Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton | Review

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
Published: March 27, 2014
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pages: 301
Received: via NetGalley for honest review (this is a catch-up review post)
Find Online: Goodreads

Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.

In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.

That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.

First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.

This is yet another NetGalley catch-up read. I have no idea why it took me so long to get to it, but I finally read it. I gave this a solid three star rating - didn't love it and didn't hate it. I enjoyed the magical realism elements including Ava having wings and some things in her family history. I didn't mind that back story of her family, but it didn't totally need to be that detailed when the main part of the story was about Ava's life - her strained relationship with her mother, her twin brother who speaks in confusing words or sentences, and her need to fit in and have friends. Not to say the background wasn't necessary, but I think it could have been condensed a little.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. I loved seeing the world from Ava's point of view. The story is so beautifully written and there are some amazing quotes to come from it. 

“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.” 

The picture of the cover does not do it justice. In person, it's so beautiful and the feather is more gilded gold than yellow. It's what drew my eye in the first place, but when I grabbed a copy from the library to read when I couldn't read the old e-ARC that I had, I saw just how truly beautiful the cover really was.

I would definitely read more by this author as I enjoyed the lyrical style and the magical realism elements.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

September TBR

So I'm doing this last minute. I had no idea what my September TBR would be, but I decided just today that I want to read as many of the shorter books on my TBR as possible in September. So here are the books I'll be choosing from.

Any of these on your TBR? Any books under 300 pages that you can suggest that I check out for this "short reads" September TBR?

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

ThrillerAThon Wrap Up

Well I did not follow my original TBR for ThrillerAThon because half of the books I requested from the library did not come in and I didn't end up with as much reading time in the evenings as I would have liked since my toddler was having a crap week and needing a lot more time settling to sleep each night. But I am happy with what I was able to finish regardless of my setbacks.

Here is my BINGO card and I was able to get at least one line though I was hoping for a full card and if I had been able to read two more books that would have happened. There's always next time. thrillers are my jam so I'll be excited to do this readathon again.

The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan
Bones on Ice by Kathy Reichs
There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

 How did you do? Did you participate too? What books did you end up reading?

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Reader Problems Book Tag

I found this tag via Howling Libraries and knew I needed to do this one to get me back to blogging. I have limited time and always feel like my blog gets the least of my attention. I am reading, just not able to post as often and find that reviews take more time than tags (hence the quantity of tags and such that you see so often).

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How do you decide what to read next?

I'm a mood reader, but also face slumps. I think it would end up either by picking from my TBR jar, using a random number generator or honestly just picking what book jumps out at me in the moment.

2. You're halfway through a book and you're just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?

For a long time I would force myself to finish each book I picked up, but have since changed my thought process on this. Why keep reading something you're not enjoying? Put it down and find something that captivates you. So many books, so little time.

3. The end of the year is coming and you're behind on your reading challenge. Do you try to catch up? And if so, how?

Try! Listen to audiobooks during commute - this is probably how I get through most of my books right now as I am missing my tablet with my reading apps since my toddler dropped it and shattered the screen. 

4. The covers of a series you love do not match. How do you cope?

I really hate when publishers do this, but I also don't want to spend ALL THE MONEY to buy replacement books unless it is an absolute must have, will read again and again series.
5. Everyone and their mother loved a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

The Twitterverse! Where else can you find like minded people to gripe with about books or even at least have a healthy debate for and against books?

6. You're reading a book in public and you're about to start crying. How do you deal?

Let the tears flow. No shame in my game.

7. The sequel to a book you loved just came out, but you've forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?

If I have time I might reread it or just go back and read my thoughts about the first book to refresh my memory. (That's assuming I finally got around to writing the review.)

8. You do not want anyone to borrow your books. How do you politely say no when someone asks?

Most people haven't been to my house, so I don't have to even let them know I own a copy. Muahaha! They can borrow from the library like everyone else (including me for the most part).

9. You have picked up and put down five books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

Listen to an audiobook with a narrator I really love or by an author who's writing always grabs my attention. 

10. There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read. How many do you end up buying?

Maybe one or two. I don't tend to buy books on release dates due to cost. I usually borrow from the library or hope for ARCs. If I really love the book I'll watch for the paperback to come out or for discounted versions.

11. After you purchase all of these book that you're dying to read, how long do they sit on your shelf before you read them?

HAHAHAHA! Trick question... forever? Honestly, a lot sit for far too long but others are read ASAP. It's a complete toss up.

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