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

Title: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Author: Leslye Walton
Published: 2014
Language: English
Pages: 301
Rating: 5/5

Everyone in the Roux family are born a little different; some can smell the essence of people, others know things but barely speaks at all... but Ava Lavender has a very visible trait: she was born with the wings of a bird.

This story is a saga that touches several generations and several women; all foolish and unlucky in love.

I loved this book. It was just up my alley when it comes to both story and writing style.

I absolutely loved reading about these strange and marvellous women. I felt like I really got to know the characters and come to understand them. I love the way you really feel the pain and passion and fear as they feel it. The writing is lyrical and delicious. The author paints a detailed picture of both places and characters.

This book is almost a bit absurd at times and very whimsical. You read and you ask yourself: is this what's happening? Is this real? Personally, I really like that.

This is the kind of book you can interpret they way you want, and the ending is very much like this as well. It's very open and quite mysterious in a way, and I really like that.

I cannot express enough how much I loved this book, and I would obviously recommend this to you, everyone you know and everyone they know too.

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  1. I agree. I read this only a few months ago and the writing was so beautiful. I loved all the magical elements that made you unsure if they were actually happening or if it was just a metaphor. And the book made me so hungry, all those delicious bakery treats.

    1. I know, right? And it made me really hungry too, I could practically smell the treats while I was reading... :)


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