Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

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...

Details Wild Beauty

TitleWild Beauty
Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherFeiwel & Friends
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Magical Realism, Glbt

Reviews Wild Beauty

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    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 wri...
  • Melanie
    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 a...
  • Ishmeen
    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 ...
  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    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 ...
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    That. Was. BEAUTIFUL! RTCBuddy read with the lovely Melanie and Elise! <3
  • Ava
    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 l...
  • alice (arctic books)
  • A.J. (Lacy Literacy)
    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 w...
  • Mackenzi
    Maybe my favorite Anna-Marie McLemore book ever? Is that blasphemy? I love this book. It's like magic.
  • Joshua Gabriel (Ever Bookish Josh)
    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...
  • brooklynnnne
    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 ...
  • Allison
    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.
  • Fernanda (the.wanderlust.reader)
    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 languag...
  • Liv (Stories For Coffee)
    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)
    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 str...
  • Shenwei
    how to describe this besides enchanting? I felt like there was magic running through me while I read it
  • Stacee
    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...
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    This book was so beautiful, magical, wonderful, enchanting, and just simply amazing. Full review to come closer to the release date, but wow.
  • Alexa
    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.
  • Eri (Airy Reads)
    this book took a long time to sink in, but once it did...wow what a magical read.review to come
  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    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 tha...
  • Weezie
    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
    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
    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....
  • Emily
    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 watc...
  • Teresa
    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...