Book Review

“Pain in love is the Roux family birthright. For Ava Lavender, a girl born with the wings of a bird, it is key to her fate.

Ava traces the lives and loves of the Roux women as she tries to understand what has made her who she is and what she will become. On the night of the summer solstice, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air and Ava’s fate is revealed.”

My love for books and reading has become somewhat fired by the fact that I downloaded Good Reads and have set myself the goal of 50 books in 2018 (not a lot to some but enough to read comfortably and still enjoy it). Although I have MORE than enough unread books on my own bookshelf, I lifted this one from my brother’s. My bother read it, loved it and recommended it with a helluva lot of enthusiasm… unfortunately, upon finishing the book, I couldn’t quite match his love for it.

Let’s start with the good. I absolutely looooooved the whole vibe this book gave me. As someone who’s a bit strange myself, I loved the kinda witchcraft/herbalism/magic feel this had to it. I’m super interested in those sorta things, so I was drawn to the book because of this. Another love for me was Ava’s granny. Emilienne is a strong female character and knows exactly what she needs to do for herself and her daughter. She’s powerful and strange and is even referred to as ‘The Village Witch’… and if that doesn’t make you love a character you needa sort out your priorities. The last few chapters were utterly gripping and did have me hanging off the edge of my bed, but I had to work through basically the whole book before I found myself enjoying it.

Unfortunately, that’s where the niceties end. As a whole, I found the book to be a bit boring and slow-moving. The first few chapters are centred around the Roux family history, which isn’t all that interesting. You could remove it from the book entirely and it wouldn’t cause much confusion in the end. Another flaw for me personally was that there’s quite a bit of French used throughout the book. I don’t have anything against French, it’s a stunning language and I could listen to it all day, but I can’t speak a word of it, so I ended up having to skip these parts (but I don’t think I missed anything of importance). Sure, I coulda googled it or something but it seemed like a lot of effort for a few sentences. When I read a book, I wanna understand it without having to look things up online.

I gave this book a 3/5 star rating on Good Reads, purely because it was the last 3 chapters before anything interesting happened and that means a whole lotta boring reading. Although I did really like the witchy side to it and I could kinda see what Leslye Walton was trying to achieve with this book.

Have you read this book? What did you think? Do you have any recommendations for me?

Until next time…


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