Another week has been and gone so that means that it is time for another books review and today it is all about The Strange And Beautiful Sorrows Of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. Let do this!
I have been wanting to read this book ever since I first heard about it in about 2015 but I have just never gotten around to picking up a copy of it. but I have finally brought it and read it and I am not sure how I feel about it.
The writing is beautiful. I can definitely see why people love it so much. It reminded me of The Night Circus with its writing. It was atmospheric and evoking but also almost poetic and lyrical and just beautiful. And it contained some deep metaphors and elusions and all the stuff that makes a good book incredible. But I found this book really hard work. It is one of those books that you can read solidly for hours and have only actually read 40 pages of. It is a very slow read. I mean I usually get through a book in under a week, quiet often 2-3 days. The Strange And Beautiful Sorrows Of Ava Lavender took me 3 weeks! No mattered how much I read, I just wasn’t getting anywhere with it. And it really started to make me downhearted and not want to pick it up.
I think the reason why I struggled is because the is weird and slow. It doesn’t really feel as if there is any story until about halfway through. The first half of this book kind of just feels like backstory to the main story, if that makes since. And although it is a very different story and is intriguing, it is slow to read. and makes the whole book have a very slow pace. On the plus side, once I passed the halfway point the story actually started to get going and it became a lot faster to read. the first half of this book took me over 2 weeks, the second half took me 2 days. It really sped up, which I am very grateful for.
I think overall I did enjoy the storyline, I just had a hard time wrapping my head around it at first. Partly because it was slow but also because it is quiet dense at the start and the whole story is a bit weird. the whole magical side of it is just not explained at all. Usually with magical realisms you have a little bit of context or things feel natural or whatever, but with this one it is very specific and different and full on. it was just a lot with no graspable consistencies or norms.
But it was enjoyable and I liked that we saw all three generations stories and that each generation got their happy ending together. I just wish that it wasn’t such a slow read.
4 out of 5
And there we have it. have you read The Strange And Beautiful Sorrows Of Ava Lavender? What did you think about it? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.