Wild Beauty
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.

Wild Beauty Details

TitleWild Beauty
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherFeiwel & Friends
ISBN-139781250124555
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Magical Realism, Glbt

Wild Beauty Review

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5*Every other review I've seen from people I know of this book have been 5 stars but I just didn't love this book, no matter how much I wanted to. I truly love magical realism, the lyrical writing, the odd topics set in a familiar setting, everything about it just amazes me. Magical realisms are generally slow, and I'm okay with that, I read them with patience and a suspension of disbelief in mind, but this was just way too slow for me. The writing was beautiful, the characters and their famil 3.5*Every other review I've seen from people I know of this book have been 5 stars but I just didn't love this book, no matter how much I wanted to. I truly love magical realism, the lyrical writing, the odd topics set in a familiar setting, everything about it just amazes me. Magical realisms are generally slow, and I'm okay with that, I read them with patience and a suspension of disbelief in mind, but this was just way too slow for me. The writing was beautiful, the characters and their family dynamics intrigued me, but it took me so long to figure out what the story was actually about. I'm so sad that I couldn't love this. I liked it, but was slightly disappointed. I think I may give her other books a try, see if they mesh with me a little bit better.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received via #arcsfortrade on Twitter! (Thank you so much, Kendice! ❤) “Love grew such strange things.” La Pradera is a magical garden estate, that is curated by a family of women who are unable to ever leave permanently. The Nomeolvides girls are five grandmothers, who had five daughters, who are the mothers of the five young girls, who this story centers around. This land of La Pradera is both blessed and cursed. Blessed, because all of the women can create life in the form of beautiful ARC received via #arcsfortrade on Twitter! (Thank you so much, Kendice! ❤) “Love grew such strange things.” La Pradera is a magical garden estate, that is curated by a family of women who are unable to ever leave permanently. The Nomeolvides girls are five grandmothers, who had five daughters, who are the mothers of the five young girls, who this story centers around. This land of La Pradera is both blessed and cursed. Blessed, because all of the women can create life in the form of beautiful flowers. Cursed because if they fall in love with someone that doesn’t belong on the land, the land will take them from the women; just vanishing one day. “There were two kinds of Nomeolvides hearts, ones broken by the vanishings, and ones who counted themselves lucky to have seen the back of their lovers as they left.” Estrella, Gloria, Dalia, Azalea, and Calla are the youngest generation of Nomeolvides women and, one day, La Pradera gives them back a gift: a boy from the very ground that has taken and given them so much already. A boy, who can’t remember his past, let alone even his name. A boy who all of the girls are scared will steal their hearts, and in return La Pradera will steal back the boy. “If La Pradera could bring back a boy lost a hundred years ago, maybe it could break this curse they had carried here in their hearts. Maybe it would give them back other vanished lovers. Maybe it would lift the awful legacy from this generation of daughters.” You guys, this book was nothing short of magnificent. I see reviewers that say this book was slow, but I was teleported and completely captivated from page one. Not only is the writing lush, and lyrical, and whimsical on every single page, but the messages and discussions are important, moving, and life changing. This book is so queer, so brown, and so magical. “That was the dangerous thing. Not that she and her cousins all spoke the language of loving boys and girls, but that they all shared the legacy of losing them.” This book heavily talks about immigration and the way we treated, and still treat, immigrants. The unfair work conditions, the prejudices, the blatant racism, the inhumane treatment, the cultural erasure, and how people (even in 2017) want to turn a blind eye and pretend that none of this exists. In America today, we still want to appropriate all the different cultures, but never celebrate them. This book unapologetically talks about accepting and loving your queerness. There is such a vast array of queerness in this novel, and it is handled very well and very empathetically and there is even a genderqueer side character! This book also has the best representation I’ve ever read surrounding what it is like to be a bisexual female and to be in a relationship with a male. Some like to put levels on queerness, and this book completely abolishes that mindset and made me so very proud and my heart so very full of happiness. “Because falling in love with a girl who feared nothing in this world had left her ready to love a boy whose heart had been broken before she ever touched him.” This book actively talks about how your body is your body, and no one ever is owed access to it. I was actually surprised by the amount of feministic elements in this already perfect story. I mean, if I’m not singing this book’s praises loudly enough, maybe this