Book Review: Wings

Wings (Laurel Series #1) by Aprilynne Pike: NOOK Book Cover Title: Wings (Laurel Series #1)

Author: Aprilynne Pike

Publisher: HarperCollins

# of Pages: 202 (Nook edition)

Genre: YA, Paranormal

Reason for Reading: One of my best friends mentioned it to me–her rating was less favourable than mine–and also said that Stephenie Meyer recommended it. I decided to give it a try anyway, figuring that in the worst case I’d get a good laugh.

Rating: B

“So you still think I’m a plant?” Laurel asked in a whisper.

“An incredibly evolved, highly advanced plant,” David replied. “But yes, a plant.”

“That sucks.”

“I don’t know,” David said with a grin. “I think it’s kind of cool.”

“You would; you’re the science geek. I’m the girl who just wants to get through gym class without being stared at.”

Laurel has been home schooled all her life, but now her parents have moved from the country into a town. Her father is running a bookstore; her mother is an apothecary; and Laurel is going to high school for the first time ever.  That would be cause enough for anxiety, but soon something else happens: she sprouts a huge flower on her back.  As she searches frantically for answers, her father ends up in the hospital fighting for his life from a deadly unknown foe.

What I Liked: It is a different take on the whole faerie thing, which has been done to death up one side and down the other. The likeable characters are likeable.

What I Didn’t Like: I felt like the whole triangle thing has been done to death. Stephenie Meyer (who praises this book as being “a remarkable debut”) is queen of the love triangle, and this seems like an effort to imitate Meyer’s popular fiction.

If you’ve got a few spare hours, you could do worse than read this novel.

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14 Responses to Book Review: Wings

  1. kaye says:

    This book was a free download for the kindle last week, so I have it. I might read it if I want a light read someday. nice review

  2. Margot says:

    I’m stuck on the idea of a flower growing on her back. Do bees buzz around trying to get the pollen? Does she have a hard time getting her shirt to fit? Does it have thorns like a rose? Does it smell nice and it replaces her perfume? I’m sure people are going to stare at her and not just in gym class. When my granddaughter was obsessed with Stephanie Meyer’s books, I really tried. Honestly. I just couldn’t get past these little things in the story.

    • The flower appeared, and was there for a while, and then the petals dropped off. If I recall correctly, it’s only there once a year, while she is, erm, ripe for pollination, shall we say. It smells beautiful, and at least one classmate commented on her new perfume. And I shall say no more here lest anyone be thinking of reading it. It could have been a lot worse. How’s that?

  3. izzybella says:

    Nope. Nope, cannot do this one. 🙂

  4. I enjoyed it because I thought it was an original idea….look forward to the next one.

  5. Heather says:

    I read this a couple of years ago. It was all right, nothing special. But it was nice to have it all done in one book instead of a trilogy, etc!

  6. Heather says:

    Woops. Wrong book! I read Violet Wings, not this one. Looks like they’re both about fairies!

  7. jehara says:

    I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while. Someone recommended it to me although I forget who. One day I’ll get around to it.

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