Author: Leslye Walton (U.S.)
Age Group In Store: 14+
Briefly, it's about: The day that Ava Lavender was born caused quite a stir in her small west coast town. Ava, born with wings, was not quite a bird, not quite an angel, but definitely something more than human. When an earth-shattering incident happens to Ava, she decides that she must understand more about herself, to know where to turn next. As she begins to unwind the stories of her mother and her grandmother, she unknowingly unravels some unexpected truths about the nature of love, the power of forgiveness, and the magic that follows all of us if we can let ourselves see it.
Melissa's Rave: I am still shaking from the emotional impact this novel had on me. It was such an incredible story. The magic realism of this story makes for quite a mesmerizing tale, and I was transfixed by each and every one of the characters, anxious to see how their stories would unfold, and praying that they would not make the same mistakes as their ancestors. Leslye Walton writes a story that is very raw and yet very real. Her characters jumped off the page, as if I was reading an actual history or memoir. Ms Walton says that the complexities of the experience of love was one thing that inspired her to write this novel, and this is exploration becomes quite evident the longer you read. Spanning three generations, Walton uses three very different woman to examine how love - in all its denominations - shapes who we are, the choices we make, and ultimately the direction our lives take. Impossible to summarize, this story is an epic tale, that will have you desperate to get to the next page, so enmeshed in the magical world of the characters will you become.
It's Perfect For: Fans of Black Spring by Alison Croggon, fans of Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, fans of I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
# of Stars: *****!!!!!!!