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Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance: A Novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2017; vuoden 2018 painos)

– tekijä: Ruth Emmie Lang (Tekijä)

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Stopping a 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.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Ruth Emmie Lang (Tekijä)
Info:St. Martin's Griffin (2018), Edition: Reprint, 368 pages
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I've completely fallen in love with this book. You can read my full review on my WordPress blog, Flora's Musings...

So what’s this book about?
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is a standalone novel (approximately 352 pages) that would sit happily within the literary fiction, urban fantasy and/or magical realism genres and quite possibly the young adult genre too due to the lack of any explicit 18 content.

So, what did I like about it?
As a début author, [a:Ruth Emmie Lang|15231588|Ruth Emmie Lang|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1496251562p2/15231588.jpg] has set the bar high with this novel; I found both her plot involving and her characters engaging (even the ones that were hard to stomach). I liked the way she paced her tale, how she balanced the emotional scenes with more light-hearted/humorous ones and the sprinkling of unexplainable events (magic) that can be found throughout.

I like that [b:Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance|33574161|Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance|Ruth Emmie Lang|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1492871051s/33574161.jpg|50523760] gives us snapshots of Weylyn Grey’s life, from when he was a boy through into adulthood, to his present day existence, however, I never felt lost in the epic timeline as Ms Lang clearly titles each story (book) with when and where the events to follow take place. What I thought was unique, was the fact that we see these events not though Weylyn’s eyes (our main character) but from two “supporting” characters that were there at the time; this also allows us the opportunity to understand how Weylyn impacted their life. But fret not, lovely followers, Ms Lang ensures that we don’t get lost by allowing each character clearly labelled chapters within each story (book) to describe their account.

Oh, and as I’m waxing lyrical about the characters, I also loved the fact that Ms Lang spent as much time crafting her supporting cast as she obviously did for Weylyn. As you can imagine, some characters play bigger parts than others in the overall tale and although we may only get a glimpse into their lives, thoughts, hopes and aspirations, every single one was included to highlight a specific purpose. I embraced the fact that certain scenes really made me stop and think about the way we view and treat others who are different from ourselves in our, so call, civilized society.

[b:Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance|33574161|Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance|Ruth Emmie Lang|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1492871051s/33574161.jpg|50523760] made me both laugh and cry, the gentle mystery of Weylyn’s powers delighted my intellect, the emotional journey pulled my heart strings, I was charmed by Weylyn’s animal companions as well as his innocence and view of the world and I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next to this amazing individual.

So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
Nope, nothing. (Hence the 5 star rating.)

So, basically what I’m saying is...
I fell in love with this novel!

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance had everything that I look for in a 5 star book; intelligent writing style that’s easy to read, main characters with depth of personality that I can like (or love to hate) and believe in, depth of character in the supporting cast, believable background story/setting (even when there’s magic involved) and a balanced mix of relationship – platonic or romance - scenes to scenes with action. I was left utterly charmed wondering where Ms Lang would take us next.

I want you to know that I was lucky enough to be given a digital version of this book for free from the publisher (St Martin’s Press) after making a request via Netgally.com in exchange for an honest review.
The Hardcover and audio CD can be bought from 14th November 2017 I’m unsure when the paperback and digital versions will be available.
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  -Flora- | Nov 8, 2020 |
// Received an advanced reader copy in exchange for a fair review //

THAT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL.

“what happened next wasn’t exactly extraordinary in any way. He simply took my hand in his and we watched the sun melt into the ocean.”

I am going to start with this book being one of the very rare books to catch my attention with the very first sentence.

The writing style of this book was so unique and beautiful without it being too flowery. I loved how each of the chapters were written and I remember thinking of how there could be a book like this in the world. It is exactly my type and my style. and plus, WOLVESSS!! You put wolves in a story and it will always get my attention right away. There is just something so beautiful about wolves that makes them so fun and mesmerising to read about. I find wolves such beautiful animals and I loved being able to read a book that was centered around them in a way.

The relationships of each character and how they were written was my other favorite part of this book. They just seemed so raw and wonderful that it made me love each of them to the bottom of my heart. They were very much explored but not to the point that readers would get bored of it too quickly. The main character was practical and didn’t get me annoyed to the point that I wanted to pull my hair out like a lot of fantasy protagonists with how stupid and impractical they could be at times. Even though I had no idea what was going on sometimes because the world building was a bit off, I still fell in love with the characters despite not being able to fully know who each one of them was yet. I LOVE WENDLYN SOMEONE CAN FIGHT ME ON THIS. And they are so sweet, I cannot.

