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Wild Beauty

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  7,485 ratings  ·  1,924 reviews
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
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Feiwel Friends
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chai ♡
“Even in its first faint traces, love could alter a landscape. It wrote unimagined stories and made the most beautiful, forbidding places.
Love grew such strange things.”

Wild Beauty is an own-voices novel about queer women of color who love their lovers out of existence and grow flowers that never keep to where their hands put them, and soft boys who appear from nothingness to relearn the letters of their names in an alphabet that's constantly changing. It's about brown-skinned men who are dr

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 b
Elle (ellexamines)
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, t
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
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
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 🖤🐾🐺
There are maybe 15 things I truly love in this life.

This book has four of those things, namely:
- girls
- flowers
- magic
- books with pretty covers

Twenty-six point six repeating is not bad. In fact it's kind of a small miracle.

This book is fun and nice. The writing is pretty. Maybe the relationships are a little flat or annoying, maybe the world itself is kind of nonsense, but I will read about a half-dozen bisexual cousins going to balls and doing flower magic and kissing girls and screwing men ov
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 unapologeti
destiny ♡ howling libraries
"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 lockets. And Estrella had been enough a fool to think
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
3.75 stars
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.
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
may ➹
before: after 2 months of agonizing wait, I’m ready to fall 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!!
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
♛ 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

- The writing is so gorgeous, it was one of the elements of the story that immediately grabbed my attention
- 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!!?
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
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Sonja ✧・゚。★・゚☾
Wild Beauty is legit the prettiest book I own ✨
the book's contents better be just as beautiful as the cover
Irene ➰

“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 al
✨    jami   ✨
“Love grew such strange things.”

Oh this was SO beautiful! I definitely liked it more than When the Moon Was Ours and I liked that book too. This is about five cousins who live in a garden and can create flowers out their hands, which they use to decorate the garden. Their family has lived on the lands for generations - but their family is cursed. When one of them falls in love, their lover disappears. When the five cousins realise they are all in love with the same girl, Bay, they beg the ga
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.

Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
My heart is in full bloom.

"Even in its first faint traces, love could alter a landscape. It wrote unimagined stories and made the most beautiful, forbidding places."

This book offers a dash of magical realism set in the lush gardens of La Pradera, land owned by the Briars and cultivated by generations of Nomeolvides. The Nomeolvides is a family consisting of only women and girls trapped in this place for centuries. Location and period were undisclosed. They have this supernatural ability to grow
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
4.5 stars
“Even in its first faint traces, love could alter a landscape. It wrote unimagined stories and made the most beautiful, forbidding places.
Love grew such beautiful things.”

What a beautifully stunning book that is filled with all manner of flowers, family, and love. So many people have raved about this book and recommended it again and again. I am happy to say that it’s praises are well deserved and everyone should read this wonderous book. Wild Beauty follows Estrella Nomeol
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Wild Beauty, like all of Anna-Marie’s Mclemore’s previous books, is filled to the brim with enchantment and beauty. The story contains all of the elements of a fairy tale: forbidden love, a family curse, an enchanted garden – mixed in with heartfelt exploration of sexuality, gender, and socioeconomic divide. Wild Beauty is a tale to be savoured, especially on warm spring days where fr
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
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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.
Ardent Reader
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a really beautifully written book but in a slow pace.
There were not much happenings in the story which catch the interest.
But the writing, is so lovely that it gave a vivid picture of flowers and gardens.
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Anna-Marie McLemore was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and taught by their family to hear la llorona in the Santa Ana winds. They are the author of THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS, a finalist for the 2016 William C. Morris Debut Award; 2017 Stonewall Honor Book WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature; WILD BEAUTY, a Kirkus Be ...more

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“Even in its first faint traces, love could alter a landscape. It wrote unimagined stories and made the most beautiful, forbidding places.” 64 likes
“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.” 52 likes
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