Let me preface this by saying that I rarely read (or like) magical realism. I’m a pretty black and white reader and I’d rather have something be completely fantastical or completely true to life. That being said, I’ve read a handful of brilliant magical realism books this year, and Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is one of them.
The story is magical. The writing is beautiful. And it made me smile the entire time.
[MINOR SPOILERS BELOW]
“Beasts” is the story of Weylyn Grey, told through the eyes of people who have encountered him throughout his entire life. After his parents die in a freak storm, Weylyn is brought up by a pack of wolves in Michigan. There in the woods, he befriends Mary, the daughter of the local butcher. There his adventure really picks up as Weylyn moves throughout the United States and comes to term with his mysterious gifts.
The relationship of Weylyn and Mary had my little heart bouncing with happiness. Their story and THAT ENDING was perfect and oh wow. The romantic in me was completely in love.
If you are (were) wary like me, trust me—take a chance and put this on your list.
5 / 5 stars and one of my favorite reads from 2017 so far. I will definitely be picking up whatever Lang comes out with next.
Thank you St. Martin’s Press for my ARC. Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is available now.
“Beasts” was also a Book of the Month pick for October (early release for members). Add it to your box for December!