Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Review: Wings by Aprilynne Pike
By: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: May 5, 2009
Description: 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.
My Thoughts: I've recently discovered this thing called the library (I know, I know. It's been around for a while. I like to buy and keep my books. But then I realized, whats the point in buying all my books. What if they're sucky. Then I have a book that sucks taking up space. I've now decided to borrow until I decide if I like the book, and then buy it if I'm in love.) They even have audiobooks, which before I would buy, but now I get all the excitement without having to spend all the money. One of many audiobooks I've borrowed is Wings by Aprilynne Pike.
Wings follows the life of Laurel, a 15 year old who is experiencing a lot for the first time. She has been home schooled for a while and is now going to high school for the first time, making friends for the first time, falling in love for the first time, first kiss, and sprouting a flower out of her back for the first time. That last first, (as you probably already know) isn't normal for humans, so what is she? I loved the ways Laurel tried to hide them and get rid of them, but nothing worked. Then she finds out she's a faerie, and faeries are really just advanced plants and all that strange stuff, and people are after her and she has to protect her house and so on. It's a pretty good book, all things considered.
All in all the story was pretty innocent. I think I was a bit too old to read it. I didn't like Laurel's age at first. Her parents let her do way too much for my taste. Laurel made some pretty dumb decisions and I began to feel frustrated. Then, when her age stuff was clarified, I was even more annoyed. It just doesn't fit for her.
In terms of the audiobook aspect, I didn't like it. The speaker's voice seemed to constantly annoy me and she just didn't seem to make it believable.
The storyline was interesting and I was genuinely interested to know the outcome (which is the reason I'm currently reading the sequel.) This probably isn't a book I'd read again, or buy for the sake of buying, but I also didn't feel like it was a waste of time either. I enjoyed the different theories it presented and the historical details it included. I'd give it 2.5 stars.
Posted by Sherre at 10:12 AM