The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender – Leslye Walton

Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird. – Goodreads.com

Sometimes you come across a book that you just don’t quite know how to review. I think that’s the case for all of my reviews, honestly, which is why they’re mostly just me telling you my experience reading.

This novel was so… strange, unusual, weird, magical, beautiful, raw.

The magic and world building was just perfect, and learning the history of the family members who came before and of each character in the story really aided in the immersion. Oddly enough, I would actually liken this to reading Dubliners by James Joyce, one of my favourite collections. Each individual story winds together to create something so engrossing.

The prose was almost lyrical but not in a way that felt stilted or contrived, the style worked really well for the story.

This is one I read on ebook and I am keen to get a hardcopy so I can experience reading it in a different way, and also so I can lend it out to family and friends who I think would benefit from experiencing it just as much as I did.

As an aside, there is some potentially triggering content in this one, so make sure you check out any warnings before you dive in.

A full five star read.

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