Book: Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Publishing Info: Published by Harper Teen; 294 pages; hardcover

Goodreads Summary: 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.

Wings is another fairy story, and I liked it.

It was a typical fairy novel, in the sense that she’s around 15 when she found out.  She was placed with her “family” when she was 3, so it was nice to see she wasn’t a changeling.  And fairies in this book are more plant-like!  It was refreshing to see such an interesting twist on fairies, instead of going with the stereotypical fairies most books have.  I can believe that fairies are more plant-like, bloom, and have children by pollination.

At first I wasn’t sure about Laurel, because all she did was complain about how she wanted to be home-schooled instead of going to a public school.  As it wore on, she (thankfully) got less annoying.

And no novel is complete with a little love triangle.  I can honestly say that I don’t like either guy.  Tamani knew Laurel before she was placed with her parents, and they were even best friends…before she was given a potion to forget that part of her life.  He was annoying and his focus on her friendship with David got to be really annoying.  As for David?  He wasn’t very developed in this book, and I get the feeling he only wanted to help her because she was the new girl.  Is it too much to ask that at least one of them be mildly interesting?

It gets a 3 out of 5.  I liked the twist on fairies, and it was a pretty easy read.

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