The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

This book has such a beautiful cover!

This book has such a beautiful cover!

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

18166936Magical 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


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!

Priya x


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