Wings (Laurel Series #1)

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Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things. 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's life is the very definition of normal . . . until the morning when she wakes up to discover a flower blooming from her back. As it turns out, nothing in Laurel's life is what it seems. Now, with the ...

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Overview

Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things. 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's life is the very definition of normal . . . until the morning when she wakes up to discover a flower blooming from her back. As it turns out, nothing in Laurel's life is what it seems. Now, with the help of an alluring faerie sentry who holds the key to her true past, Laurel must race to save her human family from the centuries-old faerie enemies who walk among them.

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At first glance, Laurel is an ordinary girl, unexceptional in any visible way. But Laurel harbors a secret both wondrous and dangerous: She is a faery who has been called upon to guard the gateways of Avalon. Aprilynne Pike's first novel casts its own deep spell: Stephenie Meyer called it "a remarkable debut."
Stephenie Meyer
“Aprilynne Pike’s WINGS is a remarkable debut; the ingenuity of the mythology is matched only by the startling loveliness with which the story unfolds.”
Publishers Weekly

Pike's debut novel-a faerie story with a touch of Arthurian legend-offers a botanical twist on the genre. Laurel Sewell, the new girl in town, discovers a strange "zit" on her back, which blooms into a flower. With the help of her friend and growing love interest, David, with whom she entrusts this information, Laurel finds out that she is a faerie, and that faeries are really highly evolved plants (Pike gives readers hints: Laurel prefers to have lunch outside and eats little besides vegetables and Sprite). Tamani, her sexy faerie guardian, completes the love triangle, as he protects Laurel from encroaching dark forces and fills in the blanks about her past. As Laurel and David never muster much chemistry, her rocky journey of self-discovery is the main draw ("It makes me want to go home and go to sleep and wake up to find that all of this is a dream. That the flower, the bump, even public school never happened"). Pike's novel mythology should win fans for this book, billed as the first in a series. Ages 12-up. (May)

