Title: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Author: Leslye Walton
Published: 27th March 2014
Genre: Magical realism, fantasy
Summary: Ava Lavender—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. One 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.
This was a wonderful book to read, with beautiful writing and a strange and intriguing plot. Although, the main character of this novel is Ava Lavender, a young girl born with wings, she isn’t introduced until about half-way through the book. The first half of the book focuses on Ava’s history and how that has affected her life. The tragedy and misfortune that her grandmother and mother experienced before her seems to follow their family like a curse. This story features such a wonderful cast of characters who are all a bit strange but somehow they fit together wonderfully.
This novel starts off in France but the majority of it takes place in a small American town. The Lavender family end up in a somewhat isolated house surrounded by mystery. There was a slow building tension in this book that is only noticeable when it’s too late and the chain of events have already been set in motion. Although there is tragedy in this book, I find the overall message of this book hopeful. The writing was lovely and flowing and led me to love this book.
Title: Death Note (Volumes 1-5)
Author: Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata (Illustrator)
Published: 10th Oct 2005 – 2nd May 2006
Genre: Manga, horror, mystery
Summary: Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects.But then he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities try to track down the killer… Will Light lose sight of his noble goal… or will he lose his life?
I’ve mentioned this manga a lot on this blog and that is because it’s awesome. This series is so different from anything I’ve ever read. The story is told through the eyes of Light who is on a mission to kill criminals using a ‘Death Note’ and rid the world of evil. It’s interesting reading about his actions and the lengths he goes to to achieve his goals. The conflict between him and detective, L, is the best thing about the series. There are lot of things that make them similar which makes their interactions entertaining.
Light is highly intelligent and his plans are expertly thought out and this contributes to this series addictive feel. I love trying to figure out what’s going to happen next and how Light and L are going to outsmart each other. This manga made me questions my own morals and what I would do in similar situations. I’m really enjoying the series so far, even though I’m not halfway through yet (there are 12 volumes in this series). However, the plot in the fifth volume took a bit of a turn which I’m not sure I like and I really hope the story gets back on track soon.