Monday, May 12, 2014

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

Title: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Author: Leslye Walton
Genre: Children's Fiction/Teens/YA
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: March 25, 2014


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 na├»ve 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.


*My Review* 
5 Unbelievably Amazing Stars 

* I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley *

Trying to describe this book would be like trying to describe air...or color. Sure there are words I could use to get my point across but they would never be adequate enough to do it justice.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is kind of epic. I could try to describe it to you but I won't even come close. The best comparison I can come up with, after much internal debate, is the movie "Big Fish" and that's not even close, not really. I found a few small quotes in the book that stood out to me...

#1 is "whimsical beauty"
#2 is "a strange kind of attractiveness"

If I had to, these quotes would be the ones I would pick to describe this book. It was kind of strange and sad and magical...and so beautiful.

Do yourself a favor and take a chance on a book that you are not likely to ever forget.  

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