Saturday, April 23, 2011

Review of Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Wings with Bonus Material
Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Author: Aprilynne Pike
Release date: 1st of May 2009
Published by: Harper Teen
Reading level: YA
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy
URL: http://www.aprilynnepike.com/
Pages: 294 in Hardcover
Source: amazon.com Kindle for PC
Series: Wings, book 1


Summary 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.

First sentence: Laurel’s shoes flipped a cheerful rhythm that defied her dark mood.

Meet Laurel, a shy and beautiful girl and a sophomore who has so far been homeschooled by her mom and who is attending her first day at Del Norte High. During her first day in the school she meets David, who becomes her friend and bio study-buddy. David is a nice person whom Laurel can trust which comes very important to Laurel when she understands, that she is different and changing. David is the one and only person to tell and assure Laurel, that nothing is wrong with her, but suggests she needs to find out what it exactly is that is happening to her. David uses his knowledge about biology to help Laurel.

Everything changes and comes up in speed when Laurel goes back to the place she grew up. She meets Tamani and finds out who she really is. She needs to come in terms with the fact that she is not human.

I had big difficulties reading the first third of the book. I managed to read couple of other books before I turned back to Wings, but I am very glad that I did it. Beginning of the book did not capture me the way I’d wanted to, the plot simply developed too slowly. The Wings picked up again after Laurel met Tamani and then it started to be interesting. When I finished it, I was sincerely glad that I didn’t put it totally aside.

Laurel’s relationship with both David and Tamani after Tamani’s appearance was what saved the book for me. I loved the intensity between Laurel and Tamani and it was nicely balanced with security what Laurel felt with David.

Wings had a slow start, but fortunately when the last page was read, I already started looking for the next book in series – Spells. Looking forward reading that soon.

I would give this book 3 stars out of 5.





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