Feather Bound



[PDF / Epub] ★ Feather Bound By Sarah Raughley – E17streets4all.co.uk 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 wealthBut re kindling her frie 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 wealthBut 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 himshe will be sold to the highest bidder in the black market for human swansNow Deanna is struggling to break free from the gilded cage that would trap her foreverFeather Bound is a dark debut reminiscent of Gabriel Garc a M rquez s A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, and the twisted truth behind the fairy tale of Cinderella.Feather Bound

Sarah Raughley grew up in Southern Ontario writing stories about freakish little girls with powers because she secretly wanted to be one She is a huge fangirl of anything from manga to SF F TV to Japanese Role Playing Games, but she will swear up and down that she was inspired by Jane Austin at book signings On top of being a YA Writer, she is currently completing a PhD in English, because the sight of blood makes her queasy which crossed Medical School off the listShe is represented by The Bradford Literary AgencySo far, you can also find her on Twitter, where work ethic goes to die.

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  • Paperback
  • 300 pages
  • Feather Bound
  • Sarah Raughley
  • 26 January 2019
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10 thoughts on “Feather Bound

  1. says:

    This is the second time I ve tried to finish this book The first was several weeks ago, and I made it to 12% before needing a break The time I made it to 28% and I Am Done.There is no world building The book begins with Deanna s family getting ready to go to the funeral of an old family friend A family friend who sounds a lot like any number of men you d find on the Forbes Richest People in America list A family friend whose dead son was Deanna s best childhood friend except he came ac This is the second time I ve tried to finish this book The first was several weeks ago, and I made it to 12% before needing a break The time I made it to 28% and I Am Done.There is no world building The book begins with Deanna s family getting ready to go to the funeral of an old family friend A family friend who sounds a lot like any number of men you d find on the Forbes Richest People in America list A family friend whose dead son was Deanna s best childhood friend except he came across asof an over eager puppy who was indulged A family friend who enslaved his wife.Enslaved his wife What do you mean Well, apparently, roughly 3% of the world s population are really swans, and if you steal their feathers, you can control them gasp But where did these swans come from That s an excellent question It s also a question I have no answer to Why not NO WORLD BUILDING.Deanna and family are at the funeral when a girl shows up in a trench coat, takes advantage of the paparazzi to soapbox, and then further demonstrates her flare for the dramatic by flinging open her coat, baring her feathers and breasts to the world That is all the introduction to the existence of swans that you get But wait it gets worseDeanna is wandering around the graveyard on the way to the reception when she sees a lone boy about her age she can tell this at quite a distance from the view of his back standing in front of Enslaving Family Friend s tombstone Curious, she wanders closer, only to discover gasps again it s Hyde Hyde her not so dead after all childhood best friend.And not just any old Hyde A new and improved Hyde A Hyde who is mischievously good looking A Hyde who dresses like a hipster b c all the girls LOVE hipsters A Hyde who, despite his obvious confidence from the whole minute and a half of their interaction , is clearly nervous about her reaction to him.Oh, for the love of god.This is especially annoying, b c if you read the blurb, you know that this book is described as,a dark debut reminiscent of Gabriel Garc a M rquez s A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, and the twisted truth behind the fairy tale of Cinderella And it is dark in places, I ll give it that But Gabriel Garc a M rquez dark Not hardly Neither did it have anything to do with,the twisted truth behind the fairy tale of Cinderella Ladies and gents, if you somehow don t already know, fairy tales are kind of my thing I was raised on them Spent my first paycheck when I was 16 y.o on a massive collection of the original Grimm s Fairy Tales The original German versions that I ve been familiar with since I was 10 Anyway, the point is that the dark and nasty part of the original Cinderella didn t really have anything to do with enslavement. Ashenputtl was overworked and under appreciated by her stepmother, who was definitely a hateful woman, but she wasn t an owned individual who could lawfully be executed should she displease her Mistress.If there was anything particularly dark about the story, it would have had to do with the step sisters cutting off large portions of their feet in an attempt to force a shoe to fit.When a book is described as being part specific fairy tale, I expect it to share fantastical elements with the fairy tale it s being compared to This does not If you re going to use slavery as a generic umbrella term, It would behonest to compare it to Uncle Tom s Cabin, but that probably wouldn t sell as many books to the target demographic, so somebody decided to be disingenuous instead.Then again, I quit at 28% Who knows Maybe a fairy godmother shows up further down the road But I doubt it

