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Spells (Laurel Series #2)

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"I can't just storm in and proclaim my intentions. I can't 'steal' you away. I just have to wait and hope that, someday, you'll ask," Tamani said.

"And if I don't?" Laurel said, her voice barely above a whisper.

"Then I guess I'll be waiting forever."

Although Laurel has come to accept her true identity as a faerie, she refuses to turn her back on her human life—and especially her boyfriend, David—to return to the faerie world.

But when she is summoned to Avalon, Laurel's ...

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Overview

"I can't just storm in and proclaim my intentions. I can't 'steal' you away. I just have to wait and hope that, someday, you'll ask," Tamani said.

"And if I don't?" Laurel said, her voice barely above a whisper.

"Then I guess I'll be waiting forever."

Although Laurel has come to accept her true identity as a faerie, she refuses to turn her back on her human life—and especially her boyfriend, David—to return to the faerie world.

But when she is summoned to Avalon, Laurel's feelings for the charismatic faerie sentry Tamani are undeniable. She is forced to make a choice—a choice that could break her heart.

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Editorial Reviews

Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“Rich with faerie mythology, this book will leave readers clamoring for the next installment.”
Booklist (starred review)
“Mixing a little bit of Harry Potter and a lot of Twilight, Pike has hit on a winning combination. Yet it is her own graceful take on life inside Avalon that adds a shimmering patina sure to enthrall readers.”
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—This sequel to Wings (HarperTeen, 2009) begins with Laurel going to the Academy of Avalon to begin a summer of intensive training as a Fall faerie in order to protect her family from the threat of her troll nemesis, Jeremiah Barnes. The strict faerie social hierarchy begins to wear on her, causing her to question her place in that society. When she goes back to her life in the human world, she constantly feels the strain of wondering when Barnes will make his next move. Her relationship with David, her human boyfriend, has deepened, but she still feels ties to Tamani, her faerie sentry, and she constantly questions where she belongs. In the end, she is forced to choose between her two worlds. Pike develops her world with limited success. While Avalon is slightly interesting, Laurel's time there drags. Pike makes several attempts to explain historical and mythological people and events so they fit into her world—Eve, it seems was a misunderstood faerie—without fully fleshing out the whys or hows. The first part of the book plods and it is only toward the last 50 pages that the action picks up. Fans of the first book likely won't notice the overwrought writing and poor world-building, but others would do well to seek out the many other, better faerie stories.—Necia Blundy, Marlborough Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
In clean, fresh prose, never wilting in momentum as some middle volumes do, this second installment stays fragrant throughout. Laurel's a faerie, and faeries are plants. On her back, a blossom sprouts annually; she binds it down under her shirt to keep the secret. Briefly visiting magical Avalon, where she was born (but which she doesn't recall), she studies plant lore and faerie society. As is traditional in supernatural romance, two boys want her: human David, warm and devoted, and faerie sentry Tamani, sizzlingly attractive and pining for Laurel's return. Trolls stalk and entrap Laurel and her loved ones in the human world, seeking revenge and the gateway into Avalon, while a slick human woman with a special-ops team helps defeat trolls but rouses Laurel's suspicion. As in Wings (2009), Pike brazenly codes physical deformity and asymmetry as evil, and her engagingly clear prose sometimes blunders into floridness when describing Avalon. Among the current cornucopia of supernatural romances (and despite the presumably unintentional humor of a heroine who literally tastes like nectar), though, this one blooms. (Fantasy. YA)
Booklist (starred review)
“Mixing a little bit of Harry Potter and a lot of Twilight, Pike has hit on a winning combination. Yet it is her own graceful take on life inside Avalon that adds a shimmering patina sure to enthrall readers.”
Booklist
"Mixing a little bit of Harry Potter and a lot of Twilight, Pike has hit on a winning combination. Yet it is her own graceful take on life inside Avalon that adds a shimmering patina sure to enthrall readers."
Carrie Jones
“Spells is brilliant and lovely. Aprilynne Pike’s talent just continues to bloom and I am almost afraid to see how awesome her next book will be.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061668067
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Series: Laurel Series , #2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 247,030
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Aprilynne Pike

Aprilynne Pike has been spinning faerie stories since she was a child with a hyperactive imagination. She completed her BA in creative writing at the age of twenty at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. Aprilynne lives with her husband and three kids in Arizona.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

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    Spells by Aprilynne Pike

    Laurel spends summer vacation in Avalon learning how to be a Fall Faerie, which means she has to learn how to mix up potions. She grows closer to Tamani, a fairy guard and old friend from before she lost her memory, and now she has to choose between him and her human boyfriend. Laurel's mom is having trouble with the fact that Laurel is a fairy. Trolls are back for revenge. Humans are hunting the trolls down and Laurel fears they may also hunt fairies. Spells is a wonderful book. Loved the parts when Laurel went to Avalon, the fairy world; it's so beautiful and perfect there.

