Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Book Review: Wings

Title - Wings
Author - Aprilynne Pike
Series - Wings #1
Genre - YA Fantasy 
Published - May 5th 2009
Publisher - Harper Teen
Format - Kindle

Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words.

Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.

In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.

Tamani pressed a finger to her lips. “Shh, all in good time. Come with me.” He took her hand and she didn’t pull away as he led her deeper into the forest. Her other hand gradually forgot what it was doing and she let go of her shirt. The petals slowly rose until they were spread out behind her in all their beautiful glory. Tamani looked back. “There, that feels better, doesn’t it?”


Laurel has always been different but it wasn’t till she had to start public school did she realize just how different she is. Granted she eats only fruits and veggies is only the beginning to unlock the mystery of who Laurel really is. When she notices a bump on her back she instantly thinks she’s growing a tumor but when she wakes up one morning sprouting a giant flower she needs to figure out what is really going on. Deciding that she trust David the most she hides the flower under clothes and sets out to let him study a part of the petal she cut off, and even shows him the flower growing out of her back. Together they team up to figure out just what is happening to her.  

Laurel returns home to her old house on the property that her parents are trying to sell and has an encounter with a green haired guy name Tamani who explains that she’s a fairy. Suddenly it all makes sense why she eats what she does and why she has a flower growing out of her back. With the news of her parents selling the land the truth about why she’s with her parents comes to light. When her father becomes sick Laurel needs to get to the bottom of what’s going on and figure out who is threating her family. Will Laurel be able to save her father and the land from the threats she knows nothing about?

I liked Laurel she’s just a sweetheart who may be a little different from other teenagers but tries her best. I like that she has David who can support her while she is coming to terms with being a fairy. He’s a good guy with a good heart who’s exactly what Laurel needs. I wasn’t sure about Tamani at first but now I’m kind of conflicted each guy has Laurels best interest at heart but I feel a possible love triangle which makes me a little sad.

I’ve had Wings on my kindle for a while with every intention of reading it but I never got around to it yet. However it worked perfectly for my reading challenge so I decided to give it a shot. It’s been a while since I’ve read a fairy book but right from the start this one isn’t like your typical fairy book it’s very unique with a whole new concept. Wings is a fast paced novel filled with mystery, intrigue, action and just a hint of romance a perfect mix. I enjoyed the characters it was easy to connect with Laurel she reminds me of the girl next door. I really found the whole story well written it’s a light hearted story so it was easy for me to finish in just one day I struggled to put it down, had to know what would happen to Laurel next. This isn’t my first book by the author but I just love her writing style it’s so beautifully written it flows from start to finish. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series this may be my favorite take on fairies yet.


  1. I read this just after it came out. Wasn't a huge fan. :) The cover is so lovely, though!

    1. Completely agree with you--I had the same thoughts. Though I really did love the whole faerie world presented in this novel, it was very unique!

  2. I loved this book and also found Aprilynn's take on the fairy world rather unique. I've yet to read the rest of the series but can't wait until I get the chance. Great Review by the way!

  3. This book has been around for such a long time, and I've wanted to read it ever since! I'm glad that you enjoyed it!

  4. Great review!! I've had this book on my nook for a really long time as well. I guess I'll have to give it a try.

  5. This is one of my favorite YA series and I hated to see it end. I also loved her writing style and how creative this series is. Great review and I hope you enjoy the rest of the books!

  6. Sounds Interesting! So glad you were able to read and enjoy it!
    Awesome Review! :)

  7. This sounds pretty good, and much different than I thought, in spite of the fact that I have it on my shelf. I didn't know that there is an element of suspense. I should crack my copy open.

  8. Great review! I read this book back when it first came out. I thought the idea was pretty cool but I had a hard time getting through it so I didn't continue on with the series.