Anna-Marie McLemore is one of my favorite people. She’s a Queer Latina who writes enchanting Young Adult Magical Realism stories that feature POC & Queer characters.
I had the privilege of receiving an ARC of her upcoming novel, Wild Beauty, releasing in October. Today, I’m going to be sharing 5 reasons as why you need this book on your TBR. Plus, there’s an International Giveaway for an ARC of Wild Beauty!!!!!!
Wild Beauty focuses on the Nomeolvides who are a multi generational family of Queer Latina women. And yes, their huge family is solely made up of Queer women who identify in different ways!
The main character, Estrella, and her cousins are all bisexual. While the label is never used, it is clear that they are all bisexual (you can read about why Anna-Marie doesn’t use labels in her novels here). The girls are explicitly described as liking more than one gender. I’ve never read a book with as much bisexual representation as Wild Beauty. Reading about bisexuality being normalized like was immeasurable to me. I am so excited that other young readers will be able to have a book like this in their hands.
Plus, there’s genderqueer & gay representation. Again, labels aren’t used in the books but it’s clear how each character identifies. Anna-Marie talks about Bay being genderqueer specifically in the author’s notes of Wild Beauty.
The Multi Generational Family Relationships
One of the things that makes Wild Beauty so remarkable is that it focuses on a Multi Generational Family. Wild Beauty is the first Young Adult book I’ve read that features a Multi Generational Family!
It was so cool to see all the relationships between family members, especially the relationships of the 5 younger cousins. There’s a curse that binds the family together and ensures that when they fall in love, the person vanishes. It’s fascinating to see how they navigate that and the problems happened for the older generation because of it.
The Lush Gardens & Lore
Wild Beauty is the reason why I went on a gardening kick the week after I read it. The Nomeolvides women have a magical talent for gardening. Estrella accidentally causes starflowers to grow around her room. Also, the most important scenes in the book happen in the garden & it made it that much more magical.
I won’t be going to much into the Lore of Wild Beauty because that would mean spoilers, but I was blown away. La Pradera, the garden the Nomeolvides tend, has a dark history. Estrella has to discover why the land is the way it is & the history of her family in order to save the boy she loves from vanishing. It was a great, heartbreaking journey. The reasons behind everything were fascinating.
The Magical Writing
If you have not read a book by Anna-Marie before, be prepared to be enthralled.
For those of you who know me, you’ll know that I’m not the biggest fan of purple prose. Purple prose makes it very difficult for me to read books. Typically, I cannot focus with all the extra, indirect explanation of things. Anna-Marie’s books are what showed me that I could love purple prose. She does it splendidly in both When the Moon Was Ours and in Wild Beauty. Fans of purple prose MUST add this to their TBRs.
The Gorgeous, Flowery Cover
Before you get all up on me, I know, I know. Don’t judge a book by its cover and all that.
However, YOU SHOULD TOTALLY JUDGE THIS BOOK BY ITS COVER. Wild Beauty is more than worth the cover buy. If you are considering reading it just because you want to place this book on your shelf, do it. Please, for the love of all things holy do it.
Title: Wild Beauty
Author: Anna-Marie McLemore
Release Date: October 3rd 2017
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Magical Realism
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.
And, of course, the part you’ve all been waiting for: the giveaway.
My giveaway is open International. One person will win an ARC of Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore.
- I maintain the right to end/suspend the giveaway at any time, without choosing a winner.
- I am not accountable for what happens to the package once I ship it out. USPS can be evil. I can’t control what happens to the package once it safely leaves my hands. Although, I wish I could.
- Incomplete entries or ones that have not provided the correct information will be disqualified.
- If one of the means of entry is following me on Twitter/Instagram/ or on my Blog, you may not use a Giveaway account. If you do, all your entries will be disqualified.
- The winner will be contacted either through WordPress or Email. If they do not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be selected.
Ends 9/17. Good Luck!