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Wild Beauty

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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
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Hardcover, 340 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Feiwel & Friends
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Leah Rachel Yes. There is clear bisexual and gay rep and other characters may be gender fluid and lesbian, although those are less explicit.
Book lover NO, there are sad parts but not enough to make you cry, and there is a happy ending
so it's NOT a book that will make you cry.

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Em (RunawayWithDreamthieves)
This book should be covered in rose petals and leave a rose petal everywhere it’s been just so everyone knows it’s been there.

I've ascended through several emotional planes of existence reading this book and I have a lot of feelings about it and not enough characters to express them. Reading it was the equivalent of entering a warm room after being out in the cold, of lying in a breezy field with wildflowers and big puffy clouds overhead, and I wish I could just wrap my heart in this story and l
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
Each spring felt like all of them, not just the gardens, coming back to life. They spent winters giving their flowers to ceramic pots they kept indoors, or pulling snowdrift roses out of patches of land soft enough to grow. But now all of La Pradera was theirs. They had every acre to let out the blooms that had been waiting in their hands all winter.

I have never, never, never read anything more deeply beautiful in my life. Something about it just hit me. The characters, the love story, the w
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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 all of the women can create life in the form of beautiful
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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 writing was beautiful, the characters and their famil
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
My October Owlcrate Box! It's one of my favorite so far. I will add a link to my blog with close-ups of the things under the picture if you're interested ♥



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Unfortunately, I didn't like it. I did love one of the author's other books but this one wasn't for me.

I'm glad plenty of people love it though. We all want to love our books.

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐾🐺
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
4 Stars

"Everything we touch, we wreck."
"So wreck me."


Reviewing this is weird, as it's honestly some of the most beautiful writing I've ever read, and all my words feel clunky and out of place next to it. McLemore's lush prose beautifully weaves this story together.

Every description was vibrant and decadent and made me want to sink my teeth right into this setting. While I can understand why some won't enjoy how "flowery" the narrative is, I think it blends perfectly with how unapologetica
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C.G. Drews
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story is as lush and gorgeous and aesthetically pleasing as the cover. AHHHH!! Wait. Am I allowed to call a story aesthetically pleasing!? Because holy flowerbeds, peoples, this book is gorgeous. The premise immediately absolutely devoured me: with magical gardens and women who can make flowers grow and finding a strange lost boy hidden in the earth. Absolutely all of that is ME when it comes to books. Besotted by the premise. <3 Not let down at all. <3

Well, actually I admit there are
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destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
Buddy read with the lovely Melanie and Elise! ❤

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"Things growing just live in us," she said.

I should have reviewed this weeks ago when I finished it, but I didn't know how. This book nestled itself so deep into my heart, and left me speechless every time I tried to put my thoughts down in words. Anna-Marie McLemore is a brilliant, beautiful artist who has painted the most lovely images, and sculpted the most precious lives, in this story.

In this family, broken hearts were passed down like locke
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Samantha
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
3.75 stars
April
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"There's nothing wrong with who we love, what's wrong is what's always been wrong. We're Nomeolvides girls."

This book is so beautiful and meaningful.
Ishmeen {hiatus}
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

"Hearts that loved both boys and girls were no more reckless or easily won than any other heart. 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."


This was my first time reading
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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 if you are a reader looking for a fast-paced story
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Lily ☁️
1 1/2 stars (the 1/2 star goes to the great bi rep)

I don’t think I’ve ever felt worse for not liking a book, so no one hate on me, please. 😭

🌈 buddy read with a disappointed world cup follower

Blog ¦ Bloglovin’ ¦ Tumblr ¦ Instagram
may ➹
before: after 2 months of agonizing wait, I’m ready to fall in love
now: I FEL(L) IN LOVE

I’m sorry, the pun was too good, I couldn’t resist

4.5 stars, RTC!

// Thanks so much to Ju for the beautiful copy!!
Jiana
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*sighs for the next 10 hours*

That was just excruciatingly slow and boring. Not even the ending or the reveals saved it for me?? Like I genuinely cannot remember a single part of the book that wasn’t slow. It was just slow from page 1 till the last damn page. I can’t deal with slow books. I’m entirely fine with books that start off slow, but when the book hits 40% and it’s still mind-numbingly slow?? Then that’s not good for me at all. I literally had to force myself to pick it up and read every
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may ❀
this book actually feels like reading a dream (that sounds so dramatic I know) but its genuinely has such a whimsical aura I was legit captivated from the first chapter

Pros
- The writing is so gorgeous, it was one of the elements of the story that immediately grabbed my attention
- THE CHARACTERS
- There are so many wonderfully tragic, realistically crafted characters
- the Nomeolvides family 😭😭😭
- the fam all love each other so much I cri
- the relationships that were written were so ??!great!!?
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Emma
Sorrow was a family heirloom, written into their blood like ink on a will.


