Review: Illusions by Aprilynne Pike

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 is returning to normal, Laurel discovers 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. And for the first time, Laurel cannot be sure that her side will prevail.

    

Rating: 

Cover Art: Continuing with the pretty flower theme and glowing title. Not a fan of the colours though.

Review:

[Book 3 in the Wings series]

Drama, action, romance, mystery, twists and turns… Illusions was awesome and had a bit of everything for everyone. It picks up where Spells (Book #2) left off and continues the story from there. I have to admit, the middle of the book was super slow for me. Possibly because nothing other than typical-love-triangle-drama happened, which is something I don’t particularly care for. Nearing the end of the book, I could not stop reading until I hit the inevitable cliff-hanger.

I absolutely loved the fact that Tamani was brought to the “real world” to live in the same day-to-day life that Laurel does. Parts of the book is also told from his point-of-view (as opposed to strictly Laurel as in the past two books) which opens up much more of the story and its background characters. Shar, for instance, is one of the characters we would not have been privileged to see develop if Pike had not opened up Tamani’s point-of-view. And I’m so glad she did. I love Shar and his serious-but-not-around-Tamani personality. We also get a glimpse into his story that I hope we get to continue in the next book. The intro of Yuki was unexpected but loved how she contributed to the plot.

Oh the plot. SO much going on this book, I almost wished some of it was pushed into Spells so I didn’t have to give it 3/5 stars. But the plot development was what made this book great. We finally see where the troll debacle is leading to, some suspicions are examined and mysteries uncovered. Of course, this all happened in the last 1/3-1/4 of the book, and the slow beginning is probably why I knocked one star off of my rating. Too much romantic drama. Laurel is so indecisive and the boys’ interactions with each other almost always end with Laurel yelling at them both to quit their testosterone-jealous-inducing-tactics.

Anyways. Enough about them [there was certainly more than enough in this book]. I can’t wait to read Destined. I am hoping the conclusion to the series won’t disappoint and will bring all the loose ends together.

~C

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  1. May 10th, 2012

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