Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance
by Ruth Emmie Lang
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I judged a book by its cover …
I mean how can you not?!?! Look at those covers!!! They are GORGEOUS!
I also judged the book by the title. Anything with “Beasts” and “Extraordinary” should be amazing. Add in those covers and I was expecting a high fantasy novel with magical creatures and beautiful landscapes. Something along the lines of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but with an actual focus on the beasts.
This was not that book.
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is Magical realism. Its set in our world and there is really only one magical creature. I probably should have read the synopsis better.
And I feel bad, because if I hadn’t gone in with such wrong expectations I probably would have liked the book! But it was too different than what I expected, so it was hard to get into it.
The best part of the book was the POVs. I really liked how the author did it. She wrote very few chapters from the POV of the main character, Weylyn. Instead the chapters were told through the eyes of whoever he was with. When he visited his sister, she was the narrator of the chapter. When Weylyn was working it was narrated by his boss. This allowed the reader to learn about Weylyn through his actions, just like if you were meeting a person in real life. You weren’t in his head, so he was kind of a mystery throughout, which fit perfectly with the story.
Overall its not a bad book. If you haven’t read it yet, and want to, make sure you know it is NOT Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and you should be fine!
Did anyone else make that assumption too? Did it affect what you thought of the book? Please tell me I am not the only one!