Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018

Review: Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang



Rating: 5/5 stars

Series: - | Published: November 7th 2017 by St. Martin's Press
Pages: 352 | Format: E-book
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Magical Realism
Status: read from January 3 to January 5, 2018
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I have delivered over a thousand babies in my career, but on in particular stands out in my mind. Weylyn was by all outward appearances a healthy baby boy: eight pounds, two ounces, all the necessary parts accounted for, and a wai that could shatter good china.”


Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance was so interesting and entertaining. It was not what I had expected, but it was nevertheless so great. I like how the story jumps in time, but still has a chronological pace. I loved all the small stories within this novel, and I really liked the main character Weylyn. This book had a sort of "innocent" feeling to it, which I guess had to do with the characters being children for a big part of the story... But also because Weylyn was such genuinely kind and honest person.

I love a magical realism read, and this book really was that. If you enjoy magical realism, fantasy, adult-ish novels, and stand alones; this book is for you!

What is it about?

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. As amazing as these powers may appear, they tend to manifest themselves at inopportune times and places, jeopardizing not only his own life, but the life of Mary, the woman he loves. 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: great storms that evaporate into thin air; fireflies that make phosphorescent honey; 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.

Have you read this book? What did you think? :)

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