I'd never heard of this book before I started it, so I didn't know what to expect. If you've read any of my books, you know that I'm not terribly whimsical. So a book of whimsy and beauty (albeit much of it very dark) and witchy magic didn't really seem my cup of tea. In fact, I almost decided not to read the book because it didn't seem like something I would enjoy. But in the end, I did buy The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, and I am so happy I did. I was so moved by the alternating grief and joy of this book. The writing is so vivid and real that reading it is like watching the longest, best movie in your mind and you don't want it to end.
And yet, at 2am, that's just what it did. Sigh. So if this post is wonky or has errors, I'm blaming sleep deprivation. A girl needs more than four hours, my friends.
I don't have time to write a real review right now as I have writing to do myself, but I want everyone to read this book. It's truly a fantastic experience and I want to talk about it with everyone. Also, this author is incredible and she deserves mucho royalties. If a book can melt the ice of this black hearted author, then you know it's something special.
Off to write some blackhearted words.