quote will sell you: “He was a man, and a rich one, and these together made him believe that planets and moons orbited around the single point of his desires.” This book passionately embraces family, whether it be the blood you share with others or the found family you unconditionally love. This book truly celebrates the idea of family and heritage. The things we are willing to do and sacrifice for the ones we deem are family is something that I will never get sick of reading in books. Yet, this book also celebrates being an individual and having your own identity, separate from your family. Just like flowers, we all bloom differently and at different times. This book powerfully discusses cultures and the discussion is constant. Probably my favorite thing about this book was seeing the characters not only embrace and accept, but also love where they came from. We could learn so much from people and cultures that are different from us, if only people could check their privilege and see the day to day oppression that people face. If only everyone could open their hearts to learn and to love, instead of to fear and to hate. Beyond everything else, this story is a love story. It’s a ballad whose prose will make you believe in love again. Love between boys and girls, love between girls and girls, love between boys and boys, love between sisters, and cousins, and nature, and the past, and family. Wild Beauty is one of the best love stories I’ve ever read in my entire life, because it’s the true and realistic love that isn’t sugarcoated, but raw and gritty and never easy, but always worth it. “Everyone’s broken. The only difference is how.” Also, I don’t want to throw shade at anyone, but I have to say something, because I also read All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater this month and I really didn’t enjoy it. But I love Wild Beauty, this own voices Latinx magical realism novel, where the culture beautifully bleeds onto the pages seamlessly and unapologetically, and where I actually feel the pain and realness of colonialism. It’s a different experience and it shows, and I couldn’t write this review without mentioning it. “They would change nothing by picking flowers.They had to rip out their fate by the roots.” I truly hope you guys pick this up in October. I really feel like it is a once in a lifetime story that will haunt me for years and years to come, but in the best way possible. Anna-Marie McLemore has made a fan for life. Her writing is some of the most beautiful I’ve ever read, her story has completely stolen my heart, and her messages are some that I won’t forget. Thank you, Anna-Marie McLemore, for writing one of the best things 2017 will ever produce.Estrella and Fel have stolen my heart, and I don’t think I’ll get it back anytime soon. “Sorrow was a family heirloom, written into their blood like ink of a will.” Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.Buddy read with my favorites: Elise & Destiny! ❤
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  • Ishmeen
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5 STARS!! If I could use only one word to describe this book it would be beautiful. This tale, the characters, the writing - everything about this story was absolutely beautiful. This was my first time reading a book written by Anna-Marie McLemore even though I have had When The Moon Was Ours on my TBR for a long time. Thanks to Netgalley, I was offered an eARC by the publishers and finally got around to exploring Anna's writing style - I have got to say I immediately fell in love with i 4.5/5 STARS!! If I could use only one word to describe this book it would be beautiful. This tale, the characters, the writing - everything about this story was absolutely beautiful. This was my first time reading a book written by Anna-Marie McLemore even though I have had When The Moon Was Ours on my TBR for a long time. Thanks to Netgalley, I was offered an eARC by the publishers and finally got around to exploring Anna's writing style - I have got to say I immediately fell in love with it. I am aware that although her descriptive writing style may not be up to everyone's tastes, I would still recommend giving this story a go purely because of the amazingly crafted characters! Fans of Laini Taylor would especially enjoy her writing style in my opinion ♥️ I loved the dual POV from Estrella and FEL OMG - MY HEART GOES OUT TO THIS BOY Y'ALL!! I loved his chapters soooo much!! He was such a mystery to me and (to himself sigh) but I especially loved the romance ahhhh my fangirling heart is content :) I also loved the diversity and lgbt representation in this story - I personally haven't come across many books with bisexual representatives before but I'll definitely keep my eye out for more in the future! I normally get bored by the information dump about history or background in novels, but for some reason I was really interested in the history of the Nomeolvides women and wasn't bored. The bond between the cousins and Fel's opinions of himself really touched my heart and it was just such a nice tale, I would say it definitely lived up to my expectations since this was one of my most anticipated reads of the year! I have only read a few books with the themes of magical realism before but I think this genre is really growing on me! I really enjoyed the magical aspects and the fact that everything came into a full circle in the end :') If you're looking a heartwarming and mysterious tale that will hold your interest right till the end, then make sure to pick this one up ♥️
