What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with a book review of a book I loved?
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
not really sure how to describe TSaBSoAL. It’s a unique book that has
several plots and main focuses, but I’ll do my best. The book opens up
with a prologue about Ava Lavender and she recounts her story from the
very beginning, when her grandmother and her family came to America from
France. The Roux family is met with constant tragedy. While these
tragedies were quirky, they were also heartbreaking and left a toll on
Emilienne and she falls in love three different times all of them ending
horribly. She gives birth to Viviane on Pinnacle Lane with her husband
who she professed to never love. Viviane falls in love with her
childhood friend and is only met with heartbreak. She ends up pregnant
with Ava and Henry. Her children are peculiar. Ava was born with wings
and Henry was born silent (or so they thought). There are ghosts, more
tragedies, friendships, new loves, family bonds, and crazy psychos
obsessed with angels. This book was absolutely stunning and it was a
great way to end my reading in 2013. While it’s been a while since I
finished this book, I can one hundred percent say that this story will
stick with you. Certain bits and pieces linger in my mind. The simple
stuff mostly was what made this story beautiful and what seemed to be
pointless had more meaning than I thought. This book is not something I
usually read but Karen’s review of it had my interest piqued and I was
so happy when I was approved for this on Netgalley.
main female characters are Emilienne, Viviane, and Ava. Ava is the main
focal point of the story since this is her telling stories within a
story, but I didn’t think she was the backbone that held this story.
Instead of one character holding this story together the women of the
Roux/ Lavender did. Emilienne was a character who came off as cold
sometimes but she had every right to be with all the heartache she
experienced. Viviane was my least favorite because she was too lovesick
and she didn’t see the man that was right in front of her face. I really
dislike characters like that because it was just selfish of her to be
that way. I liked Ava because she was so different, but her naivety
killed me at one point. I mean why she was so trusting is understandable
because she’s been sheltered her whole life, but I mean seriously? Who
thinks let me go into my neighbor’s house, which I haven’t seen in a
long time, with a creepy nephew there and just let him lure me in? I
know it’s raining outside, but your house was closer.
Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: Emilienne- 8 Viviane- 7 Ava- 8
main male characters are, I’m not really sure, but I’ll just list some.
I guess you could say Gabe was one of the stronger male characters. He
lived with the Lavenders and was in love with Viviane. I really loved
his story because it broke my heart and I really liked his character.
Henry would be another because he warned the family constantly of Ava
being in danger with subtle hints with stories about bloody wings. I
adored Henry’s character. He was odd, but absolutely adorable.
Swoon Worthy Scale: No swoon just adorable fondness :)
The Villain- Sorrow. What a sick and twisted villain. I loved it!
Villain Scale: 9
were so many characters. I want to list them all, but I don’t want to
give away the beauty of the characters and what they bring to the story.
The simplest of characters such as a neighbor could bring beauty and
wonder into this story.
Character Scale: 10
this book! It’s a beautiful tale. It’s slow, but everything has
meaning. It is character developed and it’s the main focal point, but it
is done so well. The ending was beautiful and perfect in every way.
Some discoveries are within one’s self and Ava’s discovery of strength
was beautiful. There is something of everything sprinkled about
Cover Thoughts: How can you not love that
cover? Just look at the colors and how beautiful it is. I’ll probably
buy a copy because I love the cover and design and plus this book was so
Thank you Netgalley and Candlewick for a copy of this amazing book in exchange for an honest review.
Happy Valentine's Day! I hope your book boyfriend is keeping you company!:D