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    Sometimes a book surprises me mostly it s always in a bad way But Feather Bound, by Sarah Raughley, surprised the hell out of me by being not only a brave novel in so many ways, but also by being utterly stunning and completely honest to life It s rare that I read something as truly dark and honest as Feather Bound and the five star rating is so well deserved I can t help but ramble on about this book to anyone who will listen and anyone who won t, for that matter Beneath the glittery fa ade Sometimes a book surprises me mostly it s always in a bad way But Feather Bound, by Sarah Raughley, surprised the hell out of me by being not only a brave novel in so many ways, but also by being utterly stunning and completely honest to life It s rare that I read something as truly dark and honest as Feather Bound and the five star rating is so well deserved I can t help but ramble on about this book to anyone who will listen and anyone who won t, for that matter Beneath the glittery fa ade that Feather Bound might present, lurks a darker undertone that nobody talks about It is at once like homosexuality and the don t ask, don t tell mentality, the prejudice and the frosty reception it can receive, all coupled with the shocking truth of both rape, abuse and sexual threat.That sounds heavy Honestly, if that were the cover copy, I might not have read it I don t read books that strive to convey a social or mental truth or insight into the human condition I just don t But what I do read are fantasy and urban fantasy novels that wrap issues in layers of story and character, cushioning whatever point is being examined with a tapestry of prose that invites the reader into an almost the same world and delivers an engaging story before revealing, bit by by, casually and softly, the darkness that lurks beneath That, I happen to love It doesn t shoe horn anything it doesn t trigger or shock or point its finger.But what it does do it create an expertly crafted tale that reads almost like a modern fairy tale that s been taken and turned on its head, giving it a different purpose that subverts the expected but still dazzles and glitters in the light That is Feather Bound Raughley has written a modern, urban fairy tale that plays on so many of the small details expected from fairy tales and fables, and transformed them into something completely different.It s difficult to pour my heart into this review without extreme spoilers so I won t I ll hold back, somehow Honest this is me holding back When Deanna s childhood friend returns from being dead you know, something that happens every day Dee isn t sure she wants to reconnect with him The son of a magazine mogul, Hyde has always been rich, famous and privileged But now he s very much alive and for years she missed him she mourned him when she was just a kid Coupled with the effects of the death of her mother, Dee is a little sensitive There s little chance that Hyde, however close they were as children, will find a way to break through her impenetrable armour It s not easy being the youngest of three sisters, when she s neither the one who married rich nor the one who doesn t give a shit.But Dee does give a shit maybe too much She s the one who has a job to try to help cover rent, the one who tries to take care of their drunk father, whose life has been on almost shutdown since his wife died Plus there s no help coming from Erika s rich husband, who controls the money like a miser counting pennies, always knowing what goes where And none of it goes to help the Davis cover rent.Yet Hyde always was oddly persistent and he might not give Dee a choice but to forgive him When he talks about being away, something about him seems off but what can Dee do when she s still so mad and she never knows what s true or not with Hyde He always was a trickster, after all.But one day, everything changes It starts with pain and then fear The denial comes next but there s no denying the feathers and what they mean There is no denying that she is a swan But with this sudden transformation comes a world of dangers that Dee hasn t even entertained before Suddenly she is something to be bought and sold, something to be coveted and owned, abused and hurt Nobody ever reveals that they re a swan, so how can Dee tell her family, or even Hyde But someone has found out and now Dee must do all she can to avoid both what she s being blackmailed to do, and failing at the set task If she does, she ll be sold into swan slavery and having seen first hand just what a swan can be made to do, Dee will do anything to avoid being plunged into that sordid black market of rape and abuse.Is it possible to do all this alone And if not, who can she turn to after years of sealing herself away behind all the walls that she used to think kept her safe Dee now finds herself alone and in need of help With her world in tatters around her and atangled web of deception and darkness than she could ever imagine just out of reach, Dee will need to keep her feathers save, lest the same fate befalls her Swans are for sale in this world, and Dee doesn t want to end up as one of them.This is a gorgeous, beautiful story that ticked so many of the boxes that I usually don t even bother thinking about, because nobody ever even comes close to checking them off Raughley is a dream in that she recognises that abuse isn t something that happens exclusively to girls that rape isn t a solely female problem Both sexes can become swans and Raughley never lets the reader forget it This is probably afeminist book than any I ve read in the past few years this book recognises true equality The kind that says boys get hurt and abused too And I adored it.Feather Bound is a shockingly twisted, delightfully dark story that wowed me from the start The casual delivery of every issue is perfect and skilful This story is about who you are and what the world makes you It explores family and familial love It subverts the image of the nuclear family and paints a fairly sad picture of real life, yet it is not as depressing as it should be, populated by rich and deep characters whose lives are spread bare on the page, under full scrutiny This book demonstrates perfectly that nobody in your life is perfect yet it also shows the sides of them you never see.The darker undertone of this book is what got me the raw truth and honesty of the approach sealed the deal, making Feather Bound so clever and delicious a novel that I want to hug it and squeeze it a little I wasn t expecting so good a book I was expecting a decent YA urban fantasy, a decent story I was not expecting something so poignant.But that s precisely what I got And damn is that a good deal.If you don t read Feather Bound for the gorgeously different notion of human swans and the glitz and glamour of the Upper East Side pitted against the honest grime of the poorer streets of Brooklyn, read it for the brave and deliriously tangled, twisted, tumultuous plotline threaded within and beneath the lines This is how fairy tales should be written in the twenty first century And I m all over them

