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Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance
author: Ruth Emmie Lang
I looked over at Weylyn, who was still leaning out the window, blinking heavily as rain ran into his eyes. A bitter smile crossed his face, as if he knew I was watching him; as if he were answering the question that was on the tip of my tongue: Did you do this?
It all started in Holbrook, Michigan (1968) when little baby Weylyn Grey made his way into the world. It was June 29th and with his first breath came a snow storm. In just a few minutes, six inches or more had fallen and the world was changed forever.
The child turned one eye on me, then opened the other like a backward wink. His irises were molten pools of solder that had not yet set, and for a moment I thought I could see a fire behind them, keeping them liquid.
Weylyn Grey was orphaned at a young age and raised by wolves. Through extraordinary circumstances, he meets the lovely Mary Penlore and unknowingly changes the course of their lives forever. Through many trials and many unexplainable storms later, he lives many lives and meets many people. He becomes the happy owner of a magical horned pig named Merlin. Together they stop tornadoes, hurricanes and occasionally a rainstorm or two (though you won’t ever find Weylyn taking credit).
Weylyn quickly realizes the dangers he brings upon those close to him and decides it best to seclude himself, to run back to the wolves. He tried to make the best of life, tried to love but when that love came crashing down in yet another (deadly) pile of snow, he vanishes. Anyone who knew him could tell you, reader, that you hope he reappears. You hope you do not have to go through life without a Weylyn Grey in the midst of it.
As he bent down and scratched her behind the ears like she was a harmless dog, I felt a sadness more acute than anything I’d ever felt before. Weylyn Grey didn’t belong in my world. He belonged in theirs, and there was nothing I could say to convince him otherwise.
Thank you Ruth Emmie Lang, for Weylyn.
Thank you for opening your mind and creating a character so real, so loveable as Weylyn that it breaks your heart knowing he’s not real.
I don’t know. I’m beginning to think maybe he is… somewhere.
He’s too incredible not to be. ♥️
If you have not yet picked up this book, you really really should.
It’s magical and you will never forget Weylyn or many of the others in this beautiful story.
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Top 5 Fave of 2018
2019 Has begun as has my newest reading challenge!
(which I’m proud to say I’m actually ahead of schedule!)
Before I got too deep into the year, I wanted to go back through my books of 2018 to see what I had read and to share them with all of you!
I met some incredible people in these books. People that went through some hard times, not sure how they would survive. Some dealt with the loss of someone they loved, while some simply learned the value of friendship and that we are stronger than we give ourselves credit.
So here we have it.
Here are my top 5 faves and my 5 runner-ups.
Please find one you like and add it to your TBR stack this year.
You will not be disappointed.
Please note: these are listed in the order I read them,
not in the order to which I like them.
That was simply not possible LOL
(the date is when I finished reading them)
1- Love, Anthony (5-24-18)
2- Britt-Marie Was Here (6-29-18)
3- Beartown (7-7-18)
4- Girl Made of Stars (9-8-18)
5- Us Against You (Beartown #2) (10-13-18)
And the 5 runner-ups…
(again, in order of read)
1- The Ghost Writer (3-24-18) *first book read of 2018*
2- If you only Knew (3-28-18)
3- On Second Thought (4-10-18)
4- Every Note Played (6-11-18)
5- In Search of Us (8-11-18)
What were some of your favorites from 2018?
I’d love a good recommendation if you have one!
Well, thanks for taking the time to check out my faves. Some of these books will stay with me for a very, very long time. If you want to know my thoughts on any of these books, please feel free to ask or check out any reviews HERE.
Take Care, Lovelies! ❤
The Last Romantics
Author: Tara Conklin
5 – breathtaking- stars
I was almost in tears when this book ended.
My heart was *shredded*. My chest ached. I yearned to go back in time, to resurrect these people, this family.
I made some friends tonight.
No, I became part of a family. A family named the Skinners…
Noni. Renee. Caroline. Joe. Fiona.
A family torn apart by tragedy.
A mother collapses.
Children survive scathed but not broken.