Illusions (Laurel Series #3)

Illusions (Laurel Series #3)

by Aprilynne Pike


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"I don't do patrols, I don't go hunting, I just stick close to you. You live your life, I'll keep you safe," Tamani said, sweeping a lock of hair from her face. "Or die trying."

Laurel hasn't seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Laurel is confident that David was the right choice.

But just as life returns to normal, Laurel realizes that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Laurel must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her, for the danger that now threatens Avalon is one that no faerie thought would ever be possible.

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ISBN-13: 9780061668111
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Series: Laurel Series , #3
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 114,038
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 7.84(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About 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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Lisa McMann

“Who knew faeries could be this cool? Illusions has it all. It’s fascinating, rich, and romantic, and weaves a great new tapestry of thrilling fantasy.”

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Illusions 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 648 reviews.
BibbityBobbityBoo More than 1 year ago
I read the book in a day. It did drag in some areas but was a really good read. I must say that im a little dissapointed as this is only half a book. And now we have to wait how long for a follow up? We only end up with one answer and an anticlimatic ending. And pay another 9.99 to finish. I feel a bit let down by the author.
BluHawk More than 1 year ago
These books are really entertaining and fun, but are terribly non-conclusive. I found it hard to get back into the story because there was such a long wait between book releases. I guess I just didn't enjoy it as much as I could have. My recommendation is that if you haven't started the series yet, wait until they are all written. If you liked this series, you might also like the "Wicked Lovely" series by Melissa Marr, "Nightshade" by Andrea Cremer, and "I am Number Four" by Pittacus Lore.
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Brought to you by guest reviewer Jennifer Jensen *Beware of Spoilers* At the conclusion of Spells, Laurel has chosen between her human boyfriend David and her fairie could-be boyfriend, Tamani. She thinks it is for the best that she and Tamani don’t speak again for the sake of her relationship with David. At the beginning of Illusions, Tamani inserts himself back into Laurel’s life, attending her school and masquerading as a human teenage boy to guard over Laurel. Laurel once again becomes confused over her feelings between David and Tamani, and David’s jealousy of Tamani eventually drives Laurel to break up with David. While Laurel is free of David, she gives in to her passion for Tamani, and wonders what being with him could be like. Meanwhile, a new foreign exchange student has caught Laurel’s and Tamani’s interest. They are certain that she’s a fairie, just like Laurel, who has been raised by human parents. Laurel is unable to get close to Yuki, so Tamani must befriend and faux romance her to find out the secrets that she is hiding. Laurel makes an important discovery about their new friend, just a little too late. I was tentative about even beginning Aprilynne Pike’s series, mostly because there was an author blurb from Stephenie Meyer, whose books I unfortunately did not care for. Once I started reading Wings, I was really interested in Pike’s take on fairies because no other fairie author had come up with anything quite like she has. I absolutely love the mythology tidbits that Pike includes in her novels, especially when she has gone into their history and tells stories of how fairies were involved with Camelot and other civilizations. However, it’s Laurel’s personality and the one dimensional characters that completely ruin these books for me. I was happy to make it past 100 pages without being super annoyed with Laurel and how she treats David and Tamani, and even Chelsea. I think it’s pretty obvious to anyone who has read these books who Laurel really wants to be with–and it’s not David. David doesn’t really have any depth to him; he’s a nice guy, who is smart and attractive, but that is about it. Those characteristics are not enough to attach me to a literary character. Tamani is fleshed out a bit more because of his interesting fairie qualities, but he can also get just as annoying as Laurel. Finally the moment came that I was waiting for–when David and Tamani would break out into the inevitable fight over Laurel. I can’t say this enough–I don’t like Laurel. She says one thing and I really want to believe her, but then her actions go against what she’s just said. Laurel claims that she doesn’t want to string anyone along, but she breaks up with David–and rightly so–because of how he is acting. But then she immediately falls into Tamani’s arms and shares passionate lip locking with him. I lost any like I had for her after she decided to manipulate David into being her date for a dance, but only after her best friend confessed feelings for David to her. Laurel needs to make a choice once and for all; she broke up with David, then made out with Tamani, then decided she couldn’t stand the idea of anyone else with David, so she leads him on some more. Laurel doesn’t deserve a boyfriend, or a best friend who is as loyal as Chelsea.... Review continued at openbooksociety dot com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! Tamani is my favorite, he sounds so cute. The beginning is a little slow but once you hit the middle you cant stop reading! I was so surprised at the ending! Really well written, it had me guessing throughout the whole book. I cant wait for the next one to come out! Anyone know when it does?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish the wings saga would be made into a movie already. Everyone should read these books. I hope Lorael would pick Tam already David is a good person and all but i perdict he'll end up with Chealsie. I still have to buy the third book in the series, but i read the first and second and they were great. I would say reading age is13 and up and i'm 14 and i love it.