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    DNFed at 25% skipped over the restThis book is one if those that pisses me of It s so full of stereotypes and dumb thoughts that I seriously wanted to do bodily harm At least the book is short if nothing else First of all there is absolutely no world building Sarah Raughley tries unconvincingly to create an urban fantasy romance novel for young adults But even though she is one of the first to star bird shifters the world and plot itself seem to be rather lacking in the originality departme DNFed at 25% skipped over the restThis book is one if those that pisses me of It s so full of stereotypes and dumb thoughts that I seriously wanted to do bodily harm At least the book is short if nothing else First of all there is absolutely no world building Sarah Raughley tries unconvincingly to create an urban fantasy romance novel for young adults But even though she is one of the first to star bird shifters the world and plot itself seem to be rather lacking in the originality department There are the human swans squawk, birdchatter that are being kind of enslaved by society like Chinese working in clothing or washing because real humans can steal their feathers Say what There is no explanation given what human swans are, how they came to be known to the public, if there are any other supernatural beings in the world or if human swans can actually do something interesting like flying, super singing or have any magical abilities How can a reader be expected to just accept that squawking shapeshifters have come out of a fairy tale into the modern world without any background information or explanation is beyond me Apart from that small negligible fantasy element the world reminded me of bad fan fiction of the crossfire novels Bared to You poor little girl 17 who is working her ass of to pay for food and rent because her father is an alcoholic and her older sisters can t be bothered to contribute meets asshole billionaire 19 Descriptions of wealthy teens, their wealthy parents, their super expensive lifestyle, designer outfits and awesome parties ensues Of course every other sentence in this book the poor little girl has to remind us of the fact how poor she is and how exorbitantly rich everybody else is As if the reader could forget for one second that being poor is a shameful thing to be, that others laugh about her because she wears a fake prada bag a black bag with PRALA gold letters on it that her clothes come from a second hand shop, that she hasn t any money for a hair cut Of course even her oldest sister who is married to a millionaire can t spare fucking 100 dollars to buy food for her sister or take her out shopping Of course her other older sister who works only part time for a call center, spends all her money on expensive clothes instead of helping the family, but manages to eat half of the food alone while watching tv all day Of course her father is an alcoholic who spends his money on Alcohol If you haven t noticed until now our poor but special girl is miss fu ing perfect while everybody else is just well rich, mean, superficial, self centered and so on She is also quite shy, virginal and has a low self esteem.Coming to the best part the romanceNow I had a best friend at the age of 8 just like her He didn t die but when my parents moved to another country our friendship ended I loved him as best friend and all but come on nobody would pine for 9 years after a childhood friend that you knew only for a year or so Well her childhood best friend who was supposed to be dead tragic accident in a boat apparently wasn t that dead because after nine years he makes an appearance on his adoptive father s funeral He wants to take over his corporate business for whatever reasons In a later date he tells our miss perfect that he lived in France Paris happily after the faked accident and wants to pick up the friendship where they left of After some initial struggling which wasn t convincing because as her sister puts it he now looks handsome AND is also totally rich, she and him start hanging out again There are all those feelings Of course what else So no this book didn t do it for me no intriguing world building, a whiney Virgin Mary and a lot of unrealistic, un likable secondary characters and boring internal monologue on top

