Laurel was mesmerized,
staring at the pale things
with the 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.
Laurel has never been the kind of girl who believes in fairy tales and myths, fables and legends … until the day she learns the stunning truth about her own identity, forever changing her world. In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.
Book Title: Wings Genre: Young Adult Fiction Author: Aprilynne Pike Type: Trade Paperback 295 pages Publisher: Harper Teen Publication Date: May 2009
Ever have one of those books that get you all excited just thinking about them? Wings was that book for me. Faeries, magic and mystery all together in a new young adult novel. Sounds great! But in the end this story just didn’t work for me – and seeing all the stellar reviews this book is getting makes me feel like I’m missing out on something.
Maybe I just expected too much, because I didn’t find anything all that original here. There’s Laurel, whose not only starting out at school as the new girl but as the girl whose been home-schooled all her life, is a very picky eater and is a little weird about being stuck inside for 8 hours a day. So there is the awkward main character whose trying hard to fit in. No need to worry though, because now David makes his entrance to the story. David is the typical, popular, all around nice, high school guy that everyone likes. And he welcomes Laurel into his circle of friends right away.
Now that Laurel seems to be heading in the direction of normal teenage life, a problem pops up (literally) She starts growing petals out of her back! So of course she freaks out, and after confiding in David he runs some tests on her blood using his microscope and discovers she’s a plant! And that was when I knew that this book would be a bit of a stretch for me. Seriously I can deal with faeries – they’re awesome – but I didn’t care much for this particular re-imagining of the fey.
From there on out, it was pretty predictable – throw in some bad guys, a hot male faerie to threaten David’s relationship with Laurel and some family problems. I've no idea why Wings didn’t work for me, was it only because of the whole turning into a plant thing, or was the plot outline just too similar to many other young adult fantasy books? Another thing that bothered me is that it was marketed as a young adult book (ages 12+), but I would say this would be more appropriate for ages 9-12. There was really nothing overly objectionable in terms of language, violence or sexuality. I also felt that the writing and pace were more suited to younger readers.
Basically, I didn’t enjoy this one. But others love it – I’ve included links to other reviews below so be sure to check those out. However I would recommend this to younger readers, as a fun, quick read.
About The Author
Aprilynne Pike has been spinning faerie stories since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found at the gym; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne currently lives with her husband and three kids in Utah, and dreams of warmer climates.
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