Saturday, April 23, 2011

Book Review: Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Title: Wings
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Genre: Teen Fiction, Fairies, Fantasy Fiction
Publication Date: May 5, 2009
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN-13 Book: 9780061859083
Source: Purchased a free copy of the ebook from Barnes and Noble. This is my honest review!

Wings (Wings, #1)Wings by Aprilynne Pike
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
When Laurel's parents buy a bookstore and leave their small town for the city, Laurel is thrown into public school for the first time. Just as she starts to meet friends, she makes an unusual discovery about herself and the home she so recently left. When her father develops an unusual sickness, she discovers that she may be a pawn in a game far bigger than she realized and that some may be willing to kill to protect the secrets they are hiding.

I had waited to read this book expecting it to be another fairy book, but I must say I was surprised. I read this book as part of the Read Along over at the Mundie Mom's Blog. Not only did I have fun participating in the read along, I also really enjoyed this book.

I liked how Pike adapted and changed the fairy lore to fit her story. Her fairies were different and new, and in the case of Tamani positively yummy.

I wish there had been more character development. The characters were rather flat, and somewhat superficial--what you see is what you get. I think this prevented me from really feeling anything for the characters. Yes they were attractive and intriguing, but in the end what did I really know about any of them.

My other complaint is that there wasn't more. While the main storyline wrapped up, I felt like there was more story to tell. I know this book has sequels, but I have always been slightly annoyed when books leave me wanting so much more at the end--even if they do have sequels. I want to know more about Avalon and the other fairies--I felt like we only brushed the surface.

Overall this was an entertaining read, and a story that may have more potential in the sequels.  

The next book in the series is Spells, and I think Pike intrigued me enough with this story that I will seek out the next book. The third book, Illusions comes out May 3, 2011.

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