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The Virus of Beauty

4.59  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  114 reviews
Wilf Gilvary is a teenage wizard who is terrified of using magic. When his father dies under mysterious circumstances, Wilf is plunged into the middle of a political struggle between the witches and wizards in the magical realm. He'd rather play soccer than practice magic, but he's forced to make a choice between the life of a normal teen and one of wizardry after a powerf ...more
Paperback, First edition, 240 pages
Published July 31st 2019 by Austin Macauley
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Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great YA book. Witches and wizards get a modern day spin in a dystopian setting.
Reyna Gentin
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This debut novel by CB Lyall is extremely imaginative and deftly written. As "magical" as the characters are, we still relate to their very human fears and hopes as we follow their journey. I'm already waiting for the next installment! ...more
jeannie h;
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved C B Lyall's first installment of the Wilf Gilvary trilogy, The Virus of Beauty, and can't wait for her next book! The magical realm of Kuryemage and Mathowytch, where wizards and witches practice their craft is artfully created by the author and draws the reader into this fantastic world. Wilf is a wizard and 16 year old soccer star, who never dreamed he would have the responsibility to discover the solution for the mysterious virus destroying the witches’ magical powers. The cure is loc ...more
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed C.B. Lyall's fantasy, THE VIRUS OF BEAUTY! The novel revolves around Wilf Gilvary, a teenage wizard who far prefers playing soccer in the real world to exploring his magical powers. But the unexpected death of his father -- along with a mysterious journal that falls into his hands -- forces Wilf to acknowledge his heritage and struggle with questions of destiny. So it's a delightful coming-of-age novel -- but it's also so much more. As Wilf and the reader discover, the magic ...more
Kimberly L
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great read! This book starts out by telling the tale of Wilf, a soccer playing wizard who rejects his magical powers, that then turns into a breathtaking story about modern equality in a fantasy world. The book is filled with intrigue with a mystery to solve, but beware it does end on a cliffhanger!

I don't want to spoil the book further so I'll leave this review by saying it's fit for all ages and genders - and would especially make a great bedtime story. I can't wait for the second book
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A book fit for the modern age, with powerful and empowering women leading the charge in this adventure for equality and unity.

The book is centered around a coming of age character named Wilf who explores his magical abilities and is pulled into the centre of a conflict between a divided magical society.

I personally could not put this book down until I had finished reading the whole thing, which was a first for me! I would highly recommend this book for Young Adults and Adults the same.

Cannot wai
Lori Cox
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This is a great story for those YAs who enjoy reading of wizards and witches. It was an imaginative concept to have a virus that turns ugly witches into gorgeous women-much to their horror. I did get hung up on a few British words-kits, trainers, etc. but am really looking forward to book 2 and 3 by this new author.
Deborah Collins
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was gorgeous. Every word was an indulgence along the same lines as chocolate. And like chocolate, I wanted to savor it and gobble it up at the same time. I knew from the first page that The Virus of Beauty was something special. Something completely different than other books I have read, and that knowledge only intensified as I continued to read. The writing was completely incredible. I was a little awestruck. C.B Lyall has an amazing gift, and I hope that she continues to share it fo ...more
James Williams
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book. It is well-written, and it unfolded beautifully in my mind. You will truly forget you’re reading and become captivated in the world Lyall builds.

There are many characters in The Virus of Beauty, all of which I think are well-rounded. Even those that are not the main focus still have their own story, and you feel they are all central to Wilf's life. Although none of the characters are particularly 'dangerous', there is a darkness about the Wizard Council and Witch Coun
Aileen Kerr
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What do you say about a book that is completely and thoroughly enjoyable? I didn’t want it to end, but I couldn’t wait to get to the end so I could find out what happened.

Well, this book was an amazing novel which I will not forget for a long time.

At first, The Virus of Beauty wasn't at all appealing to me. I mean, come on, what's up with the cover? So, it stayed on my to-read list for about a week until my curiosity got the better of me. And so, it came as a shocker to me when I find out how am
Nyla Christensen
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must-read.

