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It’s really hard to describe this book. BEASTS OF EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES was such an amazing read. The characters are well fleshed out and so easy to love. The story contains magical realism and a boy raised by wolves.

Weylyn Grey is anything but normal. Being orphaned at a young age he wanders into the woods and is raised by wolves. That alone would make this a great story, but that is only the beginning because Weylyn can also effect the weather. He uses all the money his family left him to buy meat for his wolf family from a local butcher. There he meets Mary, the butcher’s daughter, and she runs away with him. She doesn’t stay there long before returning home. There begins the quest for Weylyn to be with Mary again, and Mary’s quest to live a life close to what she and Weylyn had for that short time in the woods.

This story is so well told in lyrical but follow-able prose. The story is told in first person and starts off childish, but the characters grow and become more mature, and so does the writing. This story doesn’t tell the whole story of Weylyn’s life as we have time jumps, but it does tell us all the important parts. This book really explores what it means to life a full life while learning to trust yourself. Weylyn is very sweet and so innocent. Behind his innocence is a power he thinks will hurt or save those around him. Weylyn enters people’s lives and changes their view of the world.

We get a lot of perspectives from people around Weylyn, as he affects everyone he meets in one way or another. His adoptive family struggles as they come to terms with what Weylyn is capable of. His adopted sister, Lydia, understands and trusts him as he showed her the faults in his power. Mary loves everything about it, but her she doesn’t understand his magic. His employer sees a vulnerable guy who just needs a friend. What Weylyn really needs is to learn to trust in himself. His powers make him an outcast and it weighs heavy on him.

Under every magical scene in this story is really sweet love story. When I found out this was the author’s debut book I was blown away. I did have small issues with the story, and they mostly have to do with time jumps and new characters being introduced. I did enjoy this read a whole lot though. The story is multifaceted and full of wonder. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy a fantastical love story.

My Rating

Review: BEASTS OF EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES by Ruth Emmie LongBeasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang
Published by St. Martin's Press on November 7th 2017
Pages: 352
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary, Paranormal, Magical Realism
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"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
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.

About Ruth Emmie Lang

Ruth Emmie Lang was born in Glasgow, Scotland and has the red hair to prove it. When she was four years old, she immigrated to Ohio where she has lived for the last 27 years. She has since lost her Scottish accent, but still has the hair.

Ruth currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and dreams of someday owning a little house in the woods where she can write more books. Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is her first novel.

I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.

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  1. Di @ Book Reviews by Di October 19, 2017 at 9:35 am - Reply

    Magical realism, a boy raised by wolves, well fleshed out easy to love characters? I’m basically sold on your first paragraph! This one is headed for my TBR. Lovely review!
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  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
    October 19, 2017 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    You’ve definitely caught my attention! I love lyrical prose when the author can weave a story out of it and this sounds like some seriously magical magical realism! The negatives sound on the small side and definitely don’t sound like they impacted your enjoyment. Plus the cover is gorgeous! I’m adding this to my TBR.
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  3. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity October 22, 2017 at 9:45 am - Reply

    This sounds like such a charming and magical read. I hadn’t heard of it and I might not buy it but I definitely hope to get a copy from the library. I can put up with some time jumps and minor issues like that when it comes to a magical story like this one. I may not have heard of this book before but it’s definitely on my TBR now.
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    • Karen Blue
      October 22, 2017 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      It is an amazing story! I can;t wait to read your review of this book Becky. I know you are going to love it. Thanks for checking out my review!

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