A lot to like, but not enough to love. 3.5/5 stars.
The blurb: Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.
In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.
That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.
It’s so hard reviewing books that you think are “ok”. Or in this case, “ok and the writing was impressive in places”. I apologize if this review is a disconnected rambled of positives and negatives… It’s my own fault for, once again, being seduced by a beautiful blue and yellow book cover!
The book is only 300 pages long, which is good because it didn’t need to be any longer. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until page 120 that I found myself interested in the plot, which is a bit too long in such a short book. A less patient reader might well abandon the story before then.