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    ARC provided by Strange Chemistry through NetgalleyTW sexual abuse, torture, forced prostitution, human trafficking, mentions of rape I absolutely hate to write bad reviews, but this one ugh, it was infuriating First of all, false advertising can do nothing but harm a book.In this case the blurb tells us this story is reminiscent of Gabriel Garc a M rquez s A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings If you are going to compare something to Gabriel Garc a M rquez s writing be aware you are ARC provided by Strange Chemistry through NetgalleyTW sexual abuse, torture, forced prostitution, human trafficking, mentions of rape I absolutely hate to write bad reviews, but this one ugh, it was infuriating First of all, false advertising can do nothing but harm a book.In this case the blurb tells us this story is reminiscent of Gabriel Garc a M rquez s A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings If you are going to compare something to Gabriel Garc a M rquez s writing be aware you are setting VERY high expectations If your book is a YA retelling of the Swan Maiden with a bit of Cinderella thrown in the mix, with a poor virginal Mary Sue protagonist who meets a rich hot guy, comparing it in any way to Gabriel Garc a M rquez s work is absurd and will make any readers drawn to the book by the blurb actually feel cheated and angry.But even if I hadn t gone in with such high expectations the rating I gave this book wouldn t have changed.The protagonist s life in her own words dead mother, deadbeat but well meaning father, lazy middle sister, trophy wife eldest sister. First of all, the book starts off in the midst of chaotic preparations to attend the funeral of Ralph Hedley, who used to be Deanna s father s friend, and was a rich asshole who enslaved his wifeon that later.The author does a perfect mess of introducing the characters There are three sisters and it s never clear who is exactly who until the second chapter They are all addressed by their first names and nicknames, never settling for one Throw in an avalanche of fake celebrities whose names are mentioned, plus the names of fake socialites, and it made the whole thing very confusing, even while taking notes So we have Deanna Dee Mary Sue, youngest sister, pretty, hard working, is the responsible one and main contributor to household finances Ericka the trophy wife eldest sister, who has a baby, and a lawyer husband who refuses to let her help not that it s ever clear she really insists her family because hand outs only make them lazier Adrianna Ade works on the weekends as a telemarketer, but doesn t help with house expenses because she spends her money on clothes and designer bags instead of food Dad Alcoholic gambler, just to make thingstragic Hyde Hedley Deanna s friend from when they were children who was presumed dead, but was in fact alive and now has come to take control of adoptive father s company.The first mention we get of the whole swan thing is during Ralph Hedley s funeral, when a woman strips naked and shows her swan feathers, reveals Hedley s wife was a swan, and calls for swan rights.The swan aspect of the book was extremely frustrating We know very little about it.We re told some things, how almost three percent of the world s population are or will become swans during their lifetimes , how between the age of ten and the age of eighteen you get a backache then excruciating pain and then voil you have a cape of swan feathers hanging limply from your back.Whomever steals your feathers it s never really clear whether it s the whole feather cape which needs to be torn out, or loose feathers, or what has absolute control over the swan So there are a lot of forced labourers and sexual slaves who are, in fact, swans Are swans the only fairy tale creatures around How were they first discovered Where is this book s world building The writing is mediocre Admittedly, I went in expecting something of Gabriel Garc a M rquez s calibre, but even setting those expectations aside, there are many odd syntactic choices and the writing is often awkward Some examplesHers had been a winter funeral her casket lowered under metric tons of snow Today was way nicer A better liar and a worse liar all at the same time They came out all at once, the feathers It was messy, slowIt doesn t help that, besides being boring, the plot is very unevenly paced and bogged down with useless fake celebrity gossip.But on to the plot Deanna Dee, the Mary Sue, turns into a swan Hyde, her childhood bff is back from the supposedly dead and is now a millionaire Anton, Hyde s cousin, blackmails Deanne Dee into destroying Hyde How Did he steal her swan feathers No He threatened to out her making her a target for human traffickers What guarantees does she have that he won t do just that once she s outlived her usefulness to him None, thus branding her as tstl.Hyde, by his own admission, isof a stalker than friend material but he s the love interest, regardless To borrow the book s style it s too much drama, tstl moments, absurd events , and too little world building, character development, an interesting plot.I think that this line from the book sums up the whole thing perfectlyNone of it makes sense because none of it is supposed to

