Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstances by Ruth Emmie Lang
Magical realism can be a tricky business for me. I don't usually gravitate towards these types of books and the ones that I have read have been very hit or miss. I am happy to say that this was not the case with Ruth Emmie Lang's Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstances. I finished this charming story in a span of 24 hours and the only complaint that I have about it is that it ended. I loved everything about Weylen Grey... from his kindheartedness, to his abillity to communicate with the animals, to his struggle with allowing himself to be loved.
Reading this book made me want to leave my phone and lap top behind, find a vibrant field of wild flowers to lay down in, close my eyes, inhale deeply and pretend that I was within the pages of the story.... that wolves could be seen at the far end of the field, that fireflies danced over my head and that a sweet pig named Merlin was by my side. The delightful tale that I found within these pages transported me to a lush wilderness that I was thrilled to discover and can not wait to visit again.