Review: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

Monday, 12 May 2014 03:48
Title: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Author: Leslye Walton
Publication  Date: March 25th, 2014
Genres: Magical Realism, Romance, Young Adult
Rating: 4.5 stars

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.

To say this book was beautiful would be an understatement.

This book was magical

This book was atmospheric. 

This book was memorable.

“Love makes us such fools.” 

You know, right now I'm struggling to give this book a proper rating. I keep changing the rating from four stars to five stars and from five stars to four stars. I'm really confused as to how to rate this beautiful, beautiful book. Currently, I'm settling for 4.5 stars.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is not really centered around Ava Lavender but around her whole family. It starts with how her grandmother Emilienne was born, how her life turned out and how her mother Viviane came into existence and then finally, Ava, how she came into existence with that beautiful, unnatural wings of hers.

The writing just flows without any hiccups. You can sink right into the writing. God, it was so hard not to swoon over Walton's magical, smooth and beautiful writing style. I love it!

“Children betrayed their parents by becoming their own people.” 

I didn't think I would like this book when I read the first few pages. I didn't think I would fall for it. And then, out of nowhere, I was sucked right into it. I was mesmerized and fascinated with how Walton weaved the story, how she crafted it and how her final words made my heart ache.

This book is sad and obviously, it made me feel sad too. At certain parts when something completely unsuspecting happens, I would just lie on my bed and stare at the ceiling. I would want to say to those lovely characters that everything's going to be okay.

And how they never listen to me. 

When their hearts break, mine breaks too. When they cry, I feel like crying too. That's how beautifully Walton has crafted this story. She makes you feel them, she makes you smell the rain, the sunshine, the grass, just everything. You feel like you were in a different place when you read the book. And you might probably hate reality after reading this book.

“I found it ironic that I should be blessed with wings and yet feel so constrained, so trapped.” 

Ava Lavender is so fascinating to read about. Her whole family is fascinating to read about! She's born with wings. She's different. She's revered by many and despised by others. But in the end, she's just a girl. That's what she says in the beginning of the book and it's true. Despite her abnormality, in the end she's just a girl.

There's danger in beauty and everything is beautiful. This book makes me want to listen to music that make me cry. I really love this book. It's so beautiful and magical. I would strongly suggest you read this book soon.