Review | find magic in the ordinary | Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

“what happened next wasn’t exactly extraordinary in any way. He simply took my hand in his and we watched the sun melt into the ocean.”

 

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“Exquisite and adventurous” —Bustle, “11 New Fiction Books You Need”

“Told with brains and heart” —Michelle Gable, New York Times bestselling author of A Paris Apartment

“Bristles with charm and curiosity” —Winston Groom, New York Times bestselling author of Forrest Gump

“A wholly original and superbly crafted work of art, Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is a masterpiece of the imagination.” —Lori Nelson Spielman, New York Times bestselling author of The Life List and Sweet Forgiveness

“Charlotte’s Web for grown-ups who, like Weylyn Grey, have their own stories of being different, feared, brave, and loved.” —Mo Daviau, author of Every Anxious Wave

S Y N O P S I S

Finding magic in the ordinary.

In this warm debut novel, Ruth Emmie Lang teaches us about adventure and love in a beautifully written story full of nature and wonder.

Orphaned, raised by wolves, and the proud owner of a horned pig named Merlin, Weylyn Grey knew he wasn’t like other people. But when he single-handedly stopped that tornado on a stormy Christmas day in Oklahoma, he realized just how different he actually was.

That tornado was the first of many strange events that seem to follow Weylyn from town to town, although he doesn’t like to take credit. As amazing as these powers may appear, they tend to manifest themselves at inopportune times and places. From freak storms to trees that appear to grow over night, Weylyn’s unique abilities are a curiosity at best and at worst, a danger to himself and the woman he loves. But Mary doesn’t care. Since Weylyn saved her from an angry wolf on her eleventh birthday, she’s known that a relationship with him isn’t without its risks, but as anyone who’s met Weylyn will tell you, once he wanders into your life, you’ll wish he’d never leave.

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance tells the story of Weylyn Grey’s life from the perspectives of the people who knew him, loved him, and even a few who thought he was just plain weird. Although he doesn’t stay in any of their lives for long, he leaves each of them with a story to tell. Stories about a boy who lives with wolves, great storms that evaporate into thin air, fireflies that make phosphorescent honey, and a house filled with spider webs and the strange man who inhabits it.

There is one story, however, that Weylyn wishes he could change: his own. But first he has to muster enough courage to knock on Mary’s front door.

 

Edition: Hardcover

Publishing Date: November 14, 2017

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Fantasy, Magical Realism, Fiction, Sci Fi, Adult, Romance

ISBN: 1250112044 (ISBN13: 9781250112040)

Goodreads Rating: 4.26

My Rating: 4.30

★★★★☆

R E V I E W

THAT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL.

I am going to start with this book being one of the very rare books to catch my attention with the very first sentence.

 

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~ The writing style of this book was so unique and beautiful without it being too flowery. I loved how each of the chapters were written and I remember thinking of how there could be a book like this in the world. It is exactly my type and my style. and plus, WOLVESSS!! You put wolves in a story and it will instantly get my attention right away. There is just something so beautiful about wolves that makes them so enchanting, mysterious and mesmerising all at the same time.

 

I find wolves such beautiful animals and I loved being able to read a book that was centered around them in a way.

 

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~ The relationships of each character and how they were written was my other favorite part of this book. They just seemed so raw and wonderful that it made me love each of them to the bottom of my heart. They were very much explored but not to the point that readers would get bored of it too quickly. The main character was practical and didn’t get me annoyed to the point that I wanted to pull my hair out like a lot of fantasy protagonists with how stupid and impractical they could be at times.

 

Even though I had no idea what was going on sometimes because the world building was a bit off, I still fell in love with the characters despite not being able to fully know who each one of them was yet. I LOVE WENDLYN SOMEONE CAN FIGHT ME ON THIS. And they are so sweet, I cannot.

 

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“You don’t really know whether you’ll make a good parent until you are one.”

 

~ Old style references was also something that very much added to the subtle charm of the book, even though this was just pretty obvious in the first part of the story.

 

When I was reading this book I was literally happy and excited one second and then feeling like my heart was crushed the next moment. I loved everything that the book focuses on. The plot was seriously wonderful and I can say that this is a book that was definitely for me. It was hitting me in all the right spots. With all the supernatural stuff going on everything was still surprisingly relatable for normal people, especially teenagers.

 

This was a fun journey to be on even if the journey had moody parts. Though, there were still light and fun parts to balance everything out.

 

This book has me amazed.

 

 

“I guess I knew less about the universe that I thought I did”

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I forgot just how fast books can transport you to a whole different world in a way that nothing else can. And I really felt it in this book. This was such a wonderful fantasy and romantic read that readers should get when they are in the mood for books that will show you the other side of the mundane world and just how extraordinary a normal life could be if you just choose to believe it.

 

Every thing unfolded so beautifully in the end and I just really have no other adjective to describe it. Beautiful.

 

A STANDALONE BOOK

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