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Children's Literature - Heather Robertson Mason
Natalie always knew she was a little different. She never went to the doctor, she never had acne or any other sign of physical maturity, and she ate nothing but fruit. But she did not know her history; she was left on her parent's doorstep when she was two. She never thought much about her differences, though, until something happened that she could not ignore. She started blooming. Not in the "young woman" kind of way. Rather, a giant flower literally bloomed on her back. This was worse than acne. Only one other person knew about the flower, her maybe-boyfriend David. Together, the two of them seek to discover who she really is and where she came from. Unfortunately for Natalie, this means meeting faeries in the woods, conquering trolls and finding some way to keep the family homestead from being sold. This is a book ready-made for fans of faeries. It is romantic, mysterious, adventurous, and magical. The storyline makes sense and while it does not rely on faery tricks to push the story along, it does not ignore the things that make fairies so special, either. However, there is not anything about this book that would turn a non-faery lover into one. Although the book is designed for older readers, there is nothing in it that would be offensive to middle-grade readers. So if you love faeries, strap on a pair of wings (or, in this case, a big flower) and dive in. Reviewer: Heather Robertson Mason
VOYA - Kim Carter
Although new to Crescent City, Laurel's first day as a sophomore at Del Norte High School is not that bad, when David, a (cute) boy in her biology class, befriends her. David's interest for biology—and his steadfast care for Laurel—turn out to be critically important as Laurel discovers that the move from the family property in tiny Orick is not her last or most important change. Stunned to find a blossom sprouting from between her shoulder blades, Laurel is even more dazed to learn that she is blossoming because she is faerie. On a final visit back to the Orick property, she meets Tam, a sentry guarding the faerie gateway on the property and events begin to spiral out of control as Laurel's father suddenly becomes dangerously ill and her mother listlessly agrees to sell the land to the mysterious and rather sinister Jeremiah Barnes. With everything to lose and no time to waste, Laurel uses every ounce of her resourcefulness, David's steadfast willingness, and Tam's connections to the realm to save more than a couple lives, including her own. Replete with budding romance, teen heroics, a good smattering of evil individuals, and an ending that serves up a ready sequel, this novel nonetheless provides an unusual approach to middle level fantasy through its startlingly creative premise that faeries are of the plant world and not the animal world. Inventive and unexpected plot twists carry the book despite limited character development. Both male and female fantasy readers will enjoy this fast-paced action fantasy. Reviewer: Kim Carter
VOYA - Anna Toegel
Wings is about a girl with strange habits in the beginning but whose world gets turned upside-down as she is torn between two worlds. This book captivated me from beginning to end. The elements of imagination, romance, and suspense came together to make the book mesmerizing and entertaining. I quickly fell in love with the characters and soon felt like I was actually part of their world. There were times when I forgot I was at home sitting on my couch simply reading a book! This book is more than just another fairy-tale story. Reviewer: Anna Toegel, Teen Reviewer
Melanie Hundley
Laurel grew up in a beautiful forest area; she was homeschooled by her parents and spent all of her spare time in the forest or by the river. When she was fifteen, her parents decided to move into town and enroll her in high school. She has trouble getting used to being surrounded by people and being cooped up inside. Her new life is not at all what she expected. She feels as though she is completely different from the kids around her. In fact, she felt different even before she grew wings. David, one of the few friends she does make, discovers that her cells are more plantlike than human. Laurel returns to the forest where she feels safe and meets the mysterious Tamani, who tells her she isn't human at all; she's a faerie. Laurel must not only choose between David and Tamani, she must also save her forest from the trolls. Reviewer: Melanie Hundley
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10–Homeschooled Laurel begins public high school as a tenth grader when her adoptive parents move to LA., leaving behind the land that has been in her mother’s family since the Gold Rush days. The many clues that Laurel is different (she is strictly vegan; sunlight seems to shine through her fair skin; she never gets cold; she craves the outdoors; she doesn’t menstruate) culminate in a bump on her back growing to the size of a softball and blooming into a flower that has foot-long petals. Returning to her parents’ land, she meets Tamini, a faerie to whom she is attracted, who tells her that she is not human, but rather is a plant or, more specifically, a faerie. David, her accepting and supportive classmate, tests her tissue and confirms that Tamini is right. When a creepy alleged realtor pressures the family to sell the land, the teens become suspicious, and they are soon fighting for their lives in a centuries-old battle between faeries and trolls. Laurel’s struggles to figure out what it means to be human are matched by her struggles to determine what it means to be a faerie, and she is torn between love for David and love for Tamini. The ending allows for many possibilities in the upcoming sequels. The book has a nice mix of danger and romance, the world of magic and the world of high school, with well-developed characters and a quick-moving plot.–Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
Kirkus Reviews
In the current crop of supernatural romances, this one stands out for pleasant, non-angsty prose but also for a blunt, archaic equation of physical beauty with moral goodness. Tropes fulfilled-new school: check; hidden ancestry: check; mysterious hottie knowing more about the heroine than she does: check-never encumber the silky narration as 15-year-old Laurel finds a blossom growing from her back. Scientific experiments with cute mortal David and explanations from steamy faerie Tamani reveal that Laurel's a faerie-and faeries are plants. She was placed with unknowing human parents to inherit the land that holds the faerie gates to Avalon. Overly idealized physical descriptions smack of wish-fulfillment (flawless, zit-less Laurel needs no shampoo to keep her blond hair perfect) and over-ripen into absurdity when the text insists that (light-skinned) beauty embodies goodness. Glimpses of Avalon are painfully cliched but short ("an emerald-green tree, a sliver of cerulean sky, rays of sunshine that sparkled like diamonds"). Woe unto readers with facial or bodily asymmetry, but the overwritten passages pass quickly and the rest is delicious escapism. (Fantasy. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061668050
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Series: Laurel Series , #1
  • Pages: 294
  • Sales rank: 115,306
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Aprilynne Pike

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2009

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    good concept, slow start, future potential.

