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Spells (Laurel Series #2)
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Spells (Laurel Series #2)

4.4 786
by Aprilynne Pike
 

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"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,

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"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 can no longer deny her feelings for the charismatic faerie sentry Tamani. She is forced to make a choice—a choice that could break her heart.

Editorial Reviews

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.”
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."
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“Rich with faerie mythology, this book will leave readers clamoring for the next installment.”
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061668081
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/03/2011
Series:
Laurel Series , #2
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
151,729
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

What People are Saying About This

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.”

Meet the Author

Aprilynne Pike has been spinning 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 currently lives with her husband and children in Arizona.

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Spells (Laurel Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 786 reviews.
The_Shadow412 More than 1 year ago
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.
Hannah_Camilli More than 1 year ago
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!!
jechastain More than 1 year ago
All I need to say is two words Team Tamani!!!!
Emily Borman More than 1 year ago
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!
kittydanza More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 :)
th1rt3En More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I passionately detest David almost as much as I love Tamani! It kills me how he suffers for her!
Candice15 More than 1 year ago
This was the Story of the Lifetime Spells was the story of the lifetime, absolutely amazing! A girl&rsquo;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&rsquo;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&rsquo;ll be begging for more, I promise you .
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
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 &ldquo;Avalon&rdquo; 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&rsquo;s relationship is allowed to grow and develop as well. Laurel has to be the luckiest girl on the planet with two &ldquo;Perfect&rdquo; 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
booksatruestory More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
A-Dawn More than 1 year ago
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.
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BaronessBookTrove More than 1 year ago
Spells is a fantastically great book that Aprilynne Pike had written. Laurel feels like she has to decide between her two separate worlds and she doesn’t know which one she wants more. Especially when it comes to David or Tamani. She has to deal with that and her fear of the trolls coming back for her. She also has to deal with keeping her secret and doing other things. This book is a really good one and I think it’s actually better than the first one. Laurel is a great character even if I don’t really care about her love triangle between David and Tamani. I mean in my head she needs to choose one or the other and she does just not the one I would have thought she should have chosen. Aprilynne is a great author especially on her knowledge of faeries. I am giving this book a five butterflies since it’s an awesome book and I am loving the lives of Laurel, David, Tamani, and the other people in these books. If anyone asks me about a recommendation on this book it would be the same as the first one which is a yes. This book is a good one and I love it. I can’t wait to read the next book and the last book in this series. I am quite glad that I found this book and this author. Anyways until next time enjoy this book review brought to you by Baroness’ Book Trove. To read my other reviews please go to my blog site: baronessbooktrove.com
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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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drop everything and read it right now! you will not be sorry
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