Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Wings by Aprilynne Pike.
Publisher: HarperTeen.
Pages: 294.
Fifteen-year-old Laurel has led a sheltered, homeschooled life in a very small town, so when her parents decide to move and enroll her in high school, she has trouble getting used to her new life. A life, as it turns out, that’s not at all like those of other kids. One clear sign is a winglike blossom that blooms on her back. Oh, and her new best friend, the scientifically minded David, reveals under a microscope that her cells are more plant than animal.

But it takes an encounter at her old home with the handsome but decidedly different Tamani to convince her that she is a faerie. She also learns it’s up to her to save her land from the evil influences that are trying to take it away from her and her family.
I had high hopes for Wings. Being adapted into a major motion picture, I was counting on it being attention grabbing and intensely enthralling. To a certain extent, I wasn’t let down, but Wings was not as great as I had expected.

While the idea excited me- because believe it or not, this was the first faerie book I’ve ever read- I wasn’t pulled in. Until the last few chapters, I was just reading along with no reaction. Big moments of the story that could’ve been emphasized were ignored, and I think for that, the wow factor just wasn’t there.

But for where the excitement lacked, I think the characters gained. I wasn’t gaga over how quickly Laurel and David both seemed to accept the flower growing out of her back, but in time, I came to appreciate their relationship. And don’t even get me started on Tamani. I thought I was content with admiring David before Tamani, a fellow faerie that seems to know more about Laurel then she does herself, shows up. I was glad that the sub story between the characters captured me when the big one didn’t.

Overall, Wings was enjoyable, but not quite as good as I expected. Hopefully the second book, Spells, will be ten times better. But despite all, I definitely recommend it to any faerie lovers!


  1. I liked this one, but like you, expected more. This was my second faerie book, and I think it was better than the first one I read because it explained things a bit better if you didn't know about the fey. Great review :)

  2. I felt the same way. I was expecting something more from Wings...hopefully the sequel will be better like you said. You should definetely read Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston. THAT is a good book about faeries...along with Holly Black's Tithe series. Holly Black's writing is edgier. :)

  3. I agree with your review. I wasn't as wowed by it as I thought I would be either, but it wasn't a bad book. I don't know if I'll be seeing the movie, considering the lead (Miley Cyrus, who I'm not a fan of). I am looking forward to Spells though!

  4. Great review, and I basically agree with you. I did enjoy this one - I read it in one day while sunbathing in the garden, and it was a gentle read but like you I wasn't gripped. If you want to be wowed by a fairy book, I think that Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr is a pretty good bet.

  5. awesome review, I have similar feelings about this book. I had fun reading it but it didn't blow my socks off :D

  6. I agree with Lauren, Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr is really great, and a bit grungy too. I mean, come one, the series is called Tattoo Faeries.