If you are looking for a book to get lost in, The Virus of Beauty is it! The characters kept popping into my head during the day, and I couldn't wait for my nighttime reading. This book will result in late nights and lack of sleep! So worth it. The characters were well developed, and although I am by no means a part of the young adult audience, I found them to be age-appropriate yet mature. Wilf could be a worthy heroine for boys. Not once did I roll my eyes at their sil
Jason Anderson
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Isn't the cover on this book fantastic?

There's been a lot of hype surrounding The Virus of Beauty from the beginning. Rest assured that all that hype is deserved. I loved this book. I adored this book! I think I'm a little hard to please when it comes to paranormal books, so that means a lot coming from me.

Beyond the main characters, the secondary characters were thoroughly enjoyable. The bad guys were bad, and the good guys were...sort of bad too. In fact, there were lots of ambiguous individua
Ruth Turner
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
C.B Lyall's debut novel is an extremely original tale. She crafted potent and engaging lore, and I commend her for it.

This Virus of Beauty is a beautiful tale and full of so much human emotion. Lyall presents us with a daring first novel, and I'm excited to see more from her in the future. The Virus of Beauty is a mixture of historical fiction and paranormal myth. Lyall weaves these two things together in a way that makes you sink into the world and see it the way that her characters see it.

Ronald Clark
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I long deliberated about whether to review this or not. Sometimes you read something that resonates with you to such a degree, with such intensity that it feels as though you could never do it justice by reviewing it. That it may be impossible to articulate the reasons why you loved this book and why other people should try it out. But since I like doing impossible things, I am going to try. No matter how lavishly I praise this book, it deserves a lot more.

It is a novel's prose that attracts me.
Steven Rodriguez
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hywel Wakefield was the first wizard to appear whom I did not like at all. I hated his character; I did not like how he treated Myra like a piece of trash (and I hated Myra also for letting him do that to her). She worked for him. She watched Wilf for him. She was a spy! Any admiration I felt toward her as a concerned stepsister vanished, and my respect for her disappeared like how he made his stepfather disappears.

Hywel was a scumbag. He let his family be torn apart because of his ambition and
Thomas Lewis
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Virus of Beauty was strangely intriguing. The writing was kind of unusual. At first, I wasn’t so sure how I liked it, but then it started to grow on me, and I found I was eagerly devouring every precious word, and appreciating this rather unique, strange, simplistic prose.

I can't quite see why some people don't like this. It requires thought, patience, and a willingness to tread out new brain paths. Wilf isn't an easy protagonist, and he isn't reliable either, as he constantly tells us his t
William Lee
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sometimes life lets you experience what you hate the most. Sometimes it will bring you to places you never intend to go to. Sometimes it will teach to suck up whatever it brings to your door, and you have no choice but to deal with it and never run away from it. Most of the time, life never works the way we want it.

Wilf is not much from to our life experiences. Life let him experience what he hated the most, he went to places he never intended to go, and worst he ate his own puke when he accepte
Noah Johnson
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am not generally a fan of series because I usually find either the first book is clumsy in establishing the characters and plot and never gets into any real action or the subsequent books don't build well off the first one. However, I got an offer for this book free from my best friend. I needed some good mindless escape literature, so I figured why not.

So, about the book…

The slow build allows the reader to gradually settle into the story, shifting from a natural skepticism (about the characte
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book and didn't think much of it at first, but needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised. This is one of those rare books that I couldn't put down. There is no testing of waters as you are plunged headfirst into a riveting world of friendship, magic, and adventure.

One of the best things about the novel is the complexity of the characters - you come to love them while watching them struggle to find their selves. You laugh when they laugh. You cry when they cry. You become immerse
Faith McNeil
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is intriguing and an interesting book to read, that kept me hooked to find out more.

That being said, I've found a new YA paranormal series that I'm addicted to! The Virus of Beauty, the first book of C.B Lyall in the Wilf Gilvary series, was the perfect launching pad into a world full of magic, intrigue, mystery, and even suspense.

There were many times that you would find something out that had me with my mouth open and connecting all the dots in my head. I won't go into details about
Emmalee Cross
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I can't believe it’s over. I feel like I've been in Iove with C.B Lyall's The Virus of Beauty my entire life. This story, this world, these characters, have brought me so much unconditional happiness, and I truly am not ready to say goodbye, but l do think this was a perfect ending.

