Wings (Wings #1)

Wings (Wings #1)
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14+
Release Date
May 05, 2009
ISBN
0061668036
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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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I Believe I Can...Polinate?
(Updated: March 27, 2015)
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
This book had me very back and forth on what I thought of it. I picked it up because of the Stephanie Meyer review. And, of course, the intriguing illustration. (I know, I know...)

Now to me, the characters lacked a lot of depth that would have aided me in becoming attached to any of them. The writing style was very simplistic, and for it being in the YA section I would have to say the vocabulary and style are more appealing to an age range of 10-14. The dialogue often came across as awkward, and even when it managed to sound natural there was nothing memorable about it. The actual content at some points I wouldn't have recommended for youth under the age of 14, however. The casualness with which sex is discussed (as though pregnancy were the only thing to be concerned with) warrants parental screening.

Now, I would like to be as fair as I can and give the book some credit. The author's take on the faerie mythos is more original than I'd expected, and some of the descriptions are pleasantly vivid. It is easy reading with a smooth and sensible flow. I'm afraid this reader just didn't find it to be the outstanding breakout novel it was reported to be.
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I Do Believe In Fairies!
(Updated: October 31, 2013)
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4.7
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0
I wasn't sure if I would like this book when I got it because I had never really read a book that mainly focuses on fairies. After blowing through this book I was in a quick hurry to get the rest in the series because I freaking loved this book so much. I loved the idea that Aprilynne Pike had about fairies, mainly the facts that the females wings were like flower petals and each fairies hair was the color of the main foods that they eat (like some would be green while others purple). I also liked the romance involved in this story even though I quickly picked a side that I liked the best. Not really sure if this is a book for boys but I know that girls would more than likely fall in love with the series just as I did and I would recommend this book to others!
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Enjoy it but not love it
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
I really enjoy this book, it a great addiction to all the fae books out there. It moved a little slow for me but it's an unique take on fairy mythology.The books is sweet and some what funny. I like that Pike gave each character their moment in the story.The main character battles between two love interests, one a human and the other a fairy. Compelling story! Who to choose?
This book is the Stephanie Meyer's twilight but with fairies
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Why Wings?
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3.3
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3.0
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4.0
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3.0
Like everyone else, I thought that this book was going to be one of those cheesy paranormal romances, where there is nothing in the world except each other. In truth, this book didn't go to far in the romance, and never really decided in the end (kinda sad, I know).

I quite liked this book, it had a soft plot, and it was different to other paranormal romances. Laurel didn't really decide in the end who she was going to be with, Tamani or David (I prefer David), which kinda upset me a bit. I reckon the whole thing didn't end very well. The part leading up to the ending, but the ending itself felt unfinished, like something important was missing.

I didn't really understand the title Wings either, as Laurel had no wings, nor could she fly. She had a massive flower growing out of her back, no any sort of wings. Maybe I guess it was called Wings, because they looked like Wings, but it would of been better if it was called Flower or Bloom.

Wings was a very good book, and I recommend it to those who love paranormal romance, but want to lay the romance off a bit. It was pretty well written.
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It was fine
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Cover:

At first, I thought the picture in the cover is a butterfly but then when I took a closer look at it, I noticed that they look like petals… After I read the story, I confirmed that they are really petals meant to look like wings…

Story:

What I like about the book are the fairies, because the fairies grow flowers on their back during the season they were born… For example, Laurel was born in fall, that’s why during fall a flower grows on her back…

For me, the story was short and the events were not really important… It’s like it’s just a novella (though it’s not, considering the number of pages)… Anyway, I really did not find anything really important in the story, except maybe some of the scenes of Laurel and Tamani…
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Good Read
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4.3
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4.0
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4.0
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5.0
This book is not what I expected. I thought this book was some dumb supernaturual novel. Again I judged the book by its cover.

After reading the first few chapters I was hooked. This is most likely one of the most supernaturual books I have ever read. I enjoy books with more purpose, and more realistic events in it but this actually changed my mind a little.

Basically this book is about a girl named Laurel who is a faerie and has a lot of chaos about to approach her. Yup at first it seems dumb but you have to actually read it first to see how great it is.

I highly recommend this because this book is different. Pike has a creative mind to make a book like this and I love it. I can't say it is the best book I've ever read, but it certainly is good.
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Struggling to rate this one, somewhere between okay and really liked it...
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3.7
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4.0
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Wings was quite a good read. I am kind of struggling to rate it, since it was somewhere between pretty okay and liked it (3.5 stars? 4?)

Meyer said that it was "A remarkable debut". Although I am struggling with the "remarkable" part, it was a good enough start to the series that I would read the next book.

If you are a person who enjoys love triangles and twists on the supernatural, you might want to give this one a try. It is an interesting twist on the usual faerie/fey/fairy/fae story. Here, faeries don't just live in the enchanted forest (:P). They are actually plants, literally. And they bloom once a year, starting at about fifteen. Yep, you heard me. Bloom, as in flower-coming-out-of-your-back bloom.

Lauren is a fifteen-year-old, home schooled faerie, though she doesn't know that last part yet. She is starting high school this year, and with it, she discovers she's not who she thought she was. At all.

Yes, there is a love triangle in this book. On one side there is David, Lauren's best friend, who is sweet and patient and logical and understanding. On the other side, there is Tamani, who is a faerie as well, and who ignites chaotic feelings in Lauren.

At some points I got a bit frustrated with Lauren, but I am quite looking forward to the next in the series; Spells.

So, to sum it up, this is a book about a home schooled fifteen year old plant faerie, who battles with trolls and is interested in two boys: a faerie and a human.
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