The Weight of Feathers Book Review

For twenty years, the Palomas and the Corbeaus have 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.

CW: child abuse, domestic violence, fatmisia, g*psy slur, racism, rape mention, miscarriage

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Short Review: The Weight of Feathers is a magical realism story about love and self-discovery. I want to emphasize here magical realism, and I don’t mean the sort that publishing has been pushing (i.e. The Raven Cycle), but real, true cultural magical realism. If you’ve never read a magical realism story before, you’re in for a ride, and I’d highly recommend this read to you, but keep in mind that it won’t be what you’re used to.

Long Review: Warning – May Contain Spoilers

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They Both Die at the End Book Review

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

CW: ableism, suicidal ideation, descriptions of death

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Short Review: This book was spawned from Satan’s armpit. Honestly, though, it’s a wild ride of a book with great character development, an awesome theme, and as many light-hearted moments as tragic moments. I’d recommend this book to anyone.

Long Review: Warning – May Contain Spoilers

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Announcement

Hey everyone! We want to start by thanking everyone who has embarked on this journey with us. It’s been bumpy but exciting, and we’ve learned a few things that have led us to making this announcement:

  1. The climate in this community for diverse books is cold, and until that climate changes, there will always be barrier to entry for diverse authors/books to enter the market.
  2. Publishing and the reading community as a whole still have trouble processing the importance of diverse books and continue to see them as second rate literature.
  3. There is a lot of work that needs to be done to better promote diverse books, and this involves giving diverse books the same opportunity that non-diverse books currently have in the market.

We originally started the Little Voices Diverse Book Box as a way to promote established diverse voices and introduce previously undiscovered writers to the community. We now realize that the book community at large has yet to prioritize diverse books, which has, unfortunately, led our endeavor to fail.

After much consideration, and due to a lack of authorial and community interest, we’ve decided to close the Little Voices Diverse Book Box. We’ve come to the conclusion that change will have to happen elsewhere, and our time would be better spent creating a warmer climate where a box like ours would be better utilized.

If the news of our closing saddens you, we urge you to support joyful reads, mirror book box  and other diverse book boxes that are still out there. As a community, we need to show more appreciation for the diversity that already exists and celebrate it however possible.

Three Little Books Co. will remain open and continue to bolster diverse books. We’ll also be updating our selection of bookish goodies to better contribute to diversity in the community. If you’re the author of a diverse book and would like to work with us on creating bookish goodies to promo your work, email us at inquiry@threelittlebooks.co.

Once again, we want to thank everyone who’s supported us and wish you the best of luck in your diverse adventures. We won’t be giving up the fight for diversity and we hope you won’t either.

C.T. Callahan & Three Little Books Co. Present: the Little Voices Diverse Book Box

What is it?

The Little Books Diverse Book Box basically consists of two separate parts: a diverse book box and a diverse short story anthology. Each month, we’ll release a box featuring a diverse novel, a previously unpublished diverse short story, and some bookish goodies. At the end of the year, we’ll compile all of our short story publications as well as a few others into a diverse anthology.

 

How does it work?

Each month, we’ll have a new, diverse novel as the central point of our book boxes. Inspired by these novels, we’ll release themes to help guide authors toward diverse short stories. We’ll accept previously unpublished short stories from around the world, promote them beside already published diverse novels, and eventually compile them all for our anthology. Submissions are paid, and we’ll accept any work so long as it hasn’t been officially published before (blogs don’t count!) so feel free to send us whatever you’ve been working on. While we’ll be giving special priority to stories that fit our monthly theme, we’ll accept any diverse story each month, and even if your story doesn’t win, you’ll still be in the running to be included in the final anthology.

 

Who will we publish?

Anyone! We welcome experienced writers and amateurs alike. Every piece we receive will be answered with a formal acceptance/rejection, and any piece received prior to the 10th of the month will receive feedback and a chance to resubmit.

 

You said paid?

Indeed we did! All winners will be awarded:

  • Publication as a standalone story and in the final anthology
  • A copy of your standalone story
  • Monetary compensation at $.01 USD/word.

Anyone chosen for the final anthology will receive monetary compensation at $.01 USD/word.

 

Where can I submit?

Email us at INQUIRY@THREELITTLEBOOKS.CO with subject line: LITTLE VOICES [CURRENT MONTH] SUBMISSIONS. Ex. “LITTLE VOICES DECEMBER SUBMISSIONS”. Please compile your story into a word document and include a short personal bio. If your story is own voices, please include that too!

 

Is there any way I can help out?

Spread the word! Follow us on social media! Donate here! Anything you can contribute will help us a ton and is greatly appreciated!

 

I’m still a little confused…?

Send any questions to INQUIRY@THREELITTLEBOOKS.CO and we’ll be happy to answer!