Goodreads Summary: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 Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.
Disclaimer:I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
My Rating:4.5/5 stars
The minute I read the first sentence of this wonderful book I knew that I was going to love it. Anna-Marie Mclemore’s writing has a way of grabbing you in and not letting go until the very end. I never really understand what people meant when they said “lyrical writing” but after reading Wild Beauty, I totally get it and want to wrap myself with her beautiful words.
While I was very intrigued from page one, I was still a little apprehensive and wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into. Wild Beauty is a very different book, and I can safely say that I’ve never read anything like that. Reading it make me weird and in the best way. There’s this very beautiful magical air to it that when you leave the book stays to you. The setting almost seems suspended and you can’t really attach a time period to it which makes it all the more amazing. If you could bottle the way you feel while reading this book, it will sell for millions.
The characters of the novels make everything else pale in comparison as they’re all so wonderful. Everything single one of the Nomeolvides are beautiful and you just want to protect them at all cost. I loved the focus on family and loved seeing how the cousins interacted with one another.
One of the many amazing things about this book is how diverse it is, low-key like all the cousins are bi and it’s just so natural and unquestioned and it’s just so beautiful. There’s so many relatable lines that just made me want to scream yeah. There’s also a genderqueer character which is just A+. Though none of these labels are explicitly used it’s pretty clear and just so wonderfully amazing.
Seriously when this book comes out, you need to buy it. You won’t regret it.