Well, the first thing I did when I picked up this book was to be entirely captivated by the writing, and eventually, fascinated by the characters.
Although this has a large cast of characters, each with a beautifully whimsical name. And with a character that is quite strange but all too endearing at the same time. I can’t deny that the front part was gorgeous, even when it was nothing about Ava but about her family.
The writing was the strongest point, where some moments it made me giggle, some moments it was so beautiful and tragic at the same time. I guess the whole writing handled how this tale was told, giving it a strong atmosphere that it so desperately needed. Otherwise, I don’t think that I can even survive this book. Although the characters were a huge plus point.
As for the characters and their lives, what can I say. It was something that just captured my attention. With careful writing, I cared about all of them with their strange quirks and eventually Ava’s narration which worked so well. Emmeline who was the only one out of four to survive, to Viviane and her tragic love with Jack. Which started off so well. And eventually, to Ava the girl with wings. Occasionally, side characters took the spotlight but still it was so well handled with their characterization, defined by how the book is.
To Gabe who was always around, to Wilhelmina who will turn the bakery over for Emmeline who was only surviving on bread at the time. Whimsical, am I right?
So, this just worked for me. I loved the characters and how the writing was, managing to make me care for so many characters when it only had 300 pages. Quite a feat if you ask me.
Rating: 5 out of 5