“You don’t really know whether you’ll make a good parent until you are one.”

Old style references was also something that very much added to the subtle charm of the book, even though this was just pretty obvious in the first part of the story.

When I was reading this book I was literally happy and excited one second and then feeling like my heart was crushed the next moment. I loved everything that the book focuses on. The plot was seriously wonderful and I can say that this is a book that was definitely for me. It was hitting me in all the right spots. With all the supernatural stuff going on everything was still surprisingly relatable for normal people, especially teenagers.

This was a funjurney to be on even though the right was to describe this is a bit moody. Though, there were still light and fun parts to balance everything out.

This book has me amazed.

“i guess i knew less about the universe that i thought i did”

I forgot just how fast books can transport you to a whole different world in a way that nothing else can. And I really felt it in this book. This was such a wonderful fantasy and romantic read that readers should get when they are in the mood for books that will show you the other side of the mundane world and just how extraordinary a normal life could be if you just choose to believe it.

Every thing unfolded so beautifully in the end and I just really have no other adjective to describe it. Beautiful.
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  themoonwholistens | Aug 31, 2020 |
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“I feel like...before, I had one way of looking at things, and now, I have a million possibilities, and I get to choose.”
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Wow that blurb is long.

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance surprised me in some very big ways. I wasn't even planning on reading it. I was out of audiobooks one day and chose one of the first fantasy books I found in the library. I wasn't even planning on reviewing it. Yet I absolutely loved this book and by the end I just had to share because I have never seen this book brought up by anyone before.

It has been many years since I have seen the movie Big Fish, but that is what this book reminded me of the most. Only, instead of a normal guy wandering into a world that is slightly fantastical, Weylyn Grey is the fantastical thing that wanders into the lives of other people. Even more weirdly, Weylyn Grey is the main character of the book, but none of the book is from his perspective. All of it is told from the perspective of those who knew him through his long life and how they have changed for knowing him.

And this is about Weylyn Grey's life. We start the book when he is but a child and he grows up within these pages. We meet him through Mary, also a child, when he is living with wolves after he was orphaned. We watch him find his first real home with Lydia Kramer, and we see him through the eyes of his teacher Mrs Lowry. We see him as he struggles to be a supernatural adult in a natural adult world through others who know him. And we see him through the eyes of a small child as he is an old man.

I just loved the feel of the book. I so dearly loved the way Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstances handed the magical aspects of the book. How he didn't know what he was doing, how he couldn't control it. How he makes excuses for what is happening until he can't any longer. And there are real consequences to being able to use this magical ability Weylyn has - it isn't all fun and games.

It is a pretty simple book, but it doesn't feel simple while you're reading it. It has this feel of whimsy while being surprisingly depressing. I didn't expect this when I started the book in any way. The prose is really light and airy, and it makes it feel like everything is going to be okay. It makes the depressing seem like a happy thing. I seriously loved this book. It was Ruth Emmie Lang's debut and I can't wait to see what else she has in store for the world.

I should also note that the audiobook is just as lovely as the book itself, too. ( )
  keikii | Jan 24, 2020 |
This is very sweet and feel-good. Even though there are many characters of very different ages, it feels like a young adult coming of age story. It even kind of feels like books I read as a tween and teen, probably because the author is my age and parts of the story take place close to the years of my youth. I also appreciate the book's depiction of adults and their lives. People's lives don't all follow the same trajectory. And adults are just older versions of who they were when they were kids. ( )
  xiaomarlo | Apr 17, 2019 |
"Weylyn is a mystery to me. A strange, intriguing, oddly charming mystery ..."

I couldn't help but get pulled in to Weylyn's character. Somehow he just captures and touches people wherever he goes. He's innocent and unique but also interesting and charming. I also love Merlin the pig lol! The story is magical, whimsical, adventurous, and captivating. I was completely engrossed in this book. I was sad to see it end. I highly recommend this book. I hope that the author will write more in this genre. ( )
  Headinherbooks_27 | Jan 28, 2019 |
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Stopping a 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.

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