CindyPop More than 1 year ago
loved it as much as the first two. I could not put it down once it arrived on my Nook and was up until 2am to finish it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't yet read this book or the next one but I know for a fact that i'm Team Tamani. Tamani is so sweet and lovable I have no idea how Laurel could choose Daniel over Tamani.When she yelled at him in the second book I was super pissed and I couldn't believe what she was doing. I just hope that in the next 2 books she realizes that if she lives her life with Daniel he will die about 50 or so years before her. I also hope that she comes to her senses and realizes that Tamani has given EVERYTHING up for Laurel and she still doesn't realize that if he could, he would give even more up just to make her happy. Laurel in my opinion is thickskulled and she can't realize how much Tamani really loves her. It is so annoying and I just hope it gets through her mind. Other than the whole Tamani vs Daniel thing this series is AMAZING so far I can't wait until I can get the next one fron my school library. Except I haven't been able to go to the library since last thursday. Well anyway wish me luck. And if anyone could tell me if it gets through Laurel's thick skull about Tamani I would appreciate it. Thanks for reading!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usally am not in to the romancey stuff...... but i just finished the second book and im about to read this one. I love this series!!!!!! Im totally starting to hate David though. Backoff dude! Tamani and Laurel are soulmates! I really really really really want them to end up together!!!!!!!! Let David date Chelsie or something. Faeiries together forever!!!!!!!!! Screw humans!!!! -Madison
Merciel More than 1 year ago
Firstly, this book ends on a huge cliffhanger, which bothered me, but after reading Pike's defense (the last book will only span only a few days), I could understand why. I could accept that. What really bothered me about this book was the love triangle. It was in the rest of the books, and I actually enjoyed it, but this one, it really felt like Pike was intentionally manipulating it. Sure, she's the writer, so she's always manipulating it how she wants, but when it's intentional that she's trying to steer the whole thing in another direction, I have to roll my eyes. It's even worse how quickly the aftermath is cleaned up. It's less messy to kill off a character so that the girl could be with the right guy than it is for the two guys to wage war over her and then after everybody loses, to act like friends. Without all that drama, I would've enjoyed this book much more. I hope Pike doesn't continue outdrawing this love triangle in the next book. I like David and Tamani (though Tamani much less after this book) but I'd rather have one of them killed off in the first chapter of the next book so that Laurel won't continue with this indecisive drivel. Besides that, I enjoyed the rest of the book. Unfortunately, that triangle takes a large chunk of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The series is definitely a great read for young adults/teens, especially if you love faries ;). It's great to read a fantasy book like this that doesn't have to do with vampires for once.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can not wait for the 4th book to come out. This has been one of my favorite series. I am hoping she ends up with Tam, I am over David.
maria gabriela george More than 1 year ago
Tamani is the best! I mean david is cool and all, but laurel and david dont work together. David and chealsy are pretty good for each other. And i mean if laurel chooses david again :( then tamani would probably kill himself, he cares for laurel so much. TEAM TAMANI!!! -- romina
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never thought that there was gonna be a movie about this series, but there is. It's coming out in 2013 and Miley Cyrrus is starting as Laurel. Her mom is one of the producers. I think Miley is the worst person to play Laurel. Because Laurel is blonde, Pretty and Miley just doesn't fit for this role. Rather than that I bet the movie is gonna be awsome!Does anyone agree with me?
Chloe Neusaenger More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite series ever. The ending was a cliff hanger. The book was very interesting and had alot of drama. I think that this was the best book of the series. The author never disapoints me. I defintaly reccomend this book to everyone.
Steph_G83 More than 1 year ago
I have thought that this is a good series since the first book, Wings, and it just keeps getting better with each book. In Illusions, we get a lot more of Tamani which is a GREAT thing, in my opinion. Tamani is still protecting Laurel but this time it is from an unknown threat. Trolls are also still lurking but something has changed which causes the faeries to feel vulnerable. I highly recommend this series to anyone that likes series with adventure, a little suspense, and of course love.
sweetyl18 More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this series.....I got the first book, Wings for free & was immediately hooked! The cliffhanger ending didn't bother me so much, I know there will be another great book to follow & can't wait until it comes out! I know a lot of people are Team Tamani but I have to say he's a bit over the top & its kind of annoying....chances are she will be with him in the end but I'm still a Team David fan!! Great book!
