Review: Feather

Wednesday 29 January 2020

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really wasn't sure what to expect with this book. I'm not a fan of books about angels but knowing how much I enjoy Olivia Wildenstein's works I was prepared to give it a go.

Firstly, as I said, angels are not my thing so the title initially put me off. Then, readers are presented with a long list of angelic terminology and french translations which was slightly concerning. I imagined having the flick back and forth to understand what was going on in the storyline but that wasn't the case, apart from some the of angel terminology, which I needed to revisit on the odd occasion.

As soon as I started reading the story I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised and found that I became quickly engrossed. The direction the story was taking was fascinating and the blend of earth and Elysium and how both sides overlapped was intriguing.

The character Leigh (don't get me started on how to pronounce her name) was likeable and her desire to earn enough feathers to ascend to Elysium seemed to be the main crux to the story. When she is challenged to convert a triple (a sinner worth 100 feathers), Jarod Adler, her innocent way of life is corrupted by his beguiling ways and they find themselves instantly attracted to each other (perhaps too instantly for some to believe). Jarod is a mafia boss and yet Leigh decides to try to persuade him to right some wrongs in order for her to complete her task and to earn her remaining feathers. Jarod is not an easy man to change though and whilst spending time together, Leigh starts to realise that Jarod may be hiding more than his dark business dealings.

I enjoyed Jarod and Leigh's story on earth but when it became a bit too much Romeo & Juliet-y I started to lose interest (I know, but I rarely read the blurb about a book before reading it!). I can't put my finger on when my interest with the story started to wane but the ending pretty much left me confused and disappointed. When Leigh reached Elysium it was a brief affair and I thought Asher would play a bigger part than he did at the start of the book. I naively envisioned a love triangle but that never transpired.

The story left me questioning what exactly had just happened and wondering if I paid enough attention whilst reading it. That said, I don't feel the need to re-read it at this point. It has left me intrigued whether the next instalment will answer some of the questions Feather has left me with but that seems to be Celeste's story. I will no doubt read on though, even if just to recover my equilibrium.

Whilst this story was once again very well written, it hasn't left me with a thirst for more feathers!


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