Saturday, April 10, 2010
Wings by Aprilynne Pike
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 2009
Stand alone or series: Series (2nd book is Spells)
Book Length: 360
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.
I saw Spells on another Book Bloggers website and when I realised it was the second book to Wings I just had to get the first book. I really like the design of this cover with the petals. It ties in well with the story line.
Before I go on I need to point out that the book has to be interesting enough to involve faeries for me. I'll say now, I did enjoy this book and I liked that it had it's own little differences that set it apart from other faery books in the genre.
Surprisingly, I liked majority of the characters in Wings. Laurel, the main character is very sweet, and headstrong. David, loyal, trustworthy and all round nice guy. And of course there's Tamani, intense and secretive.
If you have read other reviews, yes, there is a love triangle. Although it is not as black and white as you would expect. Tamani and David both have their unique traits and I actually didn't have a favourite. Both had their good qualities. The one thing that bugged me a little was that it seemed rushed alittle in the 'love triangle'.
I found the writing to be simple yet captivating and it was good to see that it helped the storyline flow smoothly. It's nice to pick up a book that doesn't bombard you with a massive vocabulary that I'm constantly going to a dictionary for. (Not that I have a problem with ones that are like that, I just like the break occasionally and it helps to concentrate on the setting and story more) This story is told in third person past tense.
This book is well worth the read. Check it out!