Goodreads Synopsis: 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.


Spoiler-Free Review: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender was a beautiful tragedy. This was a beautifully magical coming of age tale, the characters developed wonderfully and the plot was amazing. I would rate this book a solid 5 stars because I purely enjoyed this fantastical yet realistic, generational story. The plot follows the history and stories of Ava lavender and her family, from her Great-Grandmother Maman to Ava herself. There were many plots and conflicts within each character's tale, but it was still easy to follow and it all relates back to the end conflict. It is debatable whether it has a resolution but, I believe it's purposely up interpretation. If you aren’t a fan of open-endings I would still recommend it but beware there is not a solid resolution, and it may not be a great ending for your taste. Overall the concept of taking some fantastical elements and putting it into a realistic world with human and seemingly normal characters.

Spoiler Review: This book wrecked my life completely, I think the Roux family is cursed when it comes to love. From the betrayal of Beauregard, to Emilienne falling for René despite his fondness for men over women, the short lived love and disappearance of Levi Blythe, to the first kiss then ditch act Dublin performed, the many betrayals of Satin Lush, the sad loss of the husband Emilienne wouldn't love, to the loss of Viviane's Jack, and the tragedy that turned out to be Nathaniel Sorrows. Even within their family their is a sad twist when it comes to love, the betrayal and loss of Margaux, the fact Emilienne won't let herself love her family, the result of Viviane not being able to love anyone even her children after Jack, and Ava and Henry don't have the “twin connection” or “twin love” that most have. Some people believe that Ava died in the end but, I think she might have lived because she was writing it as a diary entry in 2014 but, it is arguable that she could've written it as a ghost from the other side. I also enjoyed Ava’s perspective throughout the book and her character really resonated with me. On being an outcast, then trusting someone and them turning out to be toxic for you, also her wanting inclusion but feeling like even more like an outcast after joining the group.  I did kind of suspect Nathaniel to do something crazy like the cutting of Ava's wings and raping her because, he seemed unusually obsessed with Ava and her wings specifically. Also, I think Jack was so obsessed with his father he couldn't focus on the importance of Vivienne and even Laura Lovelorn’s love. Also Henry was an interesting but a seemingly small character until the attack of Ava, then I felt bad for not paying enough attention to him. I think some of the problems that Ava encountered seem a little strange but can still be interpreted into real life. Overall this book was amazing and very different from other novels I’ve read.

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