BEAUTIFUL, WHIMSICAL AND.. OVERALL AMAZING ~ Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Review

Wild BeautyTITLE: Wild Beauty
AUTHOR: Anna-Marie McLemore

RELEASED: October 3, 2017
PUBLISHER: Feiwel & Friends
FORMAT: Hardcover

GENRE: YA, Christian, Fantasy
GOODREADS RATING: 3.63

TRIGGERS: Mention of past physical abuse
REPS: LGBTQIA+, POC, Christian

SYNOPSIS
Love grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

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I’ve heard so much about Anna-Marie McLemore’s writing. Not to mention I own two of their books and have a third one on my wishlist so.. I had to get my butt into gear and read at least one of them, right? I thought it best to start with the “oldest” one I owned. I prefer it that way since it’s always fun to see an author’s growth writing-wise!

The good

I was sucked into Wild Beauty hard and fast. This was mostly due to the two POVs – of Estrella and Fel – because I had questions and craved answers. Especially Fel had me intrigued. Makes sense since he doesn’t know a lot and we don’t know a lot and.. obviously we had the need for answers in common!
Another thing that helped was the brilliant explanation of the curse the Nomeolvides women live with. Their lives and everything surrounding it was explained in an enticing way that had me wanting more of their story. It also didn’t feel like there was too much explaining – always a win in fantasy books!

The biggest win for me? Their writing! Anna-Marie has a way with words, that’s for sure. They succeed at capturing and conveying the magical, whimsical atmosphere this story wants to ooze, doing it even more justice than I thought possible!

The characters themselves I loved as well, same with the actual story. They all brought something to it, making it more. Not to mention how wonderfully unique their characters are, the relationships between them and the growth they go through during the book. All of these things combined made for one perfect read.

Something smaller, but worth mentioning I think, is the Christian aspect of this book. Belief is definitely present, but not in an “in-your-face”-way like other books tend to do. I’m an atheist, so sometimes books like that can be hard to get through. Sometimes they feel like trying to convert me or something, but I really did not have that feeling while reading Wild Beauty – extra points!

They loved who they loved. They broke how they broke. And the way it happened depended less on what was under their lovers’ clothes and more on what was wrapped inside their spirits. What secret halls and trapdoors their souls held, and what each one hid and guarded.

five stars
I don’t have anything remotely bad to say about this book. It simply is an atmospheric, beautiful read and I cannot wait to dive into more of Anna-Marie’s work. Not to mention putting their newest release – Dark and Deepest Red – higher on my wishlist!

Do you love whimsical writing?
What are some books with the most magical writing you can think of?

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3 thoughts on “BEAUTIFUL, WHIMSICAL AND.. OVERALL AMAZING ~ Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

  1. Very nice review!

    Hmm…magical whimsical reads…well I definitely enjoyed both The Night Circus and The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, but I also think I would have to say that The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde had a certain whimsical feel to it.

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    1. The Night Circus is definitely a magical and whimsical one! I own a copy of The Starless Sea but have yet to read it. I’m truly hoping to do that this year as I was looking forward to its release for a long, long while.

      I looked up The Eyre Affair but it doesn’t really feel like something I’d enjoy? I could be wrong but..

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    2. Hey, if The Eyre Affair doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, then it’s totally okay. It actually took me a couple years to finally get around to it, and it is a weird book. I went out and picked up the second book in the series because I ended up liking it, but I can totally see that it will not be a book for everyone. If sometime you feel like you might be in the mood, I’d suggest getting the digital sample and reading a couple chapters…but again, absolutely no pressure on that one.

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