I found this book to be just “ok”. I found parts interesting, and other parts not so much. Even though the story is based on women with extraordinary abilities, much of it seemed a bit too far fetched for me.
15 books. Favorites: This Tender Land, Long Bright River, What Lies in the Woods, Circus Train
My goal was to catch up on BOTMs (5) and I finished them!
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Enchanting and creative, but with a hint of melancholy, this book whisks readers away on a magical journey with memorable stops and vivid characters along the way. I really loved Zadie and Finn and found myself re-reading beautiful sentences. I‘m still pondering the the ending and potential metaphors/symbolism. I think this read would inspire great book club conversations and a sense of wonder and adventure. #BOTM
This read is about a road trip between sisters looking for their mother who had disappeared 5 years ago. It was slow in parts, and somethings seemed a little disconnected. This could have used a little a bit more editing, but it was an interesting idea. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for this read.
I read a lot more this year than I expected. I read a lot of great books and I look forward to more in 2023!
(This excludes comparisons to my reading number in middle school and before when my reading was incomprehensibly high - much to many of my teachers‘ chagrin)
To be brutally honest, I really enjoyed this book right up til the ending which I thought was way to cute/convenient. This book about two sisters who went on a quest to find their mother who had abandoned them five years before.
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I loved Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstances. It was my intro to magical realism. When I saw Ruth Emmie Lang had a new book out, I had to read it. And it's about sisters. This book is beautifully written. A story of two sisters looking for their missing mother while guarding their hearts from abandonment. Not as good as Beasts but a solid ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫. I hated for it to end. ❤️
This one is a slow pick for me. I liked the sister bonding but it seemed like they were barely teens rather than 18 and 23. I also thought there were so many distinct elements of magical realism which made the story more fantastical than I expected. Sometimes that‘s the way it goes when I judge a book by its gorgeous cover!
In theory, this book sounded right up my alley.
In reality, I found it a bit of a slog.
Zadie and Finn are half sisters whose mom disappeared five years ago. They use their psychic abilities to try to find her.
I kept wishing they would find her already so we could ALL move on with our lives 😄
PS - We went to the woods to get our Christmas tree yesterday, and I brought the book for the photo op
Not only is this a great magical adventure tale, it is also a really nice, lyrical explanation of sorrow, growth, and looking for what‘s been lost. While the pacing isn‘t particularly quick, the tone/style plays well with the content and gives the book a beautiful solemn undercurrent.
Lang has warmed my heart again! She writes imperfect characters you want to root for.
Zadie and Finn‘s mom just walked out one day and never came back. Young Finn was taken in by a wonderful foster family, but barely adult Zadie had to fend for herself, driving a wedge between this sisters. When Finn graduates high school, she convinces Zadie to use their sixth-sense gifts to search for their mother.
So happy that THE WILDERWOMEN is finally out in the world! Here‘s a pic of me posing with it and attempting to look natural 😆
Yes, I‘ve already read, finished and loved this book!
This is a magical realism and mystery book about sisters and family. I didn‘t know much about this book before I picked it up, but thought it was just great. I don‘t want to say a lot about it, since I think it was just actually released this week (maybe last week).
You should pick this up!
Ruth Emmie Lang explores family relationships with a solid dose of magical realism in her new book, The Wilderwomen. It‘s a sweet and engaging exploration of sisterhood and the complications inherent in mother-daughter connections. This is my first venture into the world of Ruth Emmie Lang‘s writing. It won‘t be my last.
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I loved the previous book I read by the tagged author, so I was excited to see her new book is a Nov #botm choice. I also *had* to get the add-on because I am a sucker for books with a dark academia aesthetic.
So what did everyone else get?? #botm I was very tempted by the Quick but I want to see what Aardvark has.
PS super pumped about the Lang!!
PPS have either of you heard of this horror title @Reggie @vivastory ? I‘ll tag it ⬇️
Ok well look, I never claimed to have any self-control w/ books! #BookoftheMonth #BOTM selections 🤩
And @Deblovestoread , what a lovely surprise!! I love this! It really made my day. Thank you for your thoughtfulness! ♥️♥️♥️
Happy Halloween everyone!!
Ooh, pretty please with sugar on top, I hope this #BOTM clue is referring to The Wilderwomen 🤞🏽 (by the author of Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance, which I LOVED).
What do you think? Any other previous November authors with new releases that you're hoping for?
Listed as a YA Magical Realism story, this book is a bit hard to describe and odd for me. Zadie and Finn are sisters with paranormal abilities…Zadie is a psychic and Finn can see past memories. Their mother, Nora, leaves them for no apparent reason when Zadie is 18, and Finn is put into the foster care system. Five years later, with Zadie pregnant from a defunct relationship and Finn graduating high school, Finn pushes Zadie to set off 🔻
I adored Ruth Emmie Lang‘s debut novel so I had high hopes for this sophomore release. Unfortunately, even though I sensed it was supposed to make me feel things, I was rather indifferent to it all. It was quirky like Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance, but the emotional component did not hit right for me. I never found myself especially eager to get back to this, either.
This was a heartfelt read that in many ways reminded me of Sarah Addison Allen's books. It follows two sisters with magical powers who are searching for their mom.
It's fast paced, not too heavy, has some lighthearted fun moments, and will just make you happy once you've finished.
I liked this. It's fun. A pair of young women, sisters, go on a quest to find their mum. And use their magical powers to do so.
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Pub date is 11/15/22
Jennifer! My mouth fell open when I opened this package!! Thank you so much for thinking of me! I have been waiting for @ruthemmielang to write another book!! I am starting it today! Thank you sooooooo much!! ❤️❤️❤️
Really enjoyed reading this. The blend of magic and realism was perfectly balanced, so the story felt like it could be real even though there are paranormal elements. I didn't see the ending coming, but it was built up enough that it was satisfying.
Disclaimer: I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.