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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

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Foolish love appears to be a Roux family birthright. And for Ava Lavender, a girl born with the wings of a bird, it is an ominous thing to inherit. In her quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to join her peers, Ava ventures into the wider world. But it is a dangerous world for a naive girl – a world which may view her as girl or angel. On the night of the summer solstice celebration, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air and Ava’s journey and her family’s saga reaches a devastating crescendo. 

Warning – this book will give you all of the feels.

Ava is a girl born with wings. Her family is strange. We find out how strange by her telling us the story of her grandmother and mother. The characters in this are all fantastic. I loved Ava’s grandmother, Emilienne’s story and how we seen her character develop throughout the years. There are so many great side characters too who felt like fully flushed out characters not just there for the sake of it.

The writing in this book is exquisite. It completely envelops you in the plot and makes you feel like you are in the locations. The stories of Ava’s grandmother, mother and her own intertwine and at the end you realise how deep a story has been told.

I loved this book.

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Deadly Class Volume 1

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Marcus Lopez hates school. His grades suck. The jocks are hassling his friends. He can’t focus in class. But the jocks are the children of Joseph Stalin’s top assassin, the teachers are members of an ancient league of assassins, the class he’s failing is “Dismemberment 101,” and his crush has a double-digit body count. Welcome to the most brutal high school on earth, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained. Murder is an art. Killing is a craft. At Kings Dominion School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical.

This was deplorable, and violent and utterly brilliant.

The art in this is phenomenal which really drew me in, there is a scene where Marcus is on drugs and the art is just amazing. The story premise hooked me – a school for assassins? Yes.

I cannot wait for the next instalment!

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The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

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Sarah Grimké is the middle daughter. The one her mother calls difficult and her father calls remarkable. On Sarah’s eleventh birthday, Hetty ‘Handful’ Grimké is taken from the slave quarters she shares with her mother, wrapped in lavender ribbons, and presented to Sarah as a gift. Sarah knows what she does next will unleash a world of trouble. She also knows that she cannot accept. And so, indeed, the trouble begins …

This was fantastic and heartbreaking.

This story follows two perspectives, Handful, a slave gifted to Sarah on her eleventh birthday, and Sarah, a southern daughter with her own ideas about slavery. I loved the dual perspective, the author does a great job of creating two distinctive voices.

The story moves through the years and we see the characters mature and develop. Nina, Sarah’s sister, is another character who I loved to read about.

When I found out this was based on real people, that the Grimke sisters were real it made my heart soar. I felt inspired that they fought so hard for things in a time when women were not listened to. They pushed, they were pioneers of feminism.

This book shows the brutality of slavery, the endurance of the human spirit and above all how peoples actions resonate and affect others.

I absolutely loved this book.

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Death Note Black Editions Series

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Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects – and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami 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 send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal…or his life?

This was my first venture into the manga world. I loved it. I love graphic novels but was unsure how I would like manga, especially it being black and white.
The art work was great! I really enjoyed it so am over my fear of black and white art in books.

The story is fantastic and really well written. It is very dialogue heavy but mostly faced paced to read. Basically Light finds a Death Note and decides he can change the world into a better place by killing off criminals. This is a noble quest, so he thinks and we see how the world reacts.

I really liked some of the characters, I love Ryuk and his obsession with apples. The battle of minds between L and Light is fantastic.

I would definitely recommend this for manga buffs and newbies alike 🙂