Review: Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
Genre: YA Fantasy, Magical Realism, LGBTQ
Publication: October 3rd 2017 by Feiwel & Friends
Series: n/a
Length: 320 pages
Format: ARC from publisher (thank you!)

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 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.


“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.”

Nothing I say can do this novel justice. This was (surprisingly) my first Anna-Marie McLemore novel despite the fact that I own her first two books (oops) and it goes without saying that she’s made her mark on my list of auto-buy authors. I’m absolutely in love with WILD BEAUTY; you absolutely cannot miss this one.

WILD BEAUTY follows the Nomeolvides women, who have magical abilities to grow flowers from their hands. God, each of these women were so amazing, and the bisexual representation was unbelievable. I fall more and more in love with these ladies every time I think of them. Then, Fel appears in the gardens with no memory of who he is at all and Nomeolvides women discover the truth about their estate and estate.

This novel twists an element of mystery from the Briars and the Nomeolvides garden into the plot, which surprised me, but I can’t complain at all. There’s just the way that McLemore weaves such prominent visual imagery into every word she writes that makes this whole novel feel so magical.

This book is filled with love and gardens, magic and flowers. There’s kissing and mysteries, and bisexual girls and beautiful familial bonds. My bi ass is completely enamored with this enchanting novel, and I cannot wait for all of you to read this. Anna-Marie McLemore’s words are worthy of my tears, and I’m completely swept off my feet. You absolutely need to read this enchanting, magical realism book.

Huge thanks to Fierce Reads for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Quotes in the ARC are subject to change in the final copy.


alice name.pngAlice is an 18 year old college student who loves the oxford comma, television shows, and the company of dogs. She finds writing in the third person odd yet enjoyable. You can find her scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, and forever organizing her shelves on Goodreads.


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