Review: Wings by Aprilynne Pike
Cover Art: Cute. Very appropriate for the book content.
[Book 1 in the Wings series]
This is the first fairy/faery book I have read. Such a fast read [finished in one day] and I very much enjoyed it overall. The book is cute [sometimes sickeningly cute] and definitely geared towards younger readers with its simplistic story and language. If a complex plot is what you’re looking for, this may not be your best choice. However, I do recommend this book if you want a quick, fun read.
The story starts out introducing us to a 15-year-old girl who develops a blossom on her back and finds out she is a faery. Intriguing concept and I have not heard anything like it before. Laurel, the main female protagonist, is cute [so much in this book can be classified under that adjective] and definitely acts her age [girly, annoying, bratty, boy-crazy]. Not much I can say about her, though she did annoy at times, at others she had a surprisingly bad-girl side. The boys, David and Tamani, are complete opposites. On one hand, you have the nice, perfect, boyfriend-material boy. On the other, you have the mysterious, spark-inducing, soldier-from-another-world boy. I know who I’m liking more [*cough* Tamani] but I felt the character lean towards the other direction… for now. Typical love triangle thing going, so if you’re not into that, well… let’s move on.
What I especially liked is the mythological aspect to this story. The faery race was not what I was expecting [Tinkerbell-like pixies who sleep in flowers and spread sparkly dust to make magic]. I really appreciated the creativity and development that went into this totally new world. Plant-faeries? What? So original I just want to read more.
Definitely already started [by the time this is posted] the 2nd book, Spells. The last two books are already waiting in the wings [haha, sorry for the pun].