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    Thank you NetGalley and Angry Robot Ltd for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.LOVE LOVE LOVE this book I understand that many people think that the comparison to Marquez s work is inaccurate I also acknowledge that the Cinderella spin isn t quite right But I found this book to be dark and enthralling I even found myself discussing it with my husband who usually scoffs at my preference for YA lit Dee, the hollow eyed and life hardened main character, finds herself attending the fune Thank you NetGalley and Angry Robot Ltd for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.LOVE LOVE LOVE this book I understand that many people think that the comparison to Marquez s work is inaccurate I also acknowledge that the Cinderella spin isn t quite right But I found this book to be dark and enthralling I even found myself discussing it with my husband who usually scoffs at my preference for YA lit Dee, the hollow eyed and life hardened main character, finds herself attending the funeral of a family friend Suddenly she is faced with an impossibility the now alive best friend who went missing and was assumed dead nine years ago Hyde is sweet but secretive and he claims he wants nothingthan to pick up with Deanna where he left off years ago Sadly, life has changed Dee and Hyde, of course , and you cannot assume the life you had at ten and twelve years old, but Dee wants Hyde to rescue her from the misery of her life Unfortunately, Hyde has some bad friends in high places, and their story soon goes awry Without revealing the whole of the story, I want to emphasize that there is a fantasy aspect to this story I found the addition of this unexpected element to be revealed slowly and when I understood what was going on, I liked it I also found a few moments to be predictable maddening that Dee didn t realize when I did , but it didn t effect the impetus of the story So, I seem to disagree with many fellow readers I fully enjoyed the darkness to this story I liked the gritty element of crime that ran ribbon like through the story And I enjoyed the concept Thank you Sarah Raughley I am recommending this book to my school s librarian

