Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Wings by Aprilynne Pike
Available May 5, 2009 from HarperTeen!
Laurel has never been the kind of girl who believes in fairy tales and myths, fables and legends...until the day she learns the stunning truth about her own identity, forever changing her world.
Okay, I really loved this book. Aprilynne Pike has taken everything you think you know about fairies and put a completely different spin on it. Her spin on fairies is not the beautiful darkness of say the awesome Melissa Marr, but instead is light and airy, natural and new.
Laurel's journey of self-discovery is one that any young girl could relate to. Although the circumstances may be different, we can all relate to that feeling of not belonging, of feeling just a little outside of what's happening around you. I think that's what I like so much about these books about Fae. It gives you that feeling that we all belong somewhere.
Pike has a way with words and dialogue, which made this a quick, easy, can't-turn-the-pages-quick-enough kind of read. I was a little sad when it ended and I had to set it aside and pick up something new. The characters are fantastic. Laurel, of course, is a breath of fresh air; she's so real and likable that you can't help but root for her and feel for her all at the same time. And David? Well, he's almost too good to be true.
Pike has set this up really well for future sequels. I think I read that there are a proposed 4 books in the series. I can't wait to read the next one to see where she takes these characters and her mythology. The book has a blurb from Stephenie Meyer on it, which I hope means that Wings will end up in the hands of many, many readers. It deserves to be read, enjoyed and treasured.