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2010

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    My new favorite series!

    love love LOVE this book!! i was a little concerned after reading the first on how it would be more than 2 books but now i am extremely excited! i love how Aprilynne Pike transformed the traditional view of faeries into something beautiful and believable. You really get sucked into the world of Avalon It isn't like other Fae books (like Marr's Wicked Lovely) where its interesting but its confusing and hard to keep up with. Pike makes it simple and captivating. She doesn't spend time with needless detailed pages you're not interested. oh and by the way I'm rooting for Tamani!! Love him! He's probably my favorite guy character out of all the books i have read and if him and Laurel don't get together in the next book even a little bit i just might burst!! the suspense is killing me!! its a beautiful book and an excellent read! can't believe Pike it making me suffer this agonizingly long wait for book three!! i mean goodness!!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2010

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    wonderful read

    All I need to say is two words Team Tamani!!!!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2011

    I live here! Haha

    I read this book and Wings because alot of people at my school were reading it because it took place in our tiny little town! I know exactly where Orick is but I live in Crescent City, the lighthouse is really here and I drove on Pebble Beach Drive today haha it's totally cool to read a book about where I live :) Both Wings and Spells were good books and I'm looking forward to the next book!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    Next book, please~!

    Lots of romance, a bit of action. it's a great sequel to a promising debut. Once you get over the obnoxiously familiar love triangle (Ahem.. Twilight, anyone? Thought it seems rather pointless to point that out.), "Spells" turns out to be a really entertaining read. The concept of faeries actually being plants is most definitely refreshing. I mostly like Laurel's character, she's easy enough to relate to. except some of the things she does. kinda annoy me. Or maybe I'm just Tamani-biased..? Regardless, I think Aprilynne Pike is an amazing author; her writing brings back the little girl in her (female) readers. Gawd, the end left me hanging and wanting MORE. I want the next book. I want the next book NOWWWW.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2010

    Brilliant sequel to an amazing book!

    I was so pleased when I was able to sign up for this book as an ARC. I have been patiently waiting for it to come out so that I could continue the amazing story of Laurel and her new-found faerie blood.

    I loved the world of Avalon that Pike explored in this book. The new revelations and rules that Laurel had to deal with took her for a loop and created more internal struggle then ever before. How could human life compete with the new and beautiful life as a Fall faerie?

    The characters that were introduced in 'Wings' were explored more in this second novel. Laurel has been thrust into a position of great responsibility and is being torn between her human life and her inherent faerie gifts. David and Tamani's love for Laurel intensified greatly and had me on the edge of my seat wondering which part of her she would follow to decide who she wanted to be with. The chemistry between both these characters and Laurel was so strong and alluring it made me heartbroken at the end when she actually made her decision. Both these guys have amazing qualities that any girl would love, but as in most hard choices in life, Laurel had to be true to herself in deciding which life to lead.

    I love the way that Pike writes. I feel like I am actually in the imaginative world that she created through her descriptive and lovely words. And I truly loved the cover of this book. I thought it was creative and enchanting and expressed the dual feelings that Laurel endured during her internal conflict throughout the story. Should she choose to hide her faerie wings in the human world with David, or bring them to full bloom in Avalon with Tamani?

    Pike kept me on the tip of my toes the whole book, and then ended with a massive cliffhanger that will undoubtedly leave me suspended on my toes until the next book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    TAMMI!!!!

