Sunday, August 28, 2016
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender Review
Love Makes us Such Fools.
Generations of the Roux family have learned this lesson the hard way. Foolish love appears to be the family birthright, in fact, which cast an ominous fate for its most recent progeny: twins Ava and Henry Lavender, Henry is mute for much of his young lie, and Ava-in all other ways a normal girl-is born with 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 delves into her family's past and ventures into the wider world, ill prepared for what she might discover and naive to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession grows until the night of the summer solstice celebration. That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and both Ava's quest and her family's saga build to a dark and heartbreaking crescendo.
First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and haunting mythology of what it means to be born with a heart that is tragically, exquisitely humans.
This book was such an unique and different read. I really like how we saw Ava's grandmother's life and her mother's and than hers. It really helped me understand everyone's actions during the last little bit of the books.
Emilienne (her grandmother) had a very interesting tale. I really liked how you saw her families problems with love, which leads to her complete distrust towards that idea. Seeing her past really did made me understand why she dismissed her daughter.
Viviane (her mother) was very much so different from her mother Emilienne. You can see that she was wary about love like her mother, but she never really let that stop her from focusing on her children.
Ava really didn't have the level of weirdness that was there at the beginning of the book when we were learning about Emiliene.The only thing that was truly out of the ordinary was her wings. I love how she didn't let that stop her from making friends and all that.
4.5 out of 5 stars