Series: Wings #1
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Published: April 1st 2009 by HarperCollins Children’s Books
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
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.
When I think “faerie”, what comes to mind to mind is Tinkerbelle. Not so in this book. Laurel is a totally different kind of faerie.
“You’re a plant. You’re not human, never have been. Blossoming is only the most obvious manifestation,” Tamani explained, more calm than Laurel thought he had any right to be.
“A plant?” Laurel said, not bothering to hide the disbelief in her voice.
“Yes. Not just any kind of plant, of course. The most highly evolved form of nature in the world.” He leaned forward, his green eyes sparkling. “Laurel, you’re a faerie.”
I was in the bookstore browsing with a co-worker and the cover caught my eye. This was not the usual type of genre that I read (being a huge vampire fan) but though hey, why not give it a chance. I must say it was a fantastic decision. I couldn’t put the book down. I even read it in secret while I was suppose to work!
I especially loved the part where Tamani explained the “birds and the bees” to Laurel. While reading it, the first thing that came to mind was that part in the Grease 2 movie where they learn about reproduction and they sang the reproduction song and the guy ends with, “where did the pollen go?” I couldn’t stop grinning for the rest of the day.
“Last time I was here, you grabbed my wrist and later there was this sparkly powder on it. What was that, if not faerie dust?”
Now Tamani grimaced. “Sorry about that; I should have been more careful.”
“Why, was it dangerous?”
Tamani laughed. “Hardly. It was just pollen.”
“Yeah, you know.” He studied his hands as if they had suddenly become very interesting. “For… pollinating.”
Can’t wait to get my hands on the second book “Spells” so that I can read what will happen next in Laurel’s life.
Aprilynne Pike has been spinning faerie stories since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found at the gym; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne currently lives with her husband and three kids in Utah, and dreams of warmer climates.
Aprilynne Pike’s #1 New York Times best-selling debut, WINGS, is the first of four books about a seemingly ordinary girl with a not-so-ordinary destiny. In this tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever…
Note from Lindie
I’ve not read the book, but as the coworker in question, I will confirm that Pixmie did indeed read it secretly, and giggled for a good portion of the story. Oh, and she got the Grease 2 Reproduction Song stuck in my head, for, like, days. So I am going to return the favour. Crickey, this song is even dorkier than I remember.