The Virus of Beauty
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
It is a novel's prose that attracts me. ...more
Hywel was a scumbag. He let his family be torn apart because of his ambition and ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
So, about the book…
The slow build allows the reader to gradually settle into the story, shifting from a natural skepticism (about the characte ...more
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 ...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 ...more
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 ...more
Through the aura test performed by the witch Ermentrude to Wilf, they were able to discover and verified the strength of Wilf’s ma ...more
To me, this book was ...more
Learning that his stepmother Griselda is infected by the virus, he decided to ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more