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Book Review – Wings by Aprilynne Pike

October 20, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Book Description:

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.


We all learn in school that we can classify things according to whether they are animal, vegetable and mineral. Well, in Wings by Aprilynne Pike, 15-year-old Laurel Sewell discovers that she doesn’t quite belong to the animal kingdom.

Laurel isn’t quite like the other teenagers at her new high school Del Norte High (Crescent City). She’s blonde, slender and as beautiful as a model, a strict vegetarian, hasn’t started menstuating yet (even though she is physically maturing normally), immune to the cold, and loves the outdoors & sunlight. Okay, all of that can have a perfectly reasonable explanation, but then Laurel discovers a bump that then alarmingly grows into a giant beautiful flower (complete with long silky wing-like colorful petals) on her back. She is understandably freaked out by her big secret, and confides in her good friend David Lawson (resident science geek AND school hunk), but it’s only when Laurel visits her old home in Orick that she gets some answers. She meets a young charismatic sentry faerie (Tamani) in the woods behind her home, and Tamani tells her that she’s not human at all. She’s a faerie like him, and guess what, fearies are actually plants!

I liked how Ms Pike slowly developed the story – with the little clues pointing out that Laurel isn’t quite what she seems, culminating in the growth of the wing-like flower on her back. I thought that Laurel reacted much the way a sensible young teenager would react, and her friend David was practically a god-send – with his steady & open acceptance when he finds out her secret, and later, using scientific methods, it’s David who confirms what Tamani says. The romance between the two is also slowly developed, and who can blame Laurel for developing deeper feelings for David. He’s a loyal friend and even finds a way for Laurel to go out in public with the flower on her back with no one being the wiser.

The story is a bit boring and plodding though, and only picks up later, when Laurel has to deal with her father’s mysterious illness, the scary Jeremiah Barnes who turns out to be more than just a realtor wanting to buy their old home in Orick, and when she, David and Tamani have to fight for their lives against some supernatural elements.

What I did find disappointing was that the faerie world building isn’t fully developed – Tamani does give some more info about Laurel’s origins, but it’s all very vague, and hopefully, the next book in the series Spells will correct that oversight. It was also confusing to see a love triangle spring up with Laurel, David and Tamani, with Laurel just suddenly developing feelings for the faerie sentry. It turns out that before Laurel was brought to our world, she lived for a time in Avalon (the faerie world) where she did have something with Tamani. Maybe that would’ve worked better if there was a prologue to the book, where we see the relationship that Tamani had with the faerie Laurel. This is a book that’s really written for young tween girls, maybe those who are a little too young for the Twilight market (Stephenie Meyer apparently had good things to say about it), but it’s definitely more innocent and young in message and style – not too much violence and pretty age appropriate romantic elements.

Wings (Laurel Series, Book 1) by Aprilynne Pike is available on Amazon as a Kindle Edition ($8.99), Hardcover ($11.55), Paperback ($8.99) and as an Audible.Com audiobook ($10.45).

You can also get the ebook for just $5.59 at Harper Collins, but is $8.99 everywhere else (Sony eBook Store, BooksOnBoard, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Borders).

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