    Aprillynne Pike is a fun new voice in the realm of modern day faery tales. Maybe that's the ultimate thing to remember - the "fun" part. If you're looking for a quick read fluent in escapism, WINGS is a good way to spend a rainy Saturday. I think it will serve particularly well as a clean summer read for middle school girls who want to slip away into a faery fantasy. However, I can't imagine this book will hook older readers. In fact, I'm a bit surprised it was already on a bestseller list. Despite an engaging concept, WINGS never took off. The writing style is a bit grating after awhile: slow start, lots of backstory dumped in awkward places, back to back chapters full of nothing but dialogue, and zero chemistry (so far) between the love interests. The book was free of purple prose, which is nice, but it was also free of most any prose at all which made for a tedious read. I also found the main character, Laurel, a bit too self-posessed. She frequently talks about how beautiful she is (blonde and fair, of course), how beautiful the faery Tamani is, how beautiful, beautiful, beautiful the world is. Even if Stephenie Meyer hadn't offered an endorsement for this book, I would have assumed Pike was a Meyer fan. Unlike Meyer's books, I didn't feel any attachment to Pike's world, or her characters, after the story ended. I see some definite potential though and I'm excited to see how Aprilynne Pike grows as a writer. If you're a younger reader, I would definitely suggest you give WINGS a try. Faery Rebels (or Knife in the UK) by RJ Anderson might be a better alternative. (Also, I've seen discussion about how Pike's WINGS compares to ED Baker's WINGS. I've read both and I don't think they don't have a whole lot in common other than title, similar character names, and the fact that both girls have some form of "wings". If you like one book though, you might enjoy the other.)

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  • Posted July 15, 2009

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    A Debut to Behold...and Read!

    Aprilynne Pike has made an outstanding debut with her Novel, 'Wings'. It's a story about fairies, but not in the typical sense that, if a person hated fairies and fairy folk,they would definetly love this story. A complete reinvention of what the world has known about fairies and the like and made it an exciting, modern, and magical tale. Making her own world of fairies seem so entirely real and believable that you can't help but wonder that maybe your theories about your best friend- you know the insanley goregous, talented, graceful,and sweet friend of yours-being a fairy might actually be true.
    I found myself liking Laurel as a best friend, falling for sweet and caring David, and wanting more of charasmatic and mysterious Tamani.I could not get enough of the mythology of fairies and fairy-folk she created in her world and I am left with wanting more!
    Her writing style is wonderfully vivid and real that it transports your right from your couch, into the pages and onto the cool, beautiful breezy California coast. Her voice is charming, soft,and it pulls you in deeper into the crisp pages of the story, making it difficult NOT to keep turning the pages until your eyes are bleary and unfocused with sleep. With a bit of humor, wit, and sass thrown - oh!so cleverly- in at the right moments it's a story not to miss!
    I truly loved reading this book. Getting into the mythology of what Aprilynne created for her fairies and seeing such defined, likeable, and well rounded characters, and a unique story kept me turning the pages well into the early morining hours. I cannot wait to read the next installments of this lovely story and see what the future hold for her. She defenitley has a long career ahead of her. Yay for us Idaho girls!!

    24 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2009

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    If you love fairy books, this one's for you!

    This book is great! I started reading it today and can't put it down. The story sucks you in and doesn't let go! It is beautiful! A must read for anyone who loves fairytales. Twilight fans will love it too!

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

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    Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com

    What happens when you find out that you are different. Not just a little different but really DIFFERENT?!

    Laurel finds herself in public school for the first time when she is a sophomore. She has been homeschooled in a small cabin in the forest. Her parents moved to Crescent City, in Northern California, about an hour away from her cabin to open a bookstore.

    At her high school Laurel meets David, and he invites her to join his group of friends. He also becomes her best friend.

    As she is getting settled into her new life, she gets a bump on her back - which grows bigger and bigger until she sprouts a pretty blue blossom. This blossom makes her look like she has wings.

    She manages to hide it from her family and the people at school, but she and David begin to investigate. He looks at cells of her blossom and her cheeks and comes to the conclusion that she is made of plant cells.

    Laurel goes back to her cabin home in search of answers. There she meets Tamani, a gorgeous young man who tells her that she is a fairy. She has been helping the fairies guard a secret that is by her cabin home.

    Later, her dad takes ill and Laurel and David risk their lives fighting trolls, who are trying to acquire Laurel's forest home. These trolls are scary! They are big, strong, and the main one is smart.

    WINGS is the first of four books, and it leaves us with Laurel living two different lives. Should she go back to her fairy life with Tamani, or stay and guard her adoptive parents and be with David, who Laurel also has feelings for?