The pacing is incredibly fast, heart-throbbing, head spinning, surprising, twisty, making you question who you are, what's your name, who's your president (okay, never mind, pretend you never read this), after a litt
Betty Nelson
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
There are a lot of events that left me in awe as I read this book. One specific scene was when Wilf involuntarily underwent an aura test. Like him, I was curious about what kind of test it was. The only test I know is paper and pencil test or medical test. Ermentrude’s unannounced arrival in his family gift store signaled one of the shocking revelations in the story.

Through the aura test performed by the witch Ermentrude to Wilf, they were able to discover and verified the strength of Wilf’s ma
Helen Carter
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A lyrical and utterly gorgeous novel full of magic and intriguing family relationships, set in a fascinating world that's half history, half fantasy, and entirely wondrous. It's amazing. I was mesmerized by this book from the beginning. It features a highly competent, independent, and multi-layered protagonist, a swoon-worthy love interest, breathtaking mythology and background history, outstanding world-building, wonderful magic, intense relationships, and gorgeous writing.

To me, this book was
Sandra Mitchell
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Coming from a line of wizards, Wilf is set to take on a journey of exploring the magical realm. At first, he was so against the idea of going to the world of magic and accepting his call as a wizard. But when Ermentrude appeared in their family-owned gift store to get Reginald’s journal, everything turned upside down. She convinced Wilf to change his adamant decision on never to use magic, much more becoming a wizard.

Learning that his stepmother Griselda is infected by the virus, he decided to
Donna Perez
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, reading this book was like looking through a kaleidoscope. Beautiful and raw in a way that feels unreal, but it is real. It's real and glorious, and it changes the way you see things.

So, I'm telling you, give this book a chance. Know what you're getting into, and pick it up, and try it.

It was a clash of genres, and for once, I loved it. Most authors try to heighten empathy from the audience (or so I should hope), and honestly, the best way to do so is through realism. No matter how unr
Sharon Phillips
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The confrontation between Myra and Ermentrude is one of my favorite scenes in the story. The Virus of Beauty is an action-packed novel of witches and wizards battling against one another. They fight for what they believe in. They struggle to prove their point, to make known to others that they fight for the right things.

Two witches fight against each other is not pleasant news to the city of Mathowytch. Witches should be united, and collaborate, to confront the wizards of Kureyamage. For them,
Michelle Campbell
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This may be one of the most challenging reviews I've ever had the joy of writing because this book is so wonderfully unique and cleverly written that it's nearly impossible to put into words why it's so unique and clever. It's one of those "you must trust me and read it for yourself" books to truly understand the complexity of this story.

Everything about this book is unique - its characters, its plot, its atmosphere. Although it seems like another paranormal story, it is so much more. It is thou
Eduardo Patel
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I will never write a book as good as this.

This was a book that I was highly anticipating even before I knew what it was about. I loved the title and couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I finally got my copy. I devoured it in about a day and absolutely loved it.

The Virus of Beauty was an exciting read with a mystery involved. It also had wonderful witches and wizards. Lyall has created a fun, and vibrant world. The twists and turns of the story will keep you turning the page. There was a bit of
Winston Russel
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. It is a bit of an easy read, but well worth it. I felt as though the author had taken some of my favorite young adult books and blended them into one solid story.

One thing this book is good about is it continues on and never gives long, unneeded rambling passages or info dumps. It's not stagnant in any way, and the pace has a nice flow. I love this because I hate massive info dumps when information is given in a way that it's not overloading.

Wilf is the perfect her
Wilson Foster
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book except the pacing. It bugged the heck out of me. Sometimes books start slow, and then they hit a point where the action and suspense heat up and carry you through the rest of the story. That was not the case with The Virus of Beauty.

I was interested in the beginning, but it took some time for me to get hooked. I finally got to the “hooked” part, eagerly expecting a thrilling ride; however, I feel this book was hot-n-cold when it came to the pacing. I’d get hoo
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C. B. Lyall was born in Stockton-On-Tees, United Kingdom. As a child growing up in Northern England in the sixties C. B. Lyall loved sports, reading and amateur dramatics. She joined a renaissance group, practiced the broadsword and dreamed of visiting other worlds.
At the age of 18, she took a role as typist for a nursing school in Middlesbrough. She then moved to London and enrolled in night sch

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