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    Seeof my reviews on The YA Kitten My copy was an ARC I received from the publisher via NetGalley.I have to admit, Strange Chemistry is one publisher I ve yet to have a hit with despite trying and trying for a year and a half The premises to so many of their novels sound amazing and practically scream my name, but something tends to go wrong and put me somewhere between DNF and meh I m happy to say Feather Bound not only broke this curse but broke my heart and made its way into my all Seeof my reviews on The YA Kitten My copy was an ARC I received from the publisher via NetGalley.I have to admit, Strange Chemistry is one publisher I ve yet to have a hit with despite trying and trying for a year and a half The premises to so many of their novels sound amazing and practically scream my name, but something tends to go wrong and put me somewhere between DNF and meh I m happy to say Feather Bound not only broke this curse but broke my heart and made its way into my all time favorites This kind of novel is why I keep trying and trying with genres, publishers, and the like even when it looks like I should stop This is one of the most powerful, beautiful, novels I ve read this year.Going in, I didn t know Feather Bound is magical realism, but it definitely is In it, roughly three percent of the population will become swans at some point in their lives, i.e a cape of feathers will literally burst from their backs typically sometime between the ages of ten and eighteen and whoever possesses their feathers controls the swan unconditionally Much to her horror, Deanna becomes a swan early in the novel and has a new set of problems to worry about like her feathers being taken from her by people who would sell her into the lucrative human trafficking industry.Taking a swan s feathers and using them to control the swan is rape and the novel is right about that as it also relates the literal act of rape that accompanies this enslavement of swans Imagine someone holds the power to control you Every night, you have to go to them no matter what This might go on for years at a time and you have to do whatever they tell you even if it means having sex against your will You could be sold into prostitution and with your handler in control of your feathers, there really is no escape.Horrifying idea, no This is the reality of swans and this is why they try so hard to keep their identities a secret Raughley doesn t just let us imagine it either she outright takes us there and describes what these poor men and women go through without going into graphic detail to make it hit home that muchFeather Bound is a very dark novel and anyone triggered by rape will want to tread cautiously This short quote from a conversation between Deanna and one of her sisters highlights how this isn t an issue just in their world but also in ours because of how familiar it is in conversations about rape, enslavement, and general oppression You know, what I don t really get about this whole Hedley thing is, if he really did steal his wife s feathers, why didn t she just say something Like call the police or something At the very least Shannon Dalhousie wouldn t have had to flash her tits in front of a congregation of mourning millionaires At least no so early in the morning I don t think Hedley s wife could have told anyone even if she wanted to 7% I m typically one to believe nothing is rape except for rape and we should be taking about actual issues like racism and rape instead of using aliens and swans as metaphors to talk about them, but Raughley makes it work so well I can t apply my usual ideas here.Beyond being powerful in all these ways, it s an engrossing read too I m in the middle of finals prep they start about a week from the time I write this review and everything is due right now and yet Feather Bound is so good I spent an entire day reading it, losing a day I probably needed to write that 8 10 page paper on the intersection of gender and social class in The Great Gatsby Worth it ABSOLUTELY At 304 pages, it s a decent length too Not a 240 something short book but not a lengthy novel either.Above all, the relationships Deanna has with her love interest childhood friend Hyde and her family are key They are the reason she fights so hard for herself and doesn t go the way of many an unfortunate swan Even though Ericka is absent for most of the novel due to her marriage to a rich jerk and Ade rotates between lazy, superficial, and disdainful of wealth, they have each other s backs and Ade is there for Deanna from the moment the feathers show themselves Sisters like these are special.Her romance is very low key and not a central focus of the novel, but the way it is made clear Hyde s fortune creates an imbalance of power between them is done very well If his oodles of money compared to her near poverty lifestyle and the way he showers her with gifts saw no challenge, there would have been a problem As a couple, they re pretty cute together and one development late in the novel makes me love them that muchI can t even talk about it Nope, still can t process Just know I ship this ship like you wouldn t believe.Am I going to keep an eye out for whatever else Raughley publishes You bet I am This is an author who knows what she is doing and does it well Until I hear of such news, I ll simply have to keep going back to Feather Bound and cry intermittently Oh, and start pushing this book on everyone I know and love who won t be triggered by the subject matter

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    This is my book It s a magical realism YA inspired by the swan maiden folktale.The story exists in different cultures, but the basic idea is always the same a girl grows feathers on her back, as swan maidens do, only to have her feather robe stolen by a man and her autonomy along with it There was something about that I found fascinating and sinister in equal parts The very fact that some variation of the tale exists in different cultures makes it clear that there are definitely some da This is my book It s a magical realism YA inspired by the swan maiden folktale.The story exists in different cultures, but the basic idea is always the same a girl grows feathers on her back, as swan maidens do, only to have her feather robe stolen by a man and her autonomy along with it There was something about that I found fascinating and sinister in equal parts The very fact that some variation of the tale exists in different cultures makes it clear that there are definitely some dark universal themes worth exploring That s what I ve tried to do with FEATHER BOUND through magical realism tropes.It s a story dealing with rather dark themes, so beware of that Thanks to everyone who gives it a shot