    I really loved this book. It had everything: love, chases, close escapes, dramatic choices, and lots of magic. The writing was very good, and at some points I had to put down the book just because I was so nervous for the characters, which for me means that I was totally involved in the story.

    Laurel is someone who I would want to be my best friend. David is also fantastic. He is what I would love to meet and have in my life. He is accepting, brave, and extremely helpful. Tamani is strong, intense, and sexy! What a choice!

    I highly recommend this series. It is fun and very believable. Go now and buy your copy of WINGS!

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2009

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    Great read!

    I picked this up on a whim and I'm so glad I did. Laurel is a wonderful character. Where was David when I was in high school? This is an amazing story and I look forward to my daughters reading it. This is a fresh take on Faerie story telling. I look forward to Ms.Pike's next book.

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2010

    Enchanting Debut

    Beautifully written debut novel.
    Aimed at tweens rather than YA but it still contains some adult sexual themes.
    An unusual and creative take on a faerie story. Lovely nature imagery which worked wonders with my technicolour imagination.
    Clever use of science to reinforce the plot - it might even encourage tweens to study science ;)
    Ingenious linking of Shakespearean characters with mythological characters added an extra dimension to the storyline.
    A heart wrenching ending that lingers in your imagination long after closing the book. A truly enchanting story.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2010

    ugh.

    When I picked up this book I was like "Oh this looks good" I read through this and found myself rolling my eyes at almost EVEYTHING Lauren did.
    She is the living embodiment of the term "Mary-Sue"
    Ooh Lauren is so beautiful, she has these really pretty eyes and this hair and shes so thin and light. And she never gets hungry, and shes a vegan!! And ofcourse all the guys are tripping over themselves for her. And even though she grows wings (they smell reaaally good) the guy hardly thinks its strange and mostly thinks its beautiful and then he finds out shes a PLANT but he still likes her. And ofcourse theres some weird guy with green hair who she also loves and then she doesnt know who to choose!! And then my gosh shes a fairy!! And she the second most powerful type! And ohmygosh did i mention she was beautiful????? And she can breathe under water... wowie.

    So if you like a book full of Mary-Sues, Gary-Stus and predictability then wings is for you!!! I dont even know why its CALLED wings. She cant fly with them. They're flowers growing out of her back, ah its so magnificent!!

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

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    Really Recomended

    Wings was such a romantic book. It was exciting! I couldn't put it down, i finished it the same night i bought it!!! The chemistry between the characters is unbelievable!! I los my self in this book!!!! I felt like i was in the book!!! I recomend it to Everyone that loves romance as much as i do!!!! (If you like twilight, u might like this book)

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2009

    perfect.

    this book is probally one of the best books ive ever read.
    i couldnt get away from this book. when i read it, it felt like i was in there watchin what was happeing.
    this is a reat book for anyone. and im not a little kid but this book brought back my imaganation :)

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2009

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    wings

    loved it. new look at fairies. greatly written. wonderful love story. laurel,david,and tamani are amazing characters. can't wait to next. loved the wing idea.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2010

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    Amazing!

    I read Wings a few weeks ago and feel in love with it immediately. After doing some research I found out that the sequeal-Spells will be released in May and can't wait to read it! Also Wings in being made into a Disney movie. I'm so excited for this new series. Wings has definitely become one of my fav books!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2010

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    Laurel's fairy tale story is nothing like the ones you read in other books.

    I have always had a passion or fairy tales and young adult books that make life so magical. I was first introduced to Wings by Aprilynne Pike six months ago and immediately started to read the novel. I soon found myself immersed in the fairy tale. The story is about a teenage girl who was adopted at a very young age. Not knowing about her families past medical history, her parents don't think twice about her unusual eating habits, striking physical appearance and her love for the outdoors. Her body is changing rapidly but not in the way a normal teenage girl should mature. One day Laurel notices a small bump in the middle of her shoulder blades. She immediately accuses it of being a "first pimple" but by the time it grows to the size of a softball, she excused the "pimple" idea. Through the help of her friend, Daniel, Laurel realizes that she is someone very special and she is not alone. Throughout Laurels journey you are introduced to more people like her and those who to try to destroy them. It is up to Laurel to ensure the safety of her friends by continuing to keep the gateway a secret from the outside world. This book is exciting, enchanting, and magical. I read this book in two days; it's a very easy and fun read. This young adult book is great for all ages and will pull you into Laurels world. I can't wait to read the next book!
    Shanae Farmer

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2009

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    Unexpectly good.

