REVIEW|The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

REVIEW|The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

This was my first experience with magical realism, and I delved into it expecting to be disappointed but boy was I surprised!

“Just because love don’t look the way you think it should don’t mean you don’t have it.”

The story begins with the birth of Ava and Henry, two very peculiar kids; Henry was oddly quiet and Ava was born with a set of wings. From there it branches out to tell the story of the twins’ family generation after generation to eventually comes back to Ava who tells her own story.

What first drew me into the book was the writing, for in the beginning I was sceptical on whether I’d get into the book at all.. but I was drawn to it by the writing and when the story picked up I just couldn’t put the book down.

This wasn’t just a book about a family, it was about love, sorrow, desire and magic. And even though I thought I’d be put off by the shortness of the book and the many characters in it, I actually found myself engrossed and invested in all of their stories because of how nicely developed all of these characters were.

“I noticed life’s ironies a bit more often than the average person. I collected them: how love arrived when you least expect it, how someone who said he didn’t want to hurt you eventually did.”

If you like fairytales and/or whimsical stories that would tug on your heart strings, then I highly recommend reading this one!

★★★☆☆ 3.75 /5 Stars !

Published by Kawther Ghassrah

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