Kiana Jordan Baez More than 1 year ago
cannot wait! i must know when this come out, or i will surly spontaneously combust! no really, i am coocoo for this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series and am so excited for this new book to come out! I highly recommend.
katiedoll on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To be brutally honest, I didn¿t really dive into this book with high expectations. I was kind of put off by the first two, and only gave this one a chance to see what Tamani was planning at the end of Spells. But I was pleasantly surprised.Most of the things that bother me about this series are still there, like Laurel¿s back and forth feelings with David and Tamani and a new one that really got me to me: Laurel¿s anger at either one of the boys for feeling jealousy. (They¿re both in love with you. And they both know you have feelings for the other. Jealousy is pretty rational at this point) But I was happy that this installment focused more on the trolls and the mysterious new exchange student, Yuki, and her strange relationship with Klea. Wings and Spells pretty much took care of the love triangle quota for this series, so hopefully the next book will continue to balance the romance and the plot as well as this one did.Overall, it¿s safe to say that I¿m not a huge fan of this series, but Illusions was a pretty satisfying installment. While I still have my issues with Laurel and the way she handles her relationships with David and Tamani, (TEAM TAMANI FTW) this book focuses more on the looming danger to Avalon and enemies that threaten its safety. Definitely pick this up if you¿re a Wings fan, of course, and if you¿re still on the fence about this series, give this a try. It might just sweeten your opinion a bit!
readingbeader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Third in seriesLaurel starts her senior year and gets a surprise when Tamani shows up at school as a ¿foreign¿ exchange student from Scotland, living with his Uncle Shar. David is not happy to see his rival for Lauren¿s affections even though she has chosen him over Tam. Tam is there to protect her from the troll threat. Another new student, Yuki, from Japan, also moves in and she is hiding her faerie nature like Lauren. The group is unsure if she is a threat, distraction, or coincidence.This series needs to be read in the proper order. There is enough info to remind you of the story previously, but it¿s not too repetitive, thank goodness. I am afraid this installment just whets my appetite for the fourth one as it ends with a cliffhanger. Arrgh! I am not looking forward to waiting another year! Darn the publishing industry!
ABookwormsHaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Here we are book three in this series and we have picked up pretty much where we left off. Laurel has settled into the world of high school teenage normalcy and her and David are still going strong. That is until Tamani shows up and her feelings become jumbled once more. I have to say I am completely bias here, I am not going to even pretend to think Laurel should end up with David, I think she should be with Tamani. In the past two books she has not even given the poor guy a shot and I think he deserves at least that. This issue does finally get addressed in this book though, which I was very grateful to Aprilynne for. In past books Laurel has just brushed Tamani off without a second thought, but in this book he has to remain by her side to protect her so it makes trying to forget him very difficult for Laurel. Plus, I personally think David is meant for Chelsea, but at this point, who knows what is going to happen.As for everything else in this world, trolls are always lurking about popping up at unexpected moments and causing complete havoc in Laurel¿s world. Another problematic element is a new foreign exchange student that has moved into town. Her name is Yuki and she is a mystery to everyone. Laurel is not sure if she is friend or foe, or if she is human or fae for that matter. As a result, Tamani has to play nice with Yuki trying to discover her motives and watching Laurel get jealous over that was quite amusing for me. Yuki was someone that is easily forgotten, but should not be dismissed. Her guardian is Klea so that alone roused my suspicions about her. While she is in the book intermittently, I think she will play a larger role in future installments.The best part of this book was getting to see the world through Tamani¿s eyes. My favorite books are always ones where we get to see the main male and female characters point of views. Plus, it was nice to see things from someone other than Laurel¿s perspective. Tamani is my favorite so hearing his inner thoughts and seeing what he does when Laurel is not around was fascinating to me.Overall, I really enjoyed Illusions. After the second book, Spells, I was a little disappointed and frustrated, but I did not come away feeling like that after Illusions at all. Even though the ending did have a cliffhanger which would normally bother me, it didn¿t this time. The story revealed enough information to keep me happy and several underlying issues were addressed so I did not feel let down. There are still a ton of things up in the air, but I have enough to hold me over until the next book comes out. Although, the book does not come until 2012, so that is going to be a long wait. I am sure the next book will be fantastic though, so it will be worth it.