    I love love love LOVE Tammi<3! He is sooo amazingly sweet!! I have serious issues tolerating David. He only likes that Laurel has wings and is actually talking to him. It is like all his nerd/lonely boy dreams have come true. TAMANI IS SOOOO MUCH BETTER!!!! And he is soooo sweet and i luv him! Cannot wait until the next book!!!!
    AND SERIOUSLY HOW AWESOME ARE TAMMI'S GREEN STREAKS?!?!?! they are really awesome.
    One more thing: how can David not see that Chelsea is in love with him? I mean seriously he is too focused on his really creepy obsession with the fact that there are faes in the world.
    Go Tammi! <3 :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    To:Love

    I totally understand where you are coming from i detest David too. But i also love Tamani;) if you love Tamani as much as we do give us a shout out to DIRECTIONERS GONE LOCO,right here on this book title:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Love

    I passionately detest David almost as much as I love Tamani! It kills me how he suffers for her!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    This was the Story of the Lifetime Spells was the story of the l

    This was the Story of the Lifetime
    Spells was the story of the lifetime, absolutely amazing! A girl’s heart torn between 2 boys not knowing who she loves more, the fact that she had to go to a school name Avalon to relearn everything she use to known when she was a little faerie. Though she doesn’t have an understanding of her new environment and how things work, she is more confused with her feelings for her ex boy friend. I believe the author was telling if wait long and be patient your true self will show. If you read this, you’ll be begging for more, I promise you .

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2012

    This was another great story from Aprilynne Pike. The characters

    This was another great story from Aprilynne Pike. The characters continue to develop and this book examines the world the faeries live in. It takes off after the previous book without overlapping or redefining things that happened there. I really like this because we do not get bored with repeat descriptions or waste time rehashing. We get a full book of new experiences.
    The faerie world “Avalon” is beautifully portrayed with magnificent imagery. It was fun to follow Laurel as she tries to learn her faerie side with spells and magic. Laurel and Tamani’s relationship is allowed to grow and develop as well.
    Laurel has to be the luckiest girl on the planet with two “Perfect” boyfriends vying for her affections. It appears to be such a hard choice, at least in the short term, (not so much long term to me) but she is young and does act her age in her choices. Perfect and fun to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    The Perfect Sequel

    The Laurel series is amazing! book 2 was the perfect sequel to wings.
    Its fascinating to read how Laurel's and Tamani's relationship progresses yet it is quite frustrating.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    EVERYONE WHOS ON TEAM TAM

    I know everyone loves him. Hes flippin awesome and is Laurels match. For all i care David could put his filthy human lips on a sock rather than Laurels faerie lips. Those are for faeries only. So three cheers for Tam! TAMANI! TAMANI! TAMANI!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    Good read, and worth the time. It was somewhat confusing at tim

    Good read, and worth the time. It was somewhat confusing at times, but for the most part it was fairly smooth read. Love the characters, especially Tam. :)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2012

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    Spells was just as engrossing and lovely as the first book. I ad

    Spells was just as engrossing and lovely as the first book. I adore this take on fairy mythology. It&rsquo;s enchanting, unique and filled with the kind of things that I love to day dream about &ndash; fairies, flowers, castles, and houses made of trees. The pace that Aprilynne reveals the mythology is perfect. Your immediate questions are answered, but then you realize you now have ten more! Not only that, but Laurel is discovering everything with you. It&rsquo;s so easy to relate to her feelings of being an outsider and not truly belonging. I found it so poignant and beautiful.

    Even though I was reading this for the second time, I couldn&rsquo;t put this book down until I got to the end. It just captivates me. The chemistry between Tamani and Laurel is amazing. I mean, there&rsquo;s a love triangle and this other guy, David, but seriously. Tamani is so heart-breaking, lovable, and irresistable. I&rsquo;m addicted to this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2010

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    Not a bad read - worth the time

    This book opened up the world of Avalon and you finally felt like you can get a grip on where the story is maybe going. Its edgy, dramatic, has some simple romance in it with a love triangle of course.

