Oh. My. God. Guys. This book literally made it into my ultimate top ten, and I read over 100 books per year. Like this book blew my mind. I’m trying really hard to be serious and do a well-written, eloquent review, but really all I want to do is fangirl about this book. So I’m gonna take a minute to fangirl.
OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG THIS WAS SO FREAKING GOOD. I WANT TO BE BEST FRIENDS WITH THIS AUTHOR AND LIVE IN THIS WORLD AND WRITE BOOKS AS AMAZING AS THIS!!!
Okay, I’m calm now. Mostly.
When I received the ARC of Wild Beauty I, I was SO excited. This novel follows the Nomeolvides family. For as long as they can remember, there have always been five Nomeolvides in every generation, and every Nomeolvides woman is born with a gift and a curse. Every woman is born with flowers at her fingertips; able to grow flowers wherever she wants. They grow them at La Pradera, their home. The land loves them and they love the land; it protects them from those that would call them witches and try to hurt them. However, they are also born with a curse: every man they love disappears into thin air.
There are just so many good things to talk about with this novel, but I need to keep my review shorter than the book, so I’ll pick just a few.
The writing of this book is honestly some of the most beautiful writing I’ve read in years. Rich descriptions and staggering emotion fill every page, and the writing is both original and reminiscent of my favorite old fairy tales. I wanted to read this book again and again just for the craft of it. If I can write even half as well as Anna-Marie McLemore someday, I will die happy.
The characters and relationships in this book are extremely well crafted. The way McLemore approaches the topic of womanhood and motherhood in a multi-generational home is refreshing to see within young-adult fiction. This brought a depth to the story that was simply beautiful in that achingly poignant way that makes you want to read this story again and again.
The concept of this book was also very original. Finding a YA novel that approaches magic in a fresh, new way is extremely rare, and finding a concept that hasn’t been done before is even more so. But somehow in this book, I found myself being constantly surprised by the ingenuity and creativity of the author.
Finally, the plotting of this book was precise and impeccable. As the writing carried me effortlessly from page to page, the tension and mystery of La Pradera kept my heart racing and my mind spinning. I obviously can’t tell you the ending of this book, but I can say that Anna-Marie McLemore managed to bring in themes and topics that I have never seen done that well in a YA novel before. It was truly a work of art.
Overall, I loved this book, if you haven’t already figured that out. It will be released on October 3rd and I already preordered my hardcover (only $12 for a hardcover guys!). I strongly suggest you do the same. This book just swept me off my feet.
Final rating- 5/5
Thank you so much for reading my review, and until next time, happy reading 🙂