The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton : Book Review

Storyline Rating : 4/5 stars

Brief Summary from Goodreads :

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.

My Point of View :

A really strange and beautifully written story. A little too sad for my liking, almost everyone in the story died or somehow leave at one point.

The story is actually narrated by Ava Lavender, though first half of the story is being told in a third-person POV. Ava Lavender tells us how everything begins from Maman, her great-grandma to the point where she was born.

There’s like an air of mysterious-ness surrounding Ava’s history that I can’t seem to find out anywhere in this story. It was not explained clearly. For instance, where did Maman came from? How did she just disappeared….? Is she an angel? And then there’s the extraordinary “skills” both Emilienne (Ava’s grandma) and Viviane (Ava’s mom) have. Who exactly are they descended from? Things just got curiouser and curiouser. What is Ava, if she’s not an angel and her wings are not for flying?

Then there’s the romance – Levi, Satin (weird name if you ask me) and Connor, all Emilienne’s lost-love (though I can’t say she really loved Connor). I feel sad for her, it’s like none of her love last. Jack Griffith, Viviane’s best friend and first love. I love him in the beginning, but then he turns out to be a jerk by taking advantage of Viviane, then left her and married a woman he doesn’t love. It seems like none of the romance in this story actually works out.

Finally, there’s the ending. I think it can be interpret differently depending who reads it I guess. I can’t seem to figure out whether Ava is alive or dead. One possible ending that I believe is the true ending – she died and turned into a bird of some sort, flies toward the sunset. If that’s the case, it’s just sad, because I really thought that she and Rowe could be the first romance in the story that actually works in the end. The second possible ending that I wish it really is the true ending, is that she didn’t die but grows back a pair of wings and could finally fly, and then somehow ended with Rowe. Happy ending isn’t it?

Overall, it is an interesting read, but if you don’t like anything tragic then this is probably not the book for you.

Favorite Quote : None from this book.


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