Book Review: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Eva Lavender by (Ebook) – read as part of the #ayearathon readathon and the boutofbooks 12.0 read-a-thon


Product Details


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1545 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0763665665
  • Publisher: Walker (13 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English

I read this book as part of the #ayearathon read-a-thon as this months pick for this read a thon was standalones.


I’d like to start this review by thanking Regan from PeruseProject who recommended this book in her best 14 books of 2014 video because had it not been for seeing this video I would never have purchased it which would have been a travesty.

This book is as mesmerizing and heratbreaking lyrical tale that discusses the the light and dark sides of love and desure. It written from a trans generational point of view starting with Ava’s Grandmother, mother and Ava her self.

Following the recommendation it was the cover of this book that attracted me too reading it because the feather on the front of it was so beautiful and gave an insight in to what the story might be about which was thmn proven by the synopsis.The lyrical writing style and world building in this book were fantastic and kept me enthralled through out. All things together is what made me give the book a five star rating.

Being able to read the stories of three women and see their individual suffering, and what seemed to be a family birthright of foolish love was amazing. The fact that it also told you about the gifts the women had as well as what it was like for Ava growing up having wings and a twin brother who never talked much at all.

I enjoyed every moment reading this book which is why it will be one that I will re read again and again as well as buy a copy to have on my bookshelf s I read it in ebook format. It is also a book that I will recommend to others as well as buy it as a gift family and friends who I think will enjoy it.


Everyone Has Their Little Secrets by Michael Louthern (Paperback, Review copy) – read as part of the #ayearathon read-a-thon and the boutofbooks 12.0 read-a-thon

I’d like to start by thanking the author of this book for allowing me to have a copy of this book in return for an honest review, through Bostick Communications.

The book was about a teenage girl called Zoe and her family who live in an affluent area in the States. It sees her going form being part of a close nit loving family to everything falling apart when her older brother Josh is shot by a friend Kirk.

The cover art is lovely and I loved the way the story was written in the form of a diary that was kept by the main character, Zoe. If found the book hard to get into at first due to the subject matter, death,murder & suicide,but the authors writing was so good that it got me through the initial awkwardness and had me engrossed. It is for these reasons that I have given it a 5 star rating.

It was interesting seeing all the things that happen to Zoe from the moment her brother is killed, starting to drink (underage), smoke and smoke weed to name but a few.

The fact that the book was done as though it was exerts from Zoe’s diary made me as the reader feel that I connected with Zoe on so many levels as well as with the rest of her family. It also enabled me to see all her strengths and weaknesses as a person.

All in all I loved this book and think it was a grate debut book so I would recommend it to other people as well as give it as a gift to frends/family members who I think would enjoy it,