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  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    January 1, 1970
    Once again, I find myself entirely conflicted. First of all, something needs to be said for the writing. It's absolutely lovely, and flowery in all sense of the word (hah, see what I did there?) Ugh. It's as if Anna-Marie painted the flowers themselves. The woman can make your mouth water. If you're a writer, this is a must read, much like Laini Taylor's Strange the Dreamer. I actually really loved Anna's other book, 'The Weight of Feathers'.But if you are a reader looking for a fast-paced story Once again, I find myself entirely conflicted. First of all, something needs to be said for the writing. It's absolutely lovely, and flowery in all sense of the word (hah, see what I did there?) Ugh. It's as if Anna-Marie painted the flowers themselves. The woman can make your mouth water. If you're a writer, this is a must read, much like Laini Taylor's Strange the Dreamer. I actually really loved Anna's other book, 'The Weight of Feathers'.But if you are a reader looking for a fast-paced story, look elsewhere. It put me to sleep nearly every time I started reading it. The story is very slow moving and abstract, so go into it with the right expectations. The thing is... gah. You guys. As much as I loved the writing, so much of it was repetitive. Literally, the same sentence written over and over again, just with different words. And okay - it totally works in some instances. I get that. But it was too much for my personal taste. It was meant to be lyrical, which it was, but slowwwww. All that said, there's a lot to love about this story. The characters were lovely, as usual with McLemore's stories, though there were way too many family members for me to keep them straight. I absolutely adored Estrella and Fel, and I rooted for them, but I was expecting a more realistic plot twist. I dunno. That part fell a little short for me. A bit predictable. And a few other things left a sour taste in my mouth, though it was only minor details. I also feel like I learned some things and my heart broke for the characters many times over, but again... I feel like I would be raving so much more if the pace had been even. Anyway, what it boils down to, is I feel the same way about this as I did 'Strange the Dreamer'. I think it's a book many will love and cherish, and others will simply DNF because of the pace. Decide if you're the type of reader who is OK with an abstract, low moving plot, and if you are, check this out. My Blog ~ Instagram ~ Twitter ~ Etsy
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  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    January 1, 1970
    That. Was. BEAUTIFUL! RTCBuddy read with the lovely Melanie and Elise! <3
  • Ava
    January 1, 1970
    What a beautiful, beautiful book.More coherent thoughts (from a thread I wrote on Twitter), now that I've had a day to gather them:WILD BEAUTY is pure magic. It's hard to describe in words how incredible it is. While reading, I couldn't put it down, and read it in one sitting, which rarely happens. Anna-Marie's writing is like candy. It's simply divine, and I want to eat her words and savor them for the rest of my life. This book is filled with love, and family, and secrets, and flowers. It's st What a beautiful, beautiful book.More coherent thoughts (from a thread I wrote on Twitter), now that I've had a day to gather them:WILD BEAUTY is pure magic. It's hard to describe in words how incredible it is. While reading, I couldn't put it down, and read it in one sitting, which rarely happens. Anna-Marie's writing is like candy. It's simply divine, and I want to eat her words and savor them for the rest of my life. This book is filled with love, and family, and secrets, and flowers. It's stunning. You don't read it - you experience it like you're there, in the story. The bisexual representation made my bi heart overflowing with happiness. There is just so, so much of it. I cried. I cried for the bisexual rep, and I cried for this story, because it's just too beautiful for me *not* to cry. This book has one of the best families I've ever read about in YA. The relationships are carefully and thoroughly explored, and it's beautiful. I loved reading about the generations of Nomeolvides women, and the magic they each have. The love story in this book is not the whole story, but it's a part of it, and I adored it. Those two characters are so dear to me now. I would read a hundred more novels about them. WILD BEAUTY is Anna-Marie's best book yet. If you like queer magical realism with beautiful writing, you will love this book. It is a book everyone should read. My own words cannot do it justice, so you have to experience this magic for yourself when it releases in September.
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  • alice (arctic books)
    January 1, 1970
    Y'ALL I'M CRYING THAT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL
  • Roshani Chokshi
    January 1, 1970
    Anna-Marie did it again. I don't know how. This was so incredibly lush and perfect. There's so much to cherish here--from the rich family descriptions to the exquisite and heartbreaking consequences of fiercely loving someone. If ever there's a book that can only grow more verdant and luxurious in your heart the moment you finish reading, it's this one.
