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Book Review of Wild Beauty: Flowers, Friendship, Love, Greed and a tragic legacy.

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Ayah (Basic Keywords and intro)

  • Own Voices: Queer Latinx Women
  • YA Fantasy Novel
  • Third person Omniscient Narration + Dual POV
  • La Pradera is a magical garden that the Nomeolvides women curate.
  • Those women are a generation of 5 girls, and their mothers, and their Grandmas.
  • La Pradera is a cursed land that vanishes any person who is truly loved by any of the Nomeolvides girls.
  • The five girls are: Estrella, Calla, Gloria, Azalea, and Dalia.
  • They are all in love with the same girl, Bay.
  • For the 1st time ever, the La Pradera gifts the young girls a boy.
  • The land that takes, gave back a boy who remembers nothing about his past.
  • A boy who could vanish again if one of the girls falls in love him.

“This was the heart of being a Nomeolvides girl. The more she loved a boy, the more reasons there were not to touch him.”

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Ayah(Points to address)

  • The writing style was everything! Beautiful, Breathtaking, and all of the synonyms that go with those 2 words.
  • I believe that Anna-Marie did a brilliant job with how she connected the beautiful, whimsical aspects of life with the brutally blunt reality of the world that we live in. 
  • And that is what makes Wild Beauty so magical.

“Never underestimate what the ground under your feet knows, what it can do. What it can give you and what it can steal.”

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Things I liked

  • A lyrical and beautiful writing style.
  • A unique take on Magical Realism.
  • FLOWERS!!! I can’t believe that I’ve read and loved an entire book about flowers.
  • Being torn apart when it came to deciding what I liked the most .
  • Is it the melodious writing style, the spellbinding storyline, or the captivating traits of every single character.
  • Addressing  the exploitation of child labor, the bigotry towards immigrants, and racism.

“You’d be amazed how no one looks past that. Most of the time, people don’t look past what they think they know.”

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Things I didn't liked

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I received an eARC in exchange with an honest review

6434877.jpgAbout the Author:

Anna-Marie McLemore was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, raised in the same town as the world’s largest wisteria vine, 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 Award in Young People’s Literature, and was a 2017 Stonewall Honor Book. Her third novel, WILD BEAUTY (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan) will be released on October 3, 2017.

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