Review: Wings by Aprilynne Pike

5 Aug

Series: Wings, book #1

Published: May 1st 2009 by HarperTeen

Details: Hardcover, 294 pages

My rating: 3.5/5

My summary:

Quick enjoyable read about a girl who discovers she’s a fairy. With a love triangle. All though easy read, I felt it was a bit too childish for a 30+ year old. There is a sequel, Spells.

See my full review here:


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.

My thoughts:

There are many books out there which are proclaimed to be the next Twilight. Wings by Aprilynne Pike is one of those books, probably since the story includes both romance and paranormal elements. On top of that, it’s been recommended by Stephenie Meyer, and I like her book recommendations. She’s the reason I read Hunger Games! So for me, this was a good premise, being both ‘twilight’-esque and recommended by Meyer.

Wings is the first book in a series of four. It follows Laurel,  a 15-year old girl who discovers that she is a fairy. It starts with Laurels first day at school when she befriends a boy, David.  Along with him, we learn about Laurel and how she has always been slightly different than everyone else. When she starts growing wings on her back she realizes just how different she is. She also meets Tamani, a boy of her kind who helps her exploring the new world she belongs to, yet didn’t know existed. With Tamani in the picture, a love triangle is formed where Laurel has problems choosing between the two.

This was a very easy read. Actually, it was almost too easy, that is, I felt as if I was reading a pree-teen book rather than YA. I have read quite a few YA books this year and all though they are about teens, and generally aimed solely at teens, I usually have no issues with that. But in Wings, the language felt childish, which bothered me a little.

In saying that, it still kept my interest, all though I thought the boy David was a bit bland. I mean he was nice, interested in Laurel and all about helping her, which is good. I think the problem was that he lacked personality or charisma. He jokes himself about being a science nerd, and I couldn’t help but agree on that.

So when the charismatic Tamani jumped into the picture midway through the book,  I rooted for him immediately, and so the second half of the book was much better. Needless to say I’m Team Tamani. The ending leaves you wondering about what decisions Laurel will make, as for her new life as a fairy and the love triangle.

In short, I thought Wings was an enjoyable read – I read it in about 2 days – but it is also easily forgettable. There is a sequel out called Spells, which I probably will read at some stage, but I don’t feel any need to rush out and get it just yet.

8 Responses to “Review: Wings by Aprilynne Pike”

  1. jenika June 28, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    What I think about Wings and Spells by Aprilynne Pike:
    Tamani is the only reason these books are worth reading. I am totally team Tamani. (hear this, David!!!)(and you too, Laurel!!! How can you not notice what a beautiful fairy boy you have next to you??? A wonderful fairy who is in love with you utterly and totally!!!)(AAARGH! I don’t like this triangle!!)

    • tess June 29, 2011 at 9:06 am #

      I can only wholeheartedly agree! Have you read Illusions yet? I’m about to receive it in the mail any day now. It will be really interesting to see what happens, if Laurel finally comes to her senses!

  2. jenika July 2, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    I don’t read it yet but I read a few reviews that left me a bit disappointed… they say Tamani keeps shining and being totally romantic and adorable but Laurell keep in being a bit indecisive… but it was written anyway that there were some good moments (all linked to Tamani)… so I am curious and I going to read it in the near future…

    • tess July 3, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

      Hmm, doesn’t sound great. I had feeling she was going to keep being indecisive. Ah well, I still think I’ll read it as well!

  3. Anonymous July 20, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    I hated this book! I couldn’t even finish it! It was so stupid! The story was so childish.

    • tess July 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

      Yes, it definitely was a bit childish, I can agree on that. I did like it though, enought to want too continue the series anyway. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Tess


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