Kasischke, Laura. Feathered.

Author:Marler, Myrna
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

KASISCHKE, Laura. Feathered. HarperCollins. 272p. c2008. 978-0060813178. $16.00. S *

This occult mystery involving Quetzalcoatl, the feathered god, and ancient Mayan ruins is mixed in with elements of the Natalee Holloway case and the rebirth of the Phoenix. Eighteen-year-old Michelle and Anne are on spring break in Cancun, Mexico. Along with their desire to try out the latest in tropical drinks, sun themselves, and swim in the ocean, these two also intend to see some of the sights. As both are burdened with over-protective mothers, they have been provided with encyclopedias of advice, one of the most important principles being, "Never accept a ride from a stranger." Of course they do exactly that, after meeting an older but handsome, personable, and sophisticated anthropologist named Ander in the bar. He offers to drive them to Chechen Itza early the next morning. Michelle, who is a wispy, otherworldly sort (specifically likened to a bird; yes, she can sing, hypnotically) forms a mystical attachment to Ander while touring the ruins...

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