    My friend told me about this book wayy back in the summer so i made sure to buy it so i could check it out but i didn't open until this Monday at school during my sister's basketball game of all places. Its funny because its very fluidly written so its not hard to read at all and surprisingly engaging. It was an hour long game buti finished a third of the book before we left and i just was so mesmerized that this book was just so good! So the next day i had absolutely no time to read it butthen wednesday i had plenty of time and just had to know what happened.. it was literally eating away at me and i didnt know why cuz its just a book you know so i started reading it about 9ish and I JUST COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN FOR THE LIFE OF ME it was so bizarre but i couldn't stop i just couldn't. So i finished it at like midnight exactly and let me tell you It was sooo Worth it!!! :) the characters are just great and they don't bore you then the whole concept: unexpectedly good just like WOW ahhHH! and then the book as a whole: great GREat GREATTT.
    i recommend this book if you like sci-fy, love, new kid at school, or just want something new to read.
    Aprilynne Pike did not disapoint on this book for her debut that is for certain. Great job Aprilynne and keep them coming i definately cannot wait XD

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2009

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    Finally, A Fantasically Written Refresher

    I can't tell you how long I've been searching for a quality fantasy that doesn't involve brooding vampires. Now don't get me wrong, who doesn't love Twilight? However if you're searching for a touching, original, spine tingler, Wings definitely fits the bill and more. Meyer herself comments on the book as being "a remarkable debut" and here I agree full heartedly. :D Wings is sure to have you flipping through and devouring each page and word, surely leaving you desiring for more.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2009

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    Fab-u-lous!

    Wings was one of the most amazing books i have ever read! I normally don't read faerie books, but I couldn't seem to not buy this. I was hooked from page 1, to the end. Aprilynne Pike creates an edgy, romantic, and gripping debut to her new series. I reccommend this book to everyone who likes fantasy.
    It is a must-have.
    Two thumbs up!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2009

    I really liked wings.

    I really liked wings, I finished it really fast and then immediatly read it over again. I had trouble putting it down. My friends all love fantasy so Im going to lend it to them. 4 Stars!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2009

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    Great book,hope there is a sequal

    Once i started reading this book I couldnt put it down. Laurel is a compelling main charecter on a mission to find out what she is and who she loves.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2009

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    Will be reading again and again and again!

    This book had me from the first sentence... The characters wrapped around me and haven't left yet! Miss Pike has created such a world within this world that will not be forgotten! The story of Laurel has captivated me! I will recommend this to every customer I can at the B&N I work at!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2010

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    Amazing

    I found this book to be really good. A. Pike really captures your feelings toward the characters and gives you great visuals so that you feel like you are there in the story. Her imagination is remarkable and it really makes you see faeries in a different way. Though the action was not extreme, there were still parts that left you on your seat hoping for the best outcome. The love triangle is great. I cannot WAIT to start Spells!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

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    Wings by Aprilynne Pike - What if the stuff of fairy tales was real?

    Laurel's teenage existence is normal in extreme, until her family moves, she is forced to learn to make friends, and an odd bit of acne turns into an enormous growth which ultimately blooms on her back into something resembling wings. Thus begins an Alice-down-the-rabbit-hole adventure involving trolls, faeries, and a gate in a forest behind Laurel's childhood home which was once guarded by Arthur of Camelot.
    Pike builds a world at once familiar with bicycles and cell phones and other worldly, with asymmetrical-faced trolls and green-rooted faeries in a magical forest. As Laurel is pulled into this world, she learns more about the mystery of why she was left as a foundling on her parents' doorstep and why she never gets sick, loves the sun, and dislikes swimming in salt water. The enchantments continue in this world as Laurel makes her first friends and has her first romance, all the while struggling to remember something just beyond her memory.
    This is categorized as young adult fantasy but has much to offer the adult reader as well. Looking forward to more from this writer, and hopefully on this subject.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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