Book Review: 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.

Rating: ★★★★★

     Remember when I read this book on March during Spring Break?! It's been a while but I was looking over past posts and I saw that I told you guys I would try to write a review. Well, here I am. I really liked this book. It was not what I was expecting at all and it really surprised me. This novel has a really strong theme about love and the way it's portrayed is truly incredible. I got so into into that I read it all in one day during my road trip to California.
    The characters have really strong personalities and they are so different and unique! Ava, Henry, Viviane, Emilienne, and all the other characters were very intriguing, even the people with bad intentions. I loved reading about the generations till it got to Ava, and how love affected each of their lives. It does get really frustrating and sad and it made me mad at times, but overall it was absolutely great.
     I wish I had written a review right after I read the book because, as much as I want to, I can't write a very good review now that I've forgotten a lot of what happened in the book and how I felt at the time.
     I think that this novel was beautifully written. The descriptions were great and the timeline was well done. I do think that Ava could've been a little bit more part of the book than she actually was. I feel that I got more attached to Viviane's story than to her daughter's to be honest. So when I said before that I was expecting something different, it was that I was expecting the book to be more focused on Ava. I also wish there was more of an explanation of how Ava has wings. It didn't really make much sense since the rest of the book was basically a "contemporary" read, with no extraordinary features.
     The ending was kinda heartbreaking and it made me really really mad but it didn't change my views of the book. I still loved it.
      By the way, my heart broke alongside Viviane's because of Jack Griffith. (That's not the ending thing I was talking about tho).
      I super recommend this book. It has a magical eery feeling to it and it's super interesting and cool to see a theme appearing throughout the different time periods in the story.
      Hopefully you don't think this review sucked too much. I honestly just write these posts to put my opinion out there and to encourage people to read. So yeah, read this book! It's great!

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