Monday, 28 June 2010

Wings - Aprilynne Pike - Review

Book: Wings
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: Harper Collins Children
ISBN: 9780007314362
Rating: B+

Wings is an amzing book. Many people have commented saying the American cover is better but I think thos cover suits it better becuase although it is classed as TEEN I don't think it has much TEEN content and would probaly class as an 11+. When they say A new kind of fairy tale they mean it. {SPOILER ALERT} Laurel's a plant!

Wings is a book about a girl named Laurel. She owns a house by some woods which gaurds the gate to Avalon and magickal faerie realm. What she doesn't know is that when her parents agree to sell it is that they are selling it to evil trolls who want to destroy the gate. All other buyers off the house brains had been washed by faerie gaurds but the trolls remain untracked. Also what she doesn't know is that she is a faerie changling sent to protect the house. What she does know is that her mum and dad arn't her true parents. Anyway whilst they are going through the process of selling the house they move to the new town where her dad owns a bookstore. She finds it hard to settle into but she meets David a boy at her school who she grows very close too. So close that when a giant flower sprouts from her back she goes to him hoping he won't hand her into labs. Eventually as they discover more about her they find she has the same cells as a plant. Eats and drnks the same nutrients as a plant. And that... she is a PLANT. On a trip back to the house she's selling she finds Tamani. Her love from when she was in Avalon. He explains to her that she is a faerie and that faeries are plants. He also answers many of her other questions. It turns out Laurel became a changeling to inhert the land to keep the gate safe. Caught in a dangerous love triangle between Tamani her long lost and found love and David her boyfriend. Ontop of this the trolls poison Laurel's dad with a poison no human medication can cure. She gets into a lot of trouble with the trolls. First she and david are thrown in a river by the trolls and then get into a big fight invloving guns in a house and somehow Laurel manages to shoot the troll leader. Thinking he is dead she regains some confidence but when he reapears in Spells (the next bok in the LAUREL series) it is all lost. Finally she is praised for her work by the faeries and given a diamond which will give the family enogh money so they won't need to sell the house. Also they give Laurel a potion to cure her dad. From then onwards all is well untill the next book SPELLS
Overall I would say it's a good book and would recomend it to anyone who like fantasy romance or faeries. It is no-where near as good as the wicked lovely series by Melissa Marr but is good in its own way. A good and understandable style of writing has been used and the writing is a decent size. The plot is good and well thought. The charecters have been described very well and the imagination of Pike's mind seems to have no limits. I did thoroughly enjoy this book, but it is a One time read book.

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