Aprilynne Pike's Wings Series - A Review
Ok, so I'm writing a review about the whole Wings series, and I'm a guy. Now before you start raising eyebrows at me, just note that I don't like romance novels, and is definitely not the reason I liked this book by Aprilynne Pike. While I do believe this book was written more for a female audience, it had just enough action and suspense that I appreciated it also.
The story starts out with Laurel just beginning her first day at a public school. Being homeschooled all her life up to this point, Laurel understandably would rather not go. However she meets David and they quickly become great friends, and school begins to feel a little easier to bear. Throughout the first half of the book, it is obvious that Laurel is something different from the subtle hints the author shares. For example, she doesn't get hungry very often, and when she does eat, it's usually some fruit or vegetable accompanied sometimes with a sprite. Also, she doesn't feel comfortable inside, and prefers to sit by the windows where natural light comes through.
Then she starts getting a strange bump on her back, which in a few days turns into a beautiful flower. Of course, Laurel is horrified and hides it from everyone, however she soon feels the need to tell somebody and so finally tell her boyfriend David. Afterward, when she returns to the land where she grew up, she is approached by another of her kind (Tamini) who tells her what she really is, a fairy.
What are these fairies?
I won't go into details about them so I won't destroy the excitement of discovering the world this author has created, but just to avoid some disappointments, I will tell you that the fairies in Aprilynne's books aren't really like the fairies we see in the movies and common folklore.
For instance Laurel can't fly like tinkerbell, nor is she quite as small either. In fact, the "wings" behind her back is really a flower, which is how they reproduce, and they can live quite normally around humans without arousing any suspicions. However, like tinkerbell, the fairies can still do some magic. But enough told, you'll have to discover the rest for yourself. Hope you have a happy time reading!
This book reminds me of...
This series reminds me very much of the Twilight series. No, they don't have vampires and werewolves. And Laurel isn't this normal lady (like Bella) who falls in love with a supernatural being (she herself isn't human, and falls in love with a human). But the whole series follows a very similar plotline as Twilight, and I think anyone who read both series will agree with me.
Wings is also like Twilight in one other way I deem important, Wings a book that I think both genders will love. Like I said before, it has enough action, (especially the last book, Destined) to keep guys enthused also, especially if their book worms like me! With that being said, I don't think I liked the book quite a much as my sister. She read the whole series in four days, but it took me 4 weeks to complete the series myself!
Here are the other four books of the series...
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