Review: Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Brief synopsis

The Nomeolvides women (grandmothers, mothers, and daughters) are able to grow flowers from their fingertips and make the men they love disappear. All of this changes when a boy appears from the ground, and a member of the Briar family arrives with no warning. The story is full of magic and women and mystery and is a book I want to live in. 

Characters

The characters are amazing. The grandmothers (Flor, Magnolia, Liria, Lila, and Mimosa), the aunts (Hortensia, Iris, Jacinta, and Azucena) and daughters (Estrella, Gloria, Dalia, Calla, and Azalea) are strong women who have kept the Nomeolvides family strong and I am just glad to see a matriarchal family in a book as it is something rare to see. The family may be a family, but McLemore has made each and every character individual which gives me future hope for female characters. I especially like how they all produce different flowers depending on their names and it just adds even more mystery to La Pradera. 

Bay. My little queer bean. This book oozes queer representation. Both lesbian, gay, bisexual and pansexual and I am ready for more books like this. To me, Bay is an androgynous (maybe trans?) female who looks badass in a dress and in a suit. I adore her so much and I need a friend like Bay in my life. Bay handles everything so well, especially when she nearly lost it all due to the mystery family member. I just want a book entirely of Bay. 

Fel. I have so many feelings about Fel that I don’t really know how to write about them coherently. Fel is deep and brave and strong and just everything I look for in a male character. But he isn’t one of the major characters (at least to me) and I thought it was quite special, as a queer female, to see the characters who represent me being the main characters. 

Representation

Oh god, what doesn’t this book represent? It screams Mexican/Spanish representation. And black representation (highlighting racial issues regarding white people treating black people like s**t but I’d like to know what people of colour think?). And class issues and the differences in how rich and poor people view clothes and food. And I want to scream from the trees about the LGBTQIIAP+ rep. Lesbian kisses. Young lesbians. Old lesbians. A gay brother. Old and young bisexuals and pansexuals. Androgynous females. This book has everything queer. (Well almost but it’s a good step in the right direction)!!!
There is just so much more I want to say but can’t write it coherently and in a good way, so this review is probably shocking so I apologise in advance. 

This book is out October 2017 and I recommend it to everyone. I received this book from netgalley in return for an honest review (which I’m sorry about the state of it).