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    To see full review click on one of the following links My BlogBooklikesFirst of all, credit where it s due I want to thank Netgalley for the opportunity for reading this book And now here s the disclaimer of how being given the very generous opportunity to review this book did not effect my opinion of this book.Neither did the beautiful cover.Really, whoever designed this cover should be give accolades It s the best thing about this book I really love how it looks It shows that the whole dr To see full review click on one of the following links My BlogBooklikesFirst of all, credit where it s due I want to thank Netgalley for the opportunity for reading this book And now here s the disclaimer of how being given the very generous opportunity to review this book did not effect my opinion of this book.Neither did the beautiful cover.Really, whoever designed this cover should be give accolades It s the best thing about this book I really love how it looks It shows that the whole dress thing still has clout in the industry.So good for you cover people You get an A.And now, it s time to actually review this book.Oh, boy I wish I could provide all you dear readers with good news that I loved this book to pieces But instead, I m going to provide you with a drinking game.I know, a drinking game that doesn t involve House of Night or Tiger s Curse and it s on a Monday the worst or best, depending on how you view it night to get sloshed.First of all take a drink every time you think girls turning into swans and molting is ridiculous And no, it does not involve ballet or tutus so there s not even that to fall back on.And now after that initial shot of whiskey you can read the rest of the book without wanting to bang your head against your desk Oh, you ll still want to kill yourself but at least the pain of reading this book will sort of be numb Oh, wait the booze won t hit you in the opening when you meet our precious Mary Sue who has the tragic home life complete with the dead mother, two sisters who are so fucked up they could care less about her, and she s such a poor little girl surrounded by billionaires And her dead billionaire boyfriend isn t as dead as she thought he was.I should mention he was nine when they first started dating.Honestly, the opening sort of gave me deja vu I ve seen plenty of fan fics and bad books with similar openings And it didn t help that there was a line about imprinting thrown in there too though not Twilight Saga type of imprinting if that s what you re worried about.I was really hoping that the cliche beginning though would get better Or at least I d get drunk enough to ignore it while to enjoy the rest of the story but no What I got was a bunch of insipid characters And a plot that made little to no sense

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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here little about the authorSarah Raughley wrote Feather bound, published by ANGRY ROBOT Ltd, strange Chemistry, its Pub Date is May 6 2014.Described onSarah is said to be a superhero fanatic from Southern Ontario who s been writing stories to go on her own crazy adventures with said superpowers She has a diverse range of tastes from Manga to science fiction fantasy lit to Japanese Role Playing Games are all her poison though she is also inspired by little about the authorSarah Raughley wrote Feather bound, published by ANGRY ROBOT Ltd, strange Chemistry, its Pub Date is May 6 2014.Described onSarah is said to be a superhero fanatic from Southern Ontario who s been writing stories to go on her own crazy adventures with said superpowers She has a diverse range of tastes from Manga to science fiction fantasy lit to Japanese Role Playing Games are all her poison though she is also inspired by Jane Austen because it s less nerdy than saying Chrono Trigger inspires her She is also studying to get a PhD in English, because apparently the sight of blood makes her queasy so a being a writer is the better career choice really.Authors website available from summary reviewed 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 himshe 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 foreverFeather Bound is a dark debut reminiscent of Gabriel Garc a M rquez s A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, and the twisted truth behind the fairy tale of Cinderella I liked this book At first i completely had no idea what was going on and then it clicked and i was amazed at how a horrible subject could be written down and portrayed in such a light and beautiful fashion.The sense of foreboding is of the scale with this book It was heart wrenching to read at points, knowing what could happen, what actually does happen and how close things get to actually going from bad, to just plain hellish in a few simple steps.Its a great story, imaginative and sweet yet brash, rotten and blood curdling, all at once Worth a read and but beware the sting left behind that has you thinking for days after One of a few books that could potentially ruin you for a while and throw you through a loop I now know i have to read something completely different next, to get over Feather bound in a way its sad but thats when you know a book is good It has you thinking of nothing else for ages.The subtext is obvious, human trafficking, slavery, prostitution andNot talked about yet it still occurs, whispered conversations occur but it s definitely not a topic that is discussed in public, yet why Its a huge issue, one that you don t see or think about until its too late.The little add ins of the swan story where a great touch They added a sense of fairy tale to the book The swan and feathers business was well thought out, the details held together and the story supported the idea The manifestation, revelations and revulsions were fitting and well written Again the sense of knowing and waiting where key to the plot Guessing how it would play out was easy but the cherry on top was how it all came to fulfilment Plus a little romance and a few punches help keep a book with a topic like this light hearted its essential really and humor is needed to keep the audience from being disgusted rather than curious.Over all i loved this book I read it on my way home from work and then picked it back up after dinner to read and continued to read well into the night Its a little short but well worth a read Eye opening and surprising may seem to be the same descriptors but this book did both in different ways Great imagery is woven together with great pain and a superbly crafted cast create a humanizing story.Would have loved a book two I feel i have to know what happens after all the drama How people go on with life when its been turned upside down and what challenges arise after such confessions or revelations are brought to light, as were in this book s ending.My star rating is FourPosted 15th March by suzanne gardenier

