The Beauty by Aliya Whiteley

I didn’t like mushrooms on my pizza until I was about 15 years old. At that point I wanted to try all the different types of mushrooms that we have on this amazing planet of ours. I still love mushrooms. I kinda am not sure I want to eat them anymore after reading The Beauty. Who am I trying to kid I still love mushrooms but I will never look at a chicken of the forest mushroom the same again.

Synopsis: Women died and in their place grew yellow mushrooms.

What I liked: Whiteley’s writing is very straight to the point and I am here for it. This isn’t my first of Whiteley’s books that I have reviewed. But I have to say it is my favorite. It is the weird quotient that I loved about the book. Whiteley’s imagination is amazing. The pacing of the story was spot on for me. It was a fast read that as a reader I needed to know what happened next. There weren’t any unneeded scenes to fill the story out. The flow was perfect and the emotion of the characters shine through the story.

What I didn’t like: There wasn’t anything that I didn’t like.

Star Rating: 4.5 stars

My thoughts: When I finished The Beauty I had a few minutes of what the hell did I just read. Over the last few weeks I really have come to have enjoyed and loved the story. It is really beautiful and frightening at the same time. One thing I took away from it is that men and women have a symbiotic relationship with one another. I also enjoyed the strength that the “mushrooms” had. I think that there is a lot to unpack in this story. It is such an odd little story but could have a lot of meaning when you look between the lines. I know that there have been some mixed reviews regarding this lovely book.

6 thoughts on “The Beauty by Aliya Whiteley

  1. lesliekarenlutz January 8, 2020 / 7:55 am

    That is a stunning cover. Thanks for the review! I will add this to my “to read” list.

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  2. Angie January 8, 2020 / 8:36 am

    Ooh, I’ve never heard of this. I’m definitely adding it to my TBR! I love both dystopia and body horror, so this sounds like it’s right up my alley.

    Liked by 1 person

      • Angie January 8, 2020 / 9:20 am

        Yeah, it sounds like it would be weird. But in a really great way. I am really looking forward to reading it. ❤

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