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Saturday, 7 June 2014

GUEST REVIEW: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender - Leslye Walton

Saturday, 7 June 2014
PAGES: 320
PUBLISHER: Walker Books
FORMAT: Paperback
BUY IT: Waterstones
RATING: 5 Stars

Foolish love appears to be a Roux family birthright. And for Ava Lavender, a girl born with the wings of a bird, it is an ominous thing to inherit. In her quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to join her peers, sixteen-year-old Ava ventures into the wider world. But it is a dangerous world for a naive girl - a world which may view her as girl or angel. On the night of the summer solstice celebration, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air and Ava's journey and her family's saga reaches a devastating crescendo.

I went into this book knowing absolutely nothing about it (I didn’t even read the blurb!) and I strongly suggest you do the same!

I picked up this book because I was drawn to the title “The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender” which sums up the book pretty well. The book was strange, odd and unique but also beautiful, tragic and haunting.

I’d definitely give this book five stars and add it to my favourites list! I would recommend it to YA fans who love fantasy/supernatural elements in books or to people who are looking for something fresh and unique!

I strongly suggest you read this book without looking at any other info but here is my short review anyway in case you choose to rebel and ignore my advice :P

Ava Lavender was born with wings. Yes, wings. The world doesn’t know what to think of her, is she an angel? Is she a bird? Or is she a freak of nature?

The book tells the story of Ava’s family tree starting from her great grandparents and every member of her family has a fascinating yet tragic story that will keep you constantly gripped throughout the book. Ava is no different! All the characters were incredibly compelling!

I absolutely adored Leslye Walton’s writing style! I have very little in common with Ava (especially as I don’t have wings!) but I found her incredibly relatable! One quote that particularly struck me was:

“I found it ironic that I should be blessed with wings and yet feel so constrained, so trapped. It was because of my condition, I believe, that I noticed life’s ironies a bit more often than the average person. I collected them: how love arrived when you least expected it, how someone who said he didn’t want to hurt you eventually would.”

This book also had one of the most beautiful endings I have ever read.

Seriously, READ IT! Read it now!

Photo by Priya

- Priya.

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