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Wings series by Pike; there are four books planned in this series. This was a decent book but too much of the beginning was focused on Laurel angsting about which boy was right for her. The second half of the book was really great.Laurel has left Avalon and is all set to go back to her normal, human, school. She is hoping that her and David will get some quality time together; but when Tam shows up incognito as a foreign exchange student Laurel is suddenly conflicted about who she really loves Tam or David. Tam is leading the force of scouts that are guarding Laurel from Troll attacks. And there is a new fairy in town, this new girl doesn't seem to know that she's a faerie and Laurel and her friends can't figure out what her deal is.The first part of this book is dedicated to Laurel being wishy washy about who she wants for her boyfriend, David or Tamani. I think the whole love triangle thing was really over done in this book and wish Laurel would just pick someone so that we can get on with the story. For those who care, I am very team Tamari because he is the only one who has even a slight chance of making a decent life with Laurel, but whatever. Needless to say the tension between Tamani and Laurel in the book is very high and, for the most part, well done (even if there is too much of it).There are some things in this book that I really enjoyed. I love Pike's writing style, it is fun and easy to read. I love reading about Laurel doing all her mixing and analysis to create and identify spells (with a chemistry bkgd this stuff is just fun for me). I also enjoyed the action in the second half of the book and enjoyed some of the revelations that happened toward the end of the book.I just couldn't get over how much time was spent on all the teenage angsting. I would have liked to see the first half of the book happen in half of the time and then spend more time on the mystery surrounding the strange Japanese fairy and the Trolls. I also missed Avalon and wished more of this book had taken place there.The book ends with a total cliffhanger; it stops completely in the middle of the story (I hate this). There wasn't any resolution to any of the issues raised, the book just stopped. So be ready for that. If that drives you nuts, than you may want to wait and read this book after the fourth book is released.Overall this was an okay addition to the series. I love the characters, love the spell mixing, and love that action that happened late in the book. I did not like how much time Laurel spent angsting about which boy to choose; I also did not enjoy the ending which just stopped the book mid-story. Of course I will be reading the fourth book because I need to know what happens next.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another one of my favorite series that I have followed from the very beginning. I remember standing in front of the bookshelf at the store and one of the employee's recommended it to me. I went home skeptical about it, but after a few pages in I was hooked! This is one of the first book that I have read about fairies where they aren't all the deceitful. The have a home. That they have honor. And their rules of life are still breaking ground in some issues.This book follows where it left off. Now, if you have haven't read the first two books I suggest you do.You will be able to catch up as you read this one, but it will take a while. What I like most about this book is the jealousy that is seething off the pages. Man, I love reading the narrow looks, the fists fights, and just plain good 'ol drama. My only gripe is Laurel's back and forth feeling decisions. I just want her to make her choice and be done with it!The plot went fairly well. There was some stuff going on with Avalon as well as the major stuff going on with Laurel. Laurel as usually does her best to juggle both life's that she is living, but you can clearly see how it gets in the way of everything. I think she may have to make choice as to which one she wants to live in. The line gets crossed in both of her life's and that causes major trouble. The ending is just wow! There was so much going on that I didn't even see it coming. The ending leaves the reader with your mouth hanging open and a big ??? I'm dying to know what happens! Illusions is great faerie book with lots of jealousy, angst, and lots of secrets sprouting out. Ms. Pike wrote an thrilling, captivating book that leaves me wanting more!
AmieG on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Laurel yet again must try to reconcile her two very different worlds, in the third book of the Wings series. She is torn between her two loves as well as the two worlds she inhabits. Not only must she deal with these problems, but also the arrival of an unknown and unforeseen entity. This book was excellent, just as the others were. Was sorry to see it end, but I am anxiously awaiting the next book!
Kr15tina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What I LikedTeam BoyYes I am leaning more and more towards Team Tamani. I love his complete and total dedication to Laurel and his not so patient waiting for her to come to her senses. But I also don't want to see David hurt too bad, I really do like him and would love to see him happy with someone else.DramaThis book contained A LOT of drama throughout the entire book. Laurel is being completely torn apart about what choices she wants to make for herself and her future. Should she go to college with David or go to Avalon and learn all the fall faerie stuff and be with Tamani. Another faerie character is thrown into the equation and making things confusing and stressful. Lots of things to puzzle out in this book and some answers are finally starting to surface.What I Didn't LikeIt ended on a total cliffhanger!!!! Really!!! Now I have to wait around a year to finish the series. I now have to wait till I get to know what is going on with the trolls and most importantly question, who Laurel will choose as her forever.RecommendationRead the series and start with book 1