Saturday, May 15, 2010

Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Title: Wings
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: HarperTeen
Hardcover, 290 pages
Date Published: May 1, 2009

Description (Taken from Goodreads)
Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words. 

Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings. 

In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever. 
Laurel has been home schooled her entire life, but when she moves to a larger town with her parents, the 15 year old must brave public school, new friends, and a strange protrusion on her back. Laurel manages school and even grows close to David, the cute (and awesomely science-geeky gorgeous) boy next door. Everything is fantastic for Laurel, until the protrusion on her back sprouts wings and her life turns upside down. As Laurel’s ‘wings’ blossom, so does her relationship with David, but all good things must come to an end and David may end up with a broken heart when Tamani, a faerie who obviously adores Laurel, tells her the truth about her past and who, or what, she really is.

Wings surprised me on so many levels. I’ve never been a fan of faeries or even all that into the whole love story thing, since it often seems to be the driving force of a story. Wings has a good deal of both, but the difference here is that it works really well. The characters are simple, but their simplicity is what makes them real. Sure, Laurel is a faerie and that is far from normal, but she has been living in the human world, with a human life, and has experienced human emotions and events. Her devotion to her family and her intense love for others is a huge part of her. At times, she may be a little annoying, but aren’t all teenagers? David is the boy next door who can’t help but love Laurel. He goes above and beyond for her because he cares for her and above everything, he accepts her. YA novels tend to have the bad boy fall in love with the female lead, but David is no bad boy. He’s the guy that everyone should want and I adored him for that. That being said, Tamani has so much going for him (and not in the bad boy way either) and the love triangle has so much palpable tension. It’s nearly impossible to not see the allure from both sides.

 I don’t know much about faerie lore, but it seems to me that Aprilynne Pike was able to create a uniquely beautiful and magical world. The mythology behind who (or what) Laurel is so complex, but it made sense. Some of it seems like a stretch, but that’s the purpose of a fantasy novel. It doesn’t necessarily have to make perfect sense in our world, as long as it makes sense in that fantasy world. The entire story flowed so well that I never felt like I was reading for a long time and that’s the best way to read. The action had me flipping pages like it was my job and the chases, near-deaths, and troll encounters are perfectly weaved into this story about growing up and coping with any bumps that may come along.

Excellent writing, believable and lovable characters, and an enthralling plot make Wings a magical debut into a fantastical world. Spells sure has a great deal to live up to and I’m truly looking forward to where Laurel’s wings take her from here.

Opening line: Laurel’s shoes flipped a cheerful rhythm that defied her dark mood. ~ pg. 1

Favorite line: “I like it better when I can bewitch you without my magic.” ~ pg. 149
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.


Morgan said...

I'm not into the whole fairy plot lines, but this one sounds really cute. I'm defiantly adding it to my wishlist! Great review and I'm so glad you liked it.

Anna ♥ said...

I've heard such extreme love or hate reviews on this book, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed! :D I love the sound of David being a boy next door, he sounds so cute. Wonderful review, I can't wait to read this book~

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Morgan - I'm not really into faeries either, but this one was able to suck me in, so you may enjoy it as well.

Anna - I've read the love it or hate reviews too and I think that's why it took me so long to read it, but I was pleasantly surprised.

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