The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender ...
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Age Range - Mature Young Adult
Genre - Fantasy
Five Star Award

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Age at time of review - 18
Reviewer's Location - Glenshaw, Pennsylvania, United States
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A story that beatifuly mixes love, tragedy, magical realism, and coming of age. The book starts with a history of the family (told by Ava, the main character). Ava is a normal girl except for one little thing: she is born with wings. When she is 16 she goes on a quest to discover who she is and why she was born this way. She is not prepared for the real world and goes through many trials and tribulations. It is a beautiful book with many themes like self discovery, the American dream, and what it means to be human. 



This was a very good book! I think it's a book everybody should read and it might become a classic, even! I say this for many reasons. The writing of the book is very good, lyric with beautiful prose. It also reminds me of a classic or normal book, what I mean by this is that it reminds me of the books that used to come out, and not all this vampire, pop culture stuff we see now a days (not that anything's wrong with those kind of books). For me this kind of book was refreshing. I really appriciated how the author mixed classic story telling, history, and then a bit of magic or mystery (which the whole aspect of the main character having wings). 

The characters in this book were very good and well-developed. Ava of course was my favorite and I liked how she was the narrator of the story. I also really loved the characters names because they were different and very pretty. The settings were good; they were actual places so there was no doubt that these places exist. I also loved the cover of the book I thought is was very beautiful and attractive. I would highly recommend this book. It's a great read. I also would consider it a must read as well! 


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Content rating - some mature content

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I would say that this is a book for older or mature teens as there is some violence.




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