Monday, November 3, 2014

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton (Review)

18166936Series: Standalone
Genre: Histroical, Magical Realism
Book Length: 301 pages
Publication Date: March 25th, 2014
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Format: Hardback
Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.

In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.

That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.

First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.

Oh my god. I am writing this only a few minutes after I finish the book and I just have to say that I loved this book. This is, without a doubt, one of my favorite books that I've read this year and one of my favorite books of all time.
As proclaimed by the title of the book itself, this story is strange and beautiful. It has that same feel while I reading it. It has that feel that makes it feels like a fairy tale and I think that while this is classified as a young adult book, this is a book that at any age and still enjoy it. And it should be a book everyone that should read sometime in their life.

I was fascinated by learning the Roux's family history and how they are cursed by love and all of the character development in this story despite the fact I prefer reading action than development of characters.

I don't I can say much more without spoiling it for you. So all I can say is that just go pick this book right now. It is one of strangest stories I've ever read, yet one of the most beautiful stories I've ever read. Leslye Walton has such a way with writing and making the story feel like magic. It is one of the best books I've ever read, and I'll give this a full 5/5 stars.
Love makes us such fools"

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