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  • A.J. (Lacy Literacy)
    January 1, 1970
    Anna-Marie McLemore does it again... and really who is surprised.Expressing how much I love books by Anna-Marie is difficult. Everything about her story telling skills is enthralling. I get so sucked up into it that I feel chewed up and spit out by the end (but in a good way).Wild Beauty is a spectacular, enchanting story about family, love, and the secrets in the ground below us. It's rich with lore, queer characters, and is beautiful in every way possible.Estrella and Fel... Anna-Marie continu Anna-Marie McLemore does it again... and really who is surprised.Expressing how much I love books by Anna-Marie is difficult. Everything about her story telling skills is enthralling. I get so sucked up into it that I feel chewed up and spit out by the end (but in a good way).Wild Beauty is a spectacular, enchanting story about family, love, and the secrets in the ground below us. It's rich with lore, queer characters, and is beautiful in every way possible.Estrella and Fel... Anna-Marie continues to write the best main characters. I want to adopt these kids. Both of them were so strong of heart. I adored Estrella's fearless spirit. She's a collection of strength and pride. I loved seeing her in action and making change happen. And Fel. This boy deserves the world. He has a tough past but still loved people close to him so much. One of my favorite things about him was how much he adored Estrella. Male characters/love interests that truly admire the heroine's strength are a dime a dozen. I loved how Estrella brought about change in his life and made him aspire to be more than a nameless boy. Also, Estrella and Fel have one of the most magical meet cutes. Anna-Marie truly is the master of meet cutes.If you've read her previous book, When the Moon Was Ours, Wild Beauty is quite different from its predecessor. Wild Beauty felt a lot more plot driven. It also relied on history a lot more in both the sense of family history and regional history.While reading  When the Moon Was Ours, I wanted more family lore from it. We got a couple glimpses of it, but not as much as I wanted, especially because Anna-Marie gave us such fascinating pieces of the stories behind Miel and Sam's families. As I'm a big fan of family curses and how history paves the way for families, I was elated to see that in Wild Beauty. Wild Beauty came through with the family history & lore of La Pradera, the gardens that the Nomeolvides women tend to. Throughout the book I was kept on my toes wondering why La Pradera was the way it was and why the family curse happened. The answer was totally not what I was expecting and it went a lot deeper than I thought it would which I loved. And it played such a large role in both Estrella and Fel's lives. I don't want to talk too much about it too much because of spoilers but just know that it so good.I loved the focus on family. Often in Young Adult, you don't get to read stories about that large of families or even big, multigenerational families that all live in the same home together, let alone a Latinx family filled with queer girls. The relationships between the Nomeolvides women are complicated. Trouble is bound to happen when you and your cousins all like the same person, but there were more conflicts than just crushes. Anna-Marie doesn't shy away from the hard topics and conversations about relationships between family.One of the reasons I was super excited for Wild Beauty was that there was bisexual representation. I knew that the main character, Estrella, and maybe a couple side characters were not going to be straight, but there's so much more representation that that. All of the cousins are bisexual, including Estrella, and even some of the moms and grandmothers were also queer. Reading a Young Adult book that showcased older queer characters from multiple generations was so refreshing. There's also a genderqueer character!!! It should be noted that labels aren't used in the book. Anna-Marie has talked about why she does this before, but she also confirms "outside of canon" that the girls are in fact bisexual and that the genderqueer character is genderqueer. But it's quite evident from reading Wild Beauty that the girls are bisexual and that the genderqueer character is genderqueer.I will be eagerly waiting Anna-Marie McLemore's next novel. Review originally posted on Lacy Literacy.
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  • Mackenzi
    January 1, 1970
    Maybe my favorite Anna-Marie McLemore book ever? Is that blasphemy? I love this book. It's like magic.
  • Joshua Gabriel (Ever Bookish Josh)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you, Macmillan, for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.There were two kinds of Nomeolvides hearts, ones broken by the vanishings, and one who counted themselves lucky to have seen the back of their lovers as they left.Cheers, dear Brittney (Reverie and Ink)! We finally finished this tedious journey! I had fun exchanging thoughts about our love-hate relationship with this book. xDI cannot believe how accomplished I feel after finishing such a dragging novel. I p Thank you, Macmillan, for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.There were two kinds of Nomeolvides hearts, ones broken by the vanishings, and one who counted themselves lucky to have seen the back of their lovers as they left.Cheers, dear Brittney (Reverie and Ink)! We finally finished this tedious journey! I had fun exchanging thoughts about our love-hate relationship with this book. xDI cannot believe how accomplished I feel after finishing such a dragging novel. I practically forced myself to do so because it was kindly sent by a publisher and I also do not DNF books. Wild Beauty's Feminist content was cool, but I cannot honestly say that I recommend the book. Beautiful cover, utterly boring story.Essentially, Wild Beauty is a magical realism novel that