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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Released: May 5, 2009
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rated: Young Adult
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Fifteen-year-old Laurel has led a sheltered, homeschooled life in a very small town, so when her parents decide to move and enroll her in high school, she has trouble getting used to her new life. A life, as it turns out, that’s not at all like those of other kids. One clear sign is a winglike blossom that blooms on her back. Oh, and her new best friend, the scientifically minded David, reveals under a microscope that her cells are more plant than animal. But it takes an encounter at her old home with the handsome but decidedly different Tamani to convince her that she is a faerie. She also learns it’s up to her to save her land from the evil influences that are trying to take it away from her and her family. This first novel is clearly designed to attract the Twilight set, though there’s significantly less edge (and blood). There is, however, a familiar triangle. Will Laurel choose solid, steady David, or will she be unable to resist Tamani’s lure? Stay tuned. Fine escapist fare, this neatly mixes the everyday with the otherworldly.

What I thought:

This was a cute story, not something that blew my skirt up. It is a different twist on fairies, which I really like about it. But I have mixed feelings on the plot and characters of this story.

I felt Laurel, at times, was too flighty. Sure, she needs to adapt and learn to be around others, but the longer it took the more frustrated I became. I really liked David, but he only had one emotion when it came to Laurel. He never seemed to get angry or upset. He's a teenager, he's allowed to get angry, even if it isn't really justified.

The plot was interesting, and it kept me reading, but there were parts that didn't make sense whatsoever... and maybe they will become clear in the next book. Which I do plan to read, because while I was frustrated at moments in this book, it wasn't horrible either.

I gave it 3 stars!

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