Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Review: Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Wings by Aprilynne PikePublisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Pub. Date: May 2009
Age Range: 12 and up
304pp

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.


Wings is Aprilynne’s debut novel and let me just tell you, I was captivated from the beginning to end. Laurel’s world is about to be turned upside down when she discovers everything about her life is not what it seemed. This story is a mesmerizing depiction of magic, romance, mystery and danger. Basically, this book has everything you could want in a novel. Pike’s characters are so well depicted that I found myself wrapped up in their world and caring about the wellbeing of each character.

One of my favorite aspects of a book is… Take a guess… THE.LOVE.TRIANGLE!

On one hand you have David, who’s handsome, confident, understanding, trustworthy and reliable. Do these guys really exist in high school? If, so where was he when I was there?

On the other hand you have Tamani, who’s gorgeous, mysterious, passionate, unpredictable and exudes an air of danger.

An then there’s Laurel, right smack in the middle, a seemingly ordinary girl who’s beautiful and also the new girl in school just trying to adjust and fit into her new environment.

What do these guys have in common? Squeals…their affection for Laurel. I love it!

Laurel has a hard decision to make – wouldn’t want to be in her shoes, but then again maybe I would...I don’t think she could go wrong with either choice.

The writing is excellent and I love the flow of the story and how everything fell together. I ended up reading this book in one sitting. It’s so refreshing to see a different take on faeries/fairies/fae (So Many) and I totally ate it up! This is the 1st book in this series and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for Laurel.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

61 comments:

  1. I was recently able to snag this book on BookMooch. it has been mailed to me and can't wait to get it! Great review!

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  2. Thanks for the great review! Wings is marked as high priority on my Amazon wish list, I would really really like to read it.

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  3. I absolutely loved this. My favourite bits were the love triangle and the different fairy lore too.

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  4. Interesting. Faeries are making a big comeback lately and I'm glad to see that these faerie novels are each different and unique!

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  5. Great review! I wasn't sure if I would like this book or not, but you've convinced me I will. I'm going to go out hunting for Wings today. Thanks!

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  6. Lol! To be honest I'm getting tired of perfect male characters but I think I will give this book a try. Thanks for the review!

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  7. Sounds yummy! I just bought this and looking forward to it - especially after having just read FAIRY TALE.

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  8. Great review. I didn't realize there was a love triangle. How interesting. And yeah, where WERE these guys in my high school? I'm not so sure they exist. LOL

    -Lauren

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  9. Superb review. I want to read this book, it sounds so good :)

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  10. Oooo. Great review! I think I'll be bumping that up on my huge list of books to read. Just got it from the library, so maybe I can start it up after I finish one of the three books I'm currently reading.

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  11. I loved this book! It was such a quick read right? I loved the Faerie aspect of it and I can't wait to find out more in the next one!

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  12. I can't wait to read this. I plan on reading it later this week. Thanks for the review!

    Also, there is an award for you at my blog!

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  13. Ugh, I am dying to read this!

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  14. Awesome review! I really want to read this book! Gottalove faeries!

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  15. OMG
    i love ur reviews, all ur books r always in my 2 read pile.
    luv Fantastic Book Reviews YAY.
    have 2 read Wings, luv faeries and love triangles.

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  16. I liked this one a lot - in fact I wanted more info on the characters even as I was reading it!

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  17. Ooh, I didn't know there even was a love triangle in this one! :) Great review!

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  18. Awesome review! I can't wait to read this one

    Amber

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  19. I love love triangles :) I swear I never had these types of guys in my high school. I'm glad this got such a good rating. It was just chosen as the book of the month for my online book club.

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  20. I love books that can be read in one sitting.

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  21. Hmm, sounds good. Nice to hear it's a refreshing take on faeries, as there are quite a few of these lately! (not that that's a bad thing, mind you ... just a fact) thanks for the review!

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  22. Wow! Great review! I'm definitely adding it to my TBB list. A whole new take on faeries!

    Thanks for the great review!

    Dottie :)

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  23. Great review - I've been hearing so much about this book! Can't wait to read it.

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  24. Great review. I cant wait to read it and its great to see so many people that like it.

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  25. i have seen great reviews for this book. I can't wait to read it

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  27. I love faeries, I so want to read it!

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  28. I think I'll go for Tamani here. He sounds hot. ;)

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  29. Was he like super hot? Cos my IE just died after I posted the comment. xD

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  30. omgosh i loooove love triangles. with hot guys. and faeries. YAY for hot faeries!!! =D

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  31. Read so much about this book.. hoping to read it soon :) thanks for the review!!

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  32. I love Love Triangles! And this book is on my WL!

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  33. This book sounds so good. I want to read it. There definitely were not boys like that when I went to High School. I think thats the beauty of fiction.

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  34. Ohh sounds great! I honestly just want to run over to my bookstore and buy a copy of Wings after reading this review!

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  35. I'm really looking forward to reading this eventually -- I enjoy a good love triangle also!

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  36. I want to read this book so bad! =)

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  37. YA romance with faeries and love interests that you seemed to be in love with,definetly makes me want to read it.

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  38. Great review!
    Gosh...most certainly...Wings is moving up towards the front of my TBR list.
    Thanks.

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  39. Love triangle!!! Give me the book! :) haha

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  40. I'd really like to read it! The only other book I've recently read with faeries is the Wicked Lovely series, which was really great. Hope this one's does as well. :)

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  41. I'll take the one she doesn't want :P Preferably Tamani.

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  42. A love triangle, eh? Oh my. And it's a match-up of the good guy versus the bad boy, no less. It would take a work of fiction for the good guy to stand a chance. :) I've never gravitated towards that sub-plot, but this book does sound promising regardless of my preconceptions.

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  43. I love books with a romantic plot line - pretty sure the rest of this book won't even matter if that part of the plot is good, but the rest sounds good anyway. An added bonus :)
    Sara

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  44. I love faerie stories! This sounds awesome!!! I can't wait to read it!
    bunnybx at gmail . com

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  45. I just recently read my first "fairie" book and loved it! Can't wait to try this series. What I wouldn't have given in high school for the choice you put in your review!

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  46. Faerie books so often are much better than their vampire counterparts. I mean, how many good new takes on faeries have we seen? Many.
    And vamps? No offense to anyone who thinks that sparkly vampires are cool, but... um. No.

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  47. Great review! I hadn't realised there was a love triangle, but now I want to read it even more! There seems to be a huge surge of faerie books lately, and I can't say I'm regretting it at all.

    - Alex

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  48. I am a bit tired of love triangles, particularly when one is a perfect supernatural and the other is best friend-type human. But this one has been getting great reviews so I'd like to give it a try.

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  49. Wings looks fantastic! I have to admit that I also love triangles in fantasy books. Thanks for a great review.

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  50. This book sounds great! I am adding it to my TBR pile! I love fairies!

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  51. Great review... the book looks awesome... such an interesting story... and the book cover is beautiful.

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  52. I love the starts of new series that sound so good...ones where they make you glad they're going to be series :D

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  53. Hopefully I will get to read this one soon!

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  54. Nice review. :D I'm also interested in stories of love triangle. This book sounds pretty much like my cup of tea.

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  55. I haven't read that many faerie books, but I've really enjoyed the ones I have read. This seems like a good book to.

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  56. This looks REALLY good! Great review!

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  57. Your review makes this book even more appealing. Sometimes I get tired of the paranormal, supernatural, etc., but I wouldn't mind reading it, if it's as good as you say.

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  58. A debut novel and a love triangle- count me in! Please enter me to win this book.

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  59. I have yet to read this book, it sounds great so far!


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