Featherbound

By Sarah Raughley
Published on May 6th, 2014
Published by Strange Chemistry
Source: Publisher
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.







This was such a strange book for me.  I wanted to like it so much and did in parts and I really hated it a ton at other points.

I think the easiest thing to do for me is to layout what I liked and didn't like.  That way I don't have to figure out how to put it all in paragraphs, honestly.  (Can we say lazy?)

What I LIKED about Featherbound:

- The use of fairytales and the play on fairy tales in a modern and gritty setting.
- The incredibly interesting plot that was created- people just randomly turning into swans.... this is some awesome X-men-ish type stuff here!
-The main character (for the most part).  Although she did some things I didn't approve of (as if a character needs my approval), I liked how real the main character was.

What I DIDN'T like about Featherbound:
- The total lack of world building.  People are turning into swans!  Why is there nothing for the reader telling us WHY they are.  The main character tells us how long it has been going on... why is it such a secret.  I see/ feel the undertones of the AIDS crisis in the 80s and 90s in the way people treat swans, but seriously- nothing to go on?
-Using rape and abuse as plot devices.  Look I get it, but there was way too much rape and people being controlled to be raped in this book.  I was flat out uncomfortable reading it.  And for what reason- to scare the characters?  I just saw a lack of hope in this book and it didn't sit well with me.
- The male hero.  I didn't like how his story was just explained away and that he acted too aloof and uncaring.


So all in all, I don't really know how I feel about Featherbound, but I am leaning towards dislike.  I have no problem with authors using rape or abuse in stories, I get it, it happens. But it just seemed to be there... everywhere- without the characters trying to stop it or rise above it.  


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