Author: Leslye Walton
Genre: Young adult, fantasy, magical realism
Published: 27 March 2014
Format: Paperback, 301 pages
Rating: 4/5 Sneakers
Source: Pan Macmillan South Africa (Thank you!)
Love makes us such fools...
Pain in love appears to be a Roux family birthright, and for Ava Lavender, a girl born with the wings of a bird, it is key to her inheritance.
Longing to fit in with her peers, Ava ventures away from home, ill-prepared for what awaits her in a world that does not know whether to view her as girl or angel.
Ava's quest and her family's saga build to a devastating crescendo until, on the summer solstice, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air and Ava’s fate is revealed.
Reaction upon finishing: Oh my gosh, that was so weird but so good at the same time! I don't whether to cry happy or sad tears?..
This book was so unreal but at the same time it felt so real. When I started The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, like I normally do I started filling the pages with colourful sticky notes marking all the pages/quotes that I loved, but there was so many quotes that I loved that I eventually gave up because the whole book was filled with endless amounts of lovely quotes. So basically what I'm saying is that this entire book was really quite beautiful.
The writing in this book to be pretty honest was at times really hard to follow, it wasn't an easy book to read, but once you got immersed into the world of Ava Lavender and the little house on Pinnacle Lane the writing became beautiful, it became lyrical and poetic.
Reading about the Lavender/Roux family was really interesting. All of the stories of the different families (is that the right word?..) were different and I found myself getting really attached to each of the characters. One of my favourite characters in this book was Vivianne, her story was so incredibly heartbreaking that I found myself shedding a tear or two (or three..) and then my dad walked in and looked at me funny, I just pointed to the book and he laughed and walked away, haha.
I didn't know who to feel sorry for, should I feel sorry for ___? Should I not like him/her? Or should I love him/her? I found myself doing both, which then because of that I felt depressed, because whenever something sad happened to the characters I would feel sad and as I said depressed.
Final thoughts: It really is an amazing story about the high's and low's of love, it's really quite mesmerizing. This book captures you completely and you end up not being able to put it down.
This book in two words: Whimsical and unique.
Re-readablilty: I don't know actually, I feel like I could only re-read this if I don't remember the majority of the book, in other words I think I could re-read this in the far future.
“Just because love don't look the way you think it should, don't mean you don't have it.”
“Children betrayed their parents by becoming their own people.”
“I found it ironic that I should be blessed with wings and yet feel so constrained, so trapped. It was because of my condition, I believe, that I noticed life's ironies a bit more often than the average person. I collected them: how love arrived when you least expected it, how someone who said he didn't want to hurt you eventually would.”
“Love, as most know, follows its own timeline. Disregarding our intentions or well rehearsed plans.”
“The first of many autumn rains smelled smoky, like a doused campsite fire, as if the ground itself had been aflame during those hot summer months. It smelled like burnt piles of collected leaves, the cough of a newly revived chimney, roasted chestnuts, the scent of a man's hands after hours spent in a wood shop.”
“It was the song of the birds in spring and the call of the wind through bare branches on a cold winter afternoon. Fate. Both my anguish and my solace. My escort and my cage.”
“And that might just be the root of the problem: we’re all afraid of each other”
Liked it, it was quite enjoyable.
+ The Story was really unique
- At times it got quite slow
- It took a while to get into.