follows five girls from the Nomeolvides family: Estrella, Dalia, Gloria, Calla, and Azalea. All of them are both gifted and cursed. They can make flowers bloom literally anywhere, but it is impossible for them to leave La Predera, the estate gardens that have been their family's home/prison for generations. To make things worse, it is said that the lovers of each Nomeolvides woman are fated to disappear. When a boy suddenly appears in the gardens, dangerous secrets are uncovered and freedom starts to loom just over the horizon.Like most people, I was beguiled by the beautiful cover and premise of this book. I started the first chapter with an excited smile on my face, ready to have the time of my life. Little did I know that Wild Beauty would be my own literary lullaby. I blamed the writing, which was too flowery for my taste. I usually have no problem with flowery writing. However, in the case of this book, there were more vivid descriptions than lively dialogue. Plus, I was so confused because there were so many characters to get to know. I couldn't even pronounce their family name, Nomeolvides, for crying out loud! NO-MEEYO-VEE-DES??? I asked Brittney, but she also had no idea. Hahaha. xDExamining the plot, I found it to be uneventful. The pacing didn't pick up until around 80% of the book, and the conflict was bland and easily resolved. I had fun learning about the truth behind La Predera and the Nomeolvides curse, but that wasn't enough to captivate my interest. Only God knows how many times I yawned and blinked away tears of drowsiness. :(The last catalyst behind my low rating had something to to with religion. Estrella and her family prayed and read the Bible, so I was disturbed when they sardonically questioned the character of God, particularly His ability to forgive people for their sins. In light of my personal beliefs, I admit that this complaint is very subjective. Hence, I wouldn't be surprised if you ignored it.Despite it's flaws, I couldn't bring myself to give Wild Beauty 1 star because of its excellent take on Feminism/gender politics. It definitely uplifted the standpoint of gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. Furthermore, it was my first time to encounter bisexual/lesbian romance in literature. The "love hexagon" in this book took me by surprise; Estrella and her cousins were in love with one girl. Thankfully, it wasn't emphasized to the point of creating unnecessary drama. The "central" romance was the one between Estrella and the mysterious boy named Fel. Their relationship was interesting in that Estrella seemed to be the one taking the lead and Fel didn't feel emasculated or undermined. Also, I was glad that what they had wasn't instalove. :)It might sound strange that my favorite character was La Pradera. The gardens were indeed the setting of the story, but they were actually depicted to be sentient. In retrospect, La Pradera was somehow one of the antagonists, deliberately causing pain and heartbreak in the Nomeolvides family. I really liked how La Pradera delineated the dual nature of Mother Nature; she can give life, but she can also take it away.To sum up my thoughts, Wild Beauty did have virtues in regards to its empowering content. Nevertheless, for the most part, it was utterly slow. It nearly gave me a reading slump every time I picked it up. Who knew beauty could be boring?
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  • brooklynnnne
    January 1, 1970
    Guiltily, I must admit that I was initially really drawn to this book by the cover. It's beautiful! After reading this novel though, all I can say is that it's a perfect fit because the story is equally as beautiful and the cover is a perfect representation of the content inside. I'm going to be kind of vague with my review because I think this book is a good one to go into blind without knowing much about it. That's how I went into reading this and it made the story even more of a magical read. Guiltily, I must admit that I was initially really drawn to this book by the cover. It's beautiful! After reading this novel though, all I can say is that it's a perfect fit because the story is equally as beautiful and the cover is a perfect representation of the content inside. I'm going to be kind of vague with my review because I think this book is a good one to go into blind without knowing much about it. That's how I went into reading this and it made the story even more of a magical read. This book was unlike anything that I've read before and I LOVED that. Everything about the storyline and the fantastical elements was incredibly unique. I would describe this book as magical and mysterious. There is an air of mystery throughout which keeps you in suspense until the very end when everything comes full circle. Also, the descriptions and details in this novel are unreal. The style of the author's writing felt truly visual in that I felt that I could actually visualize everything whether it be a character with their unique physical traits or the setting (La Pradera...man, what a beauty to imagine).My favourite component and what I felt was the most important about this novel was the diversity. This novel was full of diverse characters with each individual's sexuality, race, and background. All of this was written respectfully and was incredibly well done.I really enjoyed this novel and will be looking out for more written by this author in the future. I definitely suggest to pick this one up on October 3 when it hits the shelves! **Thank you to Raincoast Books for supplying me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review**
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  • Allison
    January 1, 1970
    I wish I could just Storify my Twitter rant about this book and have that be my review, but anyways, I fully plan on giving this a long and loving review later.Essentially: SOMEHOW MCLEMORE KEEPS GETTING BETTER. Her writing makes me sob just as much as her heartachy narratives.
