Sunday, May 20, 2012

Wings by: Aprilynne Pike's

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 foreve
I was introduced to Wings by Aprilynne Pike when searching for a fairy read on Amazon and sister blogs.  After reading the reviews I decided to dive in head first and boy was I happy I did.  Wings is a story of love, sacrifice and friendship.

It's extremely different from any other fairy story out there.  These fairies sprout and according to the season their rank and power will flourish.

Our main character Laurel has been sheltered from the world.  Raised by two hippie like parents she suddenly moves to a new town and starts school for the very first time.  Throughout her life she has been home-schooled and this is a first of many for hers.

Things are changing before her eyes.  After making new friends and acclimating to her new life she finds that, she was left on her parents’ doorstep in a basket, with no knowledge of where she came from–but no one could have predicted this.

We finally find out she is not even human; she’s a faerie. She was sent to her parents to guard the land that they lived on, land that holds something very important to the faeries, but when they got an offer to buy the land and her family moved to a new town, things suddenly became dangerous for the faeries.

Laurel's house is surrounded by sentinels (fairy Knights) that guard the gate to Avalon.  Now the peace in Avalon is threatened, and Laurel must help save the faeries’ secret, protect her family, and sort out her feelings for a classmate, David.  On the other side is a faerie sentinel appointed to her protection called Tamani whom she also feels attracted to.

Wings is an  amazing debut novel for Aprilynne Pike.  She is a talented writer, has created and amazing world and explains it very well.  From the first page I was captivated by the story and intrigued to find out more of this carefully painted world in my head.

The characters seemed so realistic. Tamani is my favorite having a sworn life protector is not taken lightly by me.   I was blessed to listen to the audiobook after reading the paperback and I must say I love Tamani's accent.

I would strongly recommend this book and I give it 5 out of 5 hearts.


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