Hello there my little loves!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Today’s post is another read five, buy one update. This one will be a little different, and super link heavy, as I’ve actually written full spoiler free reviews for four of the five books I mention below.
I will say, that as I am writing this post (the day before it goes live), I have read many more than the books listed below, and bought more too, I didn’t want to spam you with loads of those posts though! Maybe I’ll try a new tact in the New Year, what do you think?
Books I’ve Read
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang
This was one of the picks that my buddy reading group and I had picked (I was my turn to chose this time, and I’m so glad everyone liked it!). I’m going to add the synopsis of the book in here because I am planning on writing a full length review for this one. I’m the mean time, this explains the book much better than I ever could:
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 realised 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.
Book I Bought
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell
In the middle of tending to the everyday business at her vintage clothing shop and sidestepping her married boyfriend’s attempts at commitment, Iris Lockhart receives a stunning phone call: Her great-aunt Esme, whom she never knew existed, is being released from Cauldstone Hospital – where she has been locked away for over sixty years. Iris’s grandmother Kitty always claimed to be an only child. But Esme’s papers prove she is Kitty’s sister, and Iris can see the shadow of her dead father in Esme’s face. Esme has been labeled harmless – sane enough to coexist with the rest of the world. But Esme’s still basically a stranger, a family member never mentioned by the family, and one who is sure to bring life-altering secrets with her when she leaves the ward. If Iris takes her in, what dangerous truths might she inherit?
And there we have it! My latest Read Five, Buy One Update. Have you read any of these books? I’d love to know!
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