Monday, April 15

Review: Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

Title: Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance
By: Ruth Emmie Lang
My Copy: Book of the Month
The BookWhisperer's Rating: 

Orphaned, raised by wolves, and the proud owner of a horned pig named Merlin, Weylyn Grey knew he wasn’t like other people. But when he single-handedly stopped that tornado on a stormy Christmas day in Oklahoma, he realized just how different he actually was.

That tornado was the first of many strange events that seem to follow Weylyn from town to town, although he doesn’t like to take credit. As amazing as these powers may appear, they tend to manifest themselves at inopportune times and places. From freak storms to trees that appear to grow over night, Weylyn’s unique abilities are a curiosity at best and at worst, a danger to himself and the woman he loves. But Mary doesn’t care. Since Weylyn saved her from an angry wolf on her eleventh birthday, she’s known that a relationship with him isn’t without its risks, but as anyone who’s met Weylyn will tell you, once he wanders into your life, you’ll wish he’d never leave.

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance tells the story of Weylyn Grey’s life from the perspectives of the people who knew him, loved him, and even a few who thought he was just plain weird. Although he doesn’t stay in any of their lives for long, he leaves each of them with a story to tell. Stories about a boy who lives with wolves, great storms that evaporate into thin air, fireflies that make phosphorescent honey, and a house filled with spider webs and the strange man who inhabits it.

There is one story, however, that Weylyn wishes he could change: his own. But first he has to muster enough courage to knock on Mary’s front door.

I will admit that I was apprehensive when I first started this book.  A man, raised by wolves, who owns a horned pig, and strange events seem to happen around him?  How in the world does that sound appealing to most? It sounds weird and not my cup of tea at all.  But I couldn’t help but notice the high ratings and the fact that it was a Book of the Month book.  However, I am so glad that I took a chance on Weylyn and his beautiful soul.  I feel like I have lived a life with him and all of his friends that tagged along in these pages. 

I think my favorite thing in regards to this book is how it is laid out with different character’s point of views. Yes, you get Weylyn’s but then you get these other people who are introduced and their first take on who Weylyn is and how their souls combine for an amazing friendship ahead.  Every character recognizes the beauty of this odd human and each chapter their own perspective and view of who he is, what he can do, and what magic he truly holds. 

Weylyn’s character proves that while you can be so alone (orphaned) but you can be surrounded by others and make a family out of them.  That’s exactly what he does.  Weylyn creates such special bonds with each supporting character and I found myself wrapped up into their friendship and love. 

I am curious as to what about Weylyn that makes animals attracted him, hurricanes perish, tornados disappear, and snow storms to manifest.  If you are looking for an answer, you won’t find it in this book but you will find a gentle soul with a never-ending bottle full of love.

‘ “Don’t leave anything you can’t come back to.” I know I can come back here and I will be welcomed, and that brings me more comfort than anything else in this world.’ ~Weylyn

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