    Its a fun simple read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

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    Faerie Fan

    A twist on your traditional faeries... plant based? I read this in one day. Didn't want to put it down. It was a fun jump into fiction. Fell in love with Tamani such a great character.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2014

    Im totally with team tam

    Tam is totally freaking fine. David seems kind of annoying and overprotective.LOL GO TEAM TAM!!!!!!!!!! .i hope she ends up with him

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    wonderful!

    drop everything and read it right now! you will not be sorry

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  • Posted February 6, 2014

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    Spells begins about six months after Wings ends.  The interestin

    Spells begins about six months after Wings ends.  The interesting mythology that I so loved about the first books continues in this one.  Some of it is blended with more traditional mythology and some of it is blended with reality as we know it and that makes the entire premise of the book that much more believable.  One of the key parts of that was the Academy.  I liked that the Academy, despite the fact that it is an institution of faerie learning, was very much like a live-in school in the human world.  That brought a level of understanding that bridged the gap between the human world and the faerie world.  Reading the titles of her newly acquired textbooks was a lot like reading those in the Harry Potter books.  Another new bit of mythology was Shakespeare and his part in it all.  There were a lot of references to Shakespeare and his written work, weaving him into the mythology of Avalon that is unique to this story.  According to this mythology, Shakespeare’s work is a human retelling of faerie lore.  The play shown at the Festival of Samhain was based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 

    I love that no matter what happens to Laurel or how much she learns about her true self, she remains very human.  It is clear that much of the faerie world sees humans as rather inferior.  No matter how much she learned about her heritage, she never lost her humanity.  She, despite her faerie nature, seems to be more human than faerie, flaws and all.  And that more human than fae feeling was made pretty clear throughout much of the book.  I didn’t like that at times she was almost judgmental about that which she didn’t understand about the faerie world and their ways.  This is obviously because of her human upbringing, but it sometimes came off as obnoxious.  There was often a tone of superiority when she questioned various aspects of faerie ways or beliefs.  Her biggest problem with faerie ways seemed to be the class system of seasonal faeries and how they were viewed within faerie society.  Winters, being the rarest, were seen as the top level.  Falls, as Mixers, were next, followed by Summers and then Springs.  Because Tamani was Spring, she hated how the rest of faerie society treated them.  Her heart was in the right place from a human standpoint, but she tended to judge the faerie from within that framework which just doesn’t translate.  But all of this fit the story because it showed her struggle to live in two worlds.  The love triangle between David, Tamani, and Laurel also grew more complex and probably helped Laurel’s character to change.  Conflicting feelings, along with her struggles in her new world, changed her a lot during this book.  While her character did grow, there were times when Laurel just didn’t handle things well and that made her character much more believable and likeable.  Balancing her two worlds was often next to impossible and she often failed miserably at it.

    There were several different themes in this book.  One was about balance and maintaining it through life-changing times.  Balancing her faerie heritage with her human life was often immensely difficult for Laurel, and one she was often unable to maintain without hurting either David or Tamani.  There were a lot choices to be made in this book, many that can’t help but result in pain and heartbreak for someone, no good choices.  I like that these choices were presented in a real way, without trying to tie them up neatly in impossible ways.  

    Things to love about Wings...

       --The mythology.  Just like the first book, I loved the blend of mythologies, as well as the blending of mythology with reality.
       --The messages.  The theme of acceptance is all the way through these books, as is the concept of social class.  I loved that there was no sugar coating those subjects.

    Things I wanted more or less of...

       --A little more acceptance by Mom.  I really did not like Sarah, Laurel's mom.  Her attitude irritated me to no end.  When she finally started to come around, it was in a moment of fear rather than with love and understanding.
       --A little more of Chelsea.  She turned out to be so much more than I ever imagined.

    Some quotastic goodness...

       --Getting involved with Tamani was like playing in a roaring river. Take one step too far and the current would never let you go (1).
       --As crazy as the truth actually turned out to be—that Laurel was a changeling, a faerie child left in their care to inherit sacred fae land—they had accepted it with remarkable ease, at least at first. Her dad’s attitude hadn’t changed, but over the last few months her mom had grown more and more freaked out by the idea that Laurel wasn’t human. She’d stopped talking about it, then refused to even hear about it, and things had finally come to a head last month when Laurel got the invitation (5).
       --“That’s silly,” Rowen said dismissively. “How could a faerie be a human? Humans are strange. And scary,” she added after a short pause. Then she whispered conspiratorially, “They’re animals (60).”
       --“When you told us you were a faerie, it was weird and unbelievable, but more than that, it made me feel completely useless. You were this amazing thing and had spent your whole life having all these faerie…guards, or whatever, watching out for you. You didn’t need me (348-349).&quot;

    My recommendation:  One of my favorite fae-themed books that I have read.  I definately recommend this one, but only after reading Wings.

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