Wednesday, March 19, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

The Strange and Beautiful  Sorrows of Ava Lavender
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

It had potential. I mean, look at that beautiful and simple cover? Oh, right judgin a book on its cover is a no-no...

It also had potential in the written word part as well. It starts off all dreamy and magical. Describing characters and settings perfectly and poetically.  The names used were fantastic too- Ava Lavender, Laura Lovelorn,  Beauregard Roux, to name a few. are introduced to Ava Lavender more in depth. The girl who was born with wings.  And from there you get a sense at how awkward and hard it would be growing up with wings, not even knowing how the wings came to be.  She also has a twin, Henry, who doesn't talk at all.

I just felt like all that build up, was for nothing. More than half the book was her family history. And then Ava geos through some horrible things, but I don't know the point of the book. I feel so short changed....


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