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  • Fernanda (the.wanderlust.reader)
    January 1, 1970
    You can find this review and more at The Wanderlust Reader!3.5 STARSOH BOY.Where do I even begin?! This book was magical to say the least.The writing was beautiful and it reminded me a lot of Laini Taylor’s and Rin Chupeco’s, in the sense that although it was like honey, sweet and always leaving me wanting more, it was a bit hard for me to get into the story. It took about half of the book for me to finally get used to the descriptive language and settle into the story. I will say that there wer You can find this review and more at The Wanderlust Reader!3.5 STARSOH BOY.Where do I even begin?! This book was magical to say the least.The writing was beautiful and it reminded me a lot of Laini Taylor’s and Rin Chupeco’s, in the sense that although it was like honey, sweet and always leaving me wanting more, it was a bit hard for me to get into the story. It took about half of the book for me to finally get used to the descriptive language and settle into the story. I will say that there were times throughout the book where I was just so mesmerized by the story that I couldn’t seem to put it down for the life of me! And there were times where I felt as if I was right there, hand-in-hand with the Nomeolvides women.Not only was the writing striking, but the story was magical as well! The Nomeolvides women have lived at La Pradera for decades. While they may bring life to the gardens with their gorgeous flowers, they can’t love too much or too hard because they will make their lovers disappear. The Nomeolvides women have lived with this curse for as long as they can remember but suddenly a boy, with no recollection of his life, appears. In Estrella’s attempt to help Fel remember his past, the embark on a journey full of secrets and flowers.There were so many things that I loved about Wild Beauty but what I loved most was the focus on family. It’s so rare nowadays to find a YA novel, that’s not contemporary, that has such a strong focus on family and I really appreciated seeing the strong bond between the girls. It was truly breathtaking and inspiring.There is so much bisexual representation which makes me super happy!!! If I’m not mistaken, all the Nomeolvides women (including the mothers and grandmothers) are bisexual. There’s also a genderqueer character and I love her to pieces!I don’t know if I’ve ever experienced this with another book that I wasn’t fully captivated by but while I was reading, I would come across a passage or a sentence that would garner fierce emotions out of me.“Even in it’s first faint traces, love could alter a landscape. It wrote unimagined stories and made the most beautiful, forbidding places.Love grew such strange things.”And it would be out of the blue. One minute I’d be casually reading and then BAM…I’d start tearing up over how beautiful a sentence was written.All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to pick up Anna-Marie’s other books!
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  • Liv (Stories For Coffee)
    January 1, 1970
    I've finally found it. A book that I can wholly relate and connect to. I finally found a book that represents me, and it's everything. Full Review To Come
  • Nikki (Book Allure)
    January 1, 1970
    I received an Advanced Readers' Copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Well, this was an unexpected read. I swear YA books are breaking from their stereotypical molds. Wild Beauty was nothing like I expected. It features a story wherein loving someone too much can literally cause them to disappear. The premise alone was enticing enough to pique my interest.The writing style is unique. At first I felt out of my element because the structure and the way Wild Beauty was written is not I received an Advanced Readers' Copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Well, this was an unexpected read. I swear YA books are breaking from their stereotypical molds. Wild Beauty was nothing like I expected. It features a story wherein loving someone too much can literally cause them to disappear. The premise alone was enticing enough to pique my interest.The writing style is unique. At first I felt out of my element because the structure and the way Wild Beauty was written is not what I’m used to in YA books. Given that this book tackles magic realism, I suppose that explains for the alienated feeling. It also features a little bit of Spanish which I absolutely loved. It added a lot of uniqueness and made this book stand out more than it already did.The plot is about an estate that’s run by girls, their mothers, and their grandmothers. They are known to have magical powers that make the land fruitful and beautiful. However, they are cursed because they can neither leave their land (they’ll die if they do) nor can they reproduce because there are no males present… until now. To avoid spoilers, I’ll leave it at that.I felt a lot of mixed feelings reading this so I’ll be listing them and provide a brief explanation:• Uneasiness. The peculiarities of the book made me feel uneasy because it's something new, so naturally I was apprehensive in reading it in fear that I would have just wasted my time. • Impressed. Again, I had low expectations for this book because it wasn't the cookie cutter YA book but I can't dent that I was impressed with the mastery of writing style and keeping me wanting more of the story!• Boredom. The pacing paid a lot of attention to details and internal monologues coupled with backstories in the middle of certain chapters so there were parts that I skimmed because I was looking forward to getting back to the dialogue. • Satisfaction. Overall I was satisfied with how this book turned out because it made me step out of my comfort zone when it comes to genres. I normally don't read magic realism and LGBT books but I can say that I'm glad I picked this up and finished it!Wild Beauty is a mixture of wonder and reality that mastered the art of making its readers feel at home while flying. While it had its hits and misses, I generally liked the book. I don’t think I’ll read it again but I don’t regret picking it up.It is set to be released on 3 October 2017.Review originally posted on https://bookallure.com/2017/09/25/wil...
