This book is one that I have enjoyed so much while simultaneously cried so many tears over. This story follows an intriguing French family, the Lavenders. The captivating journey starts off with the first Lavenders in America, who arrive in New York from France (think Gangs of New York vibes), to present day Ava Lavender, the third generation of Lavender. Odd detail about Ava is that she was born with wings while her twin brother was not. It is crucial for me to not tell you much more about this story, but instead continue to sing its praises.
There is no other book I have ever enjoyed more that incorporates serious and such grim topics so poetically. Well, I guess I do have to warn you that this does deal with rape and abuse. HOWEVER, do not consider this a stereotypical story. This is not one of those contemporary novels that tend to romanticize a topic such as rape. It shows the pain, sorrow, and strength associated with the topic so beautifully. It honestly makes you want to marvel at the words, and to wonder how strings of words could truly sound so majestic.
I know this might seem like a broken record about just how the experience reading this was and too much of not saying much about the story, but I really truly hope you pick up this book. It’s just one of those stories that will touch your heart in an indescribable way. However be warned, this book does discuss some serious topics that aren’t really suitable for younger audiences and requires a level of maturity that some people reading YA might not have developed. -M