NetGalley Review: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

        Candlewick Press    To Be Released March 25, 2014              320 Pages Ebook
Candlewick Press
To Be Released March 25, 2014
320 Pages Ebook

*I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* 

The Roux Family have bad luck when it comes to love and due to its bad luck came the birth of Ava Lavender, a girl born with wings. At 16-years-old, Ava is not only looking for acceptance through her peers but also the need to understand her rare situation (having wings). 

But when Nathaniel Sorrows, becomes obsessed with Ava believing she is an angel, things get even more complicated for Ava. And all things within her life and her family explodes the night of the Summer Solstice celebration. 

This book was hard for me to get through. Ava is telling the story and the story begins with her great grandmother and continues until it reaches her mother which then begins her story. I didn’t like the way the story was told. There was barely any dialogue let alone any action. Therefore, it was slow and it felt as if the author was reaching even at the beginning of the story. It didn’t feel real from the heart.

Another issue I had with this book is the “magic.” The only person who had any real abilities was Ava’s twin brother. Yes, she has wings and she does some things with them but it is not because she is magical or came from a magical family. She came from family that was beautiful. Seriously, everyone one is the Roux family is describe as being completely beautiful it makes me a bit sick.

Because most of the book is strictly the history of the family, by time it got to Ava’s story I didn’t care for it. But I push through and learned that I didn’t care for Ava.

I thought that a girl born with wings would be a lot more fun. But it wasn’t. This book was about a family going through one tragedy after another. No real action, no real solution and most importantly, the book lacked action and emotion.  Overall it gets 2 pickles.


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