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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Spells by Aprilynne Pike

Rating: 4.0

Re-Read? I have actually already re-read bits and pieces. I have a few favorite parts I like to revisit.

Recommend? Spells is the second in the series, so I suggest reading Wings first.

Release Date: May 4th, 2010
Publisher: Harperteen
Pages: 368


"I can't just storm in and proclaim my intentions. I can't ‘steal' you away. I just have to wait and hope that, someday, you'll ask," Tamani said.

"And if I don't?" Laurel said, her voice barely above a whisper.

"Then I guess I'll be waiting forever."

Although Laurel has come to accept her true identity as a faerie, she refuses to turn her back on her human life—and especially her boyfriend, David—to return to the faerie world.

But when she is summoned to Avalon, Laurel's feelings for the charismatic faerie sentry Tamani are undeniable. She is forced to make a choice—a choice that could break her heart. (From Amazon).

My Thoughts:

First off, I am going to try and write this review without fangirling all over Tamani. Do I love Tamani? Yes. Did Spells make me fall even deeper in love with his character? Of course! Well with one last fangirl squeal-- Tammmmmaaaaaanniiiii-- I shall begin this review.

Spells was just as enchanting as Wings-- even more so because the story delved deeper into all things fey, which I felt Wings lacked. With Laurel going to study in Avalon, of course she was going to get to know Tamani even more personally. I really loved the friction between them. It made the whole book that much more interesting! I guess I'll never get tired of love triangles. I can't exactly say poor David, because he IS the boyfriend, but I really couldn't begin to guess who she'll end up with by the end of the series.

While Spells has neither an exceptional writing style nor a completely original plot, I couldn't put the darn fluffy thing down. Spells wove a spell around me that was only released on that final page, WHICH, by the way, is a cliffhanger! I cannot express my impatience to read the next in the series. This is definitely a series to keep an eye on.


Cover: 4.5
Plot: 4.0
Characters: 4.5
Writing: 3.0

Source: Purchased from store.


  1. I love Tamani! Great review!

  2. i HATED how the book ended!!!i felt so sorry for Tamani! stupid Laurel.i would totally go for Tamani instead of offense to the David fangirls..if there are any...:P srry. anyway! i really hope laurel ends up with tamani cuz ill be really mad if she doesn't. i hope aprilynne doesnt crush my expectations.
    p.s. i read a lot of comments on spells and all of them were about how they loved tamani and how they felt sorry for him....soooo just saying

  3. srry. same person. just wondering if u responded to these comments....

  4. Oh My Goodness I love Tamani too! I thought I would be the only one! haha. I can't wait for the next two books :)

  5. While I didn't love this one, I do LOOOOOOOOVE me some Tamani :)

  6. Haha, I'm glad everyone loves Tamani!! He seems to be the favorite!

  7. I LOVED SPELLS!! Mainly because of Taminia I just can't get enough of him!!!! I actually like spells more than wings because it delved more in to their world but it really was such an awesome book! Great review

  8. An addictive fluff read, sign me up. Nice review. ^_^

  9. I really like the fey idea books and I'm glad to hear this one goes further with that than the first book. :) I might have to look into this series now. :) Thanks!

  10. I might need to get to reading Wings now haha


  12. ahhhh great review need to get my hands on this(:

  13. Like it. specially the " Taaaaaammmmmaaaaaannnniiiii. =), love to read it after wings. ƸӜƷ

  14. Now this one, I haven't read. I'm interested in how much fangirling I've seen over Tamani in this book... I preferred David in the first one (not by a lot, but still) but I read a review somewhere saying he changes for the worse in this one. Either way, I'm excited to see how I feel about both of the characters after reading this next installment! Thanks for the review!

  15. Oh you silly fan girls. Thanks for the review I'll add it to my TRB pile.

  16. Thanks for this giveaway I hope I will read it soon :)


  17. Well...i can't wait to read it. thanks for the review.


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