Sunday, April 17, 2011

Illusions by Aprilynne Pike

Illusions (Wings #3) by Aprilynne Pike.
Publisher: HarperTeen.
Pages: 384.
Release Date: May 3rd, 2011.
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.
To be brutally honest, I didn’t really dive into this book with high expectations. I was kind of put off by the first two, and only gave this one a chance to see what Tamani was planning at the end of Spells. But I was pleasantly surprised.

Most of the things that bother me about this series are still there, like Laurel’s back and forth feelings with David and Tamani and a new one that really got me to me: Laurel’s anger at either one of the boys for feeling jealousy. (They’re both in love with you. And they both know you have feelings for the other. Jealousy is pretty rational at this point) But I was happy that this installment focused more on the trolls and the mysterious new exchange student, Yuki, and her strange relationship with Klea. Wings and Spells pretty much took care of the love triangle quota for this series, so hopefully the next book will continue to balance the romance and the plot as well as this one did.

Overall, it’s safe to say that I’m not a huge fan of this series, but Illusions was a pretty satisfying installment. While I still have my issues with Laurel and the way she handles her relationships with David and Tamani, (TEAM TAMANI FTW) this book focuses more on the looming danger to Avalon and enemies that threaten its safety. Definitely pick this up if you’re a Wings fan, of course, and if you’re still on the fence about this series, give this a try. It might just sweeten your opinion a bit!

8 comments:

  1. Yay! I'm glad you were happy with this one. (Well, more so than the other two.) Laurel really frustrated me in the first two books. I wanted to shake her and tell her to quit being so...gahh.

    I absolutely love Tamani. I don't know why Laurel would ever choose David over him. There are more books...so I still I have hope.

    You've made me feel better about reading Illusions :)

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  2. I think because of your opinion of the first two books, this review's praise means that much more. I'm a fan, so I'm pretty excited to read this and now I'm even more confident I'll enjoy it! Thanks!

    Also, I totally get your frustrations with Laurel, but I think her reactions are kind of realistic, too. I know I was pretty clueless as a teenager and we're all a little less tolerant of jealousy when we're the ones dealing with it.

    Team Tamani!!

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  3. Oh, I just got the second book to this series and I can't wait to read it. Great review :)

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  5. I was worried from your last review on the 2nd book and thought i had wasted my money but now that you've said it gets even out then sweet!
    Have you read the house of night series?

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  6. I love David and I hate it when she's flirting with Tamani. David deserves to be treated better in my opinion lol...

    BTW is it just my computer or has the scoring system disappeared from this blog?

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  7. Nope, it's not your computer! I just decided that I'd rather not rate on the blog anymore. It was starting to effect how I wrote reviews, so it was time for them to go. :)

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  8. Actually I like the romance aspect, i'm kind of sad to hear there is not too much romance in this book. Plus I am totally team Tamani so I was hoping she would finally hook up with him.

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