1. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
What I liked about it: Basically, it is Magical Realism at its best. It takes you on an unexpected and heart-wrenching journey of self-discovery and the true nature of humans. This novel is whimsical and unique. Even though it might be the strangest book I've ever read, I enjoyed it immensely. It follows multiple generations of the same family, ending with Ava, the girl with wings. Her story will make you cry, cringe, and most importantly, it'll make you think.What I didn't like about it: n/a
2. Isla and the Happily Ever After
What I liked about it: Like the two novels before it, Isla is adorable and quirky. I love the romance in these novels because it makes me smile and break into a song. The (short) visit to Barcelona left me on cloud nine. Stephanie Perkins knows how to make the setting shine and I love her for it.
What I didn't like about it: Unlike the previous novels, this one felt a little flat and weak. For the most part, I liked Isla and Josh. However, I rolled my eyes way too many times to fully love this novel and I REALLY wanted to love it.
3. Love, Rosie
What I liked about it: In case you don't know, this novel is about two friends who could be more than friends but life keeps them apart. I wasn't expecting much from this one but I was pleasantly surprised. It takes place during a long span of time, and when I say long I mean over forty years. I loved the relationship between Rosie and Alex and how it develops very naturally. I really enjoyed the story and the format (emails, letters, etc.)
What I didn't like about it: I drags on forever and a day. I don't necessarily mind this but I feel like the novel could've been shorter.Rating: 4/5
4. Hold Still
What I liked about it: Hold Still is my first Nina LaCour novel and it won't be my last. LaCour's writing is stunning. I didn't just read Caitlin's story, I lived it. I feel like this novel doesn't sugarcoat suicide. It deals with it head-on and that makes the story that much more important. The characters, the setting, the letters, the beautiful illustrations, the importance of photography in Caitlin's healing process...I loved it all.What I didn't like about it: n/a
5. A Monster Calls
What I liked about it: Hmmm, everything? I received this beauty for my birthday and I had to read it immediately. The story is so unique and incredibly touching. Patrick Ness does a wonderful job with the fantasy element of the novel. I particularly loved the illustrations. They complemented the story perfectly. What do you get when beautiful illustrations and a flawlessly written story come together? You get a magnificent reading experience.What I didn't like about it: n/a