REVIEW: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton a.k.a love can make us such fools

tumblr_n5m1l6PYla1tnpsmxo1_400TITLE: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
AUTHOR: Leslye Walton
PUBLICATION: Published March 25th 2014 by Candlewick Press
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Magical Realism | Romance
PAGES: 320pages (Kindle Edition)
RATING: 5 ★★★★★
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“The following is the story of my young life as I remember it. It is the truth as I know it. Of the stories and the myths that surrounded my family and my life — some of them thoughtfully scattered by you perhaps — let it be said that, in the end, I found all of them to be strangely, even beautifully, true.” 

Sometimes you’ll read a story and it will make your chest ache so much because it’s so beautiful and tragic and you know what? you’re going to be happy about it. For me, that story is The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. I think I felt every emotion I could feel by reading this. I appreciated and understood Love more. How it can make someone so bitter that you can taste it just by her eyes or how it can make someone float in happiness and do foolish things. How powerful Love is. How it can be the one who can make someone the happiest person or the most miserable person living on earth.

“Love makes us such fools.”

This story is narrated by our main character, Ava. From the prologue where she starts to introduce us to what she is, I got the impression that she’s older and she’s just reminiscing her family’s tragic and beautiful love stories. And she starts from her maternal grandmother, Emilienne, and from there I’ve read one of the most wonderful and lonely stories I’ve ever read. I was instantly hooked. That Prologue is so powerful you just know that it’s preparing you for the following chapters. I did not put it down. In fact, I was so engrossed by how Ava narrates the story that I almost finished it in one sitting.

I met lovely and real characters. It’s so real that I think some of them is living inside of me now. It’s weird actually, all that is happening is weird. The ghosts, the girl turning into a dove, a priest with sinful motives, a lot of magical stuff. But instead of confusing me, it made me keep on turning the pages.
Each of the characters are original. I love how we know their backstories and how connected I am with them. And can I say how brilliantly written this book is? So sophisticated and dazzling. To think that it’s the author’s debut novel. Amazing!

If you’re looking for a story with a lot of dialogue, this isn’t for you. If you’re looking for a light read, this isn’t for you. I dare you to enter the Roux household. To join Ava as she narrates her family’s history of unlucky love stories. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is an eye opener and a thought provoking novel. I assure you, it will stay with you forever.



ARC REVIEW: Melt by Selene Castrovilla a.k.a it’s so beautiful, it hurts


AUTHOR: Selene Castrovilla
PUBLICATION:Expected publication: November 2014
GENRE: YA/NA > Realistic fiction | Contemporary | Romance
PAGES: 328pages (Paperback)
SOURCE: eArc from Tour Host
RATING: 4 ★★★★1/2











MELT is a brutal love story, set against the backdrop of The Wizard of Oz. Sixteen year old “good girl” Dorothy just blew into the small town of Highland Park – where the social headquarters is Munchkinland (Dunkin’ Donuts.) There, she meets Joey – a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his alcoholism? And then there’s his family’s secret – about to be unleashed.

Told in dual first person, Joey’s words are scattered on the page – reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason – until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away?

MELT is based on true events. It is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. It will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul.








I’ve waited 2-3 days before I wrote my review of Melt and honestly, until now, I still can’t form coherent words about it. So please bear with me, I will try to express how I loved this masterpiece as understandable as I can.

We were first introduced by Joey, a teen that has a bad reputation and a bad situation at home. Then there’s Dorothy, sweet, sweet Dorothy who is new in town. When these two completely opposite people collided.. we got a heart melting and soul crushing experience.

I was completely sucked in from the first chapter.. Joey’s voice is heartbreaking and hard to let go. I found myself anticipating his next words. Dorothy is not that different, I really felt for her. That’s why this story is a success for me, it’s scary real and it’s like that I’m in there! Witnessing what Joey is seeing.. Feeling my heart ache just like Dorothy. I spent half of the time reading this crying and sobbing and I.. I’m speechless.

I get the writing style of “Melt” isn’t for everyone. It’s written as verse, poetic-like. But the book is so deep, but yet such an easy read. I’ll never forget it. NEVER. And I’ll forever recommend it as a must-read. The fact that she could introduce these deep characters in such a structure and make me feel like I know them is mind blowing.

I have nothing but praise to the author … she created a powerful book that will forever hunts the reader. Poignant and entirely realistic, MELT is a book that should NEVER be missed.

REVIEW: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes a.k.a nope. can’t handle it


TITLE:Me Before You
AUTHOR:Jojo Moyes
PUBLICATION: Published December 31st 2012 by Pamela Dorman Books/ Viking
GENRE:A > Romance | Contemporary | Realistic Fiction
PAGES: 400pages (Paperback)
RATING: 5 ★★★★★
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Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.




“The thing about being catapulted into a whole new life – or at least shoved up so hard against someone else’s life that you might as well have your face pressed against their window – is that it forces you to rethink your idea of who you are. Or how you might seem to other people.”


My heart was not prepared for those kind of feels…

I expected a cheesy chick-lit. Did I get that? NOPE. But what I got was much, much better. Me Before You is.. a masterpiece! I can’t say how much relatable JoJo Moyes’s writing was. It’s deep, witty and unforgettable.

Meet Louisa Clark. She’s 26, but she still lives at her parents house. She has a boyfriend, who doesn’t seem interested in settling down. And she’s working at a café. Well, she used to.. Louisa’s character was likeable and relatable. I found myself wishing that I have her humour, her effect on people and her consistency when given a task. She’s a bit stubborn and she has very weird (but adorable) fashion statement.

She’s the complete opposite of successful CEO, Will Traynor. Will was bitter and depressed – constantly reminiscing about his life ‘before’ and ‘after’ the accident. He used to ski, bungee jump, rock climb and just generally travel the globe looking for the next adrenalin-rush. Now he is chair-bound and suicidal.

When these two people met, I got a very EMOTIONAL, FUNNY AND HEARTBREAKING  journey.

Me Before You is a very powerful read. It will make your flutter a little, make you grin like Cheshire cat and will reveal to you what it means to truly love someone.

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible”

It was certainly a tough subject matter to read but was so well written and managed to actually make me laugh out loud at several parts. I loved Louisa and Will’s wittiness and constant banter, it was the perfect addition to this poignant story. It was hard not to picture what it would be like if you were put into a situation such as Louisa and Will’s. What you would do, if you would actually do anything different. All I know is that they both had an incredibly difficult decision to make and either way was bound to lead to heartache.

This was an incredible story that was so painful (in that crazy heart hurting kind of way) to read but I simply could not put it down. Me Before You is a heartbreaking story about finding what makes life worth living and making the decision whether it’s truly enough. Definitely a forever favorite and one that my heart won’t be forgetting any time soon.

This kind of books should have tissues to come with when you buy it.