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    OK, first off I don t think that the marketing blurb advertising this book as reminiscent of Gabriel Garc a M rquez was a good idea although it got me to grab the book It creates unrealistically high expectations and no, this book simply does not resemble M rquez Nor does it try to Stylistically, this reminded me a lotof YA books such as Scott Westerfeld s Uglies series, or even Malorie Blackman s Noughts and Crosses And I think the audience for those books would like this OK, first off I don t think that the marketing blurb advertising this book as reminiscent of Gabriel Garc a M rquez was a good idea although it got me to grab the book It creates unrealistically high expectations and no, this book simply does not resemble M rquez Nor does it try to Stylistically, this reminded me a lotof YA books such as Scott Westerfeld s Uglies series, or even Malorie Blackman s Noughts and Crosses And I think the audience for those books would like this one very much.The story takes its inspiration from the folk tale of the swan maiden who can be captured and made a wife, if her feather cloak is stolen Here, in an alternate modern day NYC, the swans are not shape shifters But, somewhere between the ages of eight and eighteen they do sprout feathers on their backs and if someone steals those feathers the swan is magically enslaved to that person s will Clearly, the potential for abuse of this vulnerability is huge, and swans are commonly forced into sexual relationships, used as slave labor, prostitutes, etc Unsurprisingly, most of the 3% of the population who may be swans keep it well hidden, although there are some activists who wish to ditch the shame associated with the condition and go public The parallels with our gay rights movement are made explicit, as well as, of course, the real world evils of human trafficking.In this world, we are introduced to a struggling family from East Brooklyn who just happen to be tied by marriage to one of the wealthiest families in the city, who own a publishing conglomerate Brooklynite Deanna s childhood best friend Hyde was the tycoon s adopted son Hyde was missing and presumed dead nine years earlier but now he s reappeared, and is prepared to take over the business empire And absence seems to have made the heart grow fonder, where Deanna is concerned Of course, no romance can blossom without obstacles and Deanna, against her will, is swept into a vicious intrigue concerning control of the business, and before it s over, quite a few secrets, dirty and otherwise, will see the light.It s not bad at all Overall, it s a littlejuvenile than I prefer, but this is clearly marketed for a YA audience And I do think that some kids may find some of the scenes excitingly adult I could do without Deanna being so very law abiding I don t drink because I m under 21 and by the way, so are you paraphrase Really Ugh How about, I don t drink cause my dad s an alcoholic and I have no interest That works However, my biggest gripe with the book was just about my perspective as a New Yorker I doubt it would bother anyone from elsewhere OK, Deanna s supposed to live in East Brooklyn in a shack But Sterling and Underhill, the address that s supposed to be conveniently close to her house, is hardly in East Brooklyn That s Park Slope, and a crazy pricy neighborhood For a supposedly financially challenged family, they do an awful lot of routinely calling car services which they call cab s, and never differentiate between cabs and car services Seriously, no one, let alone a non wealthy person, would catch the subway and then a cab to get to Chrystie St Whatever train you caught from Brooklyn, that s a max of a 5 short block walk And NO ONE who had grown up in Brooklyn would say, at the age of 17, Let s try the rides the Cyclone looks pretty bad ass, unless there were some kind of convincing and unusual reason that they hadn t been at Coney Island every summer since they were too young to remember OK, I don t want to go on nit picking, but it never feels like the perspective of someone who grew up in Brooklyn It just seems that the personal experience, and also something about the city s rich and diverse mix of cultures is missing I ended up just saying, Well, this is alternate world Brooklyn, and it s different That said, I think this book definitely has the potential to do well, and displays Raughley s promise as a YA writer.Review copy provided by NetGalley

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