Monday, July 5, 2010

Wings, by Aprilynne Pike

After reading countless reviews about this book several months back I have to say I was a bit leery of Wings. I’d read, what seems to me now, a lot of disappointed or downright negative reviews of this book. And after whipping through it in just a couple of days and thoroughly enjoying the ride, I can’t really fathom what people didn’t like about it.

Laurel is 15 and a half, and starting public school for the first time. She’s led a secluded life being home schooled on a beautiful property roughly in the middle of nowhere. But now her dad has fulfilled his dream of owning a book store, which means upgrading to a bigger town and an entirely different lifestyle than they’ve had to date. She’s expecting change, but not the magnitude that’s winging its way towards her (I heard you groan! I thought it was funny!). After a large and intricate flower explodes out of her back, Laurel will have to come to terms with a lot more than just public school.

Although the high school girl suddenly discovers she’s a….fill in the blank here,  fantasy story is starting to be a well worn (bordering on worn out) story set up, I have to say, I still enjoy it.  Even though when I tell the hubby what it's about he laughs and says "haven't you read that already?".  I liked that Aprilynne Pike injected novel aspects to the whole thing to keep it fresh.  I won't go into what exactly, don't want to spoil it for you! But lets just say she has an unusual spin on the Fairy twist.

The story was enjoyable enough that I'm jonesing for Spells, book two in the series (it's my birthday end of this week, hint, hint), where Laurel travels to Avalon for Fairy boot camp about her background and heritage.  It's a fun read people, I recommend it.

Wings, by Aprilynne Pike
Published by HarperTeen, April 2010

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