The Wing Collector by Kristin Helving was a very enjoyable read! This was a very interesting approach to the fairy world. After an increased amount of fairies being killed and their wings being stripped, Lila must be more discreet than ever. She is usually quiet in school resulting in her being an ideal student and not standing out, too much. However, Ash Cooper changes everything. After meeting him she has found herself being more outgoing and social, which is the exact opposite of what she should be doing. The tension in this book oozes off the page. You are rooting for Lila to break out of her shell but at the same time you are so worried about her being cautious. When Lila finds the wings being ripped off of other fairies, you feel her pain. The hurt and curious in the book were done so well. I really felt like the story progression was perfect. We are given background information as the story unfolds instead of a huge chunk at once. I find this approach to be the most entertaining. I really enjoyed learning the history between the fairies and humans in this world. I also feel that the thriller part of this novel was executed so well. The parts in the book that were meant to make you heart race, actually did. When Lila was frightened, my anxiety rose with her. The plot and the development of this story coincided perfectly together.
Lila was a great main character to follow. Hiding behind baggy clothes her whole life, it was really nice to see her open up. While this took time and was not easy for her, we were able to watch her character really grow. I loved Ash for Lila and how protective he was of her. His life had been affected in other ways to make him really relatable on his feelings for Lila. A lot of the characters fit into the book really well, but most were standard. I do feel like they were perfect for their roles but I was not really surprised by some of the outcomes that happened throughout the book. Some of the characters were really predictable. This, however, did not take anything away from the story or the plot.
Overall, The Wing Collector by Kristin Helving was an amazing read. I loved the plot and the development of the story. I found myself not wanting to put this book down because I truly wanted to know what happened next. Most of the scenes kept my on the edge of my seat. While some of the characters did fall a little short for me, Lila and Ash were very good main characters. I especially loved Lila. I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy fantasy and want a little bit of a different fairy scene.