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  • Shenwei
    January 1, 1970
    how to describe this besides enchanting? I felt like there was magic running through me while I read it
  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I will read anything Anna-Marie creates. I don’t even need to read the synopsis. I loved Estrella and her cousins. I loved how different and the same they were. I loved their fierceness and loyalty and their absolute need to break out and do something different. There’s just something so special about the worlds that Anna-Marie creates. They’re magical, but not so crazy and far fetched that you can’t help but wonder if they’re real. But most importantly, she creates a sense of family wrapped up I will read anything Anna-Marie creates. I don’t even need to read the synopsis. I loved Estrella and her cousins. I loved how different and the same they were. I loved their fierceness and loyalty and their absolute need to break out and do something different. There’s just something so special about the worlds that Anna-Marie creates. They’re magical, but not so crazy and far fetched that you can’t help but wonder if they’re real. But most importantly, she creates a sense of family wrapped up in the most gorgeous prose and lush, lyrical words. I will read her words forever. **Huge thanks to Feiwel and Friends for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Elise (thebookishactress on wordpress)
    January 1, 1970
    Yet another BR with the faves Melanie and Destiny!!
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so beautiful, magical, wonderful, enchanting, and just simply amazing. Full review to come closer to the release date, but wow.
  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    Anna-Marie McLemore's novels have always been immersive, whimsical experiences, and WILD BEAUTY is no exception. Her lush descriptions, unusual stories told and interesting characters all came together to form a story that was odd, compelling and utter magic.
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  • Eri (Airy Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    this book took a long time to sink in, but once it did...wow what a magical read.review to come
  • Dahlia
    January 1, 1970
    Ugggghhhhh this book was so beautiful. Why is everything she writes so damn good? I think this one might be my favorite, partly because I was so drawn into the mystery, partly because there's just such a good paragraph on bisexuality that brought me so much joy, and partly because there is a kickass character named after yours truly. AML is 3 for 3 for me and I can't wait until her 2018!
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  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    January 1, 1970
    I'm definitely one of the black sheep when it comes to Wild Beauty. Despite every attempt to love this book, I struggled to get through it.This is one of those books where the prose is gorgeous. . . but it covered up flat characters. My biggest problem with Wild Beauty is that I couldn't care less about the characters. They were beautifully created. I can't speak to the bisexual rep in this book as I don't identify as such so take the fact that I loved it with a grain of salt. There's such a str I'm definitely one of the black sheep when it comes to Wild Beauty. Despite every attempt to love this book, I struggled to get through it.This is one of those books where the prose is gorgeous. . . but it covered up flat characters. My biggest problem with Wild Beauty is that I couldn't care less about the characters. They were beautifully created. I can't speak to the bisexual rep in this book as I don't identify as such so take the fact that I loved it with a grain of salt. There's such a strong family theme as well which I don't see often enough in YA so more points to you, Wild Beauty.Yet I couldn't tell you who my favorite character was. I couldn't tell you which one I shipped with that one. I couldn't tell you what I loved about them. Because I never connected with these characters. I never felt anything for them, became invested in them. I've said this with other books in the past and I'll say it again with this one: if I can't connect with the characters, I won't enjoy the book. It's who I am as a reader. And I couldn't get behind these characters enough to care what happened to them.To be fair, not that much really happened in this book. It just plods along with all the flowery description but little action until the end where there's some attempt at making it a cohesive flowing story when there wasn't much to go off of. I guess I never got the point of this book. I like a story that has an end goal. The heroine completes her quest. The prince takes down the empire. You know that there's an end of some kind, a task to be completed. Perhaps it's more a personal preference but I don't like stories that are more. . . open.With that, I want to fall into the book. I want to feel the magic. And I actually really liked the world of Wild Beauty -- or at least what it could have been. The idea of this family of 5 women in each generation rooted to this home where they grow flowers, that just intrigues me. But while there's this magic going on, I wasn't grounded in the world. There was plenty of description but not enough detail, if that makes sense. It comes back to the writing style. Lots of flowery language but not necessarily substance.When it comes down to it, this book bored me. I contemplated DNFing a few times because it just didn't hold my attention. I need more action in a book BUT it doesn't mean I wouldn't recommend this book. If you don't need as much action and are looking for a book with rich family themes and an amazing diverse cast of characters, then I think you'll really enjoy this book. For me, it just wasn't what I was expecting and I ended up being disappointed.
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  • Weezie
    January 1, 1970
    I wish I could give this a million stars. I also wish I could go back and read this again for the first time. My heart. My heart. Full review to come.
  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    Well that far exceeded my expectations. Exquisite writing, great bi rep and really intriguing characters and family dynamics. Definitely going to buy a copy of When the Moon Was Ours very soon.
  • mica
    January 1, 1970
    I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewI JUST KEEP READING AMAZING BOOKS I'VE BEEN BLESSED. So, heads up, I'm latina, I was brought up reading magical realism. It was the first and last genre I learned at school. I read 100 years of solitude when I was 12 because I wanted to (and that's 500 pages of an adult novel). So by the time I was a teenager I wanted magical realism far away from me. I enjoyed it, but I felt like I've had enough.AND I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewI JUST KEEP READING AMAZING BOOKS I'VE BEEN BLESSED. So, heads up, I'm latina, I was brought up reading magical realism. It was the first and last genre I learned at school. I read 100 years of solitude when I was 12 because I wanted to (and that's 500 pages of an adult novel). So by the time I was a teenager I wanted magical realism far away from me. I enjoyed it, but I felt like I've had enough.AND THEN. OH AN THEN THIS BOOK HAPPENED. It's PERFECT. I love everything about this and the author is latina herself so YAY! (I have my reservations for non latinos writing magical realism). If you're new to the genre I advise you go in with an open mind, it can be tricky to get into the novel but once you do YOU'LL LOVE IT I promise! The characters are well rounded, the plot is so intriguing, it has bi rep (I'm not bi but here's an own voices review: here), AAAAND the writing is beautiful. BEAUTIFUL I TELL YOU. Here's my favorite quote so YOU CAN SEE:“Even in it’s first faint traces, love could alter a landscape. It wrote unimagined stories and made the most beautiful, forbidding places. Love grew such strange things.”I'm so glad I got to read this one so early, Wild Beauty just made me happy, you know? Go read!
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    This is a GORGEOUS work of magical realism. McLemore’s prose is beautiful and lyrical—you just want to swim through it. At times it gets a bit too flowery and you can lose your place in the story, but overall I still think it’s her strongest asset.This book is an incredible examination of the collective versus the individual. We follow the Nomeolvides cousins (such a great name!), who are close enough to ALMOST function as one unit. We watch as this causes problems for them, and others, and it This is a GORGEOUS work of magical realism. McLemore’s prose is beautiful and lyrical—you just want to swim through it. At times it gets a bit too flowery and you can lose your place in the story, but overall I still think it’s her strongest asset.This book is an incredible examination of the collective versus the individual. We follow the Nomeolvides cousins (such a great name!), who are close enough to ALMOST function as one unit. We watch as this causes problems for them, and others, and it creates a great internal, emotional conflict that’s central to the narrative. I think often YA books sacrifice internal conflict for external, plot-driven conflict, to their detriment. That is decidedly NOT the case here! McLemore balances the internal and external conflicts perfectly, making for a book with a plot-based mystery that makes you want to turn the pages for more, AND the internal conflicts that enable readers to truly connect with her characters—in understanding their personal, emotional motivations, we are more invested in the plot-related outcomes of these characters’ lives.Additionally, that dichotomy of the collective vs. the individual makes for a great coming of age story. So much of coming of age is about discovering the self as an individual, while reconciling the needs of those we love. We follow our MC Estrella navigate this, and it’s lovely to read.In terms of representation, this book was wonderful. The Nomeolvides girls are Latinx and bisexual, and McLemore treats their identities with care and empathy. There is also a genderqueer side character and a gay minor character. Once again, McLemore has written an incredible novel. THIS is what makes YA literature great.
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    10 Stars...I give this book 10 stars!!!The beautiful cover is just the tip of the iceberg with this book....Anna-Marie McLemore you continue to slay me every.single.time...I adored the story, I fell in love with the Nomeolvide girls & Fel but most of I wanted to live in La Pradera. I can't express in words how lush, dangerous, haunting and captivating La Pradera is because McLemore's words put mine to shame. Last thing I have to say is that every time I am blessed with one of McLemore's book 10 Stars...I give this book 10 stars!!!The beautiful cover is just the tip of the iceberg with this book....Anna-Marie McLemore you continue to slay me every.single.time...I adored the story, I fell in love with the Nomeolvide girls & Fel but most of I wanted to live in La Pradera. I can't express in words how lush, dangerous, haunting and captivating La Pradera is because McLemore's words put mine to shame. Last thing I have to say is that every time I am blessed with one of McLemore's books it takes me at least a week to finish it, simply because I am in no rush to leave the stunning tale she weaves with each of her books.Buy this book....that is all. Thanks to MacMillan for the ARC!
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  • Aimee
    January 1, 1970
    The Weight of Feathers was one of my favorite books last year, so another magical realism book by this author? I am so ready!
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