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Book Thoughts: Wild Beauty (Anna-Marie McLemore)

McLemore, Anna-Marie - Wild Beauty

★★★★★★☆

Title: Wild Beauty
Author: Anna-Marie McLemore
Genre: Fiction / YA / Magical Realism  Pages: 339
First published: 2017
Edition: Paperback, published in 2018 by Square Fish

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.

I love these kind of stories, where you kind of feel like you’re in a dream. When the story touches reality just enough to have roots, but takes you on a journey far away from your daily life.

IMG_20200615_142932I enjoyed the way the author wove her tale and how she managed to bring these fantastically timeless characters to life. I liked the way a queer girl fitted so easily into this narrative. How natural it was to love a girl in this novel.

This was my first book by this author, but it will certainly not be my last. I love this kind book that uses language almost as another character to set a scene so vividly that I can get immersed in it.  Although the tale touched on some heavy and dark topics, I still felt it was a fun easy read that brought so much colour into my life whilst I was doing so.

If you like colourful, whimsical novels, this one is definitely for you and I highly recommend it!

6 out of 7 stars

 

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Book Thoughts: All The Crooked Saints (Maggie Stiefvater)

001a Stiefvater, Maggie - All The Crooked Saints

★★★★★★☆

Title: All The Crooked Saints
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Fiction/Magical Realism
First published: 2017
Edition: Paperback, published by Scholastic in 2017

Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado, is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future.

I was not sure what to expect from this book. I had heard such mixed things! I enjoyed The Raven Cycle quite a bit, but maybe did not quite fall in love with it the way other people had done. Hence I was a bit hesitant to pick this up. I have to say, I should not have been. I really loved it.

This book is so strange, so whimsical and fantastical that it took me a little while to get to grips with it, but in the end I loved what it did. I really enjoyed the characters, even if you never quite get that close to them. The writing was too whimsical for that. I loved the premise and the execution very much overall, even if I wish it had pulled on my heartstrings just that tiny bit more.

I think this is one of those books that you will either love or you may be scratching your head the whole way through. Luckily I loved it. I loved the sheer bizarreness of it and I do wonder whether the author was high the whole time she wrote it! 😂

6 out of 7 stars