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by Aprilynne Pike

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Series: Wings (1)

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When a plant blooms out of fifteen-year-old Laurel's back, it leads her to discover the fact that she is a faerie and that she has a crucial role to play in keeping the world safe from the encroaching enemy trolls.

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What it's about:

Laurel has always considered herself normal. I mean, sure, she's been home schooled all her life, and her mum believes purely in herbal medicines so she's never been to a doctors. But still. Normal ... right?
Just when Laurel's life seems to be taking a turn for the better - she's going to a normal school, and gets some great friends - weird things start to happen. Like a boy she doesn't know seems to know all about her past, and a lump on her back one morning spurts huge flower petals that look almost like... well, wings.
Laurel soon finds out that no matter how hard she tries - and what secrets she keeps to do so - she'll never be normal again.

My thoughts:

Wings is a completely different take on faeries. Unlike the normal creatures with wings who flutter around and wave fairy dust everywhere, they are more like plants in human form. Okay, so they do have wings, and actually they have fairy dust too, but the wings are like flower petals, and the fairy dust is their way of reproduction (I know, strange). The faeries hate any packaged foods and only eat vegetables and fruits - and when they eat a certain colour food for too long the roots of their hair and their eyes turn that colour, which is awesome. I loved reading all about these things about the faeries - as well as others.
The main character Laurel's reactions to the changes in her body and to Tamani (the boy who knows all about her past) are very believable.
Both male characters (David and Tamani) are very likable. I like the fact that Laurel can confide in David and he won't judge, he instead tries to help her overcome her insecurities. Tamani is very mysterious, and it's hard not to want to know about his life and life in the faerie kingdom.
I didn't like Laurel much - she annoyed me. And that didn't change much throughout the book.

But despite Laurel, Aprilynne Pike's writing is effortless and it flows smoothly from one scene to the next so I was glued to Wings for two days straight until I finished it. ( )
  angelgay | Jul 1, 2020 |
what did i just read

this book is best enjoyed by one who's never taken a science class in their life. especially not biology. just do not think about logic at all whatsoever

stop trying to science aprilynne you're not doing it right

i really don't know what to say other than i think it's really funny that they're in the usa but tamani has a british-y, irish-y accent and that sometimes the words are just...strange? also laurel is really boring, tamani is an exposition dump, and honestly...poor david

at least david nad tamani's dynamic was kind of interesting even if it only lasted like...a few paragraphs.... god what did i just read?? ( )
  bloomingtea | Jun 28, 2020 |
Sequel is Spells.Advance copy ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 20, 2020 |
Decisamente per adolescenti, l'idea di base e buona se non fosse per la solita protagonista un po' noiosa che non si sa decidere tra due amici.
Storia trita e ritrita ( )
  elerwen | May 29, 2019 |
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The book has a nice mix of danger and romance, the world of magic and the world of high school, with well-developed characters and a quick-moving plot.
added by Katya0133 | editSchool Library Journal, Connie Tyrrell Burns (Jul 1, 2009)
Pike's novel mythology should win fans for this book, billed as the first in a series.
added by Katya0133 | editPublishers Weekly (May 11, 2009)
Woe unto readers with facial or bodily asymmetry, but the overwritten passages pass quickly and the rest is delicious escapism.
added by Katya0133 | editKirkus Reviews (Apr 15, 2009)
Fine escapist fare, this neatly mixes the everyday with the otherworldly.
added by Katya0133 | editBooklist, Ilene Cooper (Feb 15, 2009)

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When a plant blooms out of fifteen-year-old Laurel's back, it leads her to discover the fact that she is a faerie and that she has a crucial role to play in keeping the world safe from the encroaching enemy trolls.

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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.
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