” —Booklist

Now on to the interview.

Hi Anna! First I want to say welcome to Two Chicks on Books! It’s always awesome to have a local Norther California author stop by for a visit! THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS sounds absolutely fantastic and am so happy that you could stop by for a visit! (From A-M: Thank you so much for having me! Yay Northern California!)

For the readers: can you tell us a little bit about THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS and the characters?

THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS is the story of the romance between a Latina girl and a Romani boy whose families each run rival traveling shows. In addition to being rivals, their families have also been in a feud for the last twenty years, and the love between Lace and Cluck begins to unravel what they believe about their own families. 

Were any of the characters in the book inspired by people from your real life?

The characters are all very much their own, but I was definitely inspired by my family in depicting how a relatives have a strong influence in shaping who you are. 

Who was your favorite character to write? What about your least favorite?

I didn’t so much have favorite or least favorite characters to write, but writing Cluck was probably both the most challenging and the most rewarding. He very much values his heritage, and unlike Lace’s heritage, his isn’t the same as my own, and I felt a tremendous responsibility to portray it in a way that was both respectful and accurate.

What is your favorite passage/scene in THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS?

There’s a scene when Cluck first convinces Lace to climb a tree with him, and, a little later, when she gets him to come with her into the river. They’ve been raised as enemies, but in both those moments they open themselves to each other’s worlds.

What kind of research did you have to do for the story?

I did a lot of research about Romani traditions and history, including talking with a Romani scholar. I also talked with a longtime mermaid performer, a geologist, a couple of language experts…there was a lot of research that went into this book, and I’m tremendously grateful to everyone who was willing to answer my questions!

Lightening Round Questions

What are you reading right now? Or what do you have on your TBR that you’re dying to read?


Who is your ultimate Book Boyfriend?

A grown-up Dickon Sowerby. *faints*

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?


What inspired you to write YA?

I didn’t really set out to write YA so much as I knew I wanted to write about teens. I still 
remember how it felt to be seventeen. Maybe that’s because it wasn’t that long ago, but I don’t think I’ll ever forget. 

Twitter or Facebook?

I like them both, but I took more easily to Twitter.

Favorite Superhero?

Rogue from the X-Men. Fun fact: Her real name is Anna-Marie.

Favorite TV show?

UnReal (OMG ME TOOO!) Y'all if you haven't seen this show we both highly suggest it!

Sweet or Salty?

Yes. :)

Any Phobias?


Song you can’t get enough of right now?

“Today” by Poe

Fall Movie you’re most looking forward to?

I’m so behind on what movies are coming out! But I do have a list of old movies to check out from the library. Next up: Stage Door

Thanks so much Anna for answering my questions! I can’t wait to read THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS!

Thanks for having me! I’m thrilled to be on Two Chicks on Books!

About Anna:

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.

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a signed hardcover of THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS.US Only.


  1. I'm so excited about this book. Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. My friend read this book recently and loved it. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  3. Sounds like a great story. Thanks for the chance!

  4. This looks like a great book! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  5. I just read the synopsis and fell in love. I NEED THIS BOOK :)

  6. I've heard so many great things about this book! Thanks for the giveaway!


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