Sunday 19 February 2017

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is Absolutely Haunting

Title: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender 
Author: Lesyle Walton
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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.


Walton creates a beautiful piece of work, not just a story but something much more, which has left such a strong impression on me. Her writing is whimsical and poetic, with such unique phrases and moments that captures the emotion so well. Despite having Ava recount her grandmother and mother's tale, I felt like I was right there with all three of them. I couldn't help but feel joy, grief or hope when they felt it. Walton excelled in storytelling and for that, even though, parts of the story may not have been realistic, she still succeeded in producing a fantastic novel.

"She spent her days trying to forget the sound of his voice, and her nights trying to remember."

I loved the story. I loved every single moment, even though most of it was so sad. I knew the book was going to have upsetting events, but I didn't think I would've felt so heavy from the grief. Along with Ava, I began to learn how heartbreaking love can be and the toll it takes on women. The effects it left on her grandmother and mother left scars that crossed over to Ava's generation. However, it also conveyed how much love there is beyond that of a man and a woman and how deep these emotions can travel amongst us.
"Just because love don't look the way you think it should, don't mean you don't have it."
I don't think I've ever read a novel that was so saddening but full of hope as well. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrow of Ava Lavender is such a memorable read, filled with strong characters, emotion and an overall beautiful message. It is a haunting read that will lift you up even through the all the sorrow that lays in the story. It's also so impressive that this is Walton's debut novel

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