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Wild Beauty

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Lush, lyrical magical realism tale of love and family curse.

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A gorgeously written tale of family curses, feminism, and true love, this is an ideal choice for fans of magical realism and romance. Estrella and her cousins are stuck in their ancestral home, tending a sunken garden and making sure they don't fall in love -- lest that person disappear forever. The cousins are fiercely protective of one another, and it's clear they struggle with their individual desires and what they believe is best for their whole family. Estrella's growing connection with Fel, the mystery man who comes out of the enchanted earth, is a beautifully slow-burning love story of shared secrets and small moments so tender they'll make some readers cry.

McLemore's books aren't easy page-turners, because they demand to be savored and enjoyed. The language is so rich and lyrical, you need time to process the words, not just speed-read to find out what happens. Reid is a compelling nemesis -- greedy and uninterested in the Nomeolvides women as anything but servants or playthings he can use, whereas Bay (a "bastard Briar") deeply loves and understands them. But Wild Beauty isn't the Briars' story, it's a Nomeolvides tale, and like their name, it's not one you shall forget.

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