Re-Read? Since this is the first in the series, it would be quite handy to have around to refresh my memory when the next comes out!
Recommend? I really do recommend this book-- I fell in love with the story. Again, Faeries. <3
Publisher: Harper Teen/290 pages
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. (amazon product description)
Puberty takes on a whole new form in this debut novel, Wings, with a faerie spin. The first book in the series, we are introduced to a slew of characters, our main heroine being the lovely Laurel. Having just moved from a small town, home schooled (and vegan) Laurel is introduced to the public school system of Crescent City. Being the new kid on the block is hard enough, but when a flower literately sprouts up from Laurel's back, fitting in is the least of her worries (or is it the largest?).
Wings, in my opinion, contained everything that the first in the series should contain-- background, introduction to plot and of course a thorough introduction to our main characters (Laurel, David, and Tamani). I really do feel the characters were well developed (which is important to me). The story was kind of slow in the beginning (though personally, I couldn't put the book down) but I think it picked up pace pretty well. It all depends on what kind of reader you are and what you expect of a novel. The writing was simple, but I enjoyed it for what it was. For those who get easily fustrated by this, you do get used to it and I hardly noticed it since I was so engrossed in the plot.
Pike really created a totally new spin on Faeries, which now that I think about it, only makes sense! The world she invisioned, I can tell, is only going to get more intricate and detailed as the story progresses through the various novels. Wings really has me excited for a sequal! I absolutly fell in love with both Tamani and David-- I really don't know which I would choose! Both are polar opposites but both contain qualities that I (and Laurel!) find attractive. Love, growing up, faeries, trolls (???) and adventure-- Who wouldn't want to read this book?