The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton, tells the story of a woman named Ava, who is looking back on the misfortunes that her, her mother, and her grandmother underwent at the hands of a magic curse. We first learn about Ava’s grandparents, who move from France to America with their children. After a tragic accident occurs in the family, Ava’s grandmother slowly starts to disappear. But that isn’t the only strange occurrence in the Lavender family. One member of the family turns into a bird after another similar incident. The curse on the Lavender family dooms all of it’s members to what Ava calls “foolish love.” No relationship in the Lavender family ever ends up working out, and on top of that, some of them end up undergoing odd magical transformations.
Ava herself is born with wings, similar to those of an angel. Unfortunately for Ava, a boy named Nathaniel Sorrows mistakes her for just that. He ends developing an unhealthy infatuation with her, which unfortunately, is destined to end poorly for the both of them.
The amazing thing about this story, was it’s use of tone and language. Reading this book felt like reading a poem. The language was so beautiful, that even if you don’t like romance novels, I would recommend this book to you just for it’s prose. The use of magic in this book was also a nice touch. Most books that involve the use of magic, are quite sensational and over the top. This one on the other hand, was a lot more rooted in reality. As you might have been able to guess from the title, this is a very tragic and emotional book, and I would not recommend it to readers who are a bit more on the sensitive side.