Monday, 13 April 2009

Wings by Aprilynne Pike

From Amazon: 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.


Publication date: April 30th (UK), May 5th (US)

Wings is the latest addition to the ever-growing faerie genre, and is an exciting new take on the lore surrounding it.

Laurel is a new girl in a new town, who quickly figures out that something isn't right - she appears to be growing wings. She confides in new friend David, and together they try and figure out what's going on. Enter Tamani, hunky faerie extraordinaire. He's the third part of a compelling love triangle of sorts, which unfolds throughout the book. (For the record, I would totally choose him: he's graceful and attractive, and even his clothes sound hot).

I can't really say anything else without spoiling the second half of the story, as it's quite a surprise when you find out what's going on, and why these things are happening to Laurel and her family. I will say that it ends well; wrapped up but open, if that makes any sense. It's the first in a four book series, which I'm happy about, as I seriously want more Tamani. In fact, a whole book about him would suit me fine.

I liked Laurel as a character, though I think I would have liked her more had she been written in the first person. I like reading a character's thoughts and feelings, and that's the only thing I felt Wings was missing. Also, best friend David, who I thought was like the Xander of the story, believed everything very quickly. Would that happen in real life? Probably not, but hey, this is fantasy after all, and certain things can be overlooked.

I really, really enjoyed Wings. I flew through it (even though I was reading a horrible A4-sized bound manuscript ARC, which almost put me off altogether), and I can't wait for it to be officially released. I think it will appeal to a lot of people, especially fans of Stephenie Meyer and Melissa Marr, and YA readers in general. I'm not sure how well the UK cover will do (I prefer the US one), but we'll soon see. I can't wait to read the next three books, though I have a feeling I could be waiting a while!

16 comments:

Kate said...

This sounds really good.
Nice review :)

Kate

Steph Su said...

Ahaha, the love triangle sounds a BIT like the Mortal Instruments one, in which case I would totally choose the Jace-like character also. :D Speaking of which, don't tell me what happens in City of Glass! I've been trying to avoid reviews of it because I need to wait a few more weeks until the semester is over so I have time to read it and savor it. :)

Lenore said...

I haven't read any faerie books with the exception of Artemis Fowl, but I'd give this a chance!

Thao said...

I want to read this book so bad, especially after you mentioned that it got a triangle in it. Oh and this time I love the US cover more : )

H said...

This sounds good. There are about 3 similar books that reviews of them kept popping up a few months ago and now they have UK covers and I kept getting confused as to which is which. But I think this is one of the good-sounding ones. You definitely make it sound good :)

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Nice review. This one really does sound good. I'm becoming more and more excited about it as I read people's reviews. I wasn't really sure at first, and I like both covers...I think the UK one is super pretty.

cupcakewitch said...

This sounds cute. I want to grow wings!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

That sounds geat and I'm liking the sound of Tamani.

And thank you for making me blog of the week!

Bookworm said...

Is that the UK cover? I LOVE it, so sparkly and gorgeous!

Chicklish said...

"Even his clothes sound hot"? Hee hee - I love it! Thanks for the brilliant review, it sounds great!

the epic rat said...

I really love this cover - so very pretty!!! I cannot wait for this book to be released!

Love triangles are no fun to be in, especially if you are a Xander! :/ I'm glad you liked it! :)

Ladytink_534 said...

Love how the "faerie genre" has really taken off lately! This sounds like something I would really enjoy, thanks for the review!

Aprilynne said...

Oh thank you! What a great review! I'm so glad you liked it.:) And I have to say, I love the UK cover.

~Aprilynne

Rebecca Herman said...

I have the US edition of this (yay Amazon Vine) but I have to say I really like the UK cover too!

Anonymous said...

i ♥ tamani and laurel's love team..really..as im reading it know

nonnaquarius23'96 said...

this book is absolutely great!..i haven't read such a story like this..specially tamani..i lyk him for laurel..they're great together!..i l♥ve it!..