The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

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 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.


Author: Leslye Walon

Genre: YA, fantasy, magical realism




I am always really wary of giving a 5/5 on books. The reason being I’m afraid that someone might comment HOW COME YOU LOVED T? I FUCKING HATED IT, IT WAS HORRIBLE. Well, that was an exaggeration, but I find it rather annoying when people say they didn’t like something I loved. I realize that’s a stupid, childish attitude, which I need to get over.

I loved this book. I didn’t really expect to. Especially when I read the quote ‘Love makes us such fools’ on the front cover. Romance is really not my thing. However, this is not a romance. There’s a lot of mentions of love, but it’s definitely not a romance.

I liked the characters, they were really interesting. I liked that it explored three generations of a family, that was something really different from conventional YA.  The I liked all the characters, they were quite interesting and great to read about. The ending  was rather shocking, and it made me

I also really liked the author’s  writing style. This book is definitely going up among my 2016 faves.

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