Waiting on Wednesdays (#2)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to highlight some upcoming releases that we're impatiently tapping our feet for. It's a great way to to keep track of some of the most anticipated releases amongst other book bloggers and a new way to discover books yourself.

At the moment, the book I'm most excited for is:

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Author: Leslye Walton
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magical Realism
To be published: March 25th, 2014
Find: Goodreads
Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga. 

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. First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.

How can I say no to a book that includes two of my favorite things: magical realism and angel wings?

Magical realism is one of my favorite genres, from Invisible Cities to American Gods to The Book Thief. There's just a certain whimsical nuance to them that I find more enjoyable to read than traditional fantasy or contemporary books. And compared to vampires, zombies, and werewolves, there just isn't nearly enough books centered on angels (or in the case of this book, people who are angel-like?). There are a lot of elements of this book that I love, so I hope it doesn't disappoint when it comes out.

Also, on a shallow note, I am in love with that book cover. I'm not going to deny that I judge a book by it cover, and the simplicity of the cover is what caught my eye in the first place.

What upcoming books have caught your eye and tickled your fancy? 


  1. Great pick. Thanks for sharing :)

    Happy Wednesday!

    My WoW

  2. The book sounds interesting! I haven't heard of it before but I'll definitely keep a watch out for it! Awesome choice this week :) Check out my WoW:

    Crystal @ Elegantly Bound Books

  3. Oooh. I've seen buzz on Ava Lavender around and it has sounded intriguing. The cover looks dreamy too. Have you tried reading some Latin American fiction? Magical realism plays a huge role in Latin American lit - try reading or watching Like Water for Chocolate if you haven't experienced it yet. Such a delight!

  4. I haven't read any Latin American lit yet, but I've been meaning to. Like Water for Chocolate is definitely on my list as well as some other books by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Have you read any books from him yet? There are so many books of his to choose from, I don't know where to start.