Wild Beauty is one of those rare books that not only lives up to the hype, but turns out to be even more stunning than you anticipated. It’s one of the most magical stories I’ve ever read, and I feel like everyone else I know has already written eloquent and glowing reviews of this book so I don’t know how much I can add here.

Estrella and her cousins have spent their lives within the gardens of La Pradera, like their mot
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Romie
Can you do yourself a really huge favour and start this book now?

Even before starting this book, I knew I would love it, I just didn’t expect to fall head over heels in love with it. But then again, this book was recommended to me by someone I trust, so I should have known it wouldn’t be a common reading experience. It only took me 15 pages to know where I stood, to know this book was so much more than ink on paper.

This isn’t just a book about women growing flowers out of their hands, it’s about
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Hiba
I don't really like encountering beautiful books, because as much as love them while reading them, they leave me such an awkward mess afterwards so that I'm left only with sentences like 'holyfuck, that was fucking amazing what should I do next?' or something to the same extent. So here I am, upon finishing this beautiful masterpeice, I stand in front of you with petals and dirt covered clothes, dazed expression, I say with every drop of love I can muster from the core of my rotten heart, this b ...more
Joshua Gabriel (조수아)
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. xD

I 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
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Ava
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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
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Sonja ✧ Badass Wanderer ✧
Wild Beauty is legit the prettiest book I own ✨
the book's contents better be just as beautiful as the cover
Irene△⃒⃘
3.75/5

“You took the truth and you made it into flowers.”


Warning: This book is a VERY slow read!
This doesn’t mean that it’s boring or less interesting than a book full packed with action.
I think that this book has a beautiful writing and a beautiful story.
It focuses mainly on the family theme and you can totally feel that family is all what these girls have.
They live with the fear of loving, if they truly love someone he/she will disappear, just like a curse.
But there’s so much more under all
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Maureen
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was so beautiful! I had a lot of theories of what I thought would happen but none of them actually did so that was a nice surprise.

The writing of this book was absolutely GORGEOUS and the magical realism was so beautifully done. I loved following Fel and Estrella's journeys, especially watching Fel remember different things from his past.

AGH it was just really beautiful and I would definitely recommend it.

READ IT!
Emer
Not sure how to review this at all. My review will probably be as messy as this book was!
“Everyone’s broken. The only difference is how.”

That was A LOT of flowery prose. Too much. Definitely too much. The first half of the book felt so disordered that I couldn't make head nor tail of what was going on. Sometimes being plunged directly into a world works... This time I felt I was struggling for air until at least the half way point when I eventually began to see the story come together. The si
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Jessica
I received this book for free through BookLikes’ Giveaways.

I give this book 4.5 stars which rounds up to 5.

This was such a unique read. I have never read anything quite like this before. It’s really hard to explain what this book is about, because you kind of have to read it for yourself to find out.

I loved a lot about this book. First there was all the diversity! All the main characters are Latinx. In addition there was also great LGBT rep. All 5 of the girls were bisexual and had a crush on t
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Roshani Chokshi
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.
alice (arctic books)
Y'ALL I'M CRYING THAT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL
Mackenzi
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Maybe my favorite Anna-Marie McLemore book ever? Is that blasphemy? I love this book. It's like magic.
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Anna-Marie McLemore was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and taught by her family to hear la llorona in the Santa Ana winds. Her debut novel THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS was a Junior Library Guild Selection, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults book, and a finalist for the William C. Morris Debut Award. Her second novel, WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS, was longlisted for the National Book Awa ...more
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“This is was what their mothers would say if she and her cousins ever told them the things they folded inside their hearts. Twice as many paths to trouble, their mothers would whisper. As though their daughters loving both men and women meant they wanted all of them in the world. There was no way to tell their mothers the truth and make them believe it, that hearts that loved both boys and girls were no more reckless or easily won than any other heart. 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.” 35 likes
“Even in its first faint traces, love could alter a landscape. It wrote unimagined stories and made the most beautiful, forbidding places.” 34 likes
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