The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender


The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

Author: Leslye Walton

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd, 2014 (Paperback, 301 pages)

Rating: 5OWLS

Thoughts: This beautiful story pulled at my heartstrings and made me imagine the impossible. The story unfolded magically and I enjoyed tasting a bit of each character’s perspective. Such a delicious read that I could not put down!

Memorable Quotes:

“Love, as most know, follows its own timeline. Disregarding our intentions or well rehearsed plans.” p. 21

“Fate. As a child, that word was often my only companion. It whispered to me from dark corners during lonely nights. 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.” p. 125

“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.” p. 173

“She’d never understood how some parents just lost it. Now she did; children betrayed parents by becoming their own people.” p. 230


Author: almalania

I’m a 25-year-old bibliophile living in Austin, TX. I recently completed graduate school and obtained my MPH. I’ve decided to celebrate this accomplishment by attacking my TBR that has grown in the three years it took me to complete the program. I’ve finally gotten back to reading like I really want to and I’m working on reading more diversely as I add to and prioritize the books on my TBR. I’ve started this blog as a way to explore my thoughts on the books I’m reading and on reading life in general. Thanks for joining me!

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