Title: Wings (Laurel Series #1)
Author: Aprilynne Pike
# 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.
“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.”
“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.