Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Spells by Aprilynne Pike

Spells (Wings #2) by Aprilynne Pike.
Publisher: HarperTeen.
Pages: 359.
Six months have passed since Laurel saved the gateway to the faerie realm of Avalon. Now she must spend her summer there, honing her skills as a Fall faerie. But her human family and friends are still in mortal danger--and the gateway to Avalon is more compromised than ever.

When it comes time to protect those she loves, will she depend on David, her human boyfriend, for help? Or will she turn to Tamani, the electrifying faerie with whom her connection is undeniable?
I’m beginning to think that this is just a series that isn’t meant for me. While I wasn’t crazy about Wings, I had hope that because I was already past the introduction of the characters and world, Spells would be infinitely better. And I can’t really say that it was.

I’m well aware that this series is predominantly romance, but I felt like it had its priorities for the plot way out of order. At the end of Wings, it’s easy to tell that Laurel’s issues with the trolls and Jeremiah Barnes is supposed to be this huge factor in Spells. But, to me, it wasn’t. It was shoved in the backseat, only surfacing when Laurel and David stopped having giggly/kissy/flirty scenes, which went on for basically the whole book. It was so frustrating that when the epic conclusion finally arrived, it wasn’t epic at all.

It was also obvious that we only got a peek of the love triangle between David/Laurel/Tamani in Wings. It fully bloomed (pun intended) in Spells, but the execution had unfortunately ended in me putting Laurel’s name on my list of Fictional Characters I’d Like To Punch In The Face. She was just downright annoying and cruel, and I doubt that was the author’s intentions.

Overall, Spells was another thumbs down for me. I’ll give Illusions a shot, but I don’t have many good expectations for it. I think if you loved the first one, you’ll probably love Spells a lot more. But for those who were kind of eh about it, approach this one with caution.


  1. I wasn't a fan of Wings so I have no intention of picking up Spells. Unless I'm really bored, and desperate for a read.

  2. I have to agree. I don't think the Wings series is for everyone and I don't think it's for me. I'll probably give the next book a chance, but i'm doubtful i'll love it. Thanks for the honesty!

  3. i liked wings but i was wondering about spells but since its just a love fest not interested. thanks!