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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  17 reviews
One girl was born to be different...

Marea was born to be different - a girl born covered in the feathers of a bird, and kept hidden in a crumbling house full of secrets. When her new tutor, the Professor, arrives with his books, maps and magical stories, he reveals a world waiting outside the window and her curiosity is woken. Caught in the desire to discover her
Hardcover, 432 pages
Expected publication: July 30th 2020 by Del Rey
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Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Magical, inventive and unique. A truly beautiful story
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the moment I opened the first page, I was welcomed into a magical world of mermaids and murmuring cities. Beth Cartwright's stunning prose left me enchanted and enthralled and I love this style of writing.

This is not a fast-paced action book, but it never promised to be that, instead it gives the reader time to savour the imagery, the world she has created, and the characters who live there.

I would recommend this book to anyone who appreciates beautiful language and for those who want to
I'm not sure what to say about this book because the thing is, in two days I will probably remember none of what happened in the story. It just couldn't interest me. I kept reading more because I had to finish it than because I wanted to know what was going to happen.

The main character's name is said once at the very beginning and then we don't hear it again till past the halfway point so for most of the book I was "this is our main character who I don't remember the name". Please help people
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful debut.
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
To begin, I’d like to thank Penguin Random House UK, Ebury Publishing for sending me an ARC of this book, and to NetGalley for facilitating. And a thank you to Beth Cartwright for the world you created!

No spoilers as usual in this review.

Eh... I’ve been struggling with what to write in this review for the best part of a month. This is a tough one, it was marketed as perfect for fans of The Night Circus or The Bear and The Nightingale - well, I think I’m probably Katherine Ardens biggest fan and
This is an odd, beautiful little book about a young girl growing into herself and finding a place for herself in the world. The descriptions and turns of phrase are absolutely stunning; Cartwright's use of language perfectly embodies the sense of wonder Marea - the main character - has for everything she encounters. Cartwright makes normal, everyday things seem magical to the reader, by showing them to us through eyes that have never seen before.

But to be honest, even though the writing was so
Miko Mayer
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Feathertide by Beth Cartwright
Published by Penguin Random House, Ebury
Publication date: 14 May 2020

I was expecting, and looking forward to, something of a fairytale and so was happy with that tone being firmly set from the first page, unfortunately it quickly became too much and felt overwritten. The constant use of alliteration and similes was distracting; at one point I was actually counting alliterative sets rather than fully attending to the story. I’m a fan of beautifully constructed
Louise Marley
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was attracted to this book because of the beautiful cover - fantasy novels always have the best covers!

Feathertide is the story of Marea, who is born in a brothel and not allowed to leave - her mother worries that she will be made of fun of or stolen away. Marea, you see, is covered in golden feathers like a bird, although she cannot fly. When Marea reaches her seventeenth birthday she goes in search of her mysterious father in the City of Murmurs, a strange, half-flooded city of canals and
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
This is a first person narrative following the life of Marea from birth to adulthood. Born with feathers, for most of her childhood she is kept hidden by her mother and the women she lives with. Eventually, Marea leaves the confines of her home and goes out to find her father and to discover who she really is.
This book is about difference, belonging, love and being true to yourself. It has a fairy tale quality with some beautiful imagery.
Initially I found the writing very poetic and delightful
Lauren Easey
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley and PRH/Ebury for the free review copy.

I really enjoyed this book! Way more than I thought I was going to. It gave me serious 'Museum of Extraordinary Things' vibes, but more fantastical and slightly less dark. The premise is super interesting and original, I love the idea of this concentrated intrigue and mystery surrounding one girl who was born with feathers. You very easily fall into her story, confined to her small world much like she is. When she finally steps out and
Jeannette Allen
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a truly beautiful book in which the reader is transported to a magical place. The setting in which the main character Marea is introduced, is an unusual one and although this is where she finds the warmth of maternal love it is also the place which forces her to fly the nest in order to discover the truth about her very unusual bird-like characteristics. The language is quite beyond anything I have read in a long time. It had me reaching out for a pen to jot down some beautiful phrases ...more
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was drawn into this story from the prologue. Marea has had an intriguing start to her life, hidden away in a whorehouse, the pet of all but protected from prying eyes and scared that her secret will be found out. On reaching adulthood she embarks on a journey to find her roots and meets a cast of delightful characters on the way.
This is a tale of magic; of difference and acceptance; of friendship, love, hope and new beginnings.
It will certainly have appeal in the young adult market- but also
Alice Moon
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I didn't expect to like Feathertide. The blurb made me curious and I wanted to know what's with Marea and her feathers. The story didn't disappoint me. I read the book so easily it felt like it was reading by itself. I was so drawn in the story that I didn't realise I finished it.

I fell in love with the City of Murmurs and its mysteries, at every corner you can find something odd but fascinating. Sybel was my favourite, but I was curios about every character and I wished I could find out more
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Marea is a girl covered in feathers. She goes to the City of Murmurs in search of her father and her identity.

The novel explores what it is to not quite belong.

Cartwright has developed a rich and wonderful world and her characters have depth and are well-defined. Her prose tends towards the purple which, in general, suits the fairy-tale/folkloric nature of this tale. However, you can have too much of a good thing; her metaphors and similes are elaborate in the extreme and plentiful.

My main issue
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
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Warnings: self-harm

Rep: Bi/pansexual protagonist; sapphic romance

Feathertide is a coming-of-age story with fairytale vibes; there is magic, sure, but it is about our protagonist finally being okay with the fact that she is different. Marea grew up isolated in a brothel, where she was told to keep herself hidden due to the fact that she had feathers growing on her body, and later on, because she was a girl, and only gets to go out on her birthday, also hidden. Very curious about the outside
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
We follow Marea from the moment her mother goes into labour with her. We skip through the years as she grows up, hidden away in the basement of "whorehouse" because of the feathers that cover her. Eventually the need to know more about herself leads her to the City of Murmurs.
I loved the descriptions of the City of Murmurs, a sinking city of crumbling ruins, canals, and something different down each alleyway - I'd have liked more time exploring everything there.
I liked the characters, and there
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