Wings (Wings #1)
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.
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.
This